of the few complaints I have with my Honda VFR800
is the standard screen. While it offers reasonable
protection for everyday use, at speed it only
delivers head bashing and neck ache. An after
market screen would seem the answer, but the effectiveness
of these is very subjective. What works for one
rider, doesn’t work for another, with increased
wind noise and buffeting being the biggest complaints.
The Vario Touring Screen from MRA of Germany is
aimed at sports touring and touring bikes. It’s
a flip-up with a seven-position adjustable aerofoil
mounted on its upper edge, which allows the rider
to adjust the airflow for height and speed.
The screen was very easy to fit, with all holes
and mounting lugs aligning nicely with the fairing.
Initial impressions, starting with the aerofoil
on its lowest position, were of a slight increase
in wind noise, but a definite improvement in wind
protection. After a blast to Austria, often cruising
at 120mph, I can confirm that this is an exceptional
bit of kit. By adjusting the aerofoil, the head
bobbing and windblast problems were virtually
eliminated, ensuring that I arrived at the hotel
feeling fresher than my fellow VFR-mounted companions.
The slight increase in wind noise was tolerable.
Verdict: a well made, quality product and an essential
purchase for high-speed Continental tourers.
Written independently by a user and published
in Motorcycle Voyager magazine, issue 12, 2004.