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Riders over 6ft/190cm, what windscreen do you use?

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I bought my bike in Summer 2017 and the previous owner was gracious enough to include 3 windscreens with the bike... the OEM windscreen, the taller/wider Ermax windscreen and the Yamaha Touring Screen. We all know the OEM one is terrible, so I decided to chop it down a few inches and tint it a bit darker... this is the result (with hard cases and tail bag for touring).

I have 2 tall windscreens, so why the hell am I running that tiny windscreen for touring you ask? Well, both the Ermax and the Touring windscreen have unbearable buffeting and turbulence. The Ermax is the worst at about 90 km/hr but not any better at 110-120 (highway cruising). The Touring windscreen completely sucks after 110 km/hr. They both seem to throw all the turbulent air at my eyebrow.

Therefore, I'm reaching out to you tall guys in the community. What do you use? I think the answer here is 'suck it up, you're tall, no windscreen will help with touring' but I'm hoping someone can be my saving grace! I'd probably sell both windscreens and buy something that actually fits me considering they both sit on a shelf.

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6’3” here. I use a VStream sport (shorter than stock) screen in the low position normally. It leaves my head in the wind, but at least in relatively smooth air. The down side is it when it rains, it directs rain right into my collar. So until the rainy season is over, I use a VStream sport touring (medium height, taller than stock) in the high position. A bit of buffeting, but no rain down my collar. Seat is in the low position always. 

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I'm an odd ball...even tho I'm 6'1" I don't use a windscreen till it gets cold out i will pop the OEM one(even then it's only like maybe 2wks of riding till ice hits I'm using it)... Much smoother air flow and I like the feel the inputs of the winds force/direction to tell me speed or such... It's a naked(ish) bike compared to a full bubble touring machine, is what I tell myself...

 

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9 hours ago, Husqy said:

I think the answer here is '... no windscreen will help with touring'

That may be your answer, but not in the way you intended.  I'm a bit over 6'1" and ran my FJ without a screen at all for a couple of summers...  I found it amusing that Yamaha managed to engineer a standard screen that was noticeably worse than nothing at all.  :)

I come from a sportbike background, and don't mind the wind...  as long as it's clean and smooth.   The stock screen was ridiculously noisy, but I found that by standing up a few inches on the pegs, my helmet would end up in nice and quiet direct airflow.   This led me to just removing the stock screen entirely, and the ensuing revelation that a short screen was the way to go.  

So, I finally settled on a CalSci tinted shorty screen, and couldn't be happier.  It looks a bit like the custom one you've created, but is wider at the base to give a smoother airflow.  A couple of caveats:  I always ride with earplugs, so what I perceive as quiet may be different for you.  And yes, you definitely are more in the direct airflow, but on this bike it works much better for me.  

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@texscottydyeah I think Im in the exact same boat as you... that's why I run my shorty for touring (and 99% of other situations). My previous bike was the naked SV650 so I'll take a lots of clean, laminar air even over a small bit of turbulent air.

I also ride with earplugs (surefire ep4s) but definitely found the buffeting actually pushed my head around, giving me a headache more than being just loud. 

Its too bad because the yamaha touring screen would be perfect if I was maybe and inch or two shorter. When I crouch down, you'd swear you were in a convertible... so nice and quiet!

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I've only had my FJ for a bit over a week but the bike came with a Givi screen and I'm very happy with the wind protection around town and on the highway. Sometimes I rip down the highway at 80-85 and experience only minimal buffeting of the helmet. Screen is in the low position and can be raised another 1"+ which I'd guess would be even better. Btw, I'm 6'2".

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