The only thing that I wish was better on the 2016 Multistrada 1200 is the adjustability of the windscreen. The only adjustment available is the height which does not change the angle of the windscreen. Doesn’t seem to matter what height the windscreen is set to, I still get a lot of wind noise.
Previously I tried an adapter from Palmer Products that would allow 3 different angles as well as the existing height adjustment. I didn’t feel that it made a difference and didn’t like how high it made the windscreen even in it’s lowest settings.
This year I tried a simpler approach from Iconic Parts. These are windscreen spacers that only change the angle of the windscreen. The resulting offset is about 1/2 of the lowest position of the Palmer Products device.
These spacers work for me and I was able to confirm this with some errors that I made in the initial installation.
The original mounting for the windscreen is bolted on with rubber bushings. The rubber bushings appear to hold things in place without the need for any thread locker on the bolts.
I had a couple of issues with my first installation attempt which are not the fault of the product. First, since the spacers need to be installed between the existing windscreen mount and the windscreen itself, there is little space to get in there for tightening things down. The spacers also create some offset which requires the windscreen to be in place to properly align the spacers. I did my best to align and tighten and off I went.
The results seemed promising and I continued to ride the bike for a couple of weeks. As I was heading home from a ride, the windscreen was starting to tilt in a strange way. I pulled over and found that the interior bolts were loosening and one was missing. I tightened things as best I could again, without the proper tools, and made my way home.
Due to a ride the next morning, I refastened the windscreen with the original bolts. The next ride I immediately noticed the difference of more wind noise and buffeting. I couldn’t wait to get the Iconic Parts spacers back on the bike.
I did the installation right this time. Thread locker on the bolts and I ground off an Allen wrench to be able to fit in between the bike and the windscreen to properly tighten things down. On the left is the original Allen wrench and on the right is the shortened version.
Back outside, I was able to use the shortened wrench to properly tighten down the windscreen.
I am pleased with this solution and have now done rides without even needing to put down my helmet visor and much quieter.
Once the weather warms up, I will try the short screen with this setup, but for now, the Iconic Parts windscreen spacers are highly recommended.