Silence is Golden

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  1. fink

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    B469A7F4-F346-4C2E-A2C2-48D5E095AB88.jpeg 2D492F1A-574E-4080-B11B-3944F9EA4BF5.jpeg 577553D4-903E-4084-B76D-A31A416EF96D.jpeg After years of putting up with the wind noise generated by the screens, or I should say various screens fitted I finally took the bull by the horns at the weekend.

    Sawbench was out as I as working on my camper conversion. I decided to lop a few cm off the original Honda screen (10 cm to be precise ) and refit in one last attempt the reduce wind noise.

    Tested this morning , massive difference, a lot quieter, commute was low speed due to thick fog for 50 miles, loose sheep and deer. On way home different matter altogether. 80mph sounded like it normally does at about 40-50. Wind hits you much lower, about collarbone level, so in the 4c commute this morning I was wishing I had stuck on a thicker jumper.

    Was it worth it? For me definitely I’ve tried several screens ( see my other post) over the past few years. The noise has always been my bone of contention with the vfr, despite 3 different helmets and goodness knows how many sets of earplugs including fitted ones.

    I’m back in love with the old gal.
     
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    A different year, but the same results for me. I cut my '99 down to just at the fairing top, made it so much
    better: less noise, less turbulence. More lift due to the air hitting me further down on my chest. Win, win.
     
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    I am really tempted to try this. Are there any other drawbacks to the shorter screen?
     
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    None for me. FWIW I bought a smoked aftermarket screen and cut it down. That way if I didn't like it
    I could put my OEM back on. If you're over 5'8" it would work really well by putting your head and
    shoulders in clean air rather than turbulent air from over the screen. I like mine, but if I were a bit
    taller it would be perfect.
     
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    I haven’t come across any yet aside from the reduced wind protection.
     
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    I am 5’11” and I have noticed that If I stand on the pegs I can get up into some much less noisy air. I never though of cutting the windscreen down.
     
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    5’11” myself.
     
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    Silence is Golden.
    Duct tape is silver. :)
     
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    Ok, Fink, I need your help. I acquired another stock windscreen to cut on. I see you cut 10cm off of yours.
    -Is that a good amount to cut, or should I try another length? I am the same height as you.
    -I will be cutting with a Dremel. Any tips or recommendations for cutting?
     
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    I did mine on a table saw that I was using at the time. I took several cuts as you can see from my pic. Thought of trying with each but just took a chance and settled on 10cm .

    Tape screen and mark your cut lines on tape. Measure 20 times cut once. Best of luck
     
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    I had success cutting a 6 Gen screen using a jig saw and a fine tooth blade. As Fink suggested, tape the screen and mark your line on the tape. I had help when cutting, as the jig saw did want to shake the screen a little bit but keeping the cutting guide aligned and the foot of the saw firmly against the screen made a big difference for us.
     
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    My Dremel has a straight edge guide attachment so I won’t be cutting freehand. I’m taping the windscreen as we speak. I’m surprised I am so nervous about cutting on an extra part.

    Next, I will have to figure out how to get the original windscreen off the bike and install the replacement. One step at a time, I guess.
     
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    IMG_0079.JPEG Here you go

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    Thanks! I got it installed! Removing that trim panel was a little tricky but I finally figured out the technique.
    I tried it out on the freeway and it is indeed quieter up to 95 mph. Testing beyond that will have to take place somewhere else.
    I noticed a lot less buffeting around my shoulders and just a lot less wind noise after all. I am looking forward to seeing how it sounds on my daily commute.
     
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    After a week of commuting, I am happy with this modification. Wind noise is less at highway speeds, and 80 mph sounds like 40 mph used to, just like Fink said.
     
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