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Offline JTC

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MRA Vario windscreen
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:51:02 pm »
After much research on this forum and much debate ,I recently purchased the MRA vario windscreen from Twisted Throttle.  After a few hundred miles I can report that even though it is a shorter screen its provides less turbulant air and less buffetingat all positions.  At the lowest height it provides more air flow than the stock screen and at the upper position provides a nicer pocket at speed.  Quality piece and was shipped to my door in a few days. 

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 03:25:33 am »
Wow, A post I can totally agree with. I just got one as well and really like it for warmer weather.
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 01:17:28 pm »
Sorry guys, even though I've seen pics of that windshield before, I have to say.....



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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 12:48:49 am »
I'm kind of curious about this screen too. I'd like plenty of air on backroads and in town, but on the interstate I'd like a quiet bubble without the turbulence banging on my helmet.   So JTC and Mattchewn with it all the way up, is there any air blowing on your helmet at all and is it fairly good to see over it? About how tall are you guys? 

Sounds like it smooths the airflow very well but if there's still air on the helmet than I'm thinking I'd still be getting hit with the truck turbulence on the interstate. All highways in TN are major truck corridors.

Did you get the model with the small spoiler shown on TwistedThottle's web-site or the one with the larger X-screen spoiler that I've seen on a couple European web-sites (see picture)?

One more, can you reach out and adjust the spoiler while riding?

Thanks much for any insigts

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 09:48:56 am »
I am 5'9" and with the screen in the down position it is noticible shorter and does flow more air.  To me the screen seems to flow more air at most positions but it is cleaner ,less turbulant air.  Except at the upper most extreme up position ,with the spoiler angled up, I found the screen to seem to be a little higher than stock and did provide a extremly quiet pocket.  This maybe a illusion due to the smoke tint vs the clear stock shield.  My screen is the smoke version with the standard vario spoiler which comes with the screen.  I have not noticed any difference with truck turbulance but I try to stay away from same.  Hope this helps

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 11:59:01 am »
Thanks JTC, There's no staying way from truck turbulence if you get on Interstates in TN.

Sounds like it's working well for you. I'm a little taller but maybe the model with the larger spoiler would work for me. I'm debating between that and just a larger windshield or maybe add a spoiler to a medium size windshield.

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2013, 10:30:40 pm »
havent tried it yet but may try to fit the spoiler from the vario onto the stock windscreen for winter weather to see what results

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2013, 11:33:41 pm »
Greetings fellow COGers.

I am also a recent MRA Vario purchaser and I recently returned from a 5k mile trip to the southwest part of the country.  I have also had (on previous rides) a variety of after market screens....most of them larger in size and have some observations/experiences of the MRA compared to those I have had in the past. 

I decided to get a different screen because of the buffeting I was experiencing with the OEM (2011) screen.  I also did not want to go back to some of the larger screens I have tried in the past for a few reasons...although they worked well (both Cali Sci and Cee Baileys) I like the appearance of a smaller windscreen, I had experienced a drop in MPG with the larger screens and I wanted to retain the ability to get airflow when the screen was down (to help during warm temps). 

Now I know everyone is of different size and has different setups on their C14s but during the trip I found the MRA provided the most coverage and was most quiet when just below full up and the 'spoiler' thing to be about 2/3 of the way up.  That produced a low amount of turbulence and good coverage.  I also noticed in the hot temps of the desert that the shield all they way down with spoiler in the same position resulted in a good amount of airflow that was also pretty clean....resulting in a low amount of what I call helmet shake.

The down side is this is a pretty small shield...is buffeting during crosswind situations.  It is smaller in overall size than the OEM, 2010 and up Shields and I think that provides less coverage if there is a strong side wind.   

If you are looking for a high level of wind/weather protection...not sure the MRA is the shield for you.  However, if you are looking for a high performance shield that will work really well in all weather conditions and does a darn nice job of improving the air flow around the helmet area....this may be a good match. 

Hope my feedback helps!
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2013, 01:11:03 am »
I've had my MRA Vario for 2 years and 35,000 miles and I believe that it's one of the best screens out there. You won't get a complete, quiet "bubble" of air, but I like a bit of wind on me when I ride. The air that I get is very smooth with almost no buffeting. For reference, I'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam. I ride all year long, in all weather conditions, and even in the winter, the shield provides enough protection for me. Oh, and I think it looks GREAT on my 2011 silver C-14!
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013, 09:51:57 am »
Thanks for the info guys. I generally like air on me in the warmer temps too, but part of my commute is on the interstate and the turbulence off the trucks is almost unavoidable. I'm 6'1" w 32" inseam so I probably sit up a little higher. The model with the larger spoiler may work well for me. I currently have the stock 08 screen, also fairly small. I'm going to try the large screens soon on the windshield program on the other forum, so I'll see how I like those. Thanks again.

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2013, 10:05:06 am »
Thanks for the info guys. I generally like air on me in the warmer temps too, but part of my commute is on the interstate and the turbulence off the trucks is almost unavoidable. I'm 6'1" w 32" inseam so I probably sit up a little higher. The model with the larger spoiler may work well for me. I currently have the stock 08 screen, also fairly small. I'm going to try the large screens soon on the windshield program on the other forum, so I'll see how I like those. Thanks again.

Pete

I'm 6'2" with 34 inseam and the Cee Bailys euro tour domed is perfect for interstate traveling, but you do loose a bit of airflow in the summer months.  I just put 720 miles on the bike in mid to upper 90's with a non mesh textile jacket and was fairly comfortable with the shield at it lowest position on secondary roads.  I thought about getting a second summer shield but I like the weather/wind protection the taller shields provide
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2013, 12:13:10 pm »
I've been looking at the MRA vario and will be by twisted throttle in a couple weeks. Better bring extra cash!!!  >:D


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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2013, 05:52:53 pm »
I ran one on my 2009 for 30k miles winter and summer, the total one stop windshield for me.   :great:

Here are some pictures I took of mine:

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2013, 10:57:27 am »
Mid Tn rider,

The MRA Vario is the third screen I have tried so far. Stock 2012 kaki screen was good protection but had a lot of turbulence at all positions. Lot of head shaking going on at speed.  I am 6'4 and 240lbs, I look over almost all the screens even when full up.  I had briefly tried out a V Stream screen. Very little airflow for cooling off with this screen.  Extremely ( almost unbelievably), quiet and smooth airflow until about 2" below full up. Full up caused tremendous back pressure in the "pocket" pushing me forward. This got very hard on my neck after only a short time. The MRA screen is a much smaller unit than the stock or the V Stream, however it does a fantastic job of smoothing out the air at all speeds. I did notice a significant reduction in truck turbulence on the highway as well. This screen offers very smooth airflow at all settings, excellent cooling airflow on the lower and mid settings. Absolutely ZERO head shaking at speed. In the full up position with spoiler up as well there was a barely noticeable amount of back pressure in the pocket. Still all in all the best screen so far. I just received a Cal Sci screen from another dogger out west, (sent him the V Stream) and will have to try it out as well. Since it is warmer now I am gonna stay with the MRA till cooler weather.
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2013, 12:22:19 pm »
I like your "exchange program" idea Matt!!! :great: best idea EVER!!!  :beerchug:


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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2013, 05:22:42 pm »
I like your "exchange program" idea Matt!!! :great: best idea EVER!!!  :beerchug:

There is one over at the other site...
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2013, 05:24:44 pm »
What other site?  >:D


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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2013, 07:46:00 pm »
I like your "exchange program" idea Matt!!! :great: best idea EVER!!!  :beerchug:

There is one over at the other site...
We could do it far better than that "other" site!!!
And faster too!
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2013, 10:32:07 pm »
What other site?  >:D

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I like your "exchange program" idea Matt!!! :great: best idea EVER!!!  :beerchug:

There is one over at the other site...
We could do it far better than that "other" site!!!
And faster too!
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Ok... I don't see a thread on your exchange program.  :smiley_confused1: So until then it's just a lot of noise... Because this is the interweb... I can't tell if you're just being enthusiastic or not... If not, then you should know that there a number of members here that are also on the other site... If you're just being enthusiastic, then in the immortal words of Rosanna Rosannadanna... "Never mind!"

I can tell you that putting together an exchange program is a royal PITA and sometimes it's just easier to use the one that's already in place... Plu you can always contribute another screen for other C14 owners to try...  :)

As for the MRA screen... This thread prompted me to put mine back on. With my current ergonomics and my Bell Star helmet the MRA is now providing a much better air flow with a lot less noise and turbulence. I'm lovin' that  since the Bell Star is arather noisey helmet, but has a bunch of features that I won't give up... MRA and the Bell Star is now a win-win!!!  :great:
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2013, 11:10:53 pm »
There is no thread on an exchange program because I only have one screen I would consider letting get shipped around the country. I know about the other stuff going on on zggtr.org but they are taking a long time to get things done. It was just an idea thats all. I still think we could do it better tho!!
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2013, 11:29:04 pm »
   Please folks whether playing or not, lets not get into comments trying to make this forum look better or other forums look worse (even if in jest). It does nobody any good to use negativity in respects to this or other forums. It's not really the way we want to be viewed as, right. There are some good folks on both forums and a lot of folks obviously frequent more than one. So lets try not to sound pro or anti anywhere which inevitably leads to personal attacks and such. I'm not pointing fingers at anyone and hope that things in jest can stop (hopefully just meant to be playful). Keep in mind that sometimes playful can turn serious and then it helps no one. So please, end it right here.

 Now if anyone is serious about an exchange program, feel free to set it up, and we'll go from there. But please don't come across as disrespectful towards others (on another forum) for only trying to do right by other folks.   :campfire:

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2013, 11:51:55 pm »
Works for me Bob...

Matt... A screen exchange is by it's very nature a slow process... When they get to a rider it's not a slam bam thank you ma'am and they are out for the next guy to try. It's taken me four freakin' years to finally narrow my selection down to the two screens that I currently own. And I don't even want to think about how many screens I've gone through to get here. Good luck... I hope you come up with a viable system.

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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2013, 12:29:57 am »
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2013, 12:37:07 am »
The time required is exactly why I would not want to take on setting it up. I did a swap 1 for 1 with another Cogger a week ago. I went very smooth and it still took 2 weeks to complete.  This was a simple exchange and not a try four and see which one you like. I applaud the people on the other list for sending screens all over the place for people to try! not only that but to keep it going for as long as it has been going is at the very least highly commendable! I also said nothing about there being a problem of any sort with their system.  I am not a negative person and even if I know I could do something different or better I am not gonna step on your toes or try to put down your setup. I apologize if anyone took my statement to be in any way negative towards any one or group.
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Re: MRA Vario windscreen
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2013, 01:27:30 am »
The time required is exactly why I would not want to take on setting it up. I did a swap 1 for 1 with another Cogger a week ago. I went very smooth and it still took 2 weeks to complete.  This was a simple exchange and not a try four and see which one you like. I applaud the people on the other list for sending screens all over the place for people to try! not only that but to keep it going for as long as it has been going is at the very least highly commendable! I also said nothing about there being a problem of any sort with their system.  I am not a negative person and even if I know I could do something different or better I am not gonna step on your toes or try to put down your setup. I apologize if anyone took my statement to be in any way negative towards any one or group.
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Yeah, it's not a perfect system (time wise), but it is a very useful system. I currently have the large screens (3) from the other forum and I promised the next in line
that I'd have them sent out by the end of this week. They are still in my den.  ::)  I thought I'd fix up a nicer box for shipping as a way of paying it forward.
I bought a box and got out the glue gun and started to reinforce it. I was pretty happy with how it was turning out, I was going to just put the old box
inside it and ship it off. Turns out my work just ended up making shipping almost $20 dollars more. Seems there is something the shippers call "Dimensional weight".
Even if I ponied up the extra bucks, I figured that no one down the line would appreciate me making the whole process more expensive so I scrapped it.
 Now I'll be spending the weekend searching for a suitable box. Problems aside, it saved me some money.  :great:  The whole system is sort of self sustaining and
is based on the honesty of each individual sending it on. All it takes to "set up" is for one person to ship off an unwanted screen to someone that wants to try it.
Sooner or later someone will add an unwanted screen to the box then there are two, etc etc. That being said ..just join the other forum and get on the list. :))
(there are two boxes, one with 3 medium screens and one {in my den :-[} with 3 large screens.. 

   Please folks whether playing or not, lets not get into comments trying to make this forum look better or other forums look worse (even if in jest). It does nobody any good to use negativity in respects to this or other forums. It's not really the way we want to be viewed as, right. There are some good folks on both forums and a lot of folks obviously frequent more than one.

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