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Offline elektra

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Windshield on a 2011 C14
« on: August 29, 2011, 05:46:54 pm »
I was not real impressed with the new Kawasaki OEM taller windshield on my 2011 C14. Prior to purchasing my 2011, I owned a used 2009. I replaced the windshield on my '09 with the new taller version, but I was not real happy. Still way too much wind noise and buffeting.

On my 2011 I had been searching for a solution. I first purchased a Laminar Lip for the OEM windshield but concluded that to be insufficient. I had read in the C14 forum about the California Scientific windshield, did some additional research on it and purchased one. I am 5'9" so I decided on the Medium height. I have to report that this is an incredible upgrade and solution to anyone who shares my discomfort with the OEM windshield. In the full up position, which still allows me an unobstructed view over the top, there is virtually no buffeting and the wind noise is dramatically reduced. I would highly recommend this product.

In addition, the thicker CalSci windshield does not flex in the up position at high speeds or in strong crosscurrents.
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 05:49:54 pm »
How much larger then stock is the Medium CalSci?  I have a V-stream and so far like it, but it does buffet me quite a bit
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2011, 06:14:09 pm »
2010/11 Concours stock shield is 2¾" taller than previous years.

CalSci Medium shield is 4" taller than the 2008-2009 Concours windshield.

It is 1¼" taller than the 2010/11 Concours windshield. It is 2" wider and has a unique venting system to stabilize air pressure in the cockpit. It is also thicker to prevent flexing.
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 06:30:48 pm »
Replacing the OEM windshield with the Cal-Sci Medium has been the most significant improvement I have made on my 2010. I am 5'11" and would recommend anyone taller go with the Large as the wind/buffeting is JUST above my head when in the full "up" position.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 02:01:42 am »
The Cee Baily screens work most excellent also, and are available from Murph.   ;)
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2011, 02:21:28 am »
Replacing the OEM windshield with the Cal-Sci Medium has been the most significant improvement I have made on my 2010. I am 5'11" and would recommend anyone taller go with the Large as the wind/buffeting is JUST above my head when in the full "up" position.

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Don't you also have a Corbin seat? That lowers you about an inch, effectively raising the windshield the same amount.

I'm probably going to "upgrade" before too long, but with this 100+ degree heat, smaller seems better.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2011, 02:52:59 pm »
The Cee Baily screens work most excellent also, and are available from Murph.   ;)

+1 I have the Cee Baily Touring Dome, works and looks wonderful. Love it.
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2011, 02:50:38 pm »
i have the cee bailey ultra dome tour on my 2008 , im 5 ,9  and its a great shield for the long haul touring rider, been caught in several downpouring rains with it with minimal problem....all the way up to keep the rain out of your face and over your head.
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2011, 03:17:24 pm »
I have the Cal Sci tintes shorty for summer riding, and the tall for Winter, or when the wife wants to ride.  I wish I'd found the tinted earlier....dash branding is real, and I have a melted speedo needle to prove it >:(

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2011, 02:39:20 am »
I THOUGHT the Cee Baily was good. And I was right.  However the Cal Sci is GREAT. Both are way better than OEM but the Cal Sci is betterer.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2011, 08:07:38 pm »
I THOUGHT the Cee Baily was good. And I was right.  However the Cal Sci is GREAT. Both are way better than OEM but the Cal Sci is betterer.

Which Cal Sci and Cee Baileys size did/do you have?  I really like my Euro but it is just a hair shorter than perfect for full wind protection at full height.  The large Cal Sci is 1/2" taller but wider than the Euro, and I think it looks better.  I don't want to buy either the Cee Baileys Ultra or the Cal Sci XL, they are just too tall for my taste.  Wondering if the Cal Sci large would give better protection than the CB Euro?  Also gotta have one of those opaque black shorties for summer.  Very cool looking.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2011, 09:40:03 pm »
The Cee Baily screens work most excellent also, and are available from Murph.   ;)
That's what I have, I'm 5'9" tall and with it all the way down I get all the wind, part way up the wind goes over my head and all the way up I look through it when it rains. Cee Bailey Ultra Tour Domed
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2011, 09:35:16 am »
I just got the CB Ultra Tour Domed.  Although it is better than stock by far ('09),  at full height, the top ridge is right in my line of sight.  I have to scrunch down a little to see through it.  I'm 5' 10", but must have a long torso as every shield I ever get for any bike is always too short.  The other thing I noticed is that my upper back is always killing me now. I think it is giving me too much back pressure or something.  I have a Corbin seat coming ( if it ever gets made, been waiting 3 weeks now ) and it will lower me an inch I'm told.  I'll probably have to go with a CalSci though.  I have had good luck with Mark in the past on other bikes.  I had one on my V-strom and my ST1300.  He was great to work with back then.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2011, 12:27:34 am »
I rode the Cee Baily Ultra Tour for about 1000 miles and then stumbled on an awesome deal on a Cal Sci Large.  I'm 6'4" and the large is quite sufficient.  I think if I was going to do a LONG trip the tall might be a smigeon better...  and I'm getting a Russell Day Long so it's possible that I'll want the taller one even more, but on a day to day basis the Large is terrific for me. 

What I significantly like about the Cal over the Cee Baily is that the air pocket is just a lot cleaner.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2011, 11:57:40 pm »
I ordered a large Cal Sci and a tinted shorty Tuesday.  Currently have the Cee Baileys Euro and like it a lot but always wanted to try the Cal Sci.  I think it looks better and it's 1/2" taller so might be just what I need as my Euro is just a hair short for complete protection.  I got the shorty just because it looks so cool and will be realy nice for 100 degree TX Summers and shorter rides.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2011, 01:34:21 am »
I ordered a large Cal Sci and a tinted shorty Tuesday.  Currently have the Cee Baileys Euro and like it a lot but always wanted to try the Cal Sci.  I think it looks better and it's 1/2" taller so might be just what I need as my Euro is just a hair short for complete protection.  I got the shorty just because it looks so cool and will be realy nice for 100 degree TX Summers and shorter rides.

I have these 2 windshields...love the shorty in hottt weather.  The large is great for me when it gets colder, or when my wife wants to ride with me.  Wonder if the tinted shorty would have stopped the dash branding and melted/bent speedo needle I have now?
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2011, 11:16:35 am »
I have 2 windscreens, the stock '08 and the Kawi "tall" ( AKA the stock '10). The stock screen had a lot of fine scratches and I replaced it w/ the new tall one when I bought the bike. The old one I cut down to about the size/shape as the one on the ZX14. It only extends about 4" higher than the instruments in the lowered position
I first used the tall one but never liked the buffeting when it was raised, the higher the screen was raised, the worse it seemed to get. My wife says that it's horrible on the back seat at speed when the screen is raised.
I put the short one on when it started to get warm this summer and I like the short one a whole lot better. Smooth airflow and less engine heat. Better on the back too, I'm told.
It's starting to get cooler now up here in New England so I'll be putting the tall one back on soon. It does help a whole lot in the cold, but it just seems noisier
This is my first faired bike, first with a windshield, maybe I'll get used to the thing.
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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2011, 12:15:35 pm »
I have 2 windscreens, the stock '08 and the Kawi "tall" ( AKA the stock '10). The stock screen had a lot of fine scratches and I replaced it w/ the new tall one when I bought the bike. The old one I cut down to about the size/shape as the one on the ZX14. It only extends about 4" higher than the instruments in the lowered position
I first used the tall one but never liked the buffeting when it was raised, the higher the screen was raised, the worse it seemed to get. My wife says that it's horrible on the back seat at speed when the screen is raised.
I put the short one on when it started to get warm this summer and I like the short one a whole lot better. Smooth airflow and less engine heat. Better on the back too, I'm told.
It's starting to get cooler now up here in New England so I'll be putting the tall one back on soon. It does help a whole lot in the cold, but it just seems noisier
This is my first faired bike, first with a windshield, maybe I'll get used to the thing.

If you and the Mrs. are getting that kind of buffetting, you are likely going to get used to it.  Just buy a Cee Baileys Euro or Ultra of a Cal Sci L or XL for Winter and ride in a soft pocket of air.

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Re: Windshield on a 2011 C14
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2011, 03:25:15 am »
I don't really want a "soft pocket of air", but I would like to have the "wind in my face, er, helmet vents" when it's warm outse. I don't get buffeting when I ride my friends' sport bikes. Can't I just get some smooth air without all the buffeting? Or, when I do put the windshield up, can't I then get some better protection without looking like a bobble-head doll?