I finally tired of the turbulence and noise created by my previous windscreens (OEM and MRA Vario). The MRA was not bad, especially since I previously had a fly-screen fitted. However, with the addition of hand guard extenders, I noticed a significant increase in discomfort due to turbulence and a great deal of air being directed into my helmet (this caused frequent eye-watering especially during cold weather). The ERGO Vario provides so much better protection. And much quieter, as well. It's almost as if my bike runs better as I am now less distracted by helmet buffeting and noise. Very happy with the new windscreen.
This is the third windshield plus a wind deflector I've used on my GSA trying to eliminate or reduce buffeting. Finally something worked and this windshield eliminated 98% (is anything ever 100% ;-)) of the buffeting. I was to the point that I planned to sell the GSA this spring if I couldn't find a cure. The windshield is expensive but it worked in getting rid of the buffeting and IMHO it is due to the dual layer design and not as much attributed to the height.
Buffeting is gone!
I've had only painful experiences with my 2012 1200GS at freeway speeds with the stock screen. I'm 6'3" and my helmet was in such turbulent air it felt bolted to an asphalt a compactor. Unbearable in all positions. I tried without the screen to get a laminar air flow around the helmet, but the riding position is too upright and neck pain developed quickly.
I rode a GSA with stock screen which worked much better, but it's too tall to my taste.
The Vario screen fixed my problem, the buffeting is GONE. It deflects a clean laminar air flow. With the taller screen in the higher position, it goes right above my helmet. I can lower it to provide airflow into my helmet vents when it's hot.
The lower screen is also quite efficient at deflecting air around my torso and shoulders. Only my forearms are in the airflow now.
In the highest position, the tall upper screen vibrates quite a bit when the engine is at idle, due to the flex of the sliding bracket assembly. It holds pretty well at speed though.
In the lower position, the taller screen is completely out of the field of view. It's my favourite position for riding in the city and on smaller country roads. The airflow is still very clean.
Reason for dropping 1 star is their lousy instruction sheet. I'm a mechanical engineer and had to scratch my head for 30 min to figure out what part goes where and what to use from the original mounting hardware of the bike. A simple cross-section drawing would have helped a great deal.
Other reason is the slide latch mechanism. It works, but it's finicky, especially in the highest position, you need to slide the screen down a bit (like 10mm) to allow the cams to roll on the slide. You definitely need to be stopped for this adjustment. A 1-hand adjustable mechanism to fine tune the position on the move would be great. More rigidity to avoid the vibration at low rev would be good too. I realize this sheet metal assembly it cheap to manufacture and anything else would increase the price of the screen.
All in all I'm very happy with the ERGO Vario, it fixed the one big thing I hated about my bike (buffeting). It's not cheap, but well engineered with quality materials. I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone suffering from the buffeting of the stock configuration. It looks good too. It's really what the GS should come with right out of the factory ... with an easier (electric?) height adjustment.
Vario Screen Adventure
Well I'm impressed with this windshield. Way better than the stock screen, eliminated most of the wind buffeting and very quiet ride with no turbulence behind screen. I could put my helmet visor right up and enjoy just the sound of the engine at 120 km. I'm 6' 4" and have been buffeted constantly with stock screen even adding a tourtech windscreen extender to the stock screen.
Highly recommend this windscreen and the adjustable feature is super nice. I still could increase screen height by another inch, but it's not required. I like the fact that I can lower the screen when I go off pavement. Don't know how some riders had difficulty installing this screen, but I found it pretty straight forward and it took about 30 minutes to install.
Now THIS is a windshield!!!!!
This windshield has more variations for adjustments than my custom shocks!!! It is on my 2011GS and I LOVE it. I am all of 5'4" tall
and so far I have been able to block all head buffeting and wind at its highest position(and I havn't even put the taller screen on) and feel more comfortable wind everywhere at its lowest position.If you cant be comfortable with this one get in a car.
Vario Screen Makes World of Difference for GSA
In addition to the incredible versatility of this product, the overall effect on comfort level was very impressive. Wind noise and buffeting are substantially reduced; I don't think I would ever resort to the stock windshield after using the Vario. Installation was a bit tricky, but careful study of the product design and purpose of the screen yielded perfect results. I would happily recommend this upgrade to anyone with an R1200GS.
Ergo Vario Screen on R1200GS
I bought this screen in an effort to reduce head buffeting. I am 5'7" and most of the other reviews are from extremely tall riders over 6' tall. I wasn't sure if this screen was going to be right for me but I was desperate to stop getting headaches. Within the first 5 minutes of riding I noticed that my head was completely still and there was NO wind noise what so ever. I was happily shocked and am now going to recommend this screen to all my fellow GS riders.
Great Screen, but...
The end result of this installation is a super screen for the Adventure. I\'m 5\'11\" and the adjustablility is wonderful. I can\'t give the product five stars because of the almost total lack of dirctions -- the installation was one of the worst I\'ve ever done. Also the fit and finish was not up to the normal high quality of a Wunderlich product.
Versatile efficient wind screen
Bought this for my 2008 R1200GS - had gotten sick of the buffeting from the wind due to the low OEM windscreen. Installation was easy enough but it helps to have a 2nd person be available to help hold the screen and tighten screws during install. After researching many different windscreens, I decided to go with the Vario as I do some off road and liked the ability to drop the windscreen. The major buffeting by the wind is gone completely! I can flip up my visor and not have my eyes tearing from the wind and my chest is no longer getting pounded around. Highly recommended!
good replacement screen for tall riders
I am 6\' 5\" and the stock BMW GS ADV screen made me feel as if I was a wind tunnel tester. The new one does it job and lowers wind noise. It makes riding the bike much more comfortable. My only complaint is the mounting hardware seemed cheap. And the installation a little tricky. You have to mount the screen from the bottom up and be very careful with the screws. BMW has some weird angles for receiving their screws.
This screen completely solved the wind buffetting problem that I had with the stock GSA wind screen. The wind is no longer slapping my helmet and it is calm and quiet in the helmet allowing me to listen to music. I recently used the new screen on a 3000 mile ride and it performed very well both on-road and off-road. When offroad, I lowered the upper portion and tilted the entire unit back out of the way. Installation was as expected.
Product came pre-assembled, but all screws (etc.) should be checked for proper tightness. You will need some pieces from original screen. Installation took me approximately 30 minutes. This screen cured my buffeting problem. I love the adjustability factor. Highly recommended, particularly for taller riders.
This screen made a huge difference in the amount of noise and buffeting I used to get.
It is quiet enough that I can ride with my helmet faceshield open if I want.
The install went well and took about 45 minutes, including removing the old screen
No more buffeting
Windshield design works great no buffeting and much less noise set 2" lower than stock (2011 R1200GSA)Fit and finish on hardware
was disapointing. Not what I expected!!
Ergo Screen is fantastic!
The wind noise is so low I can listen to tunes at half-volume on my Sansa player, with the standard (not in-ear) earphones. I have the lower 'wings' on the bike also, and it is remarkably quiet. I have had 8-9 bikes with different windshields, and this one is the best since the Goldwing I once had. the arms and hands still get wind, but torso and head are quiet even at 80 mph..
Great screen especially for tall riders
I just recently installed this screen on my 2005 1200 GS. I'm 6'4 and sit on the bike with seat in the highest position. Obviously the stock windshield is useless for me but the Vario screen seems to be a great solution. With the shield in the highest possible position, wind noise is probably down 60% (this might be my helmet) and buffeting is down 90%. Wind on my chest is also dramatically reduced. For a tall rider, it's a huge improvement. I flipped my 3/4 helmet open at 85 mph on the highway and the wind on my face was like I was riding in a speeding convertible. To address the other reviews, installation was very simple. The one disconnect btw. the instructions and the product is that much of the windshield was shipped to me pre assembled by Wunderlich. I skipped many of the early steps. My one piece of advise is that despite being mostly assembled, make sure to go around to all the nuts and bolts and snug them up. Vibrations on the screen seem to be the same as stock and for non adventure owners, the addition of the support bar makes a great mounting spot for accessories. I can't comment on long term durability but considering the price of this upgrade, I'm quite pleased with it so far.
ERGO Vario Screen GS
Overall, pleased with the performance of the screen. Installation could be made simpler by explaining some of the stock hardware will need to be reused. This took a little extra time to sort out. I have only used the tall screen, but adustability is better than I expected. I don't see much use for the smaller one. There is now a clear pocket of air around my head and I still look well over the top of the screen with the seat in the low position. Quality of the plastic is much better than stock as I have cleaned it several times now and have not experienced the scratching I did with the stock unit. I ride between 6000 and 8000 miles per season and would highly recommend this unit.
I wanted something for my 09 GSA that could be lowered for the hot weather. Just got the screen and installed it for a two day ride. First day was a bit rainy, had the shield at about the same height as stock GSA screen, no more 80+mph buffeting. I am 6' tall BTW. The next day was warm and sunny, ran with the screen lowered down all the way. Much cooler than stock.
Installation was ok. I had to modify my GPS mount to not interfere with the sliding frame. Not a big deal. The upper mounting tabs seemed to be bent backwards? They didnt follow the contour of the upper screen bar? Had to bend them a little to get the bolts in straight. The cam locks are a bit tight, the right side is alost impossible to close with your hands, im sure that will break in over time. The frame seems to squeak a little on bumps as well.
Overall I would recommend this product. Less buffeting and more customizable than stock.
Great wind screen
I'm 6'2" and was getting a lot of buffeting from the stock screen on my 2011 GSA. I've put about 1,000 miles on the new screen since getting it and it's awesome. I put the tall screen all the way up on the highway, then drop it down when running on the gravel roads, seems very durable so far. Installation wasn't bad, took about 30 minutes.
R1200GS vario screen
This windscreen seemed to need a little more R&D. The upper section would slowly slide down over the lower section while I was riding. Also, the screen was drilled incorrectly so that the top horizontal edge of the screen was not square with the road. The screen is a good idea, but bad execution - I returned it.
Good Screen but there are a few thinigs to consider...
Bought the screen for my 2010 R1200GS Adventure (30th Anniv.) I am satisfied overall but wanted to note a couple of (mostly minor) gripes.
* The instructions that come with the screen are mediocre at best. There is no mention of the user needing to re-use several key OEM parts and very little detail is provided about the orientation of pieces in the jigsaw puzzle you must solve to get everything lined up and bolted on. I had to call Wunderlich to get mine on right after struggling with it for far too long. They were helpful and ultimately I got it on but their reply of "we don't write the instructions, they come that way from Germany" is not a satisfactory answer IMHO for an item this expensive. How hard would it be to create an additional document in-house with clarifying instructions/pictures and then add it to the package? I hope you're listening Wunderlich...this would be very helpful to your customers!
* The other nit I need to pick is that the upper screen does vibrate around quite a bit at idle. I know that a boxer twin is an inherently vibration prone machine so I get that some movement is going to be inevitable in a two-piece, adjustable design but it would be nice if the manufacturer could figure out how to anchor the upper screen a bit more.
All that being said, the screen is of fairly high overall quality and I can't imagine anyone wanting to go back to a fixed screen after they have tried an adjustable. The screen adjusts quickly and solidly and I have already moved it up and down liberally depending on my riding conditions in only a couple weeks of ownership.
This may be a more necessary mod for taller riders as the OEM screen seems to be adequate for many shorter riders that I know. For us taller fellas who want to minimize the dreaded helmet buffeting you owe it to yourself to try this screen out.
Touring on my GSA
I took my 2009 GSA on it's 1st touring trip last Sept.going from NC. to WA. State and many points in between. Going a little over 8000 miles before returning home to NC.
all with the stock windshield. I'm 6'1" and 64 years old. So I knew I needed a windshield that would give me less buffeting and was a lot quieter. The Vario screen seems to have done the trick. I installed it on my GSA in about 30 minutes with no problems and the next day took it on a 250 mile ride down to the coast of SC. and then up on the Blue Ridge Parkway near my house and enjoyed every mile. I look forward to my Aug. trip to ND. and Hwy 2 back over to WA. State and then back to NC. Thanks for a good product.
Finally the buffeting is GONE
I'm 6'2" with a 32" inseam and no matter how I positioned the stock windscreen on my 2006 GSA, I got buffeting (except in the very lowest position). The Vario windscreen provides better protection from the elements in the high position, with absolutely NO buffeting and I love the fact that it's so easily adjustable. Around town, I'll keep it in the low position, but on long trips, I'll put it on the highest setting.
It was pretty easy to install - took about 2 hours.. The instructions could've been a little better.. It's very well constructed, and looks much better in person than in the photos.
Very happy with my purchase!
Finally it's quiet
After trying a number of combinations starting with my 2005 GS, and now my 2009 GSA, this is finally THE answer. I'm 5'10" have the GSA seat on the tall setting - with the stock screen and the touratech deflector - there was still a noticable rumble and buffeting at speeds about 70mph.
With the Vario - I've only used the taller top section which fully extended is the same height as the GSA screen WITH the deflector. With the screen tilted all the way back the laminar flow eliminates the buffeting and noise problem - finally after 20,000 miles.
With the screen fully lowered (tall section in the up level) - visibiility is better, and the airflow is cooler - and the noise / buffeting is only noticable in traffic and at speeds above 75. Got about 500mi on it so far including a couple hours off-road. Takes about an hour to install depending your dexterity with those little BMW nuts at the bottom of the shield.