|08-29-2001, 11:20 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2001
Location: Layton, Utah
New to the List
Just picked up my '02 1150GS on Saturday. Wow.....what a machine. Haven't ventured off road yet...still getting used to it's awesome riding characteristics. I researched this bike for quite a while and have been lurking on this, and the RT site for quite some time. It was a tough choice and it was hard to give up that trick windscreen on the RT. But the GS just felt better over-all.
After about a year and numerous test rides later (not to mention driving my dealer nuts), I reluctantly traded in the R12C. But, my riding style and interests changed, and accordingly, the kind of bike I ride needed to change also. It's exciting to be part of the GS crowd now, and I'm looking forward to learning from all of you, and hopefully contributing something constructive here and there.
Along with the bike I bought a Shuberth Concept helmet. Does anyone else have any experince with it? The main problem is that it's killing my ears; as in, the helmet is sqweezing the sides of my head like a vise. I was told it was supposed to be snug, and anticipated that it would loosen up a bit. But, not yet. This is probably a fitment issue with my dealer. But I'm here to tell you, that flip down sun visor and the improved peripheral visibility is outstanding.
I was also disappointed and shocked in the amount of wind noise. I couldn't believe that such a high-tech, aerodynamically designed helmet would be so noisy as to make ear plugs
almost mandatory. I was tempted to call the dealer and complain.
But then while on a ride I decided to stand up out of the turbulence of the stock windscreen to see if made any differnce.
I was amazed. I stood straight up on the pegs at 80mph and couldn't believe my ears (literally). Near silence. It's absolutely amazing how much quiter the helmet is when it's slicing through undisturbed air (I'm sure that's true for most other helmets as well). The frustration is determining what will optimize air flow while eliminating the roar of the turbulence created by windscreens. I've heard of the Aeroflow half-fairing, but wonder if the larger quiet pocket of air behind the screen would cut out the air flow through your riding gear (I guess that's not a bad thing in cooler weather). But a smaller screen providing air flow to the venting in your gear and helmet creates turbulence, buffeting, and wind roar. Anyone have the ideal compromise/solution for the GS?
Sorry to post so long this first time. Thanks in advance.
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