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    Having got my F800ST perfect for me, I did a good but silly thing and then changed it for the F800GT. I am still trying to get a screen that works for me. The bike has the tall comfort seat fitted ( to ease my aching hips). The stock screen throws the wind at my chest area and have tried a Puig touring screen and a Givi sports screen. They are taller and cut out the wind to the chest, but create a lot of wind noise around my head. I'm trying to source a screen that is mid way between the stock one and the two screens I have tried. I used a V Stream screen on the ST and wondered to just try one for the ST on the GT. Any advice welcome or indeed if any UK based members have any screens kicking around in their garages etc, I would be keen to hear from you.

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    How tall are you?

    I am 5'-8" with a 30" inseam. I have tried several different windscreens of all shapes and sizes. For my height the Puig Screen with their deflector has resolved the wind noise issues well. I did cut some vent holes in the bottom of the screen and this has helped to prevent pulling more engine heat upward.

    I just finished a 1,200 mile ride with temperatures that ranged from 60 to 85 F with speeds up to 80 to keep up with traffic in Chattanooga......I had no helmet noise issues (wearing ear plugs). The wind blast from the top of the screen hits the top of my helmet above the visor.....so I don't get much cooling air into my helmet, and I have to crack open the visor a bit when my face gets hot.
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    6 feet 2 inches. Unfortunately with either the Puig or Givi screen fitted, it throws the wind directly at my crash helmet. I have changed my ear plugs which has helped a bit. Puig screen is solid and Givi screen has vents like the BMW original screen. I haven't noticed any difference with regard to the minimal engine heat issue you mention.

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    I had a MadStad on my F800GT and it worked well - still some noise in the area of the top of my helmet. However no airflow to chin vent of the helmet. But overall worked OK. So I traded bike for a different brand, so windscreen research all over again! Wound up going with a taller touring windscreen but had the problem you are describing - wind off my chest but too much turbulence around helmet so too much noise. I added a cheap X-Wing from Amazon with the though "if it works I'll get a better one". Wound up with it at just a very slightly steeper angle than the top of the windscreen and it made a significant impact on the noise. Wind noise was eliminated but tremendously reduced. I can now ride at interstate speeds without ear plugs. It's not perfect but have had it for several months and almost 15,000 miles so happy with it. When I first put it on I fiddled with the angle a couple of times but haven't since. most raindrops go over but the very large rain drops occasionally come thru and smack my visor. Only see those on the outer edge of a large thunderstorm which I try and avoid but sometimes there is no place to stop and just have to keep on going! At that point wind noise and rain on my visor are very minor concerns

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    Wow......6ft-2inches puts your head far higher on the F800GT than my noggin is. The stock screen put the wind right at my chin, and I can understand the wind issue you are having......it is really bothersome once you are out of town and on the highway.

    I really don't think any of the available screens will get the wind up over your head like it can for me.

    The Madstad windshield may be your only hope - or perhaps you should get a really short windshield and hope the bike acts more like a "naked" bike for you can gets the wind down really low on your torso. (I cut a stock windshield down to the level of the bodywork and rode with it one summer......it wasn't too bad and I even went on a 1,400 mile trip with it). A short windshield offers very little weather protection - but it may be a reasonable solution if you ride primarily in good weather like I do. You might try taking your windshield off and going for a ride and see if the wind is tolerable for you.
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    Adjustable spoilers have helped me before and the Puig 6319 worked wonders for me on my new F800GT. For you it will deflect some wind off your chest for sure. Besides that at your height I don’t know what else it will accomplish.
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    Thanks all, I might give the standard seat a try again and see if that helps, as it will sit me lower than the taller comfort seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mh374 View Post
    Having got my F800ST perfect for me, I did a good but silly thing and then changed it for the F800GT. I am still trying to get a screen that works for me. The bike has the tall comfort seat fitted ( to ease my aching hips). The stock screen throws the wind at my chest area and have tried a Puig touring screen and a Givi sports screen. They are taller and cut out the wind to the chest, but create a lot of wind noise around my head. I'm trying to source a screen that is mid way between the stock one and the two screens I have tried. I used a V Stream screen on the ST and wondered to just try one for the ST on the GT. Any advice welcome or indeed if any UK based members have any screens kicking around in their garages etc, I would be keen to hear from you.
    Hi like you I have tried various screens on my F800 GT 2018 model,I have a Givi Touring screen and a dark tinted V stream sport screen both hardly used for sale as I never liked them, costly way to find what you like
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny View Post
    Hi like you I have tried various screens on my F800 GT 2018 model,I have a Givi Touring screen and a dark tinted V stream sport screen both hardly used for sale as I never liked them, costly way to find what you like
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    Hi Shiny, is your V Stream Sport screen in the Classifieds? How much you looking for and is it the Z2476, 15.25" one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny View Post
    I have a Givi Touring screen and a dark tinted V stream sport screen both hardly used for sale as I never liked them, costly way to find what you like
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    Amen brother!

    In pursuit of the perfect screen I have purchased and tried.

    1) Used V-Stream mid size (bought used and re-sold). Thicker/heavier than stock and it made my bodywork bounce around a lot on bumpy roads......didn't solve my noisy wind in the helmet issue.
    2) Used stock screen cut down to small height (Still own and would sell). Reduces the amount of wind on the helmet and also reduces the wind/rain protection on the body - works fine in good weather and short rides.
    3) New BMW tall screen (Still own and would sell). This is a great screen for riding in cool weather and offers great wind protection - but it is hot in the summer.
    4) New V-Stream Sport screen (Tried and returned to National Cycle for a refund). Worked the same as the cut down stock screen - less intense wind blast on helmet and far more on the torso.....still noisy wind at bottom of the helmet.
    5) Ermax Sport Screen in light smoke (Still own and would sell). Nice looking screen and worked well for me - a bit fiddly to mount as it needs spacer on the 3 front screws. With a Puig or MRA wind deflector attached it worked well for my 5'-8" height.

    Th Puig Touring Screen with a deflector is my final and best solution - and it works very well for me. I bought a new set of a smoked windscreen and matching bolt on visor on eBay - but before mounting it I got a great deal on a used one from a local fellow. I mounted the used clear screen on my bike and began to experiment with cutting vents in the bottom to reduce the low pressure area behind the windscreen and allow more cooling air behind the screen. I started small and increased the size of the vents so that I didn't weaken the windscreen. I am well pleased with this set up - it bolts on easily and fits well. The amount of wind noise in my helmet is greatly reduced - the wind just hits the crown of my helmet at the top vent so I do get some airflow in my helmet (unfortunately I get very little in my chin vent and I have to open my visor slightly when it fogs up). The fellow that I bought the used Puig Touring screen is 5'-10" tall (2" taller than me) - and he felt this combination was too noisy for him....but with the clamp on Puig deflector it work great for me.

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    Hi Mav617,it is the z2476 I am looking for£50. plus postage, I have not put it in the classifieds yet.

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    Am interested Shiny, want to work out postage to RH10 3Qs and do you take Paypal?
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    You guys should try the Madstad.

    I did a long test ride on an RT1200 and while the windscreen on it was great, I didn't feel like it had anything over the Madstad on my GT other than the button to press and move it electronically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    You guys should try the Madstad.

    I did a long test ride on an RT1200 and while the windscreen on it was great, I didn't feel like it had anything over the Madstad on my GT other than the button to press and move it electronically.

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    Appreciated Daboo, just not keen on the Madstads looks, though like its adjustability.
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    Hi Mav617 I will check out the postage cost, cheque or pay into my bank ,or even cash,not sure how paypal works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mav617 View Post
    Appreciated Daboo, just not keen on the Madstads looks, though like its adjustability.
    I prefer to look at my windscreen over the top of it, not from the side, twenty feet away.

    Take a look at Madstad's webpage where they explain why it works as well as it does. I've been in cross-winds for hours at a time that would rip my helmet off if the strap wasn't fastened. It was great, even in those conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny View Post
    Hi Mav617 I will check out the postage cost, cheque or pay into my bank ,or even cash,not sure how paypal works.
    Hi I have checked the cost of postage and it will be £12.30,also I can use paypal,so the amount would be £62.30

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny View Post
    Hi I have checked the cost of postage and it will be £12.30,also I can use paypal,so the amount would be £62.30
    Cool, all I need is your email then and I can pay as "friends ands family" so no fees. You can send me your email in a PM?
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    Money sent, cheers Shiny.
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    The screen saga continues. Have now fitted a Ztechnik sports screen, which has eliminated the horrendous wind noise around my head caused by the Puig touring screen and the Givi sport screens. A bit more wind on the chest, but much better solution for me than the other screens mentioned. It also looks very nice in black against the orange of the bike. I might be tempted by a Ztechnic sports / touring screen at some stage, but the others are now up for sale if anyone is interested.

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    I just got a California scientific screen in today for my 2008 f800 st. Initial thoughts are much improved over the sport screen, but not a “bubble” unless I crouch in. I’ll start a new thread on it if I have any more thoughts than this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruffyz View Post
    I just got a California scientific screen in today for my 2008 f800 st. Initial thoughts are much improved over the sport screen, but not a “bubble” unless I crouch in. I’ll start a new thread on it if I have any more thoughts than this.
    May be of more benefit to owners of 800ST ---- this is the GT forum. The GT has different screen, particularly the attachment points.
    Good luck with your screen quest.

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