Featured National Cycles Deflector Screen On Street Twin. First Impressions.

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  1. covid-21

    covid-21 Well-Known Member

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    #1 covid-21, Oct 15, 2020 at 9:14 AM
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    Thought I'd post this because I couldn't find any reviews online specific to this shield and bike. I was tossing up between the Street Shield and the Deflector, the former is a little larger and has four mount points, 2 on the forks and two on the handlebars. I went with the smaller Deflector with two struts that mount to the handlebars.

    I chose this because I have blinkers attached at the head lamp pivot bolt so I couldn't use the Dart. I was a bit worried about the struts looking a bit naff, but in the end the black chunky hardware works well with the black Street Twin aesthetic.

    Fitting it was fairly time consuming looking for the correct position and angle on the bars for the quick set knobs, the angle of the screen and so forth. It's pretty straight forward but ultimately it all does go on. There aren't a lot of choices really because the brake line limits where you can put the quickset mount and still get to the mounting bolts. I did not used the supplied double sided tape and i don't see how it could be used bearing in mind the mounts need micro adjusting.

    At first I wasn't quite sure about the look or whether I should have gotten the slightly larger Street Shield, but in the end I'm very pleased with this size, and while not being sure at first after a short time I have come to really like the way it looks with the struts, especially as I know I can unmount and remove the screen literally in seconds!

    I mainly got it for when I need to ride at 100kph or more on a highway, or even a long day out on the bike where all day buffeting takes its toll on the neck muscles.

    It seemed to be a bit bouncy at first, not because anything was loose just because it only mounts at two points, however on a smooth rd it was fine. Took it for a quick 50km first look, on a fast rd where I could try it out at 120-130kmh. My first impressions are that I am very pleased with the performance. It makes a massive difference, and it was a gusty day. I'm 169cm and it made fast riding orders of magnitude better.

    I tried tucking down behind the screen just a bit, not flat on the tank just dropping my arm to get behind the screen and it was like a BMW with a full fairing. I'm glad I got the clear now, I wanted the smoke finish but it was gonna take 3 months.

    I will update this with further impressions, but as an alternative to the headlamp mounting screens which are smaller, this one seems a lot better. I had a headlamp mounted one on my previous GS, the Givi 210 and this is a lot better. Also I like the way the struts are not bolted to the screen as I find they tend to rust and the rubber mounts wear out and look bad after a while, this attaches on the inside to specially moulded and fitted in parts.

    The stability of the bike was unaffected, in fact it may have improved a bit but it definitely didn't make the bike feel unstable in the slightest. Immediately I found myself going faster than I normally would out of the block.

    I may perhaps be a little wary of how it will wear with the stresses put on it, however this shield has been manufactured for a long long time so I'm sure that's all been sorted. Really pleased with it so far.

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  2. JtC

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    Well done!
     
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  3. Duckadiledundee

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    I like it :):):)
     
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  4. JtC

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    Even though there is no mention of an angle grinder and a welder being used? And no fire! :p
     
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  5. joe mc donald

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    Pretty nice glad you got one. I did reply to your original post maybe i did not click the send button.
    Joe.
     
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  6. Hobnail

    Hobnail Senior Member

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    The shape and materials remind me of my old Saeng windshield that I fitted on the Laverda years ago. A well engineered wind management piece. It had signal lamps integral to the unit. Completely clear and made from poly-carbon plastic, not acrylic. It saved me from rain and cold during all the commuter rides. Ended up returning to stock configuration and selling it after a few years. Can't really remember why, other than fashion. They don't make them any more. Yours looks very functional and I hope it performs well.
     
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  7. Sandi T.

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    A very nice review and photos of your new shield! Thanks for the nice write-up and taking the time to do the photos, too.
     
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  8. Sullivs

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    I think it looks nice, especially the black mounting hardware. I have one of the older ones with the unpainted metal brackets that you need a wrench to adjust anything. It really looks "antique" on a modern bike, and so I elected to leave it off. Yours looks like it belongs and it integrates well with the other hardware.

    Good job, Covid-21!
     
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