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    pugetmarco
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    let's cut down the wind! R1150R windscreen

    I'm looking for advice on windscreens to help cut down the wind on a 2002 R1150R I just recently acquired. I currently have a Givi screen - looks cool, about 12 in tall, but since I'm 6 ft 4 in, I need something a bit taller!

    Has anyone had success dealing with a similar experience? What products provide solid functionality and look good too? Givi? Cee Bailey? MRA? anything else?

    Thank for your suggestions

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    BobFV1
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    I had a tall Parabellum windscreen on my old 1150R - I am not as tall as you are but this screen gave a lot of protection to this naked bike. Here is a pic - sorry it doesn't show the windscreen very well but I don't have many pics of that bike. Of course - the real solution to this problem is to consider an RT. Good luck!



    Link to Parabellum

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    pugetmarco
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    Thumbs up windscreen for R1150R

    Thanks for the advice - I'll look into Parabellum. It should be a less expensive solution to the problem than an RT!

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    Parabellum

    I went with a Parabellum Scout and when I talked with them they asked me how tall I am. I'm 6'4" as well. They made the windshield an inch taller than the tallest they make. It works very well.

    Be prepared. It's about $750.
    2002 R1150R (Black)

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    I am 6' and I have the BMW Touring screen on my 02 R... love it.


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    Touring Screen was not for me.

    That is what I started with. Installed at the dealer. The wind buffeting was so bad I couldn't stand it. Tried the laminer lip and it helped some. Just my $.02.
    2002 R1150R (Black)

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    I am positive the 4 inches makes all the difference in the world, especially considering an inch or two in pegs or bar backs make as big of a difference as they do...

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    I actually went in the opposite direction for the same problem. I am only 5'10", but...

    The BMW "sport" screen was mounted when I bought the bike. I had very nasty buffeting at 70+ mph that was literally giving me a headache. I had to go either taller or shorter. I couldn't get over the looks of the touring screen (which I had access to one for free), so I picked up the BMW fly screen and have been very happy with it.

    It is tall enough to get the wind off my chest, but short enough to get my helmet in clean air. My father also really likes the fly screen on his 1150R and he is 6'2".
    -Mike

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    I just put on a Parabellum 21 inch screen, ok but not great once over 50mph there is alot of wind buffeting. Then I added a Laminar Lip, which raised up the upper lip by 1.5-2". Helped cut down the wind buffeting but does not eliminate it. I am 6'2" with a 32 inseam. I will take a pic once the weather breaks. I bought the screen used on Ebay, I know I shou;d have looked for a 23". But this was the easy way out.....I think! Forgot, I sit on a wool but pad with beads on top. This probably raises me an inch or so.

    Goodluck
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    Talking am I feeling lucky?

    So I bought the BMW high seat (usually found on Rocksters) which helps my knees some (I'm 6 ft 4 in, 35-36 in inseam). Next week I'm having installed the BMW OEM 20 in touring screen and some Verholen bar stem risers. Hopefully all will work together harmoniously...

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    As you can see, there are lots of opinions on windscreens for this bike. They are all a compromise, and it is hard to do an apples-to-apples comparison because they are costly, they are difficult to install, and some use different mounting brackets. Also, getting input from other people is only somewhat helpful because they are different sizes, have different riding positions, and ride at different speeds.

    I have tried the BMW fly screen, BMW touring screen (with and without the Laminar Lip), and MRA Vario screen. The fly screen is the best looking but does not offer much protection. The MRA screen looks good, too, but the wind flow was not right for me. I am currently using the touring screen, without the lip -- that is the best for me.

    The MRA Vario screen


    The touring screen

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdsmith3 View Post
    As you can see, there are lots of opinions on windscreens for this bike. They are all a compromise, and it is hard to do an apples-to-apples comparison because they are costly, they are difficult to install, and some use different mounting brackets. Also, getting input from other people is only somewhat helpful because they are different sizes, have different riding positions, and ride at different speeds.

    I have tried the BMW fly screen, BMW touring screen (with and without the Laminar Lip), and MRA Vario screen. The fly screen is the best looking but does not offer much protection. The MRA screen looks good, too, but the wind flow was not right for me. I am currently using the touring screen, without the lip -- that is the best for me.

    The MRA Vario screen


    The touring screen

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    I currently have Motolights mounted on the fork with 50 watt yellow bulbs -- these are great for conspicuity and also for filling in along the edges of the roads (e.g. to see deer).

    I recently added Hella Optilux 2500's with 50 watt H3 bulbs that are wired to just come on with the high beam. These help me to see farther down the road than the motolights or the headlight.

    In addition, I upgraded the headlight bulb to 90/100 watt with two relays.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rdsmith3 View Post
    I currently have Motolights mounted on the fork with 50 watt yellow bulbs -- these are great for conspicuity and also for filling in along the edges of the roads (e.g. to see deer).

    I recently added Hella Optilux 2500's with 50 watt H3 bulbs that are wired to just come on with the high beam. These help me to see farther down the road than the motolights or the headlight.

    In addition, I upgraded the headlight bulb to 90/100 watt with two relays.

    OK, so the lower lights are the Moto Lights nad the Hella's are the larger ones near the headlights?

    Thanks in advance.

    I like the Motolight on the lower forks, its a night setup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildBlue View Post
    I am 6' and I have the BMW Touring screen on my 02 R... love it.

    When I had an R1150R I had the BMW Touring screen and it worked just fine. Aeroflow is a superb product, and they make an R1150R screen as well.
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