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Old 04-30-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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KTM 950 has to go bye-bye?

I know there are threads regarding windshields, buffeting, but have any of y'all sold your 950/990s cause you just couldn't take the pain of buffeting anymore.

I LOVE my 950 more than any other bike I've had, but I have some 3000 mile + trips planned this summer and don't know if I will be able to ride 500 mile days. 100 mile days and my head is spinning and ears ring bad. I have custom plugs! This is all over 65 and highway. Like I said, I know this has been discussed to no end, but what would y'all do?

At the present I have stock shield on, also have a moose shorty, didn't feel much differnce. Arai XD3 helmet.

This bike is sweet, but its a PITA not to enjoy highway speeds.

Might be up for sale shortly in flea market. :(
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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I know there are threads regarding windshields, buffeting, but have any of y'all sold your 950/990s cause you just couldn't take the pain of buffeting anymore.

I LOVE my 950 more than any other bike I've had, but I have some 3000 mile + trips planned this summer and don't know if I will be able to ride 500 mile days. 100 mile days and my head is spinning and ears ring bad. I have custom plugs! This is all over 65 and highway. Like I said, I know this has been discussed to no end, but what would y'all do?

At the present I have stock shield on, also have a moose shorty, didn't feel much differnce. Arai XD3 helmet.

This bike is sweet, but its a PITA not to enjoy highway speeds.

Might be up for sale shortly in flea market. :(
Seems to be a pretty simple solution from any variety of aftermarket deflectors. Short of changing to a full touring bike, you might end up with the same issue on another bike.

I'm living with the stock shield for now, and using really good ear plugs. Simple solution.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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When it comes to windscreens for the 990/950 less is more.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...bon+windscreen
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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Personally I just don't understand the buffeting complaints with this bike. To me it's simply a non-issue. Sure, it's not perfect but even at 85 mph it's not causing me discomfort. Perhaps it's because I'm only 5'10"? Have you tried taking off the mirrors to test if that's the cause? Different helmet?
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:44 PM   #5
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I've come off KLRs , ridden thousands of highway miles on them, and never had this type of buffeting. I don't mind the air, that's what its all about right? I tend to stand the pegs a lot to get into the clean air. I am 5'10".

I will remove mirrors and see if that helps. Just didn't want to go buy another helmet, I love my XD3.
It doesn't shake my head or anything, its just the noise.

Just been discouraged reading other inmates threads. Seems nothing works well without spending lots of bucks, and still not fixxin problem. Shorty the best option? Aeroflow?

Guess I can get it solved at the KTM rally?
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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winshield

Thanks Catalina 38! This is worth a try alright for the price.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #7
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I've come off KLRs , ridden thousands of highway miles on them, and never had this type of buffeting. I don't mind the air, that's what its all about right? I tend to stand the pegs a lot to get into the clean air. I am 5'10".

I will remove mirrors and see if that helps. Just didn't want to go buy another helmet, I love my XD3.
It doesn't shake my head or anything, its just the noise.

Just been discouraged reading other inmates threads. Seems nothing works well without spending lots of bucks, and still not fixxin problem. Shorty the best option? Aeroflow?

Guess I can get it solved at the KTM rally?
A new shield or helmet seems to be much easier than a new bike.

A friend cut a hole in the lower part of his windshield to reduce the backpressure issue that causes a lot of the buffeting.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:58 PM   #8
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Cut the screen off and buy a lid without a peak....I can ride all day long 50-65 depending on wind.....Or Gold Wing... Its me butt that suffers...
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #9
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An AeroFlow over the Moose shorty works great for me at any speed (5' 11") 31" inseam with the seat hump removed on the standard '06 950A (950 SuperMoto mirrors):

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:15 PM   #10
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I wonder if they made some sort of change since I'm 6'2" and don't have an issue wearing the XD4 cruising along at 80 MPH on my 2011. I did replace the stock mirrors with Highway dirt bike handguard and mirrors before she ever hit the road so i can't say if that helped or not.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:16 PM   #11
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It is kind of a combination of things.

The helmet by itself is a noisy helmet, no way around that.

The air foil effect seems to work, I trimmed my stock shield and used that piece to create an airfoil on the windscreen.

That helped but mostly I find riding with the street helmet makes the ride a lot more comfortable for the long haul than with my XD.

It takes some trial and error to get it working right.

Just my .02
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #12
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I've come off KLRs , ridden thousands of highway miles on them, and never had this type of buffeting. I don't mind the air, that's what its all about right? I tend to stand the pegs a lot to get into the clean air. I am 5'10".

I will remove mirrors and see if that helps. Just didn't want to go buy another helmet, I love my XD3.
Had the same problem (5'9" and XD).

Stock was lousy so i've invested in a Touratech spoiler. And the spoiler was no good. So, i took a hacksaw aaand, presto, this is how we did our last trip (3000 miles of highway @ 90 MPH):




... and 2000 miles of side roads and off-road is without the spoiler:

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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In my experience Arai's (Giga, RX7, Corsair) have been some of the noisiest helmets I've ever used, the Tour X are reputed to be worse than the above, so must be really noisey.

I've got an X-lite X-551 with peak, use common earplugs and a Rally Raid screen. Did an 1150 mile trip (mostly high speeds of 80 - 90 MPH) in 23 hours last year and had absolutely no issue's whatsoever.

Only very occasionally in strong blustery headwinds do I have any problems, but tbh that would be the same on pretty much any bike.

IMO you should try (borrow) a few helmet/screen options before writing off 'the best bike you've had'.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:22 PM   #14
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Seriously, you like the XD-3 better than your bike? Did you try taking the visor off the helmet?

I think the stock screen and the XD-3 is a bad combo. I went with the Rally-Raid screen. Big difference with the XD-3. Still, the visor in an issue up over 80mph for extended periods. It adds to the fatigue for sure. If I were doing a cross country trip with long freeway sections I would wear a normal street helmet for sure.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #15
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agree with your complaint. I take my screen completely off during the summer , try that out.
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