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Old 01-15-2013, 06:31 AM   #1111
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Mirage 2 - ORDERED

I am 6'2" using stock seat with airhawk. Inseam about 35".

I too have a journey of windscreens.

When I purchased my bike used it had the BMW OEM touring screen and the Cee Baily. Both were noisy and created "dirty air" for my non-Dual Sport helmets.

I experimented with a hole saw and assorted cutting instruments on the Cee Baily to try and create a smooth flow of air - no luck.

In between switching screens I went for a ride without any screen. That's when I discovered how nice clean air could be. Found a F658GS screen on the forum. Painted it flat-black and it became my screen. This works great in the heat, but come colder weather I was hoping there would be a solution for keeping the wind blast off my chest. I've been on many a hwy drone ride (75 MPH +) with the shorty and never found myself to be fatigued from the wind.

Found a Wunderlich Vario and Spoiler on the forum for sale. After experimenting over, and over (and over) with different configurations I still couldn't find a good pocket. If I slouched in the saddle it was okay. The Vario does flop around at all heights, especially with the spoiler on. When at RawHyde for an ADV weekend I removed the upper screen. A weak point on the Vario is its mounting system. I believe it puts extra stress on the fairing "L" mount. When I lost the front (low speed) in the mud the screen made contact and broke the fairing and cracked the upper portion of the screen. The unfortunate part of this is that it left the instrument cluster susceptible which ended up cracking at the screw mount.

After looking at the Mirage2 I think it offers many worthy points for the investment. From reviews it will be the screen solution for that quiet and protected pocket. The Mirage2 also should provide a safe haven for the $1000 instrument cluster (not including programming). Lastly, the Mirage2 offers a perfect mounting point for the GPS, especially while in the stand up position. Thank you insurance monies.

The Mirage2 is expected to arrive this week. I'll let you know if it "like gold".
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #1112
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snip snip...

A weak point on the Vario is its mounting system. I believe it puts extra stress on the fairing "L" mount. When I lost the front (low speed) in the mud the screen made contact and broke the fairing and cracked the upper portion of the screen. The unfortunate part of this is that it left the instrument cluster susceptible which ended up cracking at the screw mount.

... snip snip
I completely agree with all you said. I'm just happy this hasn't happened to me.... yet...
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:40 PM   #1113
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Apparently the highly advanced wind-tunnel tested screen wraps in such a way that it will hit the mirror stalks on a full-lock turn. ztechniks thought it was more important to keep the optimal design point of the screen,
rather than compromise it to work with mirrors in the stock position. ....

Can I apply for job in marketing now?
You have my blessing

Well, I got tired of fucking around and finally ordered one. I have the Doubletake mirrors on my bike and I have no idea if I can make those work with the screen, if not I guess I will go ahead and order a couple extenders later. For now I just ordered the screen. We shall see how it all pans out.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #1114
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I just cancelled my Vario order, I'm hoping not too late - 24 hrs. I have decided to stop fucking around also, and just get the damn Brit Mirage 2. It is only $200 more. Hell, I spend that much on booze before lunch most days.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:20 AM   #1115
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The Mirage2 is expected to arrive this week. I'll let you know if it "like gold".
Looking forward to your objective review of the Mirage 2. Hopefully it will live up to the hype.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:05 AM   #1116
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I actually went with it because at the time it was about 1/2 the price of the Deserto 3.
Isn't it even more functional than the Desierto?



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Old 01-17-2013, 06:35 AM   #1117
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Isn't it even more functional than the Desierto?



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Old 01-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #1118
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Got the Ztechnik screen installed. I can dig this. A breeze to install, doesn't look too shabby and so far on my couple of test rides it's done very well. YMMV.

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #1119
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Got the Ztechnik screen installed. I can dig this. A breeze to install, doesn't look too shabby and so far on my couple of test rides it's done very well. YMMV.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:20 PM   #1120
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Which height?
I'm a short dude at 5'6 with a 29" inseam. I got the "short touring" screen.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #1121
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Cool2 Cee Bailey's ready for 2013 model

Just installed it today. I like the looks of it. This is the 18" version.



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Old 01-27-2013, 10:30 AM   #1122
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I have had a hesitant trigger finger poised over that Mirage2 for months now. Any update on receiving, installing and testing it?
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:03 AM   #1123
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I have had a hesitant trigger finger poised over that Mirage2 for months now. Any update on receiving, installing and testing it?
I received my Mirage 2 in less than a week from ordering. The customer service was excellent. Ian from Britannia Composites told me they are working on an enhanced screen for the combination that will provide even better coverage. So, you may want to contact him prior to ordering and wait it out.

My bike is still in the shop so I have yet to do a road test. Will post as soon as I have had some seat time.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:35 PM   #1124
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Just installed it today. I like the looks of it. This is the 18" version.



So how do you like it? Any buffeting? How tall are you?
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:24 PM   #1125
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So how do you like it? Any buffeting? How tall are you?
It was 18F on Sunday. It is snowing today. Wednesday looks like it might be about 50. If it is, I'll give it a try.

Based on two previous bikes with Cee Bailey's windscreens, the top of this one looks to be right. This is the 18" size. I'm about 5'10". I'll post once I've given it a try.

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