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Offline TN Rider

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Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« on: May 01, 2019, 06:56:17 pm »
Hey there,

I've search around but can't find a good answer and know there's many out there that have already went down this path.

I have a 2011 Concours with riser bars, stock seat.  I'm 6'4", 34" inseam.

I don't care about looking cool. Ideally I can find a windshield that when all the way up gives me the most wind protection/quiet.  A friend gave me a vstream which is better than the stock but wobbles alot and gets a little squirrelly over about 85mph.

I'm coming up on a bunch of deadends on my search. It looks like Aero flow doesn't make Concours windshields anymore.  I can't seem to find out anything about Cee Bailey's, it look like they just make aircraft parts now. I called Madstad and left several VM's but no one ever called me back.

Anyone out there came up with the best answer? Add-on shield worth trying?

Right now, I'm leaning towards trying the California Scientific Concours 08-14 XLarge Wide
https://calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Concoursprod.html

thanks!
« Last Edit: May 01, 2019, 07:18:17 pm by TN Rider, Reason: adding to it »

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 07:46:26 pm »
Same problem here. 6'4", 34:inseam and my Goldwing has spoiled me. I recently put this on and it "helps" but doesn't solve the problem completely.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/mra-x-creen-tour-variable-windscreen-spoiler-blade?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2ID5vJn74QIVjYbACh3vLAh3EAQYASABEgKylvD_BwE
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2019, 08:44:53 pm »
MadStad brackets, they're not the nicest looking accessory, but they work

https://madstad.com/collections/kawasaki/products/kawasaki-concours-1400

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2019, 08:46:31 pm »
The only screen that will do the job at our height is the Calsci XL.
However, you may I prefer the Calsci L with a Laminar Lip fitted.
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2019, 08:55:56 pm »
I have the Cee Bailey's windscreen and at 6'7 with a 33" inseam (short legs, long torso) I find it just about perfect.

BUT as you found out, Cee Bailey's no longer makes motorcycle windscreens.

I would suggest the California Science XL as the next best bet.
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2019, 10:31:23 pm »
Same problem here. 6'4", 34:inseam and my Goldwing has spoiled me. I recently put this on and it "helps" but doesn't solve the problem completely.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/mra-x-creen-tour-variable-windscreen-spoiler-blade?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2ID5vJn74QIVjYbACh3vLAh3EAQYASABEgKylvD_BwE

Ok, I wondered about those.  Did you get the clamp on or the drill on?

thanks!

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2019, 10:34:48 pm »
I read some reviews on the Cali Sci and went ahead and pulled the trigger on the XL. I called and talked to the guy (forgot this name) and he said to go with the XL. For a little over $200 it's worth a try. I'll report back.

My second option will be the bracket made by MadStad.

Finally, if the two options above don't work I'll a flip lid.   :)

Thanks everyone. I'll report back on this journey. I love the bike, but want the best of both worlds...a little wind when I want it and then complete coverage when I don't.  We'll see!

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2019, 11:17:16 pm »
Same problem here. 6'4", 34:inseam and my Goldwing has spoiled me. I recently put this on and it "helps" but doesn't solve the problem completely.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/mra-x-creen-tour-variable-windscreen-spoiler-blade?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2ID5vJn74QIVjYbACh3vLAh3EAQYASABEgKylvD_BwE

Ok, I wondered about those.  Did you get the clamp on or the drill on?

thanks!

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2019, 12:04:55 am »
Should have considered an Aeroflow.  I've had them all - best one of the five I have had.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2019, 02:18:05 am »
I'm 6'4" with a 34" inseam.  I bought a CalSci XXL and I'm very happy with it.  When I put it all the way up wind noise initially disappears, then my ear (yup, singular) turns up the gain and it's noisier again.  Still quieter than with the screen down.

Does a great job of keeping my dry in the rain.

You may do better with another brand, but I don't think you can go wrong with the XXL.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2019, 03:02:09 am »
I just bought an MRA Vario X-creen windshield. Haven't been able to try it yet but it looks like I'll be able to adjust it high enough so I don't get any buffeting. I currently have the MRA Vario touring screen and like it a lot but wish it was a couple of inches taller. The X-creen has a taller spoiler which makes it 4" higher. I'm 5'11" but have a RDL seat which puts me up a couple inches higher. Taking the bike for a ride this weekend so I'll let you know how I like it.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2019, 12:48:25 pm »
hA.
My kneejerk reaction to the title, was GOLDWING. 

I have the Calsci XL wide.  And it raises just above my sight line in the full UP position.
I'm 6'1", 32" inseam, riding on a Baldwin Sport seat.

I still get a bit of buffeting in full up, and it's not a SIlent Cockpit, but way better than oem full up.

OEM screen full up is a disaster for me, noise wise, and buffeting.

With that said, any screen that is this big, it's going to be WARM in the summer.
I use my OEMscreen as my summer shield.  Full down gives good windblast to the chest on hot days.
And personally, I think 80 degf is HOT.

Were i to make any improvements to my Calsci, I'd add a Lip and or Madstad brackets next.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2019, 05:01:14 pm »
Should have considered an Aeroflow.  I've had them all - best one of the five I have had.
Just went to their website.  No section for Kawasaki.
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2019, 06:41:16 pm »
MadStad brackets, they're not the nicest looking accessory, but they work

https://madstad.com/collections/kawasaki/products/kawasaki-concours-1400

I wasn't familiar with this.  I've ordered Murph's wedges and am worried they'll put me sufficiently more upright to where the stock shield won't work.  If so, this might be a good solution.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2019, 04:16:35 pm »
MadStad brackets, they're not the nicest looking accessory, but they work

https://madstad.com/collections/kawasaki/products/kawasaki-concours-1400

I wasn't familiar with this.  I've ordered Murph's wedges and am worried they'll put me sufficiently more upright to where the stock shield won't work.  If so, this might be a good solution.

The wedges alone won't raise you up by any appreciable amount. You should be fine.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2019, 08:40:14 pm »
Update:  I received my California Scientific XL and LOVE IT.  It still gives me air when down, and pretty darn quiet (the buffering is even more impressive) when up.  Added bonus, lots of wind off my hands.  It's pretty thick/heavy duty.  The Vstream got shaky at anything over about 80 mph.  Took the CaliSci up to about 90mph and it was solid.  I'm happy.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2019, 04:19:53 pm »
Fixed that for ya.
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2019, 06:57:33 pm »
MadStad brackets, they're not the nicest looking accessory, but they work

https://madstad.com/collections/kawasaki/products/kawasaki-concours-1400

I wasn't familiar with this.  I've ordered Murph's wedges and am worried they'll put me sufficiently more upright to where the stock shield won't work.  If so, this might be a good solution.


the Vstream does shake a bit but I do believe that the flexibility puts less stress on the arms than a rigid one.

I have the Vstream and it is fenomenal, not so much if you ride two up, my wife complains about how all the wind that goes around me lands on the back seat, but other than that is great, I do not like to see through the windshield, the vstream pushes the wind around my face and helmet even when it is bellow my eyes, I can even ride with the mask of the helmet open 90% of the times.
The wedges alone won't raise you up by any appreciable amount. You should be fine.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2019, 08:58:57 pm »
The problem that you get from the tall shields and speed is lot's more strain on the windshield mechanism.
Keep an eye on it if you increase the size of the shield.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2019, 10:18:49 pm »
The problem that you get from the tall shields and speed is lot's more strain on the windshield mechanism.
Keep an eye on it if you increase the size of the shield.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2019, 11:59:10 am »
Yes definitely check out CalSci's website. Good articles on the science of  air moving around a motorcycle. Just bought one of their shields for my FJR and they work as advertised.
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2019, 03:59:54 pm »
Yes definitely check out CalSci's website. Good articles on the science of  air moving around a motorcycle. Just bought one of their shields for my FJR and they work as advertised.

I bought one in 2010 shortly after getting the Concours. I still have it on the bike. It completely got rid of the back pressure I had, which was my biggest complaint.

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2019, 05:10:35 am »
Yes definitely check out CalSci's website. Good articles on the science of  air moving around a motorcycle. Just bought one of their shields for my FJR and they work as advertised.

I bought one in 2010 shortly after getting the Concours. I still have it on the bike. It completely got rid of the back pressure I had, which was my biggest complaint.

How did it alleviate the back pressure? If I run at freeway speed with my Cee Bailey all the way up it has enough back pressure to be tiring.
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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2019, 10:59:44 am »
+1 CalSci; Iā€™m 6ā€™-1ā€, 90% with a pillion rider.  Frequently ride 500+ miles / day and CalSci Large windscreen has transformed experience - no buffeting, no fatiguing pressure of air against helmet and shoulders, less arm exposure in wind-stream and Significantly quieter rider.  Wife also reports quieter ride and our headsets are easier to communicate.
Only true complaint about the C-14.... Transitioned from a C-10 and was surprised even with adjustable screen how much more upper body and bobble-head on 2017 vs 20 year old 97.  Screen does create some movement on brackets - not certain I would try the Xtra Large size CalSci... 

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Re: Best windshield for a tall guy who likes a quiet ride?
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2019, 12:24:35 am »
Givi? I have no experience with one, but I know they are out there.