The GIVI AF260 Airflow windscreen is a good answer to the buffeting issue of the Suzuki V-Strom. Motorcycle windscreens are typically standardized to make the most people happy with a single option. Companies have long created short or tall versions to maximize usage for riders’ preferences.
My unscientific opinion is that the stock V-Strom shield has buffeting issues because it is too short for almost all riders while being pushed too far forward. This pushes the wind up over and around the shield, but then too much distance between it and the rider causes a vortex to be created. This vortex tosses the rider’s head in all directions at speed.
The GIVI Airflow line of windshields is a good option for all riders, no matter your height. Despite the adjustments provided in stock shield placement, the V-Strom engineers did not provide a good wind protection solution for many riders. The addition of a Madstad bracket solved a good part of the buffeting for me. A “good part” does not equal a full solution.
GIVI provided us with the AF260 Airflow windshield for review, and it is the best solution to the V-Strom’s buffeting issues that I’ve found. It is actually a combination of two windshields stacked together. The first screen bolts to the bike and the second slides onto it and is clamped down. The clamped shield includes two tracks allowing approximately six inches of vertical adjustment. The lowest position creates 21 inches of protection while the tallest position provides 27 inches. All riders, from short to tall, should be able to find an adjustment that is just right. Using the single screen only equals 18 inches.
Ease of Install “A”
The AF260 actually has two shields to complete the install. GIVI drilled the fairing bolt holes exactly where they needed to be. To install the shield, simply unbolt the old screen and use the original hardware to bole the new screen on. Loosening the two quick-release clamps allows the second screen to slide right on. Simply find the best height, clamp it down and go for a ride.
GIVI lists the AF260 Airflow at $265. It can easily be found online for $225 (such as this listing at TwistedThrottle.com). none of the lesser-priced alternatives offer the completely custom fit protection of the AF260. The Airflow is more expensive, but is also more likely to fit the rider’s needs.
The GIVI AF260 isn’t the prettiest clear plastic wind protection available for your bike. The stacking of the two shields creates an awkward look. Perhaps it is fitting that the shield that solves the V-Strom’s buffeting issues is about as good looking as the bike. After a couple rides, I was ok with the looks of the shield because it performed so well.
Bang for your buck “B+”
It would be difficult to find a better solution. Some riders may find adding a laminar lip to stock or aftermarket screens as a good budget-minded solution. The GIVI AF260 Airflow is staying on my bike. It is the best solution to my bike’s buffeting that I have found. Adding the airflow screen to the Madstad bracket allows for extended raising, lowering and pitch adjustments. The Airflow 260 is almost too effective when temperatures climb. The pitch adjustment on the Matstad bracket allows the screen to drop back to put a gentle breeze on the my face to keep cool. Riders could also choose to only ue the bottom shield during warm months and add the second for cooler months. The single screen is actually quite effective at blocking the wind.
I’m very happy with the GIVI Airflow AF260 windshield.