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Old 09-20-2010, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read a lot of "reviews" on this site, so I figured I'd chime in with my own. This meant to be my personal opinion, and nothing more. I am not a professional... well... anything. Just a guy on the internet speaking his mind.

BACKGROUND:

I have a 2009 Ninja 650R (Green). The bike has (not that it matters for windscreens, but people always ask...) a Corbin seat, Arrow Exhaust, sliders, Pazzo levers (long) and heated grips (I ordered the heaters from Aerostitch and made my own harness).

I live in the Bay Area of California, and spend most of my time on the bike commuting up and down 280 and 101. On 280, a significant amount of my mileage is spent in 6th gear at about 80mph. On 101, it is more like 4th or 5th, at 55-60 (down to 40 if I have to split). I ride at all times of the day.

I am 6'2" tall, with a 34" inseam, and prefer to ride relatively upright. I do not hunch over the tank, and don't particulalry "tuck". I like a vertical riding position because I can see upcoming traffic better.

I put 3,000 miles on the stock windscreen, and felt that I should try a different screen, to block more of the wind on my helmet.

I ALWAYS wear earplugs, and wear a Scorpion EXO-1000 helmet.

WHAT I PURCHASED:

I went here: Ninja650Shop.com Ninja 650R Parts & Accessories 402-934-6627 And purchased the Zero Gravity Sport Touring windscreen in Light Smoke.

The cost was 89.95 plus shipping. I have used the ninja650shop in the past, and their service is good. In this case, it took more than a month to get my screen, as they were backordered. This wasn't ideal, but ninja650shop explained this to me, and offered a different screen if I didn't want to wait. So all in all, an excellent shopping experience.


OK, SO HOW WAS IT?

Firstly, the installation is obviously a breeze. 4 screws and you are set. The Screen fits well (no fooling around, it just fits correctly) and the "smoke-ness" (darkness) was a nice match to the bike.

It does stick up more vertically (2" more than stock, according to my measurements) but it looks good. Doesn't look dorky at all.

However (and here is the bad review part), there are two things I don't like:

1.) It is a little thin. I don't really care about thickness visually, but because the sport touring is somewhat tall, and doesn't have any structural ridges, or a "lip" along the top like the stock one, it wobbles at speed. This is distracting to me at speed, seeing it "twist" back and forth at the top as I ride. I felt that if they had put an "upturned" lip at the top like the stock screen, this would have been avoided.

2.) It was WORSE for me than the stock one as far as wind noise. Wait... what? Yeah... you read that correctly. I swapped screens back and forth a bunch of times and rode at different speeds, and what was happening with the stock screen is that the wind was hitting me under my chin. So while I felt a steady blast on my chest, my helmet was in cleaner air. When I swapped to the Sport Touring, it is, of course, taller, and moved up the flow by about 4 inches... this hit me square in the face, and the result was disappointing.

I very much wanted to like this screen, and I think if I was shorter, it would have been perfect... But alas, I am not, so I removed it and put the stock one back on.

OTHER:

I have never tried a Double Bubble, and some folks swear by those, so maybe I'll give that a go.

I also realize this isn't an 1200GS BMW. This is a sport bike and there will be wind. I get that.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The DB is a good balance between the Touring screen and the stock screen. I think you would be pleased.
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I also was on a battle against the wind, as wind is such a problem for me on the 650R, with my commuting to work daily on the 405 in the carpool lane.

I got the Kawasaki Touring screen straight from my dealership. It arrived in just 2 days. It was built similar to the stock screen and had a rubber lip that I had to fit along the edge, which took most of the time to install. It also will fit the ER6F.
It helped, especially when tucking, but didn't do much when riding upright.

I then ordered a Laminar Lip (clear) and attached it to the touring screen and now I'm set. It provides a noticeably quieter ride with just a little leaning forward. Fully tucked up against my tank bag and there's little wind noise and great protection from mist, as I found out in the evening fog we get here every day this summer!

It's a very expensive setup, with the wind screen costing $140 and the Laminar Lip costing $84. But until a company makes a taller wind screen it's the best way for full wind protection.
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I'm sure it serves its purpose, but it reminds me too much of those windshields (yes, windshields, not windscreens) you see on big 'ole cruisers.
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I have both the ZG DB and the ZG touring screen for my '07 650R. My preference is for the touring screen year-round.
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I purchased the ZG DB screen recently and have found it to work better than the stock screen. This is, of course, considering my shorter stature. I still have to tuck in a bit on the highway and wind is reduced significantly. I'm much happier with this screen than the stock one. But I agree with what the OP said on how thin the screen is. I don't expect it to shatter at high winds/speeds, but it definitely felt thinner than the stock screen.

Hope you find the right one for you OP.
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Does anyone use a laminar lip on their stock screen?
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Does anyone use a laminar lip on their stock screen?
Yes I do. It does provide increased protection from the wind; installs easily and not difficult to remove if you want to. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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Do you have to drill holes on your current screen to install this? Appears that way from the photos.
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Not with the Laminar Lip.
It attaches with tape.
Unfortunately I attached it was too close to the edges. After riding it over 80 mph several times I found out that that screen flattens out at speed and pushes it off the attachment point I used. I will have to reposition new tape (which they gave me) and have someone hold the lip with it more stretched out when installing it.
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