Comparison: Givi D1111ST vs Honda Tall Windshield for Honda NC700X-750X

Now that I have multiple windshields for the NC700X I thought I would write a comparison between the two and see which one is the better one if you’re on a tight budget.

To begin with: I got the Givi D1111ST for free on my bike, and bought the Honda tall OEM windshield a week ago. “Why?” you might ask, is because the Givi D1111ST had a crack at one of the bolt holes, which I then proceeded to close up with superglue. That worked for a while, but then it cracked again.

Here’s a comparison by specifications:

Givi D1111STgivi-high-protection-windshield-16cm Honda Tall windscreen kithonda-touring-screen
Price (€) 81,65 (cheapest on RAD.EU) 149,00 (I bought mine for 79,71 at NC700shop.com)
Material Acrylic Polycarbonate
Height 49,5 cm 49,5 cm
Mounting Stock windscreen holes Aluminium rack
Looks Sporty, clean, black bottom Aggressive, rugged, clear bottom
Wind Protection Chest height Chest height

As you can see by the table, the height is the same, and the price difference is also noticable. I got my tall windshield cheaper at www.NC700shop.com but the original price is about 171€ (including shipping costs of 22€) which is a price difference from 89,35€.
For the price of 1 Honda tall windscreen, you can buy 2 Givi D1111ST windshields so to speak.

Both windschields work with the Givi HP1111 handprotectors.

Both have their problems and features:

Givi D1111ST Honda Tall windscreen kit
– Prone to cracking + Flexible
+ Cheaper – More expensive
– Uses original bolt holes + Aluminium rack
+ Adjustable using the original bolt holes – Needs modifications to change height
+ Doesn’t yellow overtime – Yellows
+ Scratch resistant – Scratches more easily
+ Wider – Narrow
– No vibration protection + Grommets to resist vibration damage
– Thin + Thicker windshield

Both have their pros and cons, but for me, the reason to buy a tall windscreen from Honda is the aluminium rack to add a GPS mount, and the more flexible windshield.

Polycarbonate windshields are more flexible than acrylic ones, and are also stronger, but not more rigid. To hold their form, they need to have a good bend in it to add some structural integrity.
Acrylic windshields on the other hand are UV and more scratch resistant than polycarbonate windhields. They do however shatter or crack on impact.

The Honda Tall windshield kit has a flaw, and that is that when mounting a windshield extension, it tends to bend in the wind. A solution for this is to add 2 spacers to the upper bolts, bending the windshield and adding structural integrity. However it is more durable than the Givi D1111ST.

Here’s a video of the Install and test ride with the Honda Tall Windschield.

Test ride:
There is a lot more different than just the wind protection.

Because of the wider opening on the bottom of the windshield, it makes a vacuum and removes almost all turbulence. It is however not “all away”. I used a windscreen extension to compare it to the Givi one, and it does feel better. (note: the givi windscreen is also tested with windscreen spoiler).

My findings are (for a guy of 5ft7, 1m72) it feels much better, AND I can reach higher speeds more easily without hiding behind the windshield.

The Honda windshield does wobble more at high speeds, but that isn’t such a big problem.

Final verdict:
I like how much difference in wind protection there is, even when the windshields almost have the same dimensions.

The aluminium rack on the Honda Tall Windscreen has the advantage of being more sturdy, but the Givi one has the advantage of being relatively cheaper compared to the original price of €140,-

The clear winner is the Honda Tall Windscreen with the rack, unbreakableness, rugged look, and the wind protection.

 

 

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