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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Storm windscreen and saddlebags?

Looking for recommendations on a windscreen and bags for my Storm.

On the windscreen, I've seen people use a windvest and a national cycle switchblade. Is there anything out there that's made to fit the storm dual headlamps? Any thoughts on the windvest versus national cycle?

On the bags, I've only seen the Triumph bags and I just don't have the money for them. Any recommendations on something cheaper that fits on a Storm?

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 11:07 PM
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How tall are you and what is the ride like with the WindVest? My past bikes had either windscreens built into the fairing or windscreens that were fitted to the bike (around and over the headlight). I'm curious as to how the WindVest works and how it looks in person. In photos, depending on how it's mounted, sometimes it just seems to float above the handlebars, not really connected to the bike. Just not what I'm used to.
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I had the same money issues so I went with a sissy bar and luggage rack combo from Highway Hawk. For both the cost was around $260.00 which was alot cheaper than Triumph and they look great.
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Kafka,

The Windvest does a good job of keeping you in your seat. It is in no way like a full wind screen on a dresser... I chose it because it still lets the bike look like a "SPORT" bike. The lines of the Windvest are pretty sleek also.

The one in the picture is a 16". It has a really nice chromed mounting bracket, That clamps to the handlebars... once mounted it is very rigid.

The only small draw back is that there is only one adjustment hole in the screen itself. If there was one more to take it higher, by an inch it would be better.

I'm 5'9" @ 200 and I can see over the top of the screen just fine, which is the way I like it.

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@miketriumph - great idea. to be honest, I hadn't thought of that.
@hagatha - I am leaning more and more towards the windvest now that I've read your review. As the T-Bird storm is the first bike I've had without a windscreen, I am taking a long time to get used to the feeling that I become a sail at about 60 mph unless I hunker way way down. I'm all for a screen that can help keep me in my seat. I'm 5' 5" and 200 lbs (yes, not the tallest or the thinnest) so I assume the 14" screen would be more suited to me.

Now all that being said, I have to admit I am intrigued by the new Dart Flyscreen: http://www.fasteddysports.com/wp-con...ges/Storm1.jpg

However, it looks like it would be 90% looks, 10% actually "keeping me from having to hold on to the bars."

I'm riding the bike down the coast to a work event in a few weeks and will probably need to make a decision soon. I'd like to have the screen delivered and mounted before the ride. I'd like to get the bags/rack situation squared away by then, too, but I'll probably have to wait to do the bags or rack until October.
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Greetings,

I'm pleased with the Windvest... That other shield seems awful small, maybe designed for more of a street bike...

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Now all that being said, I have to admit I am intrigued by the new Dart Flyscreen: http://www.fasteddysports.com/wp-con...ges/Storm1.jpg

However, it looks like it would be 90% looks, 10% actually "keeping me from having to hold on to the bars."
Hi Kafka.esq (great handle, by the way)

Itís actually not like that at all, at least in our tests. With screens, like with many things, thereís more to life than sizeÖ

People vary in their experience of screens, so Iím not normally one to make claims for ours - YMMV etc. However, I find the Manta does make a big difference to the comfortable cruising speed on the Storm. I was doing a constant 85-90mph in relative comfort - not really possible on the standard bike.

It works like the screen on a sports bike (and of course theyíre generally very small) by smoothing out the airflow, reducing turbulence. Air pressure alone you can cope with - itís turbulence that causes discomfort.

Anyway as I say, itís a personal thing, but in my opinion itís one of our most effective screens in performance terms.
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Sleddy, does the TBird 1600 kit come in the traditional style AND/OR the split version (like the Manta)? And does it come with all mounting equip? Does it tap into existing nuts/bolts, or will we have to do any drilling to install? Thanks!
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I been on a search for a small windscreen fitted for the storm for a while now. Finally Dart has produced a flyscreen that I ordered due to styling and size. Riding the Storm in a minimal stripped down style looks great until you find yourself on a long ride. I'll post the pictures once I receive it and get it mounted. Fast Eddy www.fasteddysports.com will have a few in-stock soon. You can check them out at
http://www.dartflyscreens.com/en/storm.html
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