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    R1200R Windshield

    I purchased my 2007 R1200R with the BMW touring windshield last July. After 6000+ miles the noise from the windshield forces me to wear earplugs on long distance trips (more than commuting) so I took it off. Big improvement w/ no windshield but then southern bugs are a problem. My dealer just loaned me a test drive Cee Bailey's 20" and it seems to be a little better. Has anyone seen or heard of a better windshield? I like this bike because it's naked so adding a 20" windshield will be a sacrifice.

    20" Test Drive Windshield


    BMW Touring Windshield

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    It depends..

    This is one of the "it depends" sort of answers..

    What it depends on:

    • What are you trying to accomplish?
    • What are your current problems?
    • What is your height and inseam?


    OK - the reasons for asking the "it depends"..

    What are you trying to accomplish? Different people have different requirements for a shield. Some people like me - the requirements change depending on the season and riding conditions. In the summer, I like a lot of air around my helmet, so a short shield works well for me. In the winter, I like less air and more protection, so a taller shield works well for me.

    What are your current problems? Some people find buffeting really impossible to deal with - other people will put up with it if they like the air they're getting. Looks are another "problem" - some people find big=ugly, some people - it really doesn't matter (function over form.)

    Height and inseam? These will give us a clue how high above the seat your head is (and we also have to know if you have the low/regular/high seat on your Roadster..) What works well for someone like me (5'7" and on a good day 27-28" inseam) might not work well for someone with a different head height above the seat - or with a different height seat.

    With some filling in of the above "it depends" - we may be able to give some reasonable advice.

    At the moment - I'm down to 3 windshields (I've tried 5..) for my R1200R - all three heights of the Cee-Bailey shields: Lowest 16" for summer use; 18" for spring/fall; 20" for winter. All of them have trade-offs - the 16" is noisy and causes some buffeting, the 18" is quieter and less buffeting - but also less air, the 20" is quietest of all and gives the best protection - but isn't great on hot days. That's based on my height above the seat (and I have a low seat..) - YMMV and almost certainly will.

    One comment on something you said - about wearing earplugs.. I would strongly suggest that you always wear them when riding. Hearing loss due to wind noise is a real thing - and the effect is cumulative - meaning - the more exposure you have - the worse the effect on your hearing is. Even the quietest bike with the quietest helmet can reach ear damaging noise levels inside a helmet. BTDT - and I'm trying not to loose any more hearing. If you're not comfortable with the earplugs you're using now - try others. There are LOTS of different types out there, including custom made to fit ones (which lots of people REALLY like.. I like mine..) Not to be a nag - but http://www.hear.com/nih-noise.shtml#sounds has lots of info on how the loss happens..

    Best,
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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    5' 10" and 30" Inseam

    Thanks for the reply! Your questions and comments have made me realize I probably need more than one windshield and wear my ear plugs. A little lazy about putting them in and that boxer engine is music to my ears, just canÔÇÖt hear my motor as well.

    I'm just trying to reduce noise created by the windshield; the amount of air hasn't bothered me. Earplugs solve the noise issue very well. Rode on the interstate after lunch today with the 20ÔÇØ and it was a little quieter and naturally takes more air off the body. There is not enough noise reduction to justify buying the bigger shield but less air in the winter will be nice. There is actually more buffeting compared to the BMW touring shield.

    If I like what it does then I really donÔÇÖt care how it looks when it comes down to it. A 20ÔÇØ shield isnÔÇÖt ideal for the style of the bike IMO but who cares if it works.

    My bike has the stock seat so that would be the regular I guess.

    May just go ahead and buy a 20" shield.

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    I've been going through this same dissonance myself. I have the R1200R sport windshield. I am thinking about trying the Z-Tech windshield, which appears to be about the same height as the windscreen on the R1200GS.

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    If you switch windshields with the seasons, I read on here that the Z-Tech is a PITA to install and remove.

    Fred
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    Ordered 20" windscreen

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    If you switch windshields with the seasons, I read on here that the Z-Tech is a PITA to install and remove.

    Fred
    '07 R1200R
    I don't know about the Z-Tech but windshields mount to the BMW touring bracket w/ just four torx screws. I switched them out in a couple of minutes testing these different size windshields.
    Last edited by dogeye; 11-09-2007 at 01:38 AM.

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    Duh

    I did a search before starting this thread on R1200R windshields. Either misspelled my search term or didn't look carefully. Just saw the same thread started by swall last July. My bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogeye View Post
    I don't know about the Z-Tech but windshields mount to the BMW touring bracket w/ just four torx screws. I switched them out in a couple of minutes testing these different size windshields.
    Indeed - it takes me longer to clean the windshield coming off than it does to swap them. (The one coming off frequently is rather bug coated.. mebbe that won't be a problem in the winter..) The BMW bracket makes it really easy..
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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    '07 R1200R (current ride) and some bimmers.. and a Porsche

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    R1200R Windshield

    My '07 R1200R came with a sport windhield.
    It looked great. But, I hate the buffeting and wind noise that this little gizmo generated. I switched to Z-Tech, it also looked great and it was a little bit better. But, finally I bought Cee Bailey 20" it looks stock, and works the best for me. I still have some buffeting but i realize now, there is no way to get rid of this entirely. The ammount of air going between the shield and the fuel tank is more than I wish for. And I think this is the reason that protection on the current Roadster will never be as good as it is on RT. So, right now I have sport BMW shield and Z-Tech for sale, if anyone is interested.

    Gregory Turek
    (425) 353-2875

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    Hannigan ?

    Does the full fairing detract from your "naked bike" aesthetic? It seems like an excellent touring option.


    I really like the retro look.

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    R1200 R WindSheid

    Since you asked, I think this Hannigan Ferring is ugly as sin.

    I realize that everyone has different taste but this thing is too much.

    It shows also how some after market accessories can destroy pristine design.

    No hard feelings, it's just my humble opinon.

    Gregory Turek

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    Acknowledged

    I respect your opinion, simply don't share it. Thanks for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobh41 View Post
    Does the full fairing detract from your "naked bike" aesthetic? It seems like an excellent touring option.


    I really like the retro look.
    For me it would but it looks effective.

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    I'm saving my pennies for the parabellum scout. Interchangeable screens, so it adapts to summer and winter/touring. I like the weight - 5lb. I like the style, retro in the manner of the R90S/R100S. Here is a picture of the scout on an R1150R.
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    So, can anyone with the Z-tech tell me how easy it is to mount/change out?

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