Too much Turbulence on my 88 RS windscreen
This is my first bm'r and It appears to have an aftermarket windscreen on it. This one is 10" above the dash panel if measured vertically. I'm 5'10" and I need to duck down 2" or nearly stand to find clean air. The howling is awful and unless you wear earplugs it doesnt encourage riding at all. There is a small window at the base which I assume is to reduce turbulence? Also, the PO has installed about 1.25" bar lifts but the bars are not pulled back at all. Would the original screen work better?? Thx, Love the sight and tips;)
Ear plugs or trade for an RT
I bought my '93 RS from my brother several years ago. It was my first motorcycle with a fairing. On the ride home I had buyer's remorse -- the noise was deafening. I had never experienced anything like it on any of the standard (no fairing) bikes I'd owned. He had always told me how smooth and quiet the bike was -- "like a Cadillac." When I called him to complain he said, "You're wearing ear plugs, right?" Well, no, I wasn't. He had always worn ear plugs on all of his bikes and tried to talk me into them over the years. I'd tried them, but the weirdness of having something stuck in my ears far outweighed any noise reduction that I experienced. Not on the RS -- it is essential to wear ear plugs to enjoy the bike.
And about aftermarket windscreens -- I'm sorry, but in my opinion they ruin the looks of the RS and probably (no first-hand experience) don't cut the noise as well as ear plugs.
So in my obviously biased opinion, use the stock windshield for beauty and use ear plugs for noise reduction -- or trade for an RT.