Clyde Gets a Windshield: TCI Adventure Windscreen for the CRF250L

CRF250L Dual SportDoes a windshield for the Honda CRF250L make sense?

This little Honda is designed to be a street savvy, dirt diggin’ bike. Use it for daily city commutes with weekends in the hills, or for adventure trips that combine paved and dirt roads.

You can do it all if you add accessories to suit your needs. That applies to most dual sport bikes. So is a windshield a must-have option?

Well, Clyde (my CRF250L) seems to think so. He’s pretty chuffed about his new wind screen. He figures that the adventure wind screen from TCI products, puts him squarely in the dual-sport adventure bike league. But Clyde is no 1200cc Bavarian Behemoth. He is a simple, slim and nimble, 250cc Asian. Is Clyde fooling himself? He is known to be a tad naive.

Has Clyde earned his shield?

The whole point of a windshield is to make highway miles more comfortable. But how many highway miles will you ride on 250cc’s?

As many as you want! Some of us actually enjoy the challenge of doing more on less; less cc’s, less fuel, less weight, and yes, even less power. It’s awesome fun to do the unexpected.

Why else would riders like Lois Pryce set out on such fantastic motorcycle adventures around the globe — on 250cc’s and less?

We’ve left something out in the “less of” list, though. Small dual sport bikes also have less road presence on the highway, and we can’t turn that to our advantage. Clyde is not an alpha male at 95 kph on asphalt. He would like to be, but he is not. He gets pushed around — even bullied dare I say it — by the wind and its incorrigible gang of road surface nuances.

The CRF250L is clearly not in charge on the highways. But what it lacks in high speed stability, it makes up for in road feedback.

Clyde tells me everything that is happening in his world, which allows me to adjust how he handles the highway. He’s not the best bike for long highway trips, but with the addition of a windshield, those trips become much more comfortable.

So, yes, Clyde deserves his shield. He’s not just a city boy with hiking boots. He can also do the long hauls, and I am much more willing to do them with him with the addition of the windshield.

The TCI Adventure Touring Wind Screen

This wind screen from TCI products was the obvious choice for many reasons. Here are some of them:

  • Made from DOT approved “Implex” impact-modified acrylic. They say that no other aftermarket manufacturer uses this type and thickness of acrylic, while many OEM’s do.
  • Will not shatter.
  • Removes in two minutes using a coin.
  • Designed specifically for the CRF250L. It attaches easily with no modifications required.
  • The brackets which are permanently mounted, do not rise up beyond the bars like spears ready to impale you on the trail, when riding with the shield removed.
  • The windshield looks like it belongs on the CRF250L. It’s a good looking wind screen. Clyde wouldn’t have it any other way!

Riding with the windshield installed is much more comfortable at speed. I am 6′ tall, and I feel no wind pressure at all on my torso. I do get wind in the face, but less than without the screen. I do not experience any buffeting. The TCI windshield was designed for the CRF250L from quality materials. It’s not one of those generic windscreens adapted to fit the bike.

I prefer to leave the windshield on my bike. It is low enough that it doesn’t interfere with standing on the pegs while leaning over the bars on steep uphills. It is also tough enough to withstand the bumps and scrapes it may get off-road. At first, I thought I would be removing it for trails and such, but I haven’t found it necessary yet. I removed it once to test the difference. I couldn’t wait to put it back on.

How to install the TCI Wind Screen

TCI windshield contentsOpening the shipment from TCI reveals two well-designed brackets, a bag of nylon nuts and bolts, plus curved metal and rubber washers, and the wind screen of course. An instruction sheet is also included.

The instructions are clear, so you won’t have any difficulties. It would have been helpful though, if they included torque values for the triple clamp pinch bolts. I’ll list that below. Attach one bracket at a time. The brackets attach to the lower pinch bolt on the upper triple clamp, and to the forward-most handlebar pinch bolt. I didn’t get the torque specs for the handlebar bolts. I went by feel there.

TCI wind screen install

Bolted to Triple Clamp

It’s best to attach to the triple clamp pinch bolt first. Just remove the lower pinch bolt from the upper triple clamp on one side, then remove the forward handlebar pinch bolt from the same side. Position the first bracket, ensuring all wires and cables are free, and that the mounting tabs for the shield point to the outside.

Apply some Blue Loctite to the threads of the triple clamp bolt and snug the bolt lightly. Next, line up the top of the bracket with the forward handlebar pinch bolt and start that bolt. Now torque the triple clamp pinch bolt to 24 lbf.ft (32N.m). Tighten the handlebar pinch bolt. Finally, because you have removed and torqued the lower triple clamp pinch bolt, it’s best to torque the upper triple clamp pinch bolt as well, even though you didn’t touch that bolt. Use the same torque spec as the lower bolt.

Attaching windshield on crf250l

Bolted to Handlebars

Now just repeat the procedure on the other side. You’ll notice that when attaching the right bracket (when facing the front of the bike), you’ll have to remove the circular plastic brake cable retainer, to clear room to work.

And there you have it, a brand new awesome looking windshield for the CRF250L. Clyde and I thank you for reading this.

Have you installed this windshield on your CRF250L? Do you like it? Have you installed another brand? Any thoughts, just fire away in the comment section below.

Over to you now…

11 thoughts on “Clyde Gets a Windshield: TCI Adventure Windscreen for the CRF250L

  1. Nathan Gibson

    Thanks for the post! I installed the new TCI windscreen for my CRF250L and appreciate the info you shared. The instructions that came with the windshield might be easy for most but not for me. Your post also helped me decide to actually order it as well as a big help for installing it. I appreciate it!
    The windscreen itself makes a HUGE difference and well worth the investment. More importantly though, I now have better control of the bike at speeds over 55. I commute to work as much as I can on the bike which is about a 25 – 30 min ride and this is a must have! I still plan to go off road which was really the purpose of getting this particular bike to begin with but definitely enjoying the ride on the street.
    As a side note, the Honda utility rack from ManRacks is also great for the CRF250L along with the RotoPax storage container. The other item I find helpful is the Trail Tech Tach/Hour meter. Up next, I think I’ll try out handguards.

    1. J. R. Post author

      Hey Nathan,

      Thanks for your input regarding the Windscreen. I agree, it does make a huge difference. I removed it ONCE, just to see, and I have kept it on ever since. The windscreen does not interfere with off-road riding. You can lean over your bars all you want, and if you ditch the bike the windscreen is not likely to get damaged; tough stuff! I leave it on all the time now. As you say, it makes a huge difference in riding comfort and handling at speed. I’m glad you found the extra info I included helpful on the install.

      I am really happy with my Borrego rack and MotoCentric Tail Bag. So useful! I’m with ya on the hand guards. They are my next investment. A tach though, is not on my wish list. I have explored the rev ranges in each gear, and I now have a feel for that. I figure that a tach will be redundant.

      It’s a pretty cool bike though isn’t it? And yes, go on FSR’s and trails. You’ll be glad you did. The bike just keeps getting better, the more you ride it, and the harder you push it.

      Cheers,
      John

    2. J. R. Post author

      Nathan,

      Something I neglected to mention is: the stock IRC tires can give you really squirmy/scary handling at highway speeds when they are new. They drastically improve after about 20 – 30% wear. That said, I will be looking at other tire choices soon. The Dunlop D606’s are in the running for me. Just for your further info 🙂

      John

      1. Nathan Gibson

        Hi John,

        Thanks for the additional info especially about the tires. I’ve been considering some Supermoto wheels to change out as desired. However, they would be quite an investment and changing the wheels out probably isn’t a do-it-yourself for my skill level. Here’s what I’m considering:

        http://www.motostrano.com/Warp-9-Supermoto-Wheels-Honda-CRF250L-p/92-11732.htm

        Not sure what tires to get for them yet but haven’t fully decided to invest in these wheels. I’m also going to check out the tall bag you mentioned and will be curious if it would work with my utility rack.

        I definitely agree with being a cool bike! I knew it was the one I wanted but had trouble finding one here in Charleston, West Virginia. The dealership had to hunt one down for me and had to wait patiently for it.

        Thanks again,
        Nathan

        1. J. R. Post author

          Nathan,

          Wow, those wheels would be quite the investment. Nice looking wheels though. I guess it all depends on how much dirt road and off road riding you envision doing. If you won’t be doing much really rough terrain, you could always just compromise on the dirt performance of the tires. The Shinko 705 Series tire seem to be a popular choice for street performance, while keeping acceptable dirt road and trail capability (nothing extreme though). At least that’s what I’ve heard. Would make life a lot simpler than swapping out wheels, unless it’s the look and customization you’re going for.

          Cheers,
          John

  2. Nathan Gibson

    I definitely like the dual sport tire you linked and probably sounds like the street to dirt road ratio I’ll be riding …at this rate anyways. I think the rear tire would take 120/80-18 but not sure about the size for the front one though. The specs for the front tire is 3.00-21 51P but will have to google what that means I guess.

    Thanks,
    Nathan

    1. Gary

      uh yeah…im pretty sure what you will be looking for in shinko front tire for crf250l is the shinko 705 90/90-21

  3. David

    J.R.
    It’s 10:20pm Chicago time, 50 degree temps, I just installed TCI windshield on my bike. Tomorrow is going to drop to 20 degrees. Can’t wait to experience the difference. Your blog helped me choose this windshield.

    Thanks for your post and instructions it kept it simple 😉

    Till the next time,
    Silva
    http://www.KeepItSimpleSilva.com

    1. ScootToots Post author

      Hey Silva,

      You’ll like that screen. It’s a good one and I think it looks good on the bike. You’ll still get wind on your head, but it effectively cancels the push on your torso. Hope it helps in the low temps. I was out riding yesterday in 21° F. Didn’t have the screen. I was okay except for my finger tips near the end of the ride 🙂

      Cheers,
      John

      1. Sean Thomas

        Hi John

        Nice to chat again – I also find that the bike can move around in the wind here in Cape Town but there is little access to after market accessories for the 250L here in SA.
        I am planning a longer trip with the bike so will contact these guys and see if they export to SA.
        I concur with you about the IRC tires being way better after 3000km
        I look forward to posting more stuff here soon.

        keep well

        sean

        1. ScootToots Post author

          Hi Sean,

          Good to see you here. Hope things are going well in that beautiful corner of the world. Longer trip? That’ll be interesting to see some photos and video after. I imagine you have to do some persuading to get some suppliers to ship to you. I can never see the logic of companies that state they only ship within USA. It’s no more trouble to address a package differently. It might require a line of description, but that’s all. I used to ship products all over the world. I found it just as easy to ship to South Korea, Dubai, or Prague, as it was to ship locally. And oddly enough, with the right packaging decisions, the shipping charge was rarely any higher than local destinations.

          I’ve changed both front and rear sprockets to 13 and 42 tooth, and I have installed the EJK controller. Worthwhile modifications, though I would say that if a person does a lot of highway miles, just swap the front sprocket to 13 tooth and leave the rear stock. And if you ever get an EJK controller, you can install an on/off switch on its ground wire. That way you can revert to stock (more fuel efficient) fuel control (on the fly) for those long highway stretches.

          Cheers,
          John

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