I reviewed a number of screens and the short list comprised the Puig Touring Screen and the CalSci Tinted Shorty. Both of these screens seemed to fit my needs; both are tinted, both have a reasonable, and not excessive, size. I've noted that some screens (that I won't mention) are so big that they take away from the great appearance of the Versys. Also, the pricing was very reasonable (Puig = $138, CalSci = $125).
Ultimately, it came down to the basic structure and the dimensions (discussed below) and I went with the Puig, Model No. 5999F. I bought it from Revzilla. After applying a $5 credit, the total price was $133 with free shipping.
Actual dimensions for the Puig Touring Screen (Stock Screen Comparisons) are:
- Material Thickness = 3mm
- Screen Angle = 63 degrees (66 degrees)
- Height of Total Screen, Top to Bottom = 19.5 inches (14 inches)
- Width at Widest Point, side to side = 19.5 inches (16 inches)
- Width at Top = 12.5 inches (9 inches)
- Width at Mid-point, top of side flares = 15 inches
- True Screen Height, distance the screen rises above the bike's dash/crown/cowl:
- At lowest screen setting = 13.5 inches (8.75 inches)
- At highest screen setting = 16.5 inches (11.75 inches)
- Net increase in Puig over the Stock Screen = 4.75 inches
True Height (Actual Protection) Measurement:
Replacement of the stock screen is a simple <5 minute exercise. There are only six allen bolts requiring a 4mm hex key. Four of the allen bolts are above and directly below the two level-adjusting knobs on the front of the screen. The other two are under plastic caps inside of each of the knobs. The caps pop off with a flat head screwdriver and from there you can access the allen heads.
The knob is threaded to the base, so once the allen bolt inside the knob is removed, turn the knob to loosen and remove or tighten and reinstall. It may require two hands to loosen the knob while holding the bracket, so another pair of hands at this point to hold the screen on both removal and installation may be in order. Don't over torque any of the bolts; they're only situated in rubber well nuts. Rather, tighten firm and then keep an eye on tightness over time (p.s. there's a 4mm hex key in the stock tool kit).
Viola! There you go ... the screen is installed.
Once the new screen is installed on the brackets, removal (for cleaning) is accomplished by (i) removing the bolts inside the locking knob and then (ii) unscrewing the locking knob.
Addition of the Puig Screen to the Versys 1000 is a first-rate modification to establish the motorcycle as a true touring model. The dimensions are preferable to both the stock screen and the extremely large screens for both the look and feel riding down the roads and highways. Plus, Puig is known for its great quality and this screen is no exception.
The "dark smoke" screen option that I purchased is the darkest of the two smoked offerings. Of course there's a clear screen offered by Puig as well as a total blackout screen. The dark smoke model is not as opaque as it may appear in some photos. Rather, I'd liken it to a pair of dark sunglasses. The photo below gives an indication of what the rider sees from the saddle with the screen in the lowest position (13.5 inches above the dash crown). It can be raised another 3 inches to 16.5 inches above the dash crown.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Puig Touring Screen. Money well spent to get the Versys 1000 ready for the open road.
P.S. I know you'll be in a big hurry to get the big sticker off the top/front of the Puig Screen. It provides cleaning instructions. It essentially says to clean the screen with a light soap (like car wash solution) and a soft sponge. Do not use amonia based products like windex or any glass cleaner, do not use dish soap that your mom uses on dishes, do not use fluids at gas stations, do not use paper towels to dry the screen, clean bugs off after every ride because some, like Aliens, have acid for blood. Just remember, like all plastic screens (including your visor) there's a plastic coating that once removed by abrasive towels or chemicals will result in scratching and deterioration. It's a great looking screen ... keep it that way.