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I have the small windscreen in front of the instrument cluster on my 2015 R1200R. I notice that if I stand up when riding the airflow over my head is much smoother than when in the normal sitting position. I think the windscreen is providing a little protection for the torso at the expense of generating some turbulence around my head. I wonder if anyone has compared the airflow around the helmet with and without this screen. I am thinking of taking mine off to try it out, but thought I would see if others had experience with it.


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I haven't tried a R12R with a wind screen, but my R12R without a screen has no helmet buffeting turbulence at any speed that I ride - other than that caused by some other vehicle. FWIW, I wear a Schuberth C3 Pro helmet, which is pretty aerodynamic.
 

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I suggest you just take it off & try it - probably quicker to take it off than type the question :)
I plan to but at the moment I am tearing the front end apart to change the fork oil, so I thought I would pose the question in the meantime.
 

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Definitely quieter without OEM sports or touring screen. Remove the four fasteners and try it for yourself.


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Absolutely much quieter without the screen. I’ve tried both the sports screen and touring screen; both cause turbulence and much more noise as a result. It’s clean airflow without the screen and the added bonus that the headlight does not reflect onto the screen at night. Go full naked, you won’t regret it:laugh2:
 

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I've gone from the sports screen to a carbon copy of the Pure screen (deflector more than screen) and at 100km/h it is quieter for me. I do want to try without any screen but I think if I remove the screen mount I need to buy a part to fill the space behind the clocks.
 

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I've gone from the sports screen to a carbon copy of the Pure screen (deflector more than screen) and at 100km/h it is quieter for me. I do want to try without any screen but I think if I remove the screen mount I need to buy a part to fill the space behind the clocks.

That cover plate to fill the space behind the instrument panel on my 2015 R1200R cost me $10USD.
 

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I do not like small windscreens precisely for the reason you mention - they tend to divert air into the region of the head. I rode 3 bikes in 5 configurations:

- BMW F650CS,
- Honda Hornet 900 with and without the windscreen,
- BMW R1200R with and without the windscreen.

With the windscreen there is less airflow around the body but more airflow around the neck/helmet area. This means noisier ride from the turbulent air around the helmet and less cooling in the summer. The only positive thing is that it's warmer in the winter. But I find I can offset that with another layer underneath the jacket.

Thus, when I ordered the R1200R I had the dealer remove the supplied windshield (which was a part of the dynamic packet that made the other options I wanted cheaper) and am selling it.

Perhaps a full tall windshield, a-la one on the R1200RT or K1600GT might be better and actually make the ride quieter, but it would look silly on the R1200R :)

What's funny is that the wind noise when riding my Vespa Sprint 125 is louder than on the R1200R :)
 

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Absolutely much quieter without the screen. I’ve tried both the sports screen and touring screen; both cause turbulence and much more noise as a result. It’s clean airflow without the screen and the added bonus that the headlight does not reflect onto the screen at night. Go full naked, you won’t regret it:laugh2:
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Perhaps a full tall windshield, a-la one on the R1200RT or K1600GT might be better and actually make the ride quieter, but it would look silly on the R1200R :)
I bought mine with the tiny "touring windscreen". I now have a ZTechnik touring screen which provides a nice, quiet ride. Check out the silly picture!
 

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Much better without the screen......I put the small cover plate on my 2016
Anyone have a picture of the ‘cover plate’? And or a link /info where to get it?

I just bought a bike that has the RT windscreen on it and it is turbulent and loud to look above it, and then also the view is distorted enough looking through it that it is almost disorienting. Plus looks a bit goofy.

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I've tried variations of windscreens with same results as mentioned. I started with a Wunderlich #30450112, Sport Screen.

But, for the same reasons mentioned on the forum I've now cut it down for the 3rd time to this small piece which I now only want as a place for my Toll sticker which you can see in the pic is inside the screen. Just did this version today, and I expect it should feel same as no screen at all.
 

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I've tried variations of windscreens with same results as mentioned. I started with a Wunderlich #30450112, Sport Screen.

But, for the same reasons mentioned on the forum I've now cut it down for the 3rd time to this small piece which I now only want as a place for my Toll sticker which you can see in the pic is inside the screen. Just did this version today, and I expect it should feel same as no screen at all.
For those without night vision goggles … >:)

I think you could call it the G-String screen … :surprise:
 

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I agree with above but having just completed a 2700 mile ride my MRA screen collected enough bugs to render it a black and bloody mess which I assume would have decorated my Aerostich. Unfortunately I just washed the bike otherwise I would post a pic. Additionally there was the occasional big boy bug or small rock thrown up causing a loud whack that made me think i was shot at with a 22CAL. So although I would prefer going screenless I will use one for the tours and suffer the very annoying wind buffeting.
 
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