Givi AF330 Airflow Windscreen R1200GS 2004-2012
A Must-Have for your GS
This windscreen is the real deal. Yes, it’s true the instructions are borderline useless. They helped me to determine what specific sequence some of the hardware fit together, and that was about it. That said, this modification is also among one of the simplest you could ever do to your GS. Even a novice of mechanics who has little experience working on bikes should find the installation manageable. Be aware that the instructions fail to mention the following: you will need to use the mounting hardware that is attached to the OEM windscreen. This includes the rubber grommets that fit in the holes as well as the circular plastic pieces that pull apart and allow the windscreen’s angle adjustment.
Instructions aside, this is a high quality, functional aftermarket part. The build quality and materials appear to be top notch. The fitment on my GS is superb – no sloppiness nor precariously tight fitting pieces. It simply goes together perfectly and feels as if the bike came with this windscreen from the factory. While underway at high speeds, the reduced noise / wind buffeting is night and day from stock. I haven’t taken any long rides with this Givi yet, but on my 16 mile freeway commute to work, I have far less helmet noise and wind exposure. I feel I could comfortably ride 8+ hours in a single day without ear plugs, something I would never even think about doing before. The height adjustment of the secondary windscreen is effortless. I would not recommend trying to do it while riding, though you could safely and easily adjust it at a stoplight – it takes around 10 seconds. Just release the two tabs, slide the screen up or down, and push the tabs back to lock them into place. I started at the lowest setting (thinking that it both looked better and provided superior aerodynamics in this position) and made micro-adjustments upward until I achieved maximum wind protection (I’m 6’3” with boots on and the screen is about 2 inches above lowest setting).
I’ll end by saying I have no other aftermarket windscreen experience with my GS, so I cannot compare this part to the likes of Wunderlich and Touratech. At this price point, however, I don’t know why you would even consider buying the aforementioned as I do not believe another manufacturer will be able to top the Givi’s functionality. Also, check out Twisted Throttle – they sell it for over $100 less than Revzilla.
January 25, 2016
Better Than Stock
As previous reviewers stated, the instructions are pretty useless. You just have to look at the pictures and figure it out. For this price, it would be nice if the product came with all of the necessary nuts and bolts instead of making us rig up something w/ the hardware from the existing windshield. The old hardware doesn't fit the same way, but it's not terribly hard to figure out a way to get it to hold. The windshield quality is good. Thick plastic. Top piece slides up/down easy.
My unit came with a scratch in the front. I'm not happy about that, but it wouldn't be worth my time/effort to send it back and wait for a replacement. Make sure you check over the unit before install.
I'm 6'4" and this does a better job than the GSA stock screen of getting the air up and over my head. Taller unit does mean my view is split on bottom side viewing screen and over screen on the top. Will take some getting used to. Wind from the sides is directed wider than stock.
Wider/more open in front above console and that offers more room to gadgets. The best part will be raising on the highway and lowering off-road.
December 10, 2015
Better than stock
Mixed reviews on this one. Once it's finally installed, it looks great. As others have mentioned the installation instruction are worthless. The stock bolts are needed. My first long trip with this screen, the nut off the stock bolt went missing, leaving me with a shaky mount. Worse than that, the windshield is now the first thing that hits the ground if the bike falls over, and you guessed it, mine went over, and took out the lower flaired section of the screen. On the upside, that didn't have much impact to the integrity, and I was able to continue on with the remains. Total bummer. I hope to be able to order just the lower piece. Very nice quality screen, holds the bugs well, while protecting your head, neck from the wind.
July 31, 2015
Definitely improves bubble over stock GS screen
I was looking to improve highway buffeting and rain protection over the stock GS windshield (I'm 6'2") and this provides both; The install was not too bad - but take your time, skip the written instructions and look at the pictures. You need to reuse all the hardware and transfer the rubber grommets from the old to the new (you'd think they could provide a complete kit for this price). Not sure about finish or durability yet - we'll see what the bloody bugs do to it...
July 17, 2015
Works great on 2010 BMW R1200GS
This screen is a huge improvement over the stock 1200GS screen. Noise and buffeting are significantly reduced, and the screen fits the looks of the bike well.
July 13, 2015
I bought this screen after seeing it on a fellow club members BMW R1200GS. I've looked at it several times, but honestly I wasn't sure about how it would look on the bike. Specifically, the two extra supports on the sides, but after seeing it in person, I felt it would fit well with the over-all style of the motorcycle.
Until this screen I used the Wunderlich Vario screen. Both another buddy of mine and I had the Vario screen on our bike, but the mechanism for holding the top of the screen in position kept coming loose. The Givi screen does not have this problem. It has a very nice mechanism for holding the upper screen in a place.
This screen also does a great job of moving the air up and over. No more buffeting! I can now cruise down the interstate at 70-75 all day and it is nice and quite. I use an Arai X4 helmet and before this screen I would get buffeting and a vibration in the helmets beak. Now I can really enjoy cruising at I higher speeds if needed.
I have the screen positioned on one click from the bottom on the side adjusters. There is plenty of room behind the screen for my GPS even at this position.
I would recommend this screen to anyone, even taller guys/gals for their GS. I'm 5'10' and have the upper screen a little less than an inch from being all the way down. There is plenty of adjustment for taller riders.
May 4, 2015
Installation was relatively easy. Fit and finish is great. The screen works very well for me at 60mph or less. Anything over 60mph, the buffeting is worse than the stock screen. Extended runs over 70mph are nearly unbearable regardless of how the screen is adjusted. I'm 6' 1" with a 32" inseam. Using a Corbin seat on the lowest setting and wearing a Shoei Neotec.
April 30, 2015
This is for a 2011 BMW GS. This shield works very well from my limited experience of 100 miles or so (it's winter here). The buffeting is gone and it is very quiet even at interstate speeds in traffic. I had a Wunderlich Vario shield and tried various angles and heights and ended up having it set all the way up and forward which worked reasonably well. The main issue I had with the Wunderlich shield was it was too narrow at the top. The wind would hit my shoulders and then route up to the bottom of the helmet causing noise and buffeting. I have none of that with the GIVI. The setting I use with the Givi is about a mid tilt and with the upper portion halfway up it gives a great pocket of still, quiet air. Moving the upper portion down allows more air to reach you which will be great for hot summer days. It also lowers far enough for off roading and if desired the upper portion comes completely off in about 10 seconds.
The installation instructions are semi useless, but if you look at it a while you can figure it out.
I am 6'2" with a 34" inseam.
January 19, 2015