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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 2008, 9:39 am Thread Starter
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Do the Fairing addtions of the GT make any difference

Can anyone tell me if the fairing addtions on the GT make any improvments to weather protection or stability?

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I prefer the higher GT bars on my KRS, unfortunately that now puts my hands in the wind. I think If I had the GT front plastic and the GT bars, that would have been a better match.

Although these bikes are supposed to be 'adjustable', when it comes down to it, adjustment on a model can be limited by other design constraints so I think when BMW do new design work on the plastics, you do get something that might work together in tune.

I'm not sure about stability. More plastic area up front probably means some more drag, like putting on a larger screen and sidewinds might me a bit more twitchy. But hey, stick saddle bags on the bike and you're going to be more aware in how you ride.



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I can tell you that the handguards added to the fairing help reduce the wind to your fingers and hands. I usually remove mine during hot weather to increase airflow. I don't remove the leg guards since they would leave holes in the fairing, but the extra airflow I would get with those removed in the heat would be nice also.


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I can tell you that the handguards added to the fairing help reduce the wind to your fingers and hands. I usually remove mine during hot weather to increase airflow. I don't remove the leg guards since they would leave holes in the fairing, but the extra airflow I would get with those removed in the heat would be nice also.
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I have the GT windscreen, hand guards, and the fairing mounted leg protectors on my RS and they all make a great difference. I rode the bike before the add-ons and once installed they will not come off. Some don't like the hand guards in the warm months but just wait until you're in a light rain or constant fog-like situation. Not to mention the golf-ball size beatles we get here in North Carolina or truck stones smacking your knuckles without them.

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I find that my GT hand guards work great in cooled or hot 100 plus temps

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I can tell you that the handguards added to the fairing help reduce the wind to your fingers and hands. I usually remove mine during hot weather to increase airflow. I don't remove the leg guards since they would leave holes in the fairing, but the extra airflow I would get with those removed in the heat would be nice also.
I do the same thing. In summer, I install the short windshield and remove the handguards. In the winter I put the tall windshield on and put the handgaurds back on. With them on, my hands are protected from wind and rain better. In the summer, I prefer to have my hands cooler. Riding characteristics don't seem to change much, unlike the windshield differences which are huge. I really like the short windshield and having my helmet in clean air. With the tall one, my head gets buffeted around pretty good.

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Can't say since I already own an '04 GT but coming from an R1200RST and before that a K75s the protection provided is more than adequate. I had hand guards on the other bikes and never took them off, just figured that I had gloves on anyway, what the hell??
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I do the same thing. In summer, I install the short windshield and remove the handguards. In the winter I put the tall windshield on and put the handgaurds back on. With them on, my hands are protected from wind and rain better. In the summer, I prefer to have my hands cooler. Riding characteristics don't seem to change much, unlike the windshield differences which are huge. I really like the short windshield and having my helmet in clean air. With the tall one, my head gets buffeted around pretty good.
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If you are shorter than 5'10", a Laminar Lip might be the answer to the buffeting with the tall windscreen that you are experiencing.

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I put the handguards and GT windshield on my 04 KRS for the winter. The handguards do help deflect the wind. The GT windshield, in the lower position, does cause some helmet buffetting for me (5'8").

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