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bones
05-29-2008, 02:09 PM
I was asked for my $0.02 and thought I'd make a thread. Will add pics tonight.

Got mine of Ebay from The Superbike Store.

I ordered the standard one and got it and it was just like stock with a bit more bubble in it. I was not happy, and David was VERY nice and exchanged it for one of his 4" taller ones. It does not have a flip that I can tell. All in all I like it a lot. Looks nice for a taller screen which i am usually not a fan of. I like the dark tint also. Wind does not nail me in the chest like before and the buffeting I think is little. I am 6' 175#'s and the seat is in the low position and stock bars, until last week when I put on Daytona's

Two thumbs up for price, quality, look and performance.

Brass
05-29-2008, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the write up. We all seen to have the same opion of the stock screen, it's not enough. These real world reviews help everyone out with what works and what doesn't.

Looking foward to the pics.

Oh, one more thing. How was the fit, any issues there?

bones
05-29-2008, 02:43 PM
This bike and any screen I have installed, stock and these two PB's are utter ****'s to get installed. The grommet nuts are a joke. I wanted to say I was going to go to stock until I went on longer trips, but that's not happening.

suzukijo
05-29-2008, 07:39 PM
whats a PB?

bones
05-29-2008, 08:48 PM
whats a PB?
Powerbronze

bones
05-29-2008, 08:53 PM
Alright, here are some pics.

Only issue is the GPS hits the screen where I like it mounted. I have to push it closer to me and the tank bag. I will get a bar mount lower or a shorter RAM mount. Currently has a 3"er
http://30bones.smugmug.com/photos/303780237_94ug2-L.jpg

http://30bones.smugmug.com/photos/303781665_npheA-L.jpg

http://30bones.smugmug.com/photos/303781781_W6GRw-L.jpg

Compared to stock
http://30bones.smugmug.com/photos/303781889_daAA9-L.jpg

http://30bones.smugmug.com/photos/303781983_6eVuk-L.jpg

hawk GT
05-29-2008, 10:01 PM
I've seen those GPS mounted to the steering stem bolt? Just an idea...

bones
05-29-2008, 10:22 PM
I've seen those GPS mounted to the steering stem bolt? Just an idea...
That's my thoughts, but I had it this way on my VFR and like it there to control it while riding.

Once I get my legal speed helmet mount I will move the radar above the speedo or someplace more out of the way. As of now it's pretty useless since you can't see it often enough to notice it in time....hence the 90 in a 70 I got a few weeks ago...knocked down to an 80. :eek2:

Roy
05-30-2008, 05:54 AM
Once I get my legal speed helmet mount I will move the radar above the speedo or someplace more out of the way. As of now it's pretty useless since you can't see it often enough to notice it in time....hence the 90 in a 70 I got a few weeks ago...knocked down to an 80. :eek2:

Get the Marc Parnes LEDs and you won't have any trouble seeing the radar alert anymore. I am using them with my Valentine1 and they work well mounted right above the speedo guage chrome ring. I T-loc velcroed/double side taped mine to the ring. Below you can see them in the fuzzy pic. Belive me they work day or night!
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/2007%20Bandit%201250S/Suzukidoublebubblescreen003.jpg
Can be found here http://www.marcparnes.com/

bones
05-30-2008, 07:28 AM
Yeah but I honestly pay little attention to the gauges. I go off the GPS most of the time. My friend has the legal speed gizzmo and it's slick, other than it being battery powered. Only real down side....of and the expense

Roy
05-30-2008, 08:04 AM
Yeah but I honestly pay little attention to the gauges. I go off the GPS most of the time. My friend has the legal speed gizzmo and it's slick, other than it being battery powered. Only real down side....of and the expense


I don't use the OEM speedo either what I was trying to convey is that the location of the lights there for me at least somehow seems to get my attention whether I am looking at them or not. In short you can place them anywhere since it comes with a 12" cord and you can get a longer cord added on. I was a non-believer before I got them. They really do work and are very simple I have not missed an alert to date. Now if you looking at road side scenery when they go off not much will help then.:lol2:

treybrad
05-30-2008, 08:32 AM
http://30bones.smugmug.com/photos/303780237_94ug2-L.jpg

Have you changed your gearing, or are you just not in 6th gear here? Mine is right at 4k RPM at 80mph indicated... just curious.

Screen looks good. I keep telling myself I'm going to keep it stock, but I'm not sure. This is my first bike with any kind of screen at all, so I don't think the wind is bad, but it's really noisy at speed.

You said the wind used to hit you in the chest? What about now? Stock screen wind hits me right under the helmet, just above the shoulders. I don't get any buffeting, but I think the blast being directed right under the helmet is the reason for the excessive noise.

trey

bones
05-30-2008, 08:59 AM
I might have been in 5th. I remember I was for a long stretch not paying attention. I think in 6th at 80 I am closer to 4K and 90 I am at 4.5K or so.

Wind hits me about the forehead now it seems and it is a lot quieter.

Trailduster
05-31-2008, 11:55 AM
I might have been in 5th. I remember I was for a long stretch not paying attention. I think in 6th at 80 I am closer to 4K and 90 I am at 4.5K or so.

Wind hits me about the forehead now it seems and it is a lot quieter.

Where did you get the mirror extentions ? These stock mirrors are useless unless i want to look at my arms. Yesterday a pissed off girl almost takes my rear fender off as she is doing a fly by and i didnt even know it untill she is beside me flooring it on down the road..Thanks SZ.

Brass
05-31-2008, 05:25 PM
Where did you get the mirror extentions ? These stock mirrors are useless unless i want to look at my arms. Yesterday a pissed off girl almost takes my rear fender off as she is doing a fly by and i didnt even know it untill she is beside me flooring it on down the road..Thanks SZ.

http://burkhartcycle.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=8_17

Trailduster
05-31-2008, 07:28 PM
Thanks , I ordered a pair.

bones
06-01-2008, 09:41 AM
I still see m elbows in half the morrow with the extensions. When I am not wearing my jacket I can see fine. I guess we are not to wear gear. lol

achesley
06-02-2008, 09:18 PM
I installed a PB last Friday. Brought the air flow from my mid chest to about mid helmet. Good clean flow of air to the helmet vents. Put on about 500 miles checking it out between Friday and Saturday. Today I went fishing in my boat that needed running big time. :')

CanadianFZ6
06-03-2008, 06:49 AM
I installed a PB last Friday. Brought the air flow from my mid chest to about mid helmet. Good clean flow of air to the helmet vents. Put on about 500 miles checking it out between Friday and Saturday. Today I went fishing in my boat that needed running big time. :')

I just bought one off of eBay.... should be here any day now. How difficult was it to install? How much of the instrument panel and/or fairing do you have to remove?

Thanks
Richard

bones
06-03-2008, 07:47 AM
I just bought one off of eBay.... should be here any day now. How difficult was it to install? How much of the instrument panel and/or fairing do you have to remove?

Thanks
Richard
Gauge cluster and a few on the plastic faring trim to get it in place. I struggled with the lower two bolts, but I was using socket style allen wrenches and it's tight in there. I'd use simple allen wrenches or the T-handle style and it'd probably be easier.

CanadianFZ6
06-03-2008, 08:10 AM
Gauge cluster and a few on the plastic faring trim to get it in place. I struggled with the lower two bolts, but I was using socket style allen wrenches and it's tight in there. I'd use simple allen wrenches or the T-handle style and it'd probably be easier.

Thanks... I appreciate your response... not looking forward to the job now... LOL
My FZ6 had all of the shield's mounting bolts in the front fairing... it took all of 5 minutes to replace the shield....

bones
06-03-2008, 08:45 AM
Thanks... I appreciate your response... not looking forward to the job now... LOL
My FZ6 had all of the shield's mounting bolts in the front fairing... it took all of 5 minutes to replace the shield....
Yes there were more than a few choice words said during install. Just have a beer and take yer time. it's not that bad

achesley
06-03-2008, 12:50 PM
Someone had did a good picture report on removing the windshield. The only thing I found different was that I could not access the bottom screws that way. They were backwards so I had to kinda pull the shield out a bit to get to them. Be careful of the rubbermounted nuts as they can be pushed out of the fairing pieces quite easy and you could lose one. Don't ask ;-)... Also be carefull of the clip on nuts for the other nuts holding the fairing on. Easy push them out of place. Make sure all the little tabs are in line for fitting it back together.

CanadianFZ6
06-03-2008, 02:12 PM
Thanks guys once again...

Richard

achesley
06-03-2008, 07:08 PM
not looking forward to the job now... LOL
My FZ6 had all of the shield's mounting bolts in the front fairing... it took all of 5 minutes to replace the shield....

Well, we really don't wanna go into replacing a headlight on a BMW R1150GS now do we. Talk about a super major PIA.
But I know about the windshileds. After BMW GSs, DRs, DRZ, KLRs and the VStorm. This Bandit shield is a PIA. ;-)

Andy in Jennings

anbark22
09-20-2008, 02:21 PM
I just installed the powerbronze tall touring flip screen on my '08 Bandit. While it is an improvement over the stock screen insofar as wind pressure, it is really, really noisy (I'm 5' 11"). I'm not sure I can live with the trade-off. Maybe a shorter screen would be a good compromise between wind protection and noise.

To be honest. it is a beautiful looking screen and fits just like the original. However, I am seriously considering selling it and maybe purchasing the Suzuki touring (double bubble) screen. Since I only rode it for several miles, maybe I should put a few more miles on it before making a decision. Can anyone comment on their experience with the Suzuki touring sceen?

This is a great forum and I really appreciate any feedback provided.
Thank you,

A1A
09-20-2008, 02:40 PM
Try putting in some ear plugs and see if that cures the noise issue.

:rider:

GregH
09-21-2008, 11:48 AM
I'm 5'10" and the Skidmarx Double Bubble is great for me. It's a huge improvement over the stock and is much less noisy.

Here (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23266) is the installation thread.