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Old 09-29-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Smoother ride minus front fairing?

The fairing on my TL1000s seems to just dump the wind straight into my chest when at freeway speeds. I'm not experienced enough to know if getting blown around like I am is just how life on a motorcycle is, or if I could better it by not having it hit me straight in the thick of my body.

Logic tells me that this isn't a very aerodynamic place for it to hit me. Now, I do realize that I do not ride my bike on the freeway the way the fairing was designed to be ridden with. That being said, since I don't race my bike, would I be better off taking off the fairing and doing a naked conversion/mild streetfighter look? I have been thinking about doing this anyway...really really dig the style.

Obviously I know the larger cruiser/touring fairings are more helpful at wind deflection, but since I'm on a sportbike...which would help more? Little racey fairing that shoots me in the chest? Or no fairing?
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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do it, man!
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naked bikes are more fun
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:46 PM   #3
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if you dont mind the project, take her clothes off, but if you dont want the hassle a new windscreen will be easier.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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i rode a naked sv for like 3 years, and i put a windscreen on it and rode for like a year with the windscreen. if i had not spent over $100 on it, i would have gone naked again. i just didnt want to hear my wife saying something like 'you just spent $1xx on that thing and you arent even using it?'

i noticed much less buffeting when i had the screen off. it was givi, so it's not ...
with my vfr it was ok when i was kinda tucked in, but im a little large, and sit upright.
after a few drinks, she came out of her clothes and the ride was much nicer. it feels more free, less constrained to tell you to tuck your head down and pull your legs in.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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if you dont mind the project, take her clothes off, but if you dont want the hassle a new windscreen will be easier.
what sort of project would this be? get an sv650 headlight, turn signals, and some headlight fork mounts and be done.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:23 AM   #6
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I'm also looking for some replacement gauges or even just a backing of some kind for when I pull the fairing off. Anyone good with fabrication or know of some gauges that have a backing that will look good? I was thinking of some Bandit naked gagues...but not sure they'll fit.

Open to suggestions.
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Acewell makes a couple of really awesome vintage looking digital gauges. theres also vapor digital gauges. both are small, the acewell is round, vapor is flat and thin. the vapor has a lot of support ducumentation and threads online. i have the acewell gauge and have been bouncing it from one project to another. i dont think im going to wind up using it on my current project. if you are interested id sell it to you for $100. i still have all the parts and documentation. i think i got it for 250ish from dime city cycles. pm me for.more details if you are interested.
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You'll feel more wind without the fairing, even a small one.

Sounds like you are fairly new to riding; windblast at speeds is common on anything but a Gold Wing.

Much better to have it buffeting your chest versus your helmet.

Try taking your screen off and ride with just the fairing. May just need a different shape screen.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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I had a screen on my cruiser. There is a scar between my eyes where I hit the screen during an unplanned exit from the bike. Granted a cruiser screen is bigger, but I now ride with the least amount of stuff in my way for those times when things don't go right.
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the fairings help aerodynamics and fuel economy. you can get a touring style screen that will be taller and more angled that might help, or you can tuck with riding at freeway speeds. The fairings are not really designed for riding in a straight up and down position.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:39 AM   #12
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you need a double bubble windscreen for your TL man, get it up a little higher, and tuck your head down some. dont hunch, think more like down-wards nod.
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Yeah. I'm large. Tucking isn't easy. When I tuck, I can't see.

Guess I'll just get used to it.

What's the double bubble windscreen? Just an extra hump on the screen to get it up higher?
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In the windshield wreck I had a half-shell cruiser helmet. The goggles did the cut when they hit the windshield. The half shell is retired.
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