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Old 04-17-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Default Madstad Adjustable Windshield

Like a lot of big folks (6'2" 280) I found the stock shield on my red 08 sucked. It put the blast right at my neck and the noise and buffeting made earplugs mandatory.

The Kawasaki tall shield moved the blast to my face shield. No good.

I saw a post here several months ago about the Madstad unit and checked out the website. http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.492/.f

So I called and spoke to Mark there. Ultimately I bought the 3 pc setup--new base shield, stronger than stock and pre-drilled for the brackets, the adjustable "robobrackets" and the 18" overshield.

That setup is $289, subtract $100 if you use your own base shield.

Everything arrived well-packed and in good order. The first set of base brackets were bent at slightly wrong angle to work with the base shield. Mark sent out new ones immediately and I got them in just 2 days (FL to MI). I understand mistakes and thought it was very professional of Madstad to make it right and in a hurry.

Everything now bolted right up and for me, the shield worked best adjusted about 1/3 up from low and angled just off vertical. I can see well over the top this way.

The windblast now is over my helmet and the only buffeting I get is from around the fairing. I really didn't realize how much better it was until I rode a bit and found myself going way over the limit--buffeting with the stock shield kinda let me know how fast I was going. Now any speed is far more comfortable--not a GoldWing, but much, much better.

You want pictures? Check out his website, my shield looks just like his photos.

The $100 for the predrilled base shield is nice for convenience and worth it for me as I'll be keeping this bike a long time. YMMV.

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Old 04-17-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Madstad Adjustable Windshield

I'm very satisfied with mine too. Don't need ear plugs when I have the windshield on. Only issue I've had is the way the original windshield mounts to the fairing. You really need to brace the windshield before adding the Madstad windscreen.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:28 AM   #3
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The Cat's meow. Been running the Madstad for well over a year. The search for wind protection is over.
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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Pics?
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:16 AM   #5
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Any issues running one of these with a set of barkbusters installed also? I am concerned about hitting at full lock.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: Madstad Adjustable Windshield

For those who have the Madstadt sytem, can you clarify you're size maybe height and leg inseam length, and which of the (over) screen types you got, as I see they carry 4 different models on their website.
I'm 6'2" with 34 inch inseam, (ie longer upper body, more like someone 6"3") and am looking for a solution to the wind.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:26 PM   #7
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I'm 6'2" with a 33" inseam. I've got the 18" adventure.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:30 PM   #8
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I'm 6'2'' with a 33 ' inseam. I have a DIY screen I made, it's 18' tall.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:12 AM   #9
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Default Re: Madstad Adjustable Windshield

I recently bought the Madstad Adventure solution with a ZG mount. Now the mount is a metal plate, I think I like that config better than what I got. Anyway, works wonders for me. I'm very happy. See a pict at this thread: http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthr...t=83597&page=2

I have the stock shield and could easily return to it if I tire of the comfort the Madstad provides.

I'm 6'1", 32 inseam, 230lbs. With this windshield I now have a smoother and quieter ride. I feel safer on the bike not having to constantly fight the pushy wind.
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http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthr...hlight=madstad
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:00 PM   #11
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I currently have a Cee Baileys commuter style, while I like it for street, It really gets in the way off-road. I ordered the MadStad after talking with them as I can move it down & forward when riding off-road so it will be out of the way much more then my CB. I should have it in about a week.
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Hopefully mine will be in around the same time so I can try this out, I went with the Sport CR in smoke. I will write up a review when I get it.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:44 AM   #13
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Ordered a MadStad system yesterday for my 09. Can't speak to functionality yet but can give customer service/ease of ordering (by phone no less) a perfect 10. I'll do a complete review once the goods arrive.
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I installed mine Wednesday on my 08, I have about 200 miles on it so far and it is wonderful; all of the buffeting I was getting before is gone. I am going to do a more detailed write up with pictures once I can get my picture hosting straightened out.
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I would give it 5 mins off road....
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I would give it 5 mins off road....
Which part do you think is going to fail? If I know I am going to be doing some nasty stuff it takes me about 1 maybe 2 minutes to remove the screen before I leave the house.
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I'm liking my Madstad. I am still playing with adjustments since the wind protection varies with the height of the screen x the angle x the gap between the screen and the plate/fairing (rifle effect). These three variables make the possibilities limitless in the search for the "perfect bubble". The extra weight of the screen makes the shield rattle a bit over bumps, and I take it off for any off-road rides. My Adventure screen clears at full lock with Pro-Taper hand guards and P-T SE High bars. For me, it was money well spent--no more stiff neck and shoulders when on the highway, and easy to remove for off-roading.
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I'm liking my Madstad. I am still playing with adjustments since the wind protection varies with the height of the screen x the angle x the gap between the screen and the plate/fairing (rifle effect). These three variables make the possibilities limitless in the search for the "perfect bubble". The extra weight of the screen makes the shield rattle a bit over bumps, and I take it off for any off-road rides. My Adventure screen clears at full lock with Pro-Taper hand guards and P-T SE High bars. For me, it was money well spent--no more stiff neck and shoulders when on the highway, and easy to remove for off-roading.

Agreed. The Madstad system is sweet. I just adjust my shield to the lowest position when offroad far away from home. Works well and just takes a few minutes.
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I would give it 5 mins off road....
I rode with my Madstad on for 5 minutes or more(1749 miles worth) on the TAT this summer with several get offs. No problems
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I rode with my Madstad on for 5 minutes or more(1749 miles worth) on the TAT this summer with several get offs. No problems
Broke mine today in an offroad dump, my own fault though as the way it was adjusted the handguards made contact at full lock.... gotta work on that when I get a new shield...
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