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BMW R1150 GS

So having just completed around 800 miles – in three days! – on the new bike I can definitely say we’re bonding well.

The touring set up works well, it’s amazing the effect having the ‘light triangle’, the HID headlight and the Hella spots that is, has on other road users. I’ve only had one ‘pull out because I haven’t seen you’ moment and I would have expected slightly more given the amount of time on A roads I’ve just put in.

The screen is the 1150 adventure model and does its job. The extra width and height gives a significant increase in the overall surface area and this makes 70 (+) mph easier. I haven’t noticed the usual neck stiffness or tinnitus despite wearing a Shoei Hornet with a peak. This kind of distance on the KTM 950 Adv would have been very different – by now I’d have been temporarily deaf and dazed.

Today’s ride went from Betws-y-Coed in North Wales to North Yorkshire – without going on any motorways! It took in the rolling roads around Ruthin in North Wales, crossed to the Peak District and went over the Cat and Fiddle Pass, now speed restricted with average speed cameras sadly, and through Whaley Bridge. Pushing north I left the peaks by the Holmfirth Pass and went into the Yorkshire Dales, racing the setting sun as I followed the valleys north.

Genuinely one of the finest days I’ve had on a bike in the UK.

Touratech Screen Spoiler

This is a decent, solid in the 25% over-engineered German sense, biker’s bit of kit.

The shape doesn’t give you a massive increase in screen height but can make a critical difference. Especially if you are in the grey zone of rider comfort where the correlation between your upper body height, bike design and bike screen position can expose your head and shoulders to wind buffeting at speeds above 70mph. I always seem to forget how much of the ambient noise once in the bike is nothing to do with the engine sound but wind roar. This screen clips on the top of your existing shield – at whatever the existing angle is bear in mind – and can be easily carried or packed in your everyday bike kit.

This spoiler is lockable, so gives you a bit of peace of mind that it won’t be nicked; although the chances of this sort of opportunistic crime are, frankly, slim.

TMJ Verdict; do your homework obviously but if your bike screen is more vertical than most and you want to cut the wind noise it’s a good option.