V-Strom 650 || Modifications || Reducing Buffeting Part 1 — Givi D260ST Tall windshield
The majority of Strom owners have experienced ‘buffeting’ on their rides, especially at speeds greater than 50 MPH. There have been numerous theories as to how/why this happens, but the common wisdom & consensus revolves around the following main reasons :-
1) Stock Windshield & mounting bracket locations cause ‘dirty’ turbulent air to flow up to the rider’s helmet causing a majority of the buffeting effect (potentially resolved using aftermarket brackets such as MadStad & aftermarket windshields)
2) Stock mirror stems are aerodynamically in a bad spot, and these add to the turbulence felt at the helmet (resolved by using different mirrors such as Aprilla Mirrors, or by using a simple genius mirror extender such as Rick’s Extenders)
When I got the bike, it already had the excellent MadStad Brackets on them. These help provide different adjustments to the windshield, and helps the rider find a good sweet spot tailored to their riding style, their torso/seat height etc. I had a horrid time on the freeway with the stock windshield :( so I decided to get a taller touring one installed.
While researching potential windshield replacements, I decided on the Givi D260ST in particular for its excellent price ($119 shipped from Revzilla) and also because I did not need an adjustable windshield like the AirFlow ‘AF’ windshields given I already had my MadStad.
The Givi D260ST Tall windshield is 7" higher than stock and rather wider too. I took some pictures that might help you get a sense for how much taller/wider this is compared to the stock.
Results — Part 1
1) So far, the buffeting/wind turbulence around my helment has already reduced significantly thanks to the Givi — I can now listen to my favorite podcasts (On Point — Tom Ashbrook by NPR) on my Sena headset, which I could not do before while on the Stock windshield….
2) The Givi had to be slightly coerced into attaching on the Madstad (fits tightly), nothing that should be concerning. Just a good tight fit!
The below pictures are self explanatory, and should be helpful to anyone looking to get this cheap simple windshield alternative.
Stock vs Givi D260ST — 1
Hope this helps you and your Suzuki V-strom ! :)