National Cycle VStream Tall Touring Windscreen Suzuki Bandit GSF1250S 2007-2010
Beautiful product, but still 4-6" too short for a touring screen
This review is for the Touring Windscreen (I also bought and reviewed the shorter Sport Windscreen).
First, the positives. This is a beautifull product. Its made from thick polycarbonate and every inch of the viewing area is crystal clear without any distortions. It fit exactly into the factory attach points on the bike without any fuss. The bike feels more "slippery" through the air when accelerating from on-ramps to freeway speed... just a quick zip zip and there you are at 65-70 without getting beat up from the vicious buffeting.
Which leads to the one problem... This product is 3" taller that its Sport Windscreen little brother, but in actual use it is still 4-6" too short to be a comfortable Touring Windscreen at freeway speed, IMHO.
There are three types of air around your moving windscreen... There is a pocket of still air behind the wind screen that you are carrying along with you. There is the "laminar flow" of fast air that is smoothly curving its way around you. In between them is about a 3" layer of turbulent air where the fast and the still air are rubbing across each other.
This "touring" windscreen puts the turbulent layer across the upper third of my helmet (I'm about 5' 9" using the low seat setting) and generated some extra noise inside the helmet. I tested several speeds and conditions and found that usually, when standing on the pegs so my helmet was entirely in the faster, laminar windstream, the noise decreased.
Going into a slightly tucked position there was perfect peace and zero wind noise - a very strange environment of only two quieter sounds I never heard isolated before... the steady, sewing machine whir of the engine and the changing whoosh of tires contacting different quality road surfaces.
The perfect companion and complement to this windscreen, and which remedies its single shortcoming of height, is the MRA X-creen attachment.
The V-Stream's 4mm thick polycarbonate material is super strong and stable (tested briefly to 90 mph) and easily supports this attachment without any flutter or vibration.
I am enjoying my bike much more now after this upgrade from the stock windscreen... cruising on the Interstate at 75 is just as peaceful as rolling through the country side at 45 because the aerodynamics can be tuned to the different air speeds and conditions. I like to ride visor up in the country side with a little breeze on my face, but have more protection when going above 50. Yesterday, I zipped out onto the interstate and was admiring how crystal-clear the view was and then realized, "Here I am cruising at 70 and didn't notice that my visor was still up!"
In summery, two dings in the Performance category due to adding noise to the helmet environment. But with the attachment becomes Excellent in every aspect.
July 11, 2016
Not the perfect fit, not even close.
After a lengthy install process my bandit fairing plastics and windscreen mounts did not quite fit back together as they were originally designed. The bend on this windscreen is skewed enough to make a flush mounting impossible. To my shagrin I took it to my mechanic and without preposition he confirmed what I had already known ("this windscreen is not properly designed for the Suzuki Bandit 1250s"). I would recommend for Bandit owners to continue looking for a better quality windscreen. Sorry, I thought this was a winner too :(
February 5, 2015
cuts the wind
put this on and went for a ride cut the wind from the stock screen by more than 50%.And much less wind noise so far so good!!
September 29, 2014
Help reduce Wind noise.
On my Suzuki Bandit it raised the point where wind hits my helmet from the bottom of the helmet to about mid face mask. Cut a lot of the wind noise out and when driving in the rain added a decent amount of protection. I would recommend this product.
May 19, 2014