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When you said you’d spent your
paper route money on transportation,
I thought you meant a skateboard!
OUR SUZUKI DR650 project bike has been improved in many ways but one thing was still
missing—the right windshield.
Like many enduro bikes, the DR features a rectangular headlight that’s covered by a small cowling with a broad,
angled upper surface that doesn’t so
much split the wind as it shovels extra
wind directly at the rider. Speeds that
wouldn’t be tiring on most naked bikes
were enough to make the DR pilot feel
like he was riding into a 40-mph headwind—almost ruining the big thump-er’s extended cruising capability.
Our experience testing different
bikes every month had taught us what
to look for—a shape similar to a BMW
GS. Like a Dakar racebike’s, it didn’t
need to be very wide, but it needed to
be tall and fairly vertical. It should also
have a slight flip at the top and turn
back on the sides to smoothly split
the wind without creating buffeting or
encouraging the air to spill over the top.
We combed the available aftermarket
offerings for the DR, but most of them
were too large, more appropriate to pure
touring. Our DR would still be used
primarily as an enduro, we just wanted
enough high-speed comfort to ride the
freeways to reach off-road trails.
Searching what was available for
other brands, we found a shield made by
Bajaworx for the KLR650. Although the
KLR’s nose is very different, the shield’s
shape looked perfect, so we called the
company’s owner, Gerald Kubiak, to ask
if we could adapt one or if he had ever
considered expanding his offerings.
Thankfully, he was open to sugges-
tions, and agreed to make a prototype
for the DR. And unlike some compa-
nies that just bend plastic on one axis,
Bajaworx uses high-tech tools like 3-D
surface scanners and modeling software
to make a much more complex shape.
This allows them to construct a shield
that conforms exactly to the shape of
the headlight fairing, plus its compound
curves give it an inherent rigidity that
resists bending or flutter. As you can
see from the pictures, this allows the
shield to be simply attached at four
points using rubber grommets that cap-
ture nuts on the backside of the holes.
Not only is this mounting arrangement
very light, but in the unfortunate event
of a frontal crash, the shield should be
able to pop free of its mounting holes.
Also, as the slight fold in the Suzu-
ki’s upper headlight fairing is consis-
tent from top to bottom, the shield can
be positioned within a vertical range
of about 2" to customize its height to
match the needs of different riders—
from about 7"– 9" above the stock fair-
ing. The shield’s width at the top is 11"
and it only adds 12. 5 oz. of weight.
Made from 1⁄ 8" polycarbonate, the
shield is shatter-resistant and its optical
qualities are excellent as well.
Available in a light smoke tint (clear
prototype shown), pre-drilled with
hardware for $109.99, we think Baja-
worx’s shield makes the DR a much
better all-around motorcycle.
Note, too, the DR’s headlight cowl-
ing is very similar to those used on a
variety of Japanese enduros, and the
Bajaworx shield also fits the Yamaha
WR450 perfectly, for instance.
Bajaworx Inc. — 5125 McClintock Ave.,
Temple City, CA 91780; 626-443-8438;