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Reply #15 on: May 20, 2021, 01:02:34 pm
Great stuff, cheers. :)
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Reply #16 on: May 23, 2021, 11:55:26 am
At 5' 8", I'd have thought you were the perfect height for the Himalayan screen.
Mind you, some people have reported turbulence from the mirrors  ???

My tip is to try it. If you find it's noisy, take the screen off altogether. This will give you an idea of how much things can improve.

I love my super shorty screen from Eagle Screens but no screen at all is quieter. Some people have fitted the screen from the 650 with good results, and it looks better than mine. There's even a 650 screen with brackets for the Himalayan available on ebay now.

I’m finding there is quite a lot of buffeting in every direction, as others have indicated, so my height is not short enough to get away with it - unless it is the mirrors causing it.

Given that I’m restricted to 60kph it’s no biggey at the moment so I’ll experiment when I can do 80. That’ll mean, firstly, taking the screen off to check if it is a mirror issue.

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Reply #17 on: July 12, 2021, 10:43:36 pm
I got one of the Amazon windscreen extenders, if anything made it worse. So I started feeling around with my bare hand while riding to feel the turbulence, and it was actually coming off the sides of the screen, not the top. I took the whole thing off this weekend while riding the NorCal Himmi Rally on both fire roads and pavement, and it was a world of difference. Much better in both conditions. The windscreen fits in the hard panniers, btw.

I’m 5’8’, fwiw. I’m thinking that instead of ordering a small windscreen I’ll just cut down the original to the smoked-out section to protect the instrument cluster. Or maybe fit the windscreen extender to there?

The other realization is that the headlight bucket is skewed to the right, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to adjust that. Probably the frame was made by the same guy who welds up the pannier racks…. ;-)


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Reply #18 on: July 13, 2021, 07:40:12 am
I got one of the Amazon windscreen extenders, if anything made it worse. So I started feeling around with my bare hand while riding to feel the turbulence, and it was actually coming off the sides of the screen, not the top. I took the whole thing off this weekend while riding the NorCal Himmi Rally on both fire roads and pavement, and it was a world of difference. Much better in both conditions. The windscreen fits in the hard panniers, btw.

I’m 5’8’, fwiw. I’m thinking that instead of ordering a small windscreen I’ll just cut down the original to the smoked-out section to protect the instrument cluster. Or maybe fit the windscreen extender to there?

The other realization is that the headlight bucket is skewed to the right, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to adjust that. Probably the frame was made by the same guy who welds up the pannier racks…. ;-)

I too found that the extender was useless. I gave it to a fellow rider who found it was useless. So he gave it to someone else - we haven't heard what happened then so maybe it's still in use. Who knows.

Yes, removing the screen made a dramatic difference and, in fact, it's better than the EagleScreens 100mm screen I'm using now (that size isn't shown on their site but if you ask, they'll make it). I mainly fitted it to protect the back of my instruments and it doesn't really go any higher.

EagleScreens also make a wider screen which would address the airflow around the sides that you discovered.
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Reply #19 on: July 15, 2021, 01:17:01 am

…………... So I started feeling around with my bare hand while riding to feel the turbulence, and it was actually coming off the sides of the screen, not the top.. …




We are about the same height and I too believe it is the bulbous portion of the side of screen creating most buffeting, giving the impression that the mirrors are causing it.

Some Harleys, Goldwings etc have panels attached to the sides of their screens, rather than the top. I can’t find anything suitable in Google-land as yet, to clip on the sides of our existing screens.

I’ve left my screen on so far, as it does a good job of keeping insects etc off the riding jacket. The poor old helmet visor is not so lucky and when you happen across a cattle road train, you cop more than insects splashed over you :(

The Eagles screen you have Oldphart looks good for protecting the instruments. Thanks for clarifying the height at 100mm as it was obviously lower than their shortest stock screen.
Their 400mm offering looks interesting though I can’t see that it solves the buffeting coming from the sides.
 They warn that their wide screen options may prevent you achieving full lock with steering if you have hand guards  - that could mean you can’t use your steering lock, which in turn, can lead  to insurance issues.

 So a taller screen with some form of judicially placed side-extenders could be the answer………..
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Reply #20 on: July 16, 2021, 05:54:38 am

The Eagles screen you have Oldphart looks good for protecting the instruments. Thanks for clarifying the height at 100mm as it was obviously lower than their shortest stock screen.
Their 400mm offering looks interesting though I can’t see that it solves the buffeting coming from the sides.
They warn that their wide screen options may prevent you achieving full lock with steering if you have hand guards  - that could mean you can’t use your steering lock, which in turn, can lead  to insurance issues.

This can addressed in two ways (actually more but these aren't destructive)
First, you can roll your bars back a little. This moves the switch gear out of alignment, but you get used to it quickly. The switches are pinned so you can't move them without removing the pins.
The other is a result of fitting risers. You obviously won't fit risers to address clearance, you fit them to make it more comfortable when standing, however this also moves the bars backwards and also puts the bars/guards in a different position relative to the screen.

My own bike currently uses a second handlebar clamp under the bars and that gives me 20mm of rise plus ample screen clearance at full lock without rolling the bars. Higher risers just make it better - I've had 30mm on there without needing to extend or re-route the cables.

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So a taller screen with some form of judicially placed side-extenders could be the answer………..

I had one of those screen extenders fitted at one point. Apart from being useless, I found it unsettling to have something so big in front of me and felt that it could be a menace in a crash. I didn't test that  ::)
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Reply #21 on: August 25, 2021, 12:43:38 am
Thanks for the tips you’ve suggested there.
At this stage I’ll leave the bar setup as standard, especially the height.

I’ve bitten the bullet and bought the Eagle Screen 400 height option, with standard width.
The wind was gusting up to 70 kph, according to the bureau, when I had the first ride with  it. The road was posted as 70kph speed limit but my overall impression was that it was an improvement at that speed, over the stock screen.

With winds down around 20 kph and below today, I’ll get going shortly and see how it feels in the 80 and 100 kph zones.
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Reply #22 on: September 29, 2021, 11:59:42 am
Both Hitchcocks and TEC are selling short replacement windscreens to address the wind buffet issue.
Being a skin flint I have done a DIY job on the stock item, has cured the problem
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Reply #23 on: October 09, 2021, 05:19:29 pm
Look on eBay (t’Inngerlish version  ;)

Royal Enfield Himalayan Short Windshield FINNFLEX

Tis an option me thinks 😉

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Reply #24 on: October 10, 2021, 08:56:47 am

I’ve been out of luck with the wind for the last months - I always seem to be riding straight into it when I’m outbound and it switches 180 degrees by the time I’m returning, some five or six hours later. The gusts are 40 kph to 70 kph and just make the rides on the Himi more tedious than they need to be.

The 400 mm screen is not saving me as much as I had hoped, regarding the wind hitting the helmet.
I do wish to protect the gauges though so I’m now looking at the short screens.

That Finnflex looks good but as you pointed out Guldner, it’s an English offering and they will not ship to Australia.
Oldphart has the west Aussie “Eagle” short screen which is a good choice out here in the colonies so I’ll give that one a shot.  :)

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Reply #25 on: October 11, 2021, 05:13:53 am
Both Hitchcocks and TEC are selling short replacement windscreens to address the wind buffet issue.
Being a skin flint I have done a DIY job on the stock item, has cured the problem

Nice work…looks excellent!
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Reply #26 on: October 11, 2021, 09:20:01 am
Oldphart has the west Aussie “Eagle” short screen which is a good choice out here in the colonies so I’ll give that one a shot.  :)

Just be warned, mine is the 100mm which wasn't shown last time I looked, you have to ask for it (but they're happy to make it for you)
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Reply #27 on: October 12, 2021, 01:52:49 am
Just be warned, mine is the 100mm which wasn't shown last time I looked, you have to ask for it (but they're happy to make it for you)

Indeed, it was not there a few weeks ago but has been added since - my guess is you’ve started the trend ;) ;D
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Reply #28 on: October 12, 2021, 07:02:37 am
Indeed, it was not there a few weeks ago but has been added since - my guess is you’ve started the trend ;) ;D
So it is, and it looks like the line was hand drawn on  ;D
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Reply #29 on: October 12, 2021, 07:04:22 am
I'm really interested to see how noisy the screen on the Tripper model is. Seeing darned near everything else about the bike is worse, I can't imagine that screen with the baby bump is any better.
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