Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
Re-fitting the Laminar LIP
I fitted the Laminar LIP to my K12GT just over 2 months ago. Since then I have ridden around 2500 miles. I fitted the LIP so that the lip protruded around 1½“ above the standard screen.
What I found was that whilst the wind noise and turbulence was definitely reduced, it was still not as good as it was claimed to be. I know this because, if I ducked down around 4”, the wind noise disappeared and was much better!
So, I have now removed the LIP and propose to fit it even higher. However this would mean replacing the adhesive “Dual Lock” lower down. Specifically the top (#1) Dual Lock on each side would need to come down to below the current #2 on each side. This would then allow me to raise the LIP so that it protrudes perhaps 4” above the current screen.
Two things worry me; firstly, whether the LIP (and the adhesive Dial Locks) can handle this increased “pressure” and secondly, I seem to recall someone saying that the Laminar LIP shouldn’t be considered as a physical block to the air and that it needs to be fitted lower down to ensure that its aerodynamics work effectively…?
I have tried all variations using the electronic screen adjuster but, in anything but the highest position I get wind noise and buffeting.
Any thoughts from you guys using the LIP ?
John I. Stephen - Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
K1300 GT (quite superb ! )
Triumph Tiger 1050 (2008)
K1200 GT (2003)
Suzuki GS 750 (late 1970s)