Originally Posted by Jim Williams
Maybe, you answered my question, but, for me, it's not IF I get an Aeroflow, it's WHEN!? Either that, or I'm trading this bike in. The other day, i had to do 100 miles into a headwind, and I HATED this bike (05GS)! I was getting so beat up. The hard part is that the morning of, there was no wind, and I was thinking about how the bike was fine with the Givi screen and Tobinators.
So, I guess that's the question. My GS is acceptable until I get any kind of wind, then it is so fucking loud and I feel like I'm being thrown around by the wind so bad that I want to get rid of the thing! Will the Aeroflow solve this? FWIW, I'm 6'1" and 31" inseam. I might even sit taller than you!!!
All I can tell you is that the Aeroflow solved it for me. I had the same problems you describe. Heavy cross winds pummelled me so bad that it was very nearly a safety issue at highway speeds, and the noise seemed to literally rattle my brain. I despised highway riding in wind and was on the verge of giving up on the 12GS. Several thoughts:
- Like you I thought about ditching the 12GS. I was thinking of a 12RT. I test rode the 12RT on a day with hurrendous cross winds and the bike is amazing. The electric windshield works great. You can effectively get yourself in that proverbial "bubble" where you feel nothing
. But its so staid and relaxed that I got the distinct impression that I wasn't old enough to ride it. And, frankly, a bubble is not necessarily what I wanted. I like clean air. When I got back on my 12GS I noted now much more fun it is to ride. Naked flickability with no fairings to insure and competent on crappy surfaces. That's when I decided to give the Aeroflow a try. Even at $500, its a cheaper solution than trading in an '05 12GS for an '06 12RT. And if it didn't work, then I could put the stocker back on and sell the Aeroflow for at least $300 on eBay or through this forum, and still trade the 12GS. At least that was my logic.
- I thought the noise was insane with the stock screen, too. Even with the Laminar Lip (which really helped with turbulence) and earplugs I felt my ears and sinus cavities were beat to death in heavy crosswinds. A ride into wind of 30 miles left my head ringing. It was terribly fatiguing. Highway riding in wind was an awful and tiring experience. With the Aeroflow, I can hear my engine purr in any wind. Its much quieter and less stressful to ride long distances. With the Aeroflow I've done three 300 mile days and many 100 mile days in all manner of wind, and fatigue from noise and/or windblast is not an issue.
- Don't get me wrong. The Aeroflow does not create that silent bubble that the right setting on the 12RT gives you. You feel air, and there is sometimes a slight turbulence on my upper arms when riding in heavy traffic or in crosswinds around trucks, etc... And when you're in a heavy wind you know it and may have to compensate with a slight lean. Since the GS is a tall bike you may feel that a bit more than most bikes in any event. But feeling wind is different than turbulent buffetting and it'll happen on any bike from naked thumpers through Goldwings. And the turbulence I do get is uncommon and minimal when it happens.
- I suspect you and I sit similarly. I'm 6'0" (72") with a 30" inseam, and you're 6'1" (73") with a 31" inseam. The difference in inches is both 42", so we both sit fairly tall in the saddle. I got the tall version of the Aeroflow and am glad I did. With the tall size my eyes are 2" to 3" above the top of the glass. I've put my hand above my head at highway speed to see where the windblast is directed, and it hits the top inch or so of my helmet. Check out the Aeroflow site. They recommend their screens based on the rider's height and they recommend the medium for up to 6'0" (IMHO they should recommend size based on height minus inseam). But, in an email they told me that their biggest complaint is from people who wish they had gotten a size taller. Knowing that I'm all torso I got a tall. If I remember right they recommend the tall for riders 6'0" to 6'3". They also sell an extra tall. I believe the difference from medium to tall, and from tall to extra tall is 2" (so the extra tall is 4" more glass than the medium). From reading your post, and given my experience I'd suspect the tall size is better for you. I do know a guy who has bought a couple of Aeroflows and always gets the extra tall, and then cuts it down to whatever he thinks is perfect. I'm not that big a handy-man so that wasn't an option for me.
YMMV, and I can't swear that the Aeroflow will do for your ride what its done for mine. But my experiences are uniformly positive. Check out the web site. Email them: the Aeroflow people are good at responding to emails. Our complaints about the turbulence and noise are so similar, that I'm betting you'll be pleased.