Started the day by taking my '14 DL650 VStrom to the dealer for its stator recall. Had not ridden the VStrom in a while, so also good to have back to back comparisons. Nice bike, but doesn't quite have the feel that the AT has.
Got home, pulled the AT out and got my package out from Swen. About the order. It was placed late at night on the 16th, it shipped on the 17th and arrived on the 20th. Great service. The package was in good shape, the contents were in a bubble wrap sleeve and the hardware was in its own, properly sized, zip lock baggie. The included instructions are high quality, easy to read and printed in color.
The laser cutting of the deflector is very clean. The hardware is top quality and matches the existing hardware on the bike.
The actual install took 5 minutes, and that included gathering the tools that were needed. The required tools were clearly outlined in the instructions as well.
A couple of things to note before we get to the results. I have raised my fork tubes in the forks about half an inch and have the damping adjuster on the left side backed most of the way out. This is NOT stock and the damping adjuster just hits the deflector on its way to full lock. If you have this issue, you can either slip another washer under the front mounting point or slide the forks back down. I moved mine down 2mm and all is well.
I am running an MRA Vario Touring Screen, so I switched back to stock as well as trying the MRA with the deflector.
I did back to back test runs. Today was calm with a very light, cross wind, maybe 3-5 mph.
I was wearing my Shoei Hornet X2 with no earplugs.
The first run was with the stock shield and no deflector to help me remember why I switched to the MRA Vario Touring screen.
The second run was with the stock screen and the deflector in place. Big difference! Much smoother air behind the bars and almost no buffeting on the bill of the Hornet. Noticeably quieter with the visor up. No problem riding at 65 mph with the visor open. With the stock screen, my eyes would water from the buffeting.
Third run, I put the MRA Vario back on with the deflector in place. While there was a difference, it was not nearly as pronounced as with the stock screen. Basically, the $39 deflector is doing the same job as a $160 windshield.
Fourth run, I experimented with taping off the air intakes at the front of the fairing.
As I was riding earlier, I moved my hand around the opening of the fairing and wondered what effect there would be to stopping some of the air coming in through those two frontal air intakes. For me, especially with a head wind, having them taped off, made it quieter in the cockpit. I think having that extra air in the hot summer, may be welcome, but in the cold or with a significant headwind, you may be better off with them covered. I think they were designed in to help equalize pressure behind the screen, but may do too good a job of it with a LOT of air flow above 50 mph.
Conclusion? If you are running a stock screen, this may be the best $39 you spend on your AT. It is a very well thought out and delivered kit, top notch quality and construction backed by great customer service.