R1200RTW and K1600GT AeroScreens, AeroWings & Long
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Two K1600GT riders from the So Cal area, Jim and Geoff, came to
our shop in March to test ride our GT & GTL-Hybrid Aeroscreens
and AeroWings in anticipation of their upcoming 50cc ride.
They're solo riding for their IBA ride then having their wives
fly to Jacksonville to accompany them back to California on a
more leisurely, 10 day ride. Geoff is a slighty under 6'-0" Tall
and Jim's about 6'-1" Tall.
We started by attaching AeroWing mounting Dual-Lok to their
bikes, but not attaching the 'Wings at that time. I then
described how to evaluate the airflow coming off the screens to
determine where the air was hitting their helmet and bodies. To
have them get a better idea of the improvement our screens and
deflectors make, their first/base-line ride was with the stock
BMW screen. Their next test ride was with our Medium GT
AeroScreens, followed by a test of the GT Tall screens.
After deciding which screen worked best for themselves, Geoff
with the Medium height and Jim with a Tall, we attached
AeroWings to their bikes and they rode the test route again.
They were amazed at how much more protection they got with the
AeroWings on their bikes.
Flash forward to Saturday, April 15th. Geoff and Jim, after
collecting a sample of sand and Pacific Ocean water, (a 50cc
tradition) left San Diego at 4:00 a.m.
After riding 2360 miles they arrived in Jacksonville 42 hours
later and collected their sample of the Atlantic's sand and
water. They're now on their leisurely ride back to California.
The next Long Distance rider we'll be reporting on is 6'-7"
tall, Rich, from the U.P. of Michigan. He'll be doing a 50cc
ride on his '16 BMW RTW, equipped with our X-Tall RTW AeroScreen
and AeroWings, starting from Jacksonville on the 2nd of May and
will arrive in San Diego the next day. Then, on the 4th, he'll
be driving up to our shop in Anaheim to give us a first hand
report on how our AeroScreen and AeroWings performed on his trip
Some background on Rich and his relationship with AeroFlow: In
January of this year Rich ordered a Tall RTW AeroScreen and
AeroWings. When I found out how tall he is I called and told him
I'd been contemplating adding an X-Tall AeroScreen to our
line-up and, considering his height, I asked if he'd be
interested in doing comparison testing between our Tall and an
X-Tall screen. He accepted my offer and we sent him our 1st
production cut screen which we'd used to verify fit on the bike.
Unfortunately, living in Northern Michigan, Rich wasn't able to
do any test riding 'til early this month. However he was able to
mount both screens and reported back how much he had to lift
each screen to get the top edge at nose-level. Nose-level is
where the AeroScreens provide over-the-helmet airflow. Based on
that info. I decided to put the X-Tall screen into production.
At the beginning of April he was finally able to do the
comparison rides, with the AeroWings attached, and confirmed
that the X-Tall screen was the best choice for his height.
Since then he's put a thousand miles on the bike and, just
recently, reported that he'd just completed a 200 mile ride in
40 degree temps. and noted that he liked the AeroWings 'cause
they helped keep him warm while on the ride.
I just love it when I hear how well our products work for
riders. I'll keep posting progress of both Geoff and Jim's
return trip to California and Rich's upcoming ride.
First the Good News:
Well, if you've been following our AeroFlow equipped
K1600GT's you already know that Geoff and Jim completed
their 50cc, San Diego to Jacksonville ride, in 43 hrs. and
42 minutes and put 2360 miles on their bikes doing it.
You'll be glad to know that Both Geoff and Jim, from So Cal,
safely returned home from Florida on a leisurely, 10 day trip home. I understand
that physically they're back to work but still feeling good
about the trip.
Now, the Bad News:
Our 2nd IBA 50cc rider, Rich, from Michigan's Upper
Penninsula, took off at 6:30
a.m., in sub-freezing temp's on
Saturday the 29th and
put roughly 1400 miles on his new BMW R1200RT getting to
Jacksonville, FL. He took off from Jacksonville at 4:44
May 2nd and made it to Ponce de Leon, FL, approx 270 miles
hours later when
the clutch went out on the bike, with just 2900 miles on the
odometer of his new R1200RTW. Major disappointment!
day Rich had the bike at the BMW dealership in Panama City,
Florida, about an hour away from the breakdown.
Unfortunately the multi-bike dealership, BMW being one of
the 7 makes sold there, couldn't look at the bike 'til later
I just spoke with Rich and he said the bike was in the back of a rental
truck and he'd just crossed into Tennessee. He
anticipates having the bike at his local BMW Dealership in
De Pere, WI, sometime soon.
Though Rich won't be doing his 50cc ride this year, he
does have 3 other Iron Butt Association rides scheduled for
this year, one of them being the "Great Lake's 100", a 2450
mile ride around the 5 Great Lakes in under 100 hours.
Six-foot-seven Rich said that while he's only ridden his
new RTW about 1900 miles with our X-Tall AeroScreen and
AeroWings the AeroCombination kept him comfortable in the
cold and easily directed air over his helmet without having
to look through the screen. Yet, while riding in Florida's
hotter temp's, he said the screen could be lowered enough
that cooling air went through his helmet's vents. Quite a
contrast from the lows in the 30's and high's in the 50 &
low 60's when he gets home.
Our "Thanks" go out to Geoff, Jim, and Rich for letting us
follow their IBA long distance rides. Ride Hard, Ride Long,
Ride in AeroFlow Comfort!