The Vario Touring Screen for Naked Bikes (VTNB) is the latest result of MRA’s continual development target of ‘small-screen looks with big-screen performance’.
Uniting the attractive, unobtrusive appearance of the type of small screen normally found on bikes only capable of lower maximum speeds, but with the wind protection of a far larger screen, this is the solution to the problem for the sporty naked bike rider of how to get the wind protection of a faired bike without attaching an oversized screen.
I have a gsf 1200 bandit and a bt 1100 bulldog. Both are naked bikes and I have fitted mra vario screens to both. The screen on the bandit is superb. You can ride all day with your visor up in virtually still air at all speeds. This one is fitted to the handlebars and I would not be without it.
With this experience I bought one for the Bulldog a few months ago, and this one fits in place of the standard fly screen around the headlight as a handlebar one will not fit, but is higher than the standard screen, with an adjustable vario bit on top. This one is virtually useless with turbulence and buffeting at all speeds. However I have spent today making bracket extensions to raise the vario top by a couple of inches. I haven't had a chance to ride it yet as it started to snow, but the screens are too expensive to ditch so am determined to get it to be as good as the one on the Bandit.... Will let you know if it is as good as it looks.
Mine came with my Versys Touring. I have tried all the settings whilst running up and down a stretch of motorway and found little to no difference with the spoiler. However compared to the standard screen and screens I have had on other bikes it does a better job of keeping the wind blast off my chest. But compared to the standard screenn, it makes the helmet noise worse. (I am 6'2") Hence 6/10 for features.
The durability is 6/10 because when my bike went over on its side the screen, including the spoiler snapped completely in half! The spoiler mechanism is holding up well, but I do not adjust it anymore, so would not expect it to suffer wear and tear.
The value for money is also 6/10 because when it did snap I switched to the standard screen (which had been supplied with the bike as well) as I was not going to pay £120 or so for a new one in the knowledge it was not much better than the standard one. In the end I did one, second hand for half price.
Recently bought the MRA vario X-creen for the Tiger. This has got the larger spoiler and is recommended for people over 6' (I am 6' 2"). Looks like the only difference with the standard Vario is the larger spoiler, so probably possible to upgrade the original model just by buying the larger spoiler.
Quality product and very easy to assemble and fit on the Tiger. Useful tip - check that everything is re-tightened after a few runs. I had a bolt drop out on the way home which was a pain - why don't garages sell anything useful like gaffer tape anymore - had to use their sellotape. Quick call to HPS who supplied the screen resulted in a new bolt arriving the next day with no charge - great service !
Getting the correct positioning of the spoiler was not that simple - lots of trial and error. Got it set up for the morning commute only to find it was not so good on the way home as the wind had changed strength and direction. In the fully extended position, I found that the screen flexed so much it was distracting. But I have found a mid position which seems pretty good and is a definite improvement on the original Triumph screen. Having got a set up that works pretty well I am now leaving it alone - definitely a bit quieter with less buffeting now.
Still debating whether the improvement is really worth the money - but it looks good on the bike and there has been an improvement in wind noise, so will be keeping.
i put one on my Varedero and then on my Pan European i also intend to get one for my Triumph Tiger Explorer.
I could not see how they would work ? but they do, the spoiler type adjuster works brilliantly
and just pushes the air over my 6ft 1' frame ,and can divert a cooling air flow in the hotter days ! the build quality is excellent and it fits perfect without the need to adjust or re drill anything
it a bit pricey but good value and it lasts and is fairly scratch resistant
I've given it 10 for Durability because it isn't a thin flimsy screen.
I've also given it 10 for features because it isn't a flat, fixed bit of plastic that sits in front of you.
Its actually dynamic in it's operation in that it has 2 foils, one of which is variable by it's angle of attack to cheat the wind away from the rider.
By design it certainly punches a bit above it's weight is well made but a bit pricey.
Works better than the standard factory fitted screen.