SWEGOTECH Forkshield deflector -- reduce helmet vibrations !!! - Page 11 - Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Forum
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post #101 of 110 (permalink) Old 06-20-2018, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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The shield works great but plan on replacing the bolts that come with it, they rust fairly quick.
No, we improved that. This was only the first series, we switched to black stainless steel screws after we found out about this problem.

However, we stand behind our products. So when you got one of the first batch with the old screws, just send us an email with you full name and address to [email protected]
We will send you new stainless steel screws then
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I agree. I also did some experimenting and found most of the wind noise and turbulence coming from around the sides of the front cowling. It comes around the sides angled upward and hits your torso, then up towards the helmet. I found minimal air rushing up from the open forks area - nothing compared to the force of air around the sides and not enough to cause the buffeting I was getting. The fork shield thing did nothing for me. Honda does make some wind deflectors for the cowling.

I had made some crude experimental ones myself, strategically placed at a couple different locations, and they seemed to work well - unfortunately some broke off during my many off-road drops. They only ones I still have on are in the location where the handlebar cut-outs are - turn the bars at full lock and you'll see what i'm referring to. I used thin flexible plastic so as to still let the bars turn all the way. The other set of deflectors I made were a little lower ( about even with the height of the top of the fuel tank), angled down and out. The combination of the two was perfect.
Me too - and I'm guessing Honda thinks so too which is why clear 'visors' as they call them are now available for both of the 2018 models. I would buy some and try fitting them to my 2017 bike, but the Madstad screen being wider has probably achieved the same result. (I bought a MRA deflector and it made no difference to buffeting or peak vibration - don't want to risk spending money on the Givi potential solution)
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So, 08R74MJPG50 is the OEM part # for the Honda "upper wind deflectors"

Around U$150 for two pieces of molded black plastic and some 3M double sided tape seems a bit steep. I'm looking at either fabricating my own, looking for a 3D model (I got access to a 3D printer) and attaching it either with the double sided tape or using a threaded insert rivet for a cleaner, more permanent look. Will post a new thread asking other members that might have used it to see if it's worth all the work.

Random angry man rant: I'm originally from Brazil and have lived and ridden there and in Europe. The first time I felt that we in the US are like a Developing Nation was when shopping for a cell phone and how limited and crappy the options here are compared to elsewhere, including "official Developing Nations with Emergent Economies". Now, trying to get accessories for the Africa Twin, I'm getting the same bad taste in my mouth. We are either a second thought for the manufacturers or (my only opinion after a few beers) we are getting systematically screwed. Please convince me that the wind dynamics and their ridiculously priced solution were not put there by design?!?!?!
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So, 08R74MJPG50 is the OEM part # for the Honda "upper wind deflectors"

Around U$150 for two pieces of molded black plastic and some 3M double sided tape seems a bit steep. I'm looking at either fabricating my own, looking for a 3D model (I got access to a 3D printer) and attaching it either with the double sided tape or using a threaded insert rivet for a cleaner, more permanent look. Will post a new thread asking other members that might have used it to see if it's worth all the work.

Random angry man rant: I'm originally from Brazil and have lived and ridden there and in Europe. The first time I felt that we in the US are like a Developing Nation was when shopping for a cell phone and how limited and crappy the options here are compared to elsewhere, including "official Developing Nations with Emergent Economies". Now, trying to get accessories for the Africa Twin, I'm getting the same bad taste in my mouth. We are either a second thought for the manufacturers or (my only opinion after a few beers) we are getting systematically screwed. Please convince me that the wind dynamics and their ridiculously priced solution were not put there by design?!?!?!
well you should feel sorry for us in poor old blighty. As far back as I can remember prices of anything in the UK has been the same 'numerically' as that in the USA. So if a bike was 10,000 dollars in the US, the same bike would be 10,000 pounds sterling in the UK. That's even though one pound sterling should buy about $1.40 cents
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Ordered mine yesterday ! Went out for a ride and noticed buffeting from around 65mph upward (loud booming and ringing noise in helmet) if I put my left arm and hand over the gap it stops this noise significantly. So I'm sure the deflector will help.


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I was riding my mates 800 GSA and a demo 12GS Rallye last week and felt a rush of air up through the forks just like the AT has. Yet no peak buffeting was felt and Iíve concluded that itís more down to the angle of the front of the AT/screen than what comes up through the fork tunnel plus the AT seems narrower at the front which may be why Honda sell those extra bits of wind deflection add ons.

Saying all that, whatever works for you, go for it. Iíve found my satisfactory set up, good luck finding yours.
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I solved the the problem with the swegotech deflector + short screeen puig in spring/summer and oem atas screen + screwed touring mra deflector in autumn/winter
i ride with shoei hornet adv 10.000 km with NO problem.
thank you honda !
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Our SWEGOTECH ADVENTURE SPORTS FORKSHIELD got installed and tested by the legendary Kyle Bradshaw !!!

"I've been riding with this Forkshield for three days now and I gotta say it's a GAME CHANGER on this Africa Twin... The noise was so annoying and irritating... A SWEGOTECH Forkshield is the answer to this Buffeting Noise... I am not hearing that whap-whap noise that I was getting before I installed this Forkshield...
As you saw in the installation video just four screws to remove and replace and that's it... The risers still have a 100% movement for functionality... Super, super simple, it looks really good, it's well made, it does the job and comes with all the hardware you need.
So for 40 bucks I don't think you can go wrong!"


CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO HERE:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=klvX1sCw9l4

Watch the video until the end to see Kyle riding the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports up a mountain road between all those stuck cars (starting 10:30min mark). That's highly entertaining like all his videos.

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Mine works great on my ATAS. 6'0", seat in high or low position, and Arai XD4 helmet. Thanks again Swen
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Mine works great on my ATAS. 6'0", seat in high or low position, and Arai XD4 helmet. Thanks again Swen
I am very happy to hear this
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