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  • MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

    Riding at higher speeds for longer time on a naked bike such as KTM Duke (or any other naked bike) can get quite tiring because of wind blast.
    Sure you can still ride for 5 or even 10 hours at 120 kmh, but it's how you will feel after those 5-10 hours...

    Change the bike to a fully faired one with good size windscreen, you say?
    Well, what if I want to keep my naked bike AND do a lot of touring?

    A very good answer to that is a MRA RNB windscreen.
    MRA is a German company, the world's leading manufacturer of quality windscreens.
    "RNB" stands for Racing Naked Bike. It is made for modern naked bikes, and is supported with bars which are fitted to handlebars. All very solid.

    It's grey/smoke color, which, IMO, is a perfect choice between 3 available color options - clear, grey/smoke and black. The black one is fully black, not transparent at all.
    Dimensions are 38.5 cm (H) x 36.5 cm (W). Obviously, it's not for protecting an entire body with helmet, but it's designed to protect the body up to the helmet while not spoiling the looks. And yes, it does look very good indeed.

    Windscreen is made of unscratchable, unbreakable, chemicals resistant material. In short - top of the class quality.
    For some photos of many other big bikes with MRA RNB windscreen and video of assembling the windscreen see this: MRA Racing Screen | Windshield for Naked Bikes | Motorcycles | Motorbikes

    You can get the windscreen from JV Promoto in Mumbai.
    In beginning of August 2013 the cost was Rs 8,000, including shipping.

    Contact details:
    Mr. Vikas Malhotra
    JV PROMOTO
    Mob: 09619866133
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: Jvpromoto::.

    Big thanks to [MENTION=32641]shv18[/MENTION] for all the info about the MRA windscreen and JV Promoto contact details.

    The windscreen came packed up very solidly in a big box, with lots of cardboard inside. Safe shipping. It took 2 days after the payment to get it to my address.

    After opening there were quite a few screws, holders and clamps in a small bag, but within 5 min you get hold of what is what. A diagram is provided but you'll need 3 different allen keys. Two of them are available in Duke's toolbox, but one (medium size) isn't, so get it from a shop.

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    Putting it all together for the first time takes few tries until you figure out which way to turn every clamp and fitting, but then it's pretty straightforward and takes some 20 min.
    But, once all the parts are put together it takes only few minutes to put up the windscreen or take it off the bike.

    However, you need to take out Duke's stock "windscreen", which is easily done by unscrewing 4 allen screws.
    The only little hiccup while fitting the screen was that the main 2 clamps that go around the handle bars are slightly too tight. In fact, they are probably perfect size, but Duke's handlebar gets bent quite closely to the middle where the clamps need to be put, which disforms the handlebar slightly, so that's probably the reason the handlebar seems just slightly too wide. Little bit of tightening and adjusting, and it can be sorted out, it's not a problem.

    Since the screen is fixed with 2 bars, its angle can be adjusted to move the screen closer to the clamps or further away.
    Also, the angle of fittings on the screen itself can be adjusted, so it's all pretty solid.
    Once fitted, the screen fits very nicely. It can move just slightly, which is perfect because it absorbs any slight movement and vibration.
    That being said - you don't get any movement or vibration onto the handlebar, even at 140 kmh. I'm pretty sure this doesn't change even at higher speeds. MRA mentions they have designed the windscreen to withstand very high speeds of more than 200 kmh without any problems.

    I just want to mention that you can adjust the angle of the windscreen. You can't really lower it more than it is in photos because the speedo gets in the way at the bottom (unless you're OK that bottom of screen is slightly raised, which actually isn't a big deal), but you can set it up higher, more vertical. In that case at higher speeds it would block more wind and raise the cut out higher. However, it would also create more air resistance, so would probably slightly slow the bike down.

    After riding for some time with the windscreen, you notice it's quite a different experience from stock Duke. There's no wind blast on the body. At all. Even if you're going 100 kmh it feels as if you're going easy and slower than without windscreen. Feels more like riding a sports or touring bike like CBR250. The bike felt more planted and safer, and the feel was of a sports bike.
    Actually, photos don't do it a justice - the bike with the screen looks really good! My CBR250 friend said he likes it much more than a stock Duke. It looks little closer to a sports bike. Just add a fairing and you'll have a super duper looking sports bike! Duke's rear already looks like a good looking sports bike, and the bike performs like one.

    At around 80 kmh the whole body is protected, but you get a wind blast starting from top of the shoulders, just below the throat. At 100 kmh the wind blast starts from the middle of throat. So, the whole body is protected. But at 120 kmh you the wind blast starts at the bottom of the helmet. Which is perfect because helmet itself cuts the air nicely.

    A highway ride at 130-140 kmh is now a much more pleasurable experience. It feels you're going some 20 kmh slower, and you are able to better pay attention to the road ahead.
    Riding in a higher speed with Duke feels little scary because of bike's light weight (perfectly stable, just quite light), but with a windscreen the bike feels more planted and safer because of the way it cuts through the air.
    The screen surely helps with higher top speed. With Duke 200 you can expect at least 5 kmh higher top speed than without it. I wouldn't be surprised even a bit if Duke 390's top speed gets upped by some 10 kmh with this windscreen.

    One thing is sure - riding at 120-140 kmh feels like an easy thing you could do all day.


    If you're doing a lot of touring or having regular longer higher speed rides on highway - MRA RNB windscreen will make those rides much easier.
    It's expensive, but well worth it for those who need it. I'm very happy with it. And it looks really cool, btw, attracts a lot of attention.
    And if you'll be away from a highway for some time then it's just a 5 min work to take the screen off and put the stock one back, or the other way around...


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    Last edited by splus; 08-30-2013, 03:48 PM.

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    Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

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    • #3
      Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

      Thank you for the detailed review, it's a much needed one! I'm eyeing this for quite sometime now but had questions like how is it going to behave at different speeds and Now I've got the answers from someone who has practically tested it rather than doing some CFD Analysis .

      The bike indeed looks good, I have a few questions:

      1. What is your height (want to know for what height does the analysis hold good) ?
      2. You said at speeds above 120kmph, the wind hits the helmet, have you tried riding for a long time? Did your neck pain after the ride?
      3. So you aren't buying the 390 then ?
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        Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

        Thanks, I have been eyeing this one as well for quite sometime. It would look really good/proportionate with the hangle gaurds.

        What's the alternate place to put up the number plate?

        Originally posted by shelton_jh View Post
        So you aren't buying the 390 then ?
        For him, the 390 is like a girlfriend he can't stop complaining about but loves her so much that everytime he complains/talk about her, it melts his heart.

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          Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

          Originally posted by shelton_jh View Post
          Thank you for the detailed review, it's a much needed one! I'm eyeing this for quite sometime now but had questions like how is it going to behave at different speeds and Now I've got the answers from someone who has practically tested it rather than doing some CFD Analysis .

          The bike indeed looks good, I have a few questions:

          1. What is your height (want to know for what height does the analysis hold good) ?
          2. You said at speeds above 120kmph, the wind hits the helmet, have you tried riding for a long time? Did your neck pain after the ride?
          3. So you aren't buying the 390 then ?
          My height is 5' 8". Pretty average.
          The riding was in a normal seating position, so even if one just slightly bends forward the throat will be spared if riding at 90-100 kmh.
          That means that even taller guys can have a full protection from wind blast if they just slightly bend forward.
          Additionally, as said, the windscreen angle can be adjusted to a more vertical position. That would offer little higher wind cut out, but slightly slow down the bike.

          I rode only for an hour on a highway at 120+ kmh and for 5 more hours at 70-100 kmh. Haven't had an opportunity to test it longer than that at high speeds.
          I've ridden Duke (without the screen) for 600 km a day, 12 hour trip, and several more trips for 200-400 km. With FULL gear, mind you. So, I know how much the wind blast is an issue. It DOES tire you. I mean you "can" do it, as I did, but it's tiring.
          Even though I tried the screen only for an hour at 120+ kmh, it's immediately obvious that the screen makes a huge difference. Riding with it is a breeze, even at 130-140 kmh.

          No, there was no neck pain. A helmet is very aerodynamic, so it cuts the air nicely. No problems with it.


          Originally posted by Cyrus_the_virus View Post
          Thanks, I have been eyeing this one as well for quite sometime. It would look really good/proportionate with the hangle gaurds.

          What's the alternate place to put up the number plate?

          For him, the 390 is like a girlfriend he can't stop complaining about but loves her so much that everytime he complains/talk about her, it melts his heart.
          I put the number plate sticker just after taking those photos. Very easy. You put a one line sticker at the bottom of the screen, like an an inch and a half high, just under the MRA logo. It fits perfectly.

          Hehe, nicely said about D390! It's like I told her to go and get dressed real sexy, and then she came back dressed very conservatively. And now I'm refusing to take her out dressed like that... Until she gets dressed "properly".
          So, I'll wait for you guys to tinker with sprockets and that tall gearing and for someone (Kiirus, are you listening??) to remap that ECU with lazy low end and give it some proper punch. And then I might get it...
          Actually, by the time you guys start to get your bikes I'll have had my 3 months of fun modding time with D200, remaping the ECU and changing sprockets, and be probably ready to upgrade then. So, maybe I change my mind by October, and then just walk into the showroom, and get D390 with 2 days delivery time... Look ma, no waiting! (Teasing you a bit, hope you don't mind.)

          Yes, every time I hit a highway I do miss D390. But then I know I'd be missing D200 every time I'm in riding the city/town streets, which is for me 80-90% of time.
          Let's face it - with current tall gearing and low end power delivery of D390, D200 is a more fun bike, quite a bit. Especially in our roads. And fun is 90% the reason I own a Duke.

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            Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

            Nice detailed review, Good job

            Personally I feel 8K is a little too much for something as simple as a visor, but then there isn't much of other options which are "as good" too. Maybe someone could come up with a DIY version that is could maybe bring down costs.

            I have a question on the mounting rods, does it protude into the space above the tank? Its not clear from the pic and I was wondering about this because it maybe a hindrance for riding with a tank bag *if* it protrudes into the tank area.

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            • #7
              Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

              Originally posted by Praful View Post
              Personally I feel 8K is a little too much for something as simple as a visor, but then there isn't much of other options which are "as good" too. Maybe someone could come up with a DIY version that is could maybe bring down costs.

              I have a question on the mounting rods, does it protude into the space above the tank? Its not clear from the pic and I was wondering about this because it maybe a hindrance for riding with a tank bag *if* it protrudes into the tank area.
              There are quite a lot of options from MRA.

              MRA Motorcycle Screens for Naked Bikes


              Also, look at the cool animation of windflow on this page! MRA Screens | Windshields for Naked Motorcycles | Motorbikes

              Looks like these guys know their stuff.

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              • #8
                Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                Originally posted by Praful View Post
                Nice detailed review, Good job

                Personally I feel 8K is a little too much for something as simple as a visor, but then there isn't much of other options which are "as good" too. Maybe someone could come up with a DIY version that is could maybe bring down costs.

                I have a question on the mounting rods, does it protude into the space above the tank? Its not clear from the pic and I was wondering about this because it maybe a hindrance for riding with a tank bag *if* it protrudes into the tank area.


                Yes, no worries about the tank bag. I have the same Rynox tank bag, and it's not a problem at all. There's some extra space left. Actually, I did that trip with it and with Cramster saddle bags...

                As for a DIY - it's already there in D200 thread. [MENTION=63459]Sanchit Arora[/MENTION] put a Fazer's windscreen on his Duke. Total cost - Rs. 500.

                Here's the link: http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcyc...tml#post981073

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                • #9
                  Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                  Originally posted by splus View Post
                  Yes, no worries about the tank bag. I have the same Rynox tank bag, and it's not a problem at all. There's some extra space left. Actually, I did that trip with it and with Cramster saddle bags...

                  As for a DIY - it's already there in D200 thread. @Sanchit Arora put a Fazer's windscreen on his Duke. Total cost - Rs. 500.

                  Here's the link: http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/motorcyc...tml#post981073
                  Good to hear that its great with the tank bags as well. BTW that's a Nelson Rigg tank bag

                  That's a very nice DIY with the Fazer shield, but its not wide enough like the MRA one.

                  Did you test out changes in top speed?

                  Can you tuck yourself behind the windscreen if you crouch completely?
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                  • #10
                    Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                    Originally posted by Praful View Post
                    Good to hear that its great with the tank bags as well. BTW that's a Nelson Rigg tank bag

                    That's a very nice DIY with the Fazer shield, but its not wide enough like the MRA one.

                    Did you test out changes in top speed?

                    Can you tuck yourself behind the windscreen if you crouch completely?
                    Ah sorry, the bag looks pretty similar...

                    Yes, the top speed is better, easier and faster to attain it. But I haven't done any real "tests". Which I will do in next couple of days, just a short top speed test.
                    However, from the ride experience, how the bike cuts the air in much easier way, I can say for SURE there is a difference. You can expect at least 5 kmh better top end, and in case of D390 at least 10 kmh. Easily.

                    You can't really tuck yourself in fully, blame Duke's short distance between front seat and handle bars. If you try to tuck in you will touch the top of the screen with top of your helmet's visor. Which still helps, actually...
                    But the thing is, you don't need to tuck in any more - the screen protects your entire body, save the helmet, from the wind. Tucking in would just spare a lower half of the helmet from being exposed.

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                    • #11
                      Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                      Thanks for this report, it does appear very effective. But, I somehow feel the look suffers a bit since it doesn't gel with the naked bike. I think I saw some other shield which kind of went well on Duke, don't know if it is from power parts.

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                      • #12
                        Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                        Sometimes the form and functionality take over the looks. To be honest the camera images don't do justice to the looks of the KTM Now.


                        A better angle will yield you this look:




                        It is a direct import from Germany and will also mount on the new KTM Duke 390. I think for the price, build quality and adjustability its a steal...


                        Cheers,
                        A quote by a toilet, " use me well, keep me clean, i would never tell anybody whatever i have seen.." :P

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                        • #13
                          Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                          similiar type of windscreens are also available for fz1....saw them online

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                          • #14
                            Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                            Originally posted by Technosid View Post
                            similiar type of windscreens are also available for fz1....saw them online
                            Actually, this is exactly the model of windscreen that's available for FZ1 and all other big or small naked bikes. It's a universal windscreen because it can be fixed and adjusted to all modern naked bikes. I suppose it should fit well on FZ16 as well...
                            "RNB" stands for "Racing Naked Bike" windscreen, specially designed for this type of bikes. Not too big but provides adequate protection, good looking, goes well with naked looks, easily mountable and adjustable.

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                            • #15
                              Re: MRA RNB windscreen for naked bikes (review for KTM Duke)

                              If on a tight budget, One can also retro fit the Yamaha SZ-R's windscreen visor on the Duke and it too will do a reasonably good job. The visor costs just under 150 Rupees and one needs to drill two new holes into the visor. The same thing is being used on most Rally Dukes used in motorsport and I too have the same on my bike.

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