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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-28-2020, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting. I also have the two screens you mention, but ride with the Yamaha screen most of the time. I get a lot of extra mechanical noise from the CalSci (when passing bumps etc.) - have you noticed anything like that. Just seems like the fit isn't that great in my case. Also, can you lower the screen all the way down? Mine actually hits the fairing, so have to be careful when I lower it. I am thinking of re-shaping the lower end to avoid this problem, but have not yet done anything about it.
No extra mechanical noise that I could tell, but then I wear ear plugs or ear buds when I ride. That being said, I did notice that at speed (120 km/h) when I ducked down I could hear a distinct "woosh" sound of the air passing through the triangular slot near the bottom. Not annoying at all but I'm thinking that's the air flow that reduces back pressure and buffeting. I read some concerns regarding fit an finish but my Cal Sci screen doesn't have any sharp edges and doesn't scrape the fairing when in the lowest position as others have noticed. It is the Large and if I was to get another I might try the Medium.

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On this topic: I purchased a Yamaha Touring screen and am not really impressed with it...mostly because it's very 'floppy' and puts a lot of torque on those plastic screws I'm sure...I also find there's really no noticeable difference in wind protection or wind noise. For now I'm back on the stock screen because of the summer heat...maybe I'll think differently once I get into the Fall riding, but I dont see any improvement coming in the floppyness of the touring screen.
I noticed that as well with the Yamaha Touring Screen. When I went to remove it I found one of the plastic mounting screw heads had snapped off. Not surprised. The Cal Sci screen is noticeably lighter than the Yamaha Touring screen.

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Let me add that my touring screen on my 14a gen3 when ridden alongside some trucks will bend & flex a lot, several inch’s, I was quite surprised the first time it happened, I figured the screen would just rip off. I can’t remember what position it was in but if i am remembering correctly certain “dump” trucks seem to be what contributes to it.

I really like my yamaha touring screen but am really surprised at how much it can flex/flop around in certain conditions.
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Yea my Yamaha touring screen seems to have a lot of flex, but it's taller and the top is long way from the mounting screws so it only makes sense that it would flex more than a shorter screen. My summer shorty screen which is 10" shorter than the touring screen doesn't flex at all lol.

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Shimming it will allow more air under it and reduce flexing. OEM windshields are Lexan (polycarbonate), almost indestructible.... most others are acrylic.

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I noticed that as well with the Yamaha Touring Screen. When I went to remove it I found one of the plastic mounting screw heads had snapped off. Not surprised. The Cal Sci screen is noticeably lighter than the Yamaha Touring screen.

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We must have very different CalSci screens. My CalSci is very heavy and very rigid, and it's also a lot bigger than my Yamaha Touring screen...

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The calsci I bought was double the weight of my Yamaha touring screen, had unfinished edges, and required tuning for the screw holes to line up. They’re a big bag full of **** no for me. I’ve had a number of screens. The calsci was the only one that had quality issues.

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The calsci I bought was double the weight of my Yamaha touring screen, had unfinished edges, and required tuning for the screw holes to line up. They’re a big bag full of **** no for me. I’ve had a number of screens. The calsci was the only one that had quality issues.
Weird - Sounds like mortenk had a very similar experience. Which generation FJRs? Mine is an '06 (gen 2) - the mounting holes lined up perfectly and there were no issues with the finish either. The screen does not hit the fairing or mirrors at all. It's the exact same length as the Yamaha Touring screen and a bit wider at the bottom. My cousin has an '09 and he also switched from the Yamaha Touring screen to the Cal Sci and is just as pleased with the results. Seems like Cal Sci may have an issue with manufacturing a product of consistent quality. My brother has a 2011 K1600GTL and he also switched to the Cal Sci due to excessive buffeting - especially the passenger (his wife). He's only had his on for about a week but so far so good.

It seems odd to me that major motorcycle manufacturers can't seem to get it right when it comes to wind screens and seats. I can't remember ever having to, or wanting to replace the windshield or seats in any car, minivan, or SUV I've ever owned.

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How do the other screens compare to the National Cycle VStream Screen - N20308? This is 1 inch shorter than the OEM touring screen. http://www.nationalcycle.com/n20308.html

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National cycle makes Yamaha Touring screen, which is really the gold standard. The 20308 is just about even with the touring screen. Not quite the same, but they are very similar in their protection. I like the touring screen slightly more.
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How do the other screens compare to the National Cycle VStream Screen - N20308? This is 1 inch shorter than the OEM touring screen. http://www.nationalcycle.com/n20308.html
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