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Madstad adjustable windshield
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:56:31 am »
Hi guys, I've been lurking on here learning about the cool things you all do with your Concours. I currently ride a 93 CBR1000F but the sport bike ergonomics are starting to wear on me, so I've been doing research on sport-touring rides. Really undecided right now. Anyway, I haven't noticed that anybody here had tried this adjustable windshield from Madstad. It looks kind of cool. I didn't see a Concours application but they have universal kits that bolt to the stock windshield (cut-down stock windshield would make more sense). Seems like a neat idea, adding highly adjustable windshield height and angle to older bikes. Seems like a good option for the zzr1200 too; seems like I remember complaints of lack of touring windshield availability on that bike.  Curious if anyone here has tried it.

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 04:31:57 am »
Very interesting...I was not aware of this product...I think I'll call them tomorrow...

Thanks for the head's up!

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 01:01:10 pm »
OK...sent an email last night ... and, had a reply from Mark this morning...


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 6:39 AM

Hi Brad,

Thank you for your interest! Unfortunately we have never made or installed a system on your model bike. It may be possible to use a stock shield to attach our system to (using that as a base plate). I don't know if you still have your stock shield, if you are a do-it-yourself type of guy who is handy with a drill and tools, or if you would want us to set it up for you. That would be the only way to get our adjustable system onto your bike.

Best regards,
Mark Stadnyk
MadStad Engineering
(352)608-4069
http://www.madstad.com

My message to them was:
   
    "Hi,

    I have a 1988 Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours...and would like to find out if one of your windshields would be a possible solution for my dilemma...

    I currently have a Rifle Base Plate and Windshield on my bike...but, it is easily convertible back to the stock windshield...

    I'm hoping you have some information on fitment for my situation...

    Thanks,

    Brad"

Looking at their website...I am leaning towards the Bandit 1250 model...or, one of the Universal Fit models...




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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 01:09:57 pm »
Mark has NO IDEA how many "do-it-yourself type of guy who is handy with a drill and tools" are members of COG. If I was there marketing guy, I would become a COG corporate sponsor in a heartbeat.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 03:54:17 pm »
I have a Madstad bracket on my DL1000 and love it. It does tend to creep backwards when fully up and riding fast. The bigger the screen you put on it, the more this is likely to be an issue.

I wonder what ever happened to the guy a while back that insisted he was going to make up an electric adjuster to sell. Musta petered out.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 10:55:20 pm »
Madstads are very popular on the V-Stroms.  I have one on my 2007 ABS Wee-Strom.  Combined wth my cut-down old Givi screen off the Connie it is perfect on that bike.  The Rifle works so good on the Connie I wouldn't mess with mine. 

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 12:36:47 am »
You're welcome for the heads-up. Kinda thought it was something some people here would be interested in trying. I know on my CBR I find myself wanting a very short screen for backroads riding during warmer weather, but would like much fuller wind protection on the interstate. The turbulence off the trucks really beats on my shoulders and helmet. An aftermarket power adjustable screen would really be cool

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 12:15:34 am »
Looking at their website...I am leaning towards the Bandit 1250 model...or, one of the Universal Fit models...

Old post, but have you made any headway? I am looking at various methods to 'add' and adjustability feature to the early Concours.

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 01:23:33 am »
Handyman,

I put things on hold while I try to decide if I can live with either my Cee Bailey 26.5"...or my Rifle...and, of course, since it is winter here in Colorado, there hasn't been much riding...I'm just trying to make sure I can eliminate the two I have before I invest in another shield...I did talk to a friend who has one on his Wee Strom and likes it a lot...

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013, 02:14:51 am »
I didn't see the original post, just noticed the thread today. I adapted a Madstad bracket to my C10 last fall. It has been road tested and it is exactly what I was looking for. Anyone wanna buy a Cee Bailey with a Vario wing? Cause I'm not going back. :) 
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 08:15:38 pm »
Wow, thanks for the pictures, this really helps give an idea of the possibilities.

I already have a shorty shield like that, tempting...

What size Madstad shield is that?
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2013, 08:38:19 pm »
What it cost??

Is it a standard cost for the DIY system?  I didn't see pricing on the website.

TIA

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2013, 08:45:44 pm »
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2013, 10:46:50 pm »
did anyone see if they sold the brackets by themselves, and/or maybe with a hardware kit. In the spare parts looks like you can get most the nuts and bolts part. Probably find rubber washers at the hardware store etc. Can we get the brackets standalone? I didn't see a place for that. Got a page for brackets, but didn't see a price / add to cart for just brackets.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2013, 12:02:29 am »
The bracket is for a Strom in fact I pilfered it off mine. The bracket is available as a stand alone item. The Strom version mounts to a flat surface so I had to adapt a mount to fit the curved Connie windshield. I used oak as in the tree, easy to machine and very hard. The screen I used is also designed for a Strom made by Givi, 22" I believe but any screen , and there are lots, designed for the Strom will fit. The bracket is available at Murphs but I bought mine from A Vicious Cycle (~$120). I have to buy another set (screen and bracket) now to set up my Wee again.   
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2013, 05:31:17 am »
Bwahahahaha!  This is so funny.

In my previous post further up I posted a pic of my Wee-Strom with my old Connie 'shield on it, now we have a Connie with a 'Strom shield on it.

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2013, 02:46:37 pm »
Funnier still is the bottom, Connie side, windshield is actually a Givi too!!! It was on the bike when I bought it a few years ago and has been chopped up and drilled a few times in attempts to find the perfect wind management set-up for Connie.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2013, 03:32:08 pm »
It was on the bike when I bought it a few years ago and has been chopped up and drilled a few times in attempts to find the perfect wind management set-up for Connie.

Truly a noble cause... :)

So, Jeff...  Has the Madstad achieved this elusive and mythical "perfect wind management set-up for Connie"?

Thanks
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2013, 04:39:53 pm »
I've been fighting wind noise from the very beginning with this bike. I tried the original Givi with various homemade extensions with varying degrees of success. Then I tried the tall Cee Bailey had to chop it a bit and it helped. Then added a MRA vario wing, helped a bit more. The current set-up with the Madstad is better than anything I've tried so far and the adjustability is a great feature. I find I can comfortably ride without ear plugs, not possible with any of the other set-ups I've tried, and can hear my tunes even with el-cheap-o ear buds. I am 6'4" with a 36" inseam which I suppose has made my quest all the more challenging.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2013, 11:33:10 pm »
And again...Murph's has the parts ya want and need:

http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=27_117&products_id=360

I too have been playing the perverbial windscreen roulette in the attempt to find the 'perfect' wind flow. Currently using the MRA X-Screen with good results, just wish I would have selected the clear instead of the tinted version.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2013, 08:17:01 pm »
So the V-Strom bracket will work on the Connie?

Glad Murph has them for $103 - the higher prices I saw on their website had me thinking of makin' my own out of about $8 worth of aluminum and some screws I already have...

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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2013, 03:40:47 pm »
Yep the V Strom bracket can be made to work but you will have to fabricate an adapter. Brackets for other bikes may work also but I have no personal experience.
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2013, 02:27:09 pm »
Yep the V Strom bracket can be made to work but you will have to fabricate an adapter. Brackets for other bikes may work also but I have no personal experience.

Boy, it would be really nice to have an adjustable windshield on the C-10.
I wonder if a Rifle base could serve as an adapter for the brackets...????
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2013, 03:11:36 pm »
Yep the V Strom bracket can be made to work but you will have to fabricate an adapter. Brackets for other bikes may work also but I have no personal experience.

Boy, it would be really nice to have an adjustable windshield on the C-10.
I wonder if a Rifle base could serve as an adapter for the brackets...????

I think the original Concours shield trimmed down would accomodate the reinforcing back plate they recommend in their website photos. "And the fabricators begin to move forward."
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Re: Madstad adjustable windshield
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2013, 01:04:50 pm »
"And the fabricators begin to move forward."

Yep, yep,yep!

This has derailed my plans to fab a custom windshield. I'll just fab the base adapter from plexi, mount my adjuster brackets, then mount the standard Connie windshield to that. I can get the height I want AND adjustability with the regular windshield.

Perfect!