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Hi All,

I was thinking of getting a new screen, and wondered if anyone had tried the Ztechnik??

looks good on paper :-)

any comments welcome

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post #2 of 10 Old Mar 8th, 2010, 9:42 am
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I added it to my GT. I loved it. SO also said it reduced buffetting for her.

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There are lots of windshield choices for the GT. And I've pretty much tried them all. As with seats, what works best for a person really depends on what they want and expect out of it.

There's lots of good info in this thread, but here's my summary:

The VStream from ZTechnik has the advantage of being polycarbonate so it won't shatter in an impact. Some folks are happy with this shield, but for me, it wasn't nearly as much of an improvement over stock as the AeroFlow setup.

If you're looking for LT-style protection, then go with the AeroFlow, and add their AeroGards. You can see pics here. Yes it's pricey, but it works. For example, I can run the AeroFlow down lower than I could with any of the others and still get great protection, and the AeroGards take all the wind (and bugs) off my arms. They work so well, in fact, that I can wear my mesh gloves down into the 50's without too much trouble. Also, this setup make a huge improvement to the passenger.

The second-best choice I found is the CalSci. It's the closest to the stock shape, but the curvature and cutouts eliminate most of the buffeting and back pressure. This also retains the "sporty" looks of the bike, which is important to some folks. But it does tend to scratch rather easily, which is a concern. Otherwise, it's a great solo shield.

The Cee Bailey is better than stock, but not as good as it is on the LT. Flexing and cracking was a huge issue because Cee Bailey switched to a thinner plastic, which they've since gotten rid of. But I've still had cracking issues with their thicker shields.

Parabellum also makes a windshield with basically stock looks but better curvature. I haven't tried that one so I can't comment on how well it works.

So it really depends on what's important to you, and what you expect out of it.

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I've had ZTechnik VStream shields on my last LT, both my GTs and my GS Adventure, and loved them on each bike. Good wind protection with little to no buffeting around the head, and no back pressure in the full up position. THe fact the won't shatter on impact is a nice tough as well.

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Got the Ztechnic last summer.
Great Screen. Alot better for the passenger too.

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Put a ZTechnik V-Stream on my RT. My wife and I are very satisfied with it.

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Hi All

thanks for the feedback... looks like I might have to invest in a zteck!

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If you're looking for LT-style protection, then go with the AeroFlow, and add their AeroGards. You can see pics here. Yes it's pricey, but it works. For example, I can run the AeroFlow down lower than I could with any of the others and still get great protection, and the AeroGards take all the wind (and bugs) off my arms. They work so well, in fact, that I can wear my mesh gloves down into the 50's without too much trouble. Also, this setup make a huge improvement to the passenger.

My Aeroguards are collecting dust in the storage cabinet. They are fine and I enjoyed them in clean air or non-freeway type riding. In dirty air-getting behind an 18 wheeler or crossing one of the local bridges when the wind is up-they cause the bike to become very unstable. Unforunately here in Florida I have to do a lot of freeway riding to get anywhere and so the Aeroguards are in the cabinet in favor of a more stable bike.

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I know there are a lot of strong opinions on this site and every one expressed is based on that individual person's experience and is true to them. Thing is, what is true for one person may not be true for you. Why? Cause every person has a different body. Total height, inseam, body length, etc all vary with people and that affects how they sit behind any screen and just how well that screen will work for them.

It can get expensive swapping out screens until you find the one that works for you. For me, the stock BMW screen was just fine, but my wife was being buffeted all to heck and back in the pillion seat, no matter what the position the windshield was in. A lot of folks here swear by Cee Baily screens, so after a bunch of study of people's input here, I bought one. I hated it and my wife could tell no difference from a stock screen. Sold it with 50 miles on it and lost a significant amount of $.

Finally, I went to a BMW rally where a lot of the aftermarket screen manufacturers were part of the vendor fleet. They allowed us to try the windscreens for free. They mounted them on the bike and we went for a ride. Doing it that way, we found a screen that made Moma happy. And we all know if Moma is happy, everybody is happy.

So we ended up with a VStream. It is not the shield I would buy for myself, but like I said, if Moma is happy.....

I recommend you hold off buying one until you can go to a big rally and find the one that fits for you and your passenger, if that is an issue.

Save yourself some time and $$.

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post #10 of 10 Old Mar 23rd, 2010, 11:53 am
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UltraLT is absolutely correct and I was just going to do a post making this point but he beat me to it. It might be of some benefit if people responding to questions such as this were to give their height and inside leg measurements from which the OP can maybe deduce where their heads might be. Type of helmet worn would also be very helpful as these can make a significant difference.
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