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    My F800R came from the dealer with a couple of accessories, including the BMW sport screen.
    Since my first test ride, the way it wobbles with the wind has bugged me.
    If I were to use it to mount a larger screen, I'd certainly budget for the Wunderlich brace.
    But since I'm not (planning on it), I didn't feel like it was a 'justified' purchase / expense.
    So, the other night, when I noticed a section of a particularly robust wire clothes hanger in one of the toolchest drawers, the (notoriously dim) light bulb above my head lit up ... why not?

    This (pics) is the result... cheap (material: wire clothes hanger), simple (not a lot of time required; all you really need to do is bend the ends into two eyelets) and tools required are commonly found in most toolboxes (needlenose pliers and snippers; beyond the torx bits to remove the screen and the mounting bolts of the headlight bracket, at the forks).

    Esthetics can be improved: after bending / shaping, I figured I should protect the plastic and a short section of clear tube was the obvious solution. Next time I'll slip it on before bending the ends into eyelets, so it won't need to be slit lengthwise and I can avoid the tape altogether.
    Seems to work well so far, and while it may be purely psychological, I do think it has reduced helmet buffeting.
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    2012 F800R
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    Looks good. Simple but effective and cheap, too. Hard to beat that combination.

    I installed the Puig that was recommended somewhere on this forum, along with the Wunderlich brace. While pricey, they work very well together. My wife rides with me and she reports that the Puig, which is just a small, sport screen, greatly reduces the buffeting that she was feeling as pillion with the stock flyscreen.

    Thanks for posting .
    RB

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    2nd iteration ... I think I can live with it for a while
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    Last edited by simsim; 07-17-14 at 11:06 PM.
    2012 F800R
    Prior: CB350 CB450 FJ600 GS750E GS1150ES FJ1100 CB650 Nighthawk Vespa50 XLV Transalp TDM850 Bandit 600S Bandit 1200 ER6N 

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    Looks awesome. You could also use stainless TIG welding filler rod to make sure it didn't rust. May not be an issue, but something to consider.

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    I spent an hour and a bit and made some Wunderlich screen support "replicas".... CONSIDERABLY less expensive and work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simsim View Post
    2nd iteration ... I think I can live with it for a while
    the 2nd iteration definitely looks the part, and if I didn't know, would have thought it was an OEM brace !
    "The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, 

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