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post #1 of 27 Old 11-22-2014, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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My new windscreen for GW250

Weather is getting cold and I finally received my Puig Rafale windscreen and GW250 specific mounting kit. I got the black version on Amazon as an open box item that was half off (otherwise was going to get the clear smoke version). The mounting kit (Puig ref#10444), I had to special order from Spain, but only took 8 days to ship to the USA. Installation was pretty simple and it mounts to the mirror stems using brackets. The windscreen is solid and does not wiggle/move at all. I like the color and was amazed how integrated it looks above the headlight. I'll report on function after I use it for the next few days.
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Looks epic mate! May I ask how much it cost?
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Thanks! In the US, you can get it from Amazon for US$120-130 (Do a search for PUIG Rafale). Unfortunately the GW250 specific mounting kit is not sold in the US, so I contacted PUIG directly. They referred me to motoacces.com, which is a web store based in Barcelona, Spain. On that site, the screen is going for about $100 Euros and the kit for $5 Euros. They ship everywhere.


Took it on the highway today and makes a world of difference at 70 mph indicated. It completely eliminates the sensation of wind pushing on your chest. Felt like I was only doing 45 mph without the windscreen. To be fair, a disadvantage that I found is that it increases wind noise from 35-45 mph (? turbulence effect). I may play with the mounting angle which will likely improve this issue.
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That wind screen looks awesome.
How fast do you ride and how good/bad have you found it to be at the speed which you get to?
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My goal is to cruise 65 to 70 mph without having to be pushed backward by the wind. I am so close...

This is what I found so far:

Setting #1 : low angle, tip closest to headlight. Plus: Best looking, lowest helmet noise below 45 mph. Minus: minimal but noticeable wind protection at 70 mph. This setting is pictured in my post above.

Setting #2 : medium angle, tip closest to headlight. Plus: Best protection at 70 mph. Minus: loudest helmet noise below 45 mph, not best looking but passable.

Setting #3 : high angle, tip closest to rider (farthest away from headlight). Minus: not the best looking, but it is growing on me. Plus: will test tomorrow and report back.

The conclusion is that it will likely be a compromise between increased helmet noise at low speeds and wind protection at higher speeds.
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I went with the smaller Puig Naked New Generation windscreen (300 x 270 mm) mainly for looks because I don't often ride over 60 mph. The Rafaele is listed as 355 x 350 mm and is undoubtedly a better functional choice for higher speeds. I noticed an immediate improvement at speeds over 45 mph because the air is now deflected upward towards my top helmet vent. Perhaps this may partially account for increased noise. Do you wear ear plugs? I found that Mack's helped reduce the noise.
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My goal is to cruise 65 to 70 mph without having to be pushed backward by the wind. I am so close...

This is what I found so far:

Setting #1 : low angle, tip closest to headlight. Plus: Best looking, lowest helmet noise below 45 mph. Minus: minimal but noticeable wind protection at 70 mph. This setting is pictured in my post above.

Setting #2 : medium angle, tip closest to headlight. Plus: Best protection at 70 mph. Minus: loudest helmet noise below 45 mph, not best looking but passable.

Setting #3 : high angle, tip closest to rider (farthest away from headlight). Minus: not the best looking, but it is growing on me. Plus: will test tomorrow and report back.

The conclusion is that it will likely be a compromise between increased helmet noise at low speeds and wind protection at higher speeds.
thanks for providing that feedback as you know to buyers that can be very valuable.
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Bluto, I already use earplugs for long stints on the highway. My AGV K4 evo helmet is quiet enough that I never needed them below 60 mph, but that's definitely a good suggestion. I had looked at the other Puig flyscreen and decided against it because it would not block enough wind.

Suzu, thanks for your comments. I'm trying to be helpful since I could not find any pictures of this screen on a gw250.

Anyway, I really like setting #3 (new pictures attached). Blocks more wind at 70 mph and the helmet noise doesn't get excessive until 40 mph. I'm planning to do a 200 mile ride this weekend, so I'm glad I got this upgrade.
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Erdoc, Is the wind that is deflected from your chest now hitting your helmet ?


Very informative post, many Thanks,


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Erdoc, Is the wind that is deflected from your chest now hitting your helmet ?


Very informative post, many Thanks,


John.
The MRA website (www.mra.de) has great info on the aerodynamics of windscreens. I've found that the ideal angle/position is to deflect the air above shoulders, but not completely over the helmet (probably not possible anyway since it is not a large windsheld like in a goldwing). This way the helmet still has some non turbulent air flow which will prevent buffeting which would be more annoying than increased noise. Overall, I'm pretty happy with its function after more extended trips.
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