When I bought the GSX1400, it when I was still a little unsure what bike I wanted and I was limited by the funds I had available. I found it for a good price and it was in very good nick for it's age/mileage. I wanted something that I could enjoy one-up or two-up, and that I could get some hard luggage for. After the test ride, I was blown away by the amount of torque and really enjoyed the solid feel of the bike. Having lived with it for a while now, I still love it but find it tiring on longer rides because of the lack of wind protection (well I guess you get that with a naked bike
). It's great fun on back roads, but just plain hard work to do any motorway miles to get anywhere, and tiring after a day out. With fatigue an ongoing issue for me due to medical reasons, I have contemplating whether I should change it for something else
. I'd love a MG Norge, but can't afford one right now...
Anyway, I thought I would try sorting the elements of the bike that were a little lacking. The little flyshield I had before has now been replaced by one of these...
It's a Givi Airflow screen. (there's a bit more gen on them here
). I'm very split on the looks on the bike, but I don't have to look at it so much
. With two give panniers and a big top box, I've kind of lost the 'clean' naked bike look anyway.
I went out for a short ride today for the first time with it on and I am very impressed with the amount of protection it provides. I still need to play with the best height (the top part moves up and down on rails, with an air channel to reduce turbulence) to suit me but it certainly seems to work well. The only problem with it is that I found myself whizzing along at 80 when it felt like I was doing 50..
Anyway, here's hoping it will make any longer jaunts much more comfortable.