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Author:  Pittsy [ Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Windshields: worth it or not?

In order to deflect the colder autumn and winter air/wind I'm contemplating getting a small windshield, something like:

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Is it worth it? Do these small screens actually do the trick?



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Author:  Raptor [ Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:08 pm ]
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I've got the small flyscreen on my GTS. I don't think it helps much in sluggish city traffic, but on open bridge runs and highways, it's absolutely amazing. It keeps the wind from knocking me around too much on those nasty 20-mile runs from the LIE down through the Van Wyck.

Author:  Vinny [ Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:31 pm ]
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Pittsy did you see the windscreen on my GTS Monday night? I love it. I bought it so I didn't feel like I was gonna be blown off the scoot at speeds above 55mph. I ride the highways here in Jersey. If you tuck at higher speeds, with the windscreen you don't have to tuck as far down. When I first put it on it took me an hour to get use to the look. As for what it did for my riding comfort, I love it. The shape of the GTS already pushes a lot of air towards your upper body. The windscreens will deflect it higher and wider. Just don't go with a real short one. Mine is just like Alan's, and I'm talking windscreens.

Survey Says---"WORTH IT!"

Author:  Carter [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:53 am ]
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If you can find a windscreen that shields your hands too....you'll be able to feel your finger tips a bit longer in jan/feb/mar.

Author:  Stan [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:15 am ]
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Looking for a windscreen also. For my Aprilia Scarabeo. Anybody know where I can get one that fits? A short one as I don't want it acting like a sail when its windy.

Author:  Porn-Hair [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:22 am ]
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People say I'm nuts, but i swear it gives you a couple a miles an hour deflecting the wind around you more smoothly, except over 85mph then it starts throw'n the bike around, that's why I'm gonna rig up a stearing dampener.
For winter the best I've seen was one X-man had, looks just like mine & Vinny's (only bigger)+( talk'n windscreens) except it covers your hands.
I hate the one that you can't see over, what if salt spray covers it, then what.....Huh...Huh,huh :?
Alan

Author:  MaxPuzzle [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:36 am ]
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if you're going to get a windscreen to deflect the cool breeze - may I suggest a full screen - I have one of those 1/4 screens and must admit it's really for looks only- there's really no practical benefit.


If you want to deflect the cold - get a full screen and something then that will cover your hands too....

Author:  dankwonka [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:06 am ]
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i have a full screen but i have no idea how to attach it to my et4? anyone know how to do this or have a link to som directions? thanks!

Author:  mangajunky [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:11 am ]
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it should be pretty easy, as I recall there are holes underneath the headset specifically for the installation of a windshield.

Author:  Stan [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:11 am ]
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Where in the city can I see some variations of windscreens and then buy one?

Author:  prcrstn8 [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:41 am ]
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Do these small screens actually do the trick?


Yes, indeed. Mine handily directs the turbulence right at my helmet. Maybe it's angled too far back but trying to change that angle would involve removing it (and risk stripping the cheapshit mounting hardware - I see the most recent model has different mounting hardwre, maybe it's improved) and bending the brackets. Fuggedaboudit.

It's done nothing for my top speed tho' I do need a tuneup - we'll revisit that after changing the plug and cleaning the airfilter.

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As you can see I cut the sides off. I like this one better, it's what I would get if I commuted:

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http://www.scooterpartsdirect.com/cat.p ... 7&men_id=1

Author:  jdkanuck [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:15 am ]
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i have a full wind screen for my motorcycle that i took off, but when i drove it up from maryland on the highway doing 80+ that thing was genius. looks dorky as hell, but i haven't been able to get up to 80 without it, just too much wind shooting through my flip-up helmet.

definitely get one for winter if you plan on riding. don't get a skirt though, they are creepy...

Author:  Pittsy [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:24 pm ]
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Thanks for the advice and for the links.
Seems to be worth buying the larger one and taking Evan's route to modifying it. On that note, Evan, I forget, how did you trip your screen down? Band saw? File?

Another toy to add to my toy!

Author:  prcrstn8 [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:15 pm ]
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Yup. Band saw in my kitchen. Doesn't everyone?

Drew the shape w/ a grease pencil, cut on the dotted line using a dremel tool w/ a diamond cutting wheel, did final shaping holding a hand drill w/ sanding disc in one hand and the windscreen in the other. Finished the edge w/ hand files, sanding block and Scotchbrite pads.

Surprise, surprise, it makes an unbefuckinglievable mess - plastic dust everywhere. Don't try this at home.

Author:  lex [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:18 pm ]
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Potentially stupid question:

When it rains, does the wind/speed blow the drops off the windscreen, or do you end up wiping at stop lights?

Author:  Pittsy [ Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:44 pm ]
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cool, thanks evan

Author:  Brouhaha [ Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:18 am ]
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+1 for windscreens keeping you warmer in winter.

Had the Cuppini, putting on the slightly larger Faco with more hand coverage.

Author:  Brouhaha [ Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windshields: worth it or not?

How to install a Fly Screen / Windscreen

http://www.ivespa.com/_vesparize/flyscreen.html

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