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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 11:00 am Thread Starter
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My top case and wind management solutions

I've had my '07 GT for two years and 26,000miles and I thought I'd share what improvements I've made.
Top case: I was looking for a top case that didn't look too big for the bike and didn't hang out too far over the rear of the bike..and it needed to be able to hold a full size helmet, gloves, etc. I chose the SHAD 37 litter top case. I've had this top case on the bike for one year and while it is not as substantial as the BMW offerings it has held up very well, works as intended and (since I had it color matched) looks like it came with the bike.

Wind management: The first thing I did after I got my GT was to replace the stock, tall windshield with a Cee Baileys +4+2. This made a huge improvement but there was still too much air coming from the side of the fairing and up from under the windshield. Using 1/8 inch clear plexiglass I extended the sides of the fairing by 2.5 inches. This moves the air out beyond the grips putting my hands in still air and also greatly reduces the air on my arms. For the air coming up from under the windshield I made wind deflectors much like those on LT's out of the same clear plexiglass. These deflectors catch the air and redirect it up the inside of the windshield and away from the rider.
I hope the attached photos help explain what I did.

Bruce Hodges
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 2009, 11:20 am
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Very cool DIY solutions to the wind problems. Those not so handy might want to look at the Aeroflow Aeroguards solution. I have them and like them, but they do add some sensitivity to side winds/18 wheelers.

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Very nicely done!
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