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Old 12-08-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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Thumb DR Windshields, Deflectors, Fairings, Bugslappers

Folks, despite all the Global Warmists can do, winter IS descending on the northern hemisphere and some of us are having thoughts of elemental protections for our DR's

Could you guys post your experiences and give thumbs up or thumbs-down on the many choices for DR's. I'll start.

I had the big Parabellum on one of my DR's.
Pluses = duck behind it and nothing short of a anti-tank round will get you.
Secondly I really like their mounting system. So much that I had a guy fab some parts similar so I can mount a variety of things, like the Vstrom windshield...

Minuses = Its a lot to carry... heavy material, thick..
Also, for me, with head above the windshield clear visibility I had a lot of buffeting... head-banger. not good.

Next Up had a Memphis Spitfire. It was better, but not by a lot. Probably if I had worked with it more, trying angles etc I would have gotten happy. Not a bad choice:

++ = Not too big, not too heavy, mounts ok, but big enough to duck behind if in a hailstorm.

- - = Lotta buffeting for me... the bottom of the shield doesn't really fit the DR shroud... could use some modifying for a better fit. Bar mounting clutters your bars

Third: V-Strom stock windshield inverted.
++ = Using parabellum-type barclamp mount, I could get it stable with just the single-struts [one each left/right]. Reasonably smooth air at low speed. Big enough to duck behind if you really hunker down.

- - = At highway speed too buffety. shake/rattle/roll.

So I'm still searching...
I've heard rumours that the National Deflector works ok... looks to be about like the Spitfire....

Please post, for everyone's sake.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:53 AM   #2
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see the DR650 thread

I'm not sure who it was but, one of the guys on the DR650 thread had mounted a KLR's windshield to his DR650. IT LOOKED BITCHIN! You'd have to find out who it was and ask him how it worked.

I never mounted a shield on my 97 DR because I did lots of off Rd. with it and didn't want something else to break on get-offs...............and I learned to like bugs in my teeth.
My 91 model had a cool mini fairing from the factory that I had a lockhart-phillips extra tall (a whopping 2 inches higher) screen on.
Suzuki parts still show the plastic fairing to be available for the 91, just not the lexan portion of the screen.
F.W.I.W. I usually wore a full face street helmet for longer rides and on any bike I've owned, looked to keep the wind blast off my chest but, my head in the air flow. I always felt the helmets venting system did it's job better that way.
Good luck!
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:10 PM   #3
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In the summer months I use the plastic from a welder's mask. I bought it at Harbor Freight for $5. It doesn't fit the headlight shroud perfectly but it is good enough. It is approximately twelve inches above the shroud and simply bolts to the shroud.

It the spring, fall and winter months I use the Parabellum I bought from a guy in South Texas. It works great!
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:58 PM   #4
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bmw gs650 dakar shield, fits the lines of the 400 great. I bet the 650 shroud is the same mold.


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Old 12-08-2007, 06:18 PM   #5
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+1 for the Dakar shield:





Bike that inspired me to try the Dakar screen^^^








My Te-610...with the Dakar ^^^

The protection is great and at the angle I have it mounted I get very little buffetting if any. The wind hits me right at the top of the helmet so there is also little pressure on the Head reducing neck strain...Dakar Shield is a great option for any dualsport IMHO...
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:08 PM   #6
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+1 for the Dakar shield:





Bike that inspired me to try the Dakar screen^^^








My Te-610...with the Dakar ^^^

The protection is great and at the angle I have it mounted I get very little buffetting if any. The wind hits me right at the top of the helmet so there is also little pressure on the Head reducing neck strain...Dakar Shield is a great option for any dualsport IMHO...
Yeah- a dakar screen is great for any dualie- except a dakar.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:00 AM   #7
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What kind of mirrors are those?

The little round ones mounted on the handlebars? Work well? Who makes 'em.. NICE look!

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+1 for the Dakar shield:





Bike that inspired me to try the Dakar screen^^^








My Te-610...with the Dakar ^^^

The protection is great and at the angle I have it mounted I get very little buffetting if any. The wind hits me right at the top of the helmet so there is also little pressure on the Head reducing neck strain...Dakar Shield is a great option for any dualsport IMHO...
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Old 12-08-2007, 07:21 PM   #8
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i likke it.... source???/

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Old 12-08-2007, 07:28 PM   #9
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Zapp,
I got my Dakar Shield from Hammersley BMW (best price), the parts guy was really helpful and cool to chat with...

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Old 01-08-2008, 08:21 PM   #10
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bmw gs650 dakar shield, fits the lines of the 400 great. I bet the 650 shroud is the same mold.




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Old 02-29-2008, 06:50 AM   #11
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Buffalo dan and Ona , et al Dakar shield flailers...

on stock late model DR shroud, what mods did you make to the screen or the shroud to get best fit and upright angle?

i need to post pics of the FZ1 experiment... the good news is that if flows just like the stock shroud, no turbulence. the bad news is it follows the line of the top of the shroud, so its menacing my torso in case of a forward vault offff, and also is not in the right place for a highspeed "tuck".....
hence the question about the more upright rallye shield of the Dakar.....


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Old 04-09-2008, 04:45 PM   #12
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ZAPP, did you install a Dakar Windscreen on your bike?

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Buffalo dan and Ona , et al Dakar shield flailers...

on stock late model DR shroud, what mods did you make to the screen or the shroud to get best fit and upright angle?

i need to post pics of the FZ1 experiment... the good news is that if flows just like the stock shroud, no turbulence. the bad news is it follows the line of the top of the shroud, so its menacing my torso in case of a forward vault offff, and also is not in the right place for a highspeed "tuck".....
hence the question about the more upright rallye shield of the Dakar.....
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:07 PM   #13
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Buffalo dan and Ona , et al Dakar shield flailers...

on stock late model DR shroud, what mods did you make to the screen or the shroud to get best fit and upright angle?

i need to post pics of the FZ1 experiment... the good news is that if flows just like the stock shroud, no turbulence. the bad news is it follows the line of the top of the shroud, so its menacing my torso in case of a forward vault offff, and also is not in the right place for a highspeed "tuck".....
hence the question about the more upright rallye shield of the Dakar.....
Zapp, no mods to the screen. I just used a long bolt with a section on fuel line over it, then double nut the bottom where it hits the stock screen.
That way you can adjust the angle till your happy then lock it down.
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:19 PM   #15
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National Cycle windshiled - my first ride out today after a 4 month winter hiatus. Nice to be back in the saddle.

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