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Old January 16th, 2016, 08:48 AM   #11
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Appliance, I had not much complaint about how the original worked. I feel that its main purpose is to reduce wind pressure on my upper body. I have a short torso for my 6' height, and the wind tended to rattle my helmet's shield a bit but did not get underneath much. I don't think this one will be much different, but I'll take it out as soon as the weather warms up a bit!

The secret to getting smooth flow around a windshield is having some air come underneath the shield to balance out the flow over the top and sides. A local company, Laminar Lip, makes add-on deflectors that do this. I've had good results with them. You can adjust the MRA about 2" up and down to get the flow you want. Up would be max, and that's where mine is now. It's easy to change, takes an allen wrench though.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 06:00 AM   #12
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Is that the clear or the light grey mra?
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Old January 21st, 2016, 07:59 AM   #13
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Appliance, I had not much complaint about how the original worked. I feel that its main purpose is to reduce wind pressure on my upper body. I have a short torso for my 6' height, and the wind tended to rattle my helmet's shield a bit but did not get underneath much. I don't think this one will be much different, but I'll take it out as soon as the weather warms up a bit!

The secret to getting smooth flow around a windshield is having some air come underneath the shield to balance out the flow over the top and sides. A local company, Laminar Lip, makes add-on deflectors that do this. I've had good results with them. You can adjust the MRA about 2" up and down to get the flow you want. Up would be max, and that's where mine is now. It's easy to change, takes an allen wrench though.
I've got allen wrenches! Look forward to your thought on the windshield. I'm OK with the stock screen but if wind noise can be lessened - and maybe some screen clearing in the rain, I'd give this serious consideration.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 04:07 PM   #14
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What's considered long distance on the Hyperstrada?

1,000 mile days?
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Old January 27th, 2016, 06:05 PM   #15
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1,000 mile days would be extremely unlikely. I believe I recognize you from Advrider.com so I know you like to go long. I'd like to build up to longer days but for now I'm looking at 3-500 mile days. I may do an iron butt this coming season.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 04:44 AM   #16
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300 to 500 mile days are easy with the stock Hyperstrada. The key is figuring when to get gas. At low elevations and WFO riding it is about 130 miles, at high elevations and conservative throttle application it is easily over 150 miles. I watch the fuel mileage average for an indication.

At 500 miles+ I start to squirm in the seat. Any seat. Any bike.

My preference with the Hyperstrada is 250 to 400 mile days. Planned gas stops added to the GPS route. But then, I have been riding with a GPS since 1999. Won't ride without one.

I plan all rides in advance on my computer, then load it to a GPS. Far more pleasurable knowing where good gas it, where to spend the night, having reservations. In addition, I plan a number of alternative options for weather.


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Old January 28th, 2016, 04:53 AM   #17
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I also keep all the GPS data for future ride route planning.

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Old January 28th, 2016, 06:01 AM   #18
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So, my point is that longer rides are made easier by planning because fatigue is as much between your ears as your bike & body.

On the Hyperstrada we are the windscreen. This offers the benefit of having the helmet in clean air but the challenge of additional wind noise. Inside helmets it is common to have sound levels exceeding 100 db. As such, permanent ear damage occurs quickly.

Most earplugs say they offer 30 db of sound reduction. Those reductions are in the high frequency range, NOT the sub 500 hertz range wind noise is in. A false sense of protection with common earplugs.

I ride with custom molded medical grade silicone ear monitors. Purchased from a gold certified audiologist, I had these tested in my ears and learned that I'm getting 40 db of protection. Reducing the background sound level so much allows me to better hear different sounds, like horns, sirens and engine sounds. Better than without ear protection because of the frequencies these other sounds are at.

Loud noise = Fatigue

Reduce the loud and your long ride is much more comfortable.








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Old January 28th, 2016, 07:20 AM   #19
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That is a magnificent portrait of your ear there :-)

I've found standard foam plugs to work very well - one trick I use is to moisten them a bit before putting them in. This gives a good seal. I was in a band so I know the signs of hearing damage.

It's funny - we seem to like to ride the same sort of places - though I'm east coast - but do it completely differently. I get to the good roads and get lost - I only use gps to find where I am when I start looking for a campsite.

But 250 - 400 miles back road scratching is many hours and more than enough for me in a day.

You've been rigging your bike for more dirt riding. Something I'm considering as cash allows. One thing primary in my thoughts is the gearing. When I hit the rocky inclines ( and the dort roads here seem to always turn into that) I'm clutch slipping and fighting the machine. Thinking of one gear down on the front sprocket or I'll be looking at a new clutch and a broken leg.
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