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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Dart or Triumph flyscreen?

I see Triumph sells fly screens that match the T120 colors. Is there much difference between the Triumph flyscreen vs the dart? A silver from Triumph would match a cranberry/silver T120 perfectly but I didn't know if there was much of a difference between the two.
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I’ve had both... I’ve seen on this forum how everyone goes bOnKeRs for a Dart Marlin... So I’ll quickly just type from the other side of the spectrum.

From what I have seen from Dart, they don’t offer color matched short screens. I prefer the color matched screen because it sort of “cleans up” in front of the gauges and “completes” the look, to me, ascetically. So that’s all looks over function in my case. But I like it a lot.

Also, the way the Triumph screen mounts are behind the headlamp ears of the bike, with 2 or 3 screws that mount “from the inside”... While the Dart (while still nice, so relax everyone), typically mount from the outside of the headlamp ears using the one large headlight aim bolt, and utilize a metal tab that presses against the bike’s headlamp ear so the wind from riding can’t push the shield all the way back to make contact with the gauges... So, ascetically it isn’t as much of an integrated look as the Triumph.

The shorter Triumph body colored screens obviously only offer minimal wind blocking. If you don’t want the screen for that nice clean look, and would actually want it for taking wind off your chest, then you would need to buy one of those giant police riot clear things that stick up 20 feet in the air, obviously... Since you sit more “on” a Bonnie, rather than “in” a bike like an American cruiser style bike.

Lastly, some of the Darts give the bike a sort of Triceratops look with its shape. Vs the traditional “cafe” look that I can only assume the OEM body colored ones are shooting for, and do well.

To recap... If you are looking for more of a FUNCTION over form, I would recommend the Dart.

If you are looking for ascetics as the primary reason while changing the wind slightly towards more comfortable, then I would choose the Triumph. This recommendation is only when comparing a Dart to a Short Triumph screen.

Lastly, Triumph offers the short screen in body colored, clear, or dark-tint, as you probably already know... While I believe they also sell a medium height and a Tall height screen as well, but just clear so you can see thru them... I have seen the tall clear on a T120 in person... And it mounts nice and clean, and surely must give a much noticed relief in wind. Any bigger of a shield and girls would make fun of you at stop lights... And no one wants to see that. Not on a Triumph #Chips
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I just want whatever will make that slapping bass and wah-wah pedal guitar play in the back of my mind while riding on the highway smiling at my imaginary latino partner.
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Oh... Well, not sure which of the two are better for imaginary Latino partners, or fictional Wah-Wah pedals. Maybe others can chime in on those subjects... Ride safe. Cheers.
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I think SirCuf got it right.

I leaning towards a Triumph color matched one.
I had a Dart Marlin and it channeled the air straight to my head (5'9"). More turbulence and wind noise - I sold it.
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I like the Triumph fly screen I put on my '18 T120. I'm 6'4" and find that it got rid of the turbulence and has redirected the wind to mid-chest. It makes the bike much better in head winds and adds additional miles and seat time. It looks good too.
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I've just picked up a Triumph clear tall screen (which is similar to the Dart classic).

I wanted a tinted one, but was told that they're not available any more so I'll try the clear and then, if I don't like it, I'll get it tinted.

I went the Triumph over the Dart because (1) they're about the same price in Australia (in fact, the Triumph is cheaper than the Dart dealer's online prices) and (2) I much prefer the neater brackets inside the headlight mounts that the Triumph uses.

The video mentioned above also put me off the Dart a little.

The Triumph screen is a really nice piece.

I plan to mount it at the weekend so I'll post some pics.
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I went with a Dart Classic flyscreen for my Street Scrambler, and I haven't had any issues. with it. Does the job for me just fine. Got it in the midnight tint.

However I wanted the Triumph one in the Matte Khaki Green option to match my bike. The only reason I didn't pull the trigger on it was because they sell the mounting hardware separate. At first glance it was it wasn't much of a price difference. $129.95 for the Dart, $150.00 for Triumph's. Would of rather had the matching Flyscreen, because you know, matching. However then I found out you had to by the mounting hardware separate for $50.00. My only intention was to use it when touring, so Dart it was. Looks alright enough.


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The reason one would have to buy the mounting kits separate, is because the headlamp ears they integrate with are shaped differently on, for example, the Thruxton 1200 or Street Cup, compared to the Street Scrambler or Street Twin... So each Kit has a slightly different shape & mounting hole locations... But yeah, $50 is a little steep for just that. I purchased my Mounting Kit waaaaaaay back in 2015. I seem to recall they were closer to the $30 or $ 35 range back then. Regardless, one would hypothetically purchase them once. Guess it’s a matter of how much you really like it, or how much you are willing to allow Triumph to thin your wallet... I saw a Matte Khaki Green that someone rode in while I was at the dealer. And it had the Matte Jet Black short screen on it. It matched the Matte Black side pannels and engine & the matte Black headlamp ring the Triumph headlamp grill comes with. Looked pretty cool, if I do say so myself. So I did that on my Matte Black Thruxton. I like it. Cheers.
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