Ok guys, I’ve read multiple posts about highway performance of the F and most of it seemed to focus on wind noise. This is currently not a concern of mine. What IS a concern is the wind pressure on my chest and my helmet. I’m new to the motorcycle world and specifically bought this bike because it’s one of the few that fits my size limitations while still being affordable, has a long tank range for touring, and has reasonable performance. I’m not looking to race a bike, nor fly around curves at high speed. I was looking for something that had enough engine size to be highway capable at speeds up to 85 but still be light enough for my wimpy self to comfortably handle. My only 2 wheel experience is my 2017 Yamaha Smax 155cc scooter, which I’ve taken long distance cruising and is surprisingly capable, but it maxes out at 72-77 mph, which wasnt quite enough for highway touring. To show how hardcore I can be, I drove that sucker from North Carolina mountains to Orlando, Florida in a straight 12 hour long ride, only stopping for gas. And this was with the engine “screaming” at 8500-9500 rpms the whole way.
That Smax with a tall Givi windscreen is perfect for high speed touring, but the smaller 13” wheels don’t provide a great ride. I’d like similar wind protection on my F....is this possible and if so, which screens should I look at?? Currently, I’ve hit 70mph and I could not see myself holding that speed for any length of time as the wind pressure on my chest was so great as to be holding on for dear life and my 3/4 helmet was being raised up a tad by the wind pressure, thus also pulling up my prescription glasses, making the experience not something I can live with. I do have a full face helmet I can wear, so that might fix the 2nd issue but I prefer the greater visibility and better glasses fit afforded by the 3/4 helmet. I dont want to ruin the looks of the F but I really need better wind protection to be comfortable for the longer distance cruising I bought this bike for. Is the Puig half screen enough or would I need to add a lip to it? Is it just better to go for a larger, taller screen? What I don’t want is wind buffeting at the helmet level that will bounce my head around, especially when behind semis or other large vehicles that create a lot of wind turbulence. The OEM shorter screen that came on my Smax was awful in that regard, and the taller Givi screen solved it. As a reference, I’m short at 5’4.5” tall and 28” inseam. I’ve already added 1” risers, to help fit my arms better and raise my stance a bit. I need some guidance here so please chime in! I’m beginning to regret buying the bike but I really do love everything else about it.
2018 CB500F ABS