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Madstad windshield?
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:56:31 pm »
I'm seriously considering a Madstad windshield to help with the heat this summer.  (The other thing I'm considering is the Baker vents.)  Anyway, I've read the posts here, and it sounds like some people love the Madstad, and others just think they're "okay".

For getting more air in hot weather, is the Madstad a good idea?
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014, 08:41:49 pm »
I've been thinking of this stuff for the summer too, I have barely scratched the surface of aftermarket shields. Seems like Rifle has a vent that cycles in cool air as well. Me, I am going to cut the stock shield down, and maybe experiment with a second plexiglass hand-made shield bolted above it, kind of like what the Madstad does. Air could enter through the gap inbetween, I imagine I could make a way to close the gap for rain.

I also have no lower plastics on right now, and I wanted to play with vents that force air upwards from below the headlight.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 08:42:47 pm »
Any Adjustable windshield is a good idea. Down in the summer and up in the rain and winter.  I have a Madstad and I like it pretty much, except I think it is ugly.  But it works.  I actually ride with it all the way up when I am on a long trip.  all the way up is just where I can see over the top of it. I find this is much less tiring over a long days ride.    BTW, I got a bronze tinted one and I think that was a mistake, would prefer clear.  Bill

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 09:30:11 pm »
Flivver, in summer, I challenge anyone to come up with a better solution than a cut down stock shield.  Nothing like clean air to keep you cool.

Don't like the noise?  Earplugs.

That said, I want a Madstad too! But for colder riding.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2014, 09:41:59 pm »
Flivver, in summer, I challenge anyone to come up with a better solution than a cut down stock shield.  Nothing like clean air to keep you cool.

Don't like the noise?  Earplugs.

That said, I want a Madstad too! But for colder riding.

Good to know. And earplugs? I use them already, stock windshield height bombards you with turbulence.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2014, 10:48:03 pm »
Flivver, in summer, I challenge anyone to come up with a better solution than a cut down stock shield.  Nothing like clean air to keep you cool.

Don't like the noise?  Earplugs.

That said, I want a Madstad too! But for colder riding.

Know anybody selling a stock windshield that I can cut down? :-)
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2014, 11:59:31 pm »
Flivver, in summer, I challenge anyone to come up with a better solution than a cut down stock shield.  Nothing like clean air to keep you cool.

Don't like the noise?  Earplugs.

That said, I want a Madstad too! But for colder riding.

Beej...I wouldn't make that challenge until trying the Madstad...it'll surprise you year round...while not as cost effective as a cut down stocker...it is superior...it's cooler...and quieter...

I tried many different shields on my C10...only to have issues with each and every one...until the Madstad...

If I had to do it again...I'd go straight to the Madstad...

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2014, 12:02:31 am »
I have a stocker that I but down to leave about 3" all around the fairing where it mounts, including following the dip in front. This makes for clean air at the helmet. Depending on the helmet, it could actually be quieter. I've not tried the Madstadt, I've heard good.

I also have some fake Baker air wings. Those really help a lot. I also run the 2fast heat shields.

Something else I've done is to mount the GenMar style footpeg lowers. These will make the foot pegs sit lower and farther out. I rest my boots on the outside half of the pegs to get my feet and legs out into the fresh air stream.

I also have foot pegs mounted on the tip over bars.

All of the above help to make riding in FLA in the summer not suck as bad.

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2014, 12:30:09 am »
Uglier than a mud fence. I have one, it is sitting in the garage as I cycle through the windscreens that I have. Nothing looks better than my smoked Givi with a Laminar Lip, which actually works pretty well. I really think it is a matter of preference. Function over grace and all that biz. The issue is that the more rise that you have on you bars, the further that you are pushed away from wind protection. This where the Madstad works well because it directs a larger amount of air than the stock screen and you can set it to your personal preferences. As far as less turbulence in dirty air, I have not experienced that myself. Large trucks still shake the bike up fairly well. That is my personal experience, your results may vary as they say. I guess there is no happy medium in this case as it is an improvement over the stock windscreen. I did not leave it long enough to ride in the rain for extended periods, seams as thought it would offer good rain protection. I am now doing a 20 day cycle with each windscreen and recording the individual results. Madstad, Rifle and Givi+Laminar.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2014, 01:14:12 am »
No the Madstad isn't purdy, but it does as advertised.  I came from the stock screen, and
the difference is huge.  Never tried others, so I can't compare like Air Monger...
(interested in the results though ;)  )

I think it was a worthwhile investment.  It does offer good protection in the rain, I think
the truck issue (buffeting) is lessened because your head is knocked around less.
The bike itself is still affected by truck turbulence, the rider is in calm(er) air.

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2014, 05:16:57 pm »
I have just finished windscreen shopping and ended up choosing the Rifle. After studying all the different shields,how they worked,how they looked,I found what I thought to be the the best of both! So far the Rifle has been quiet up to triple digits! I actually found myself speeding speeding through town because of lack of wind noise versus stock (50 in 35 :-X) It allows a nice breeze in the rider area.On a mid 70s day I was comfy I also noticed it is a little cool on 40 degree mornings versus the stock shield! Ran through a rain shower a couple days ago,I arrived home fairly dry (no rain gear on) Stock was a little better at side protection from the rain.I did have my half half helmet on and it was nice to not get pelted in the face with rain! My face was still getting wet but it was mainly run off from the helmet and the occasional big drip from the windshield lip! At 60 all was good! HAd enough breeze to keep from fogging up :-\ Last it does not look an experiment gone wrong! Looks like it belongs on my 04! Well that's my story. Your mileage may vary! :motonoises:
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2014, 03:16:59 am »
   Stock windshield sucks!!
  My 1st new shield was a Rifle. Real good shield. Lotta miles on it. :)
  Next one was a Cee Baily. Won it at a COG rally. Very nice shield with the vent but really didn't like it so close to my riding position.
   I now have a Madstad that I have bee running for about 3 months. Another nice shield and different mounting setup. It is different and I really can't find much wrong with it. Mounting is different and it is adjustable. Nicely made. I will run it to the COG Nationals this year for a long distance test.
   When I get back I will decide if I want to go back to the Rifle. I always liked it but tried the others looking for something better.
  All are good windshields but I do have a warm spot for the Rifle shield.  :) :)
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2014, 12:50:32 pm »
My issue is wind noise. Bought a Cee Bailey and sold it 2 days later. It was just as noisy as the stocker. I rode Secarob's bike; he has an after market screen that eliminated the wind noise but his I was looking through the windshield which I didn't like.

I have Heli bars so I think this is what's making the problem worse. I have them adjusted to a more upright riding position which in turn pushes me back from the windshield. Just like most things in life, it's a trade off.  ???

So I'm taking a different tack altogether. I'm going to install Quiet Ride Muffs in my helmet. I had bought them before but balked at the install because you have to cut into the Styrofoam around the ears. I did a long distance ride last weekend with ear plugs and had forgotten how uncomfortable they are. I have a Sena SMH-5 sound system in my helmet and could barely hear it with ear plugs.

The Quiet Ride Muffs seem like they will be the perfect solution to my problem. Reduce the outside wind noise and be able to hear my music at a lower volume.

I'll post a separate threat about the install when they arrive.  :great:

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2014, 04:11:48 pm »
I looked at the options, and ended up going with a MadStad. It's been on the bike for a little over a week, and I've been happy with it from the the first ride. The turbulence, noise, and buffeting is gone. It feels like a different bike.

Last weekend, I did a 4 1/2 hr. ride with a mix of freeway and back roads. Previously, freeway was a chore, even with earplugs. Now, it's much more pleasurable. On the back roads, I listened to music through earbuds. Before, I'd only use them for GPS, and that had to be turned up all the way. Not any more!

Some here have commented on the looks, but I'm not finding it offensive. It looked different for about a day or so, but I don't notice it much now.

I'm getting used to judging my speed again, though. I found myself speeding more than a few times, because it's much quieter now. That's a good problem to have.

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2014, 04:27:33 pm »
I'm seriously considering a Madstad windshield to help with the heat this summer.  (The other thing I'm considering is the Baker vents.)  Anyway, I've read the posts here, and it sounds like some people love the Madstad, and others just think they're "okay".

For getting more air in hot weather, is the Madstad a good idea?


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This link is when they were setting me up: http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?topic=45633.0

I crashed several times while off roading out west. The Madstadt windshield held up to it.  (Many suggested when we got in the extreme desert I take it off.  BLAH!)

Here it is in some harsh environments and crossing the country:  http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,46652.0.html
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2014, 08:17:53 pm »
That looks good on a KLR. The C10? Not so much and that really is my only complaint or dislike. It works really well, I have a 200 mile ride scheduled for Sunday and I have decided to ride my 90 C10. I will put the Madstad on it tomorrow for the ride. Interested to see how it works with the stock bars on the old bike. I am starting to think it might look better if the bottom of the screen followed the style of the old screen. I have a old National Cycle windscreen that I am going to cut up and play with. I am not unhappy with the performance at all, I just feel for my own personal taste that it muddies the lines of an otherwise classic design. I simply love the way our Connie's look (old school and all) and that is part of the attraction for ownership.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2014, 08:47:17 pm »
I'm seriously considering a Madstad windshield to help with the heat this summer.  (The other thing I'm considering is the Baker vents.)  Anyway, I've read the posts here, and it sounds like some people love the Madstad, and others just think they're "okay".

For getting more air in hot weather, is the Madstad a good idea?


Absolutely second to none.  And the reason I was able to do 900 mile days on my KLR 650.

This link is when they were setting me up: http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php?topic=45633.0

I crashed several times while off roading out west. The Madstadt windshield held up to it.  (Many suggested when we got in the extreme desert I take it off.  BLAH!)

Here it is in some harsh environments and crossing the country:  http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,46652.0.html


Before Madstad made a Concours windshield, I was considering a Rifle, and cutting my OEM for a summer
screen.  Madstad then introduced their screen...  I liked the idea that I have a summer/winter screen on
demand.  I also appreciate being able to  pull over, turn two knobs and bring up the windshield up for rain,
an option not available with the Rifle/chop option.  The rain stops, I can lower the screen for air flow again.
This is quite an important option in Florida, where rain is an almost daily occurence (in summer), and NOT the reason
to take the cage to work.

Though the screen has full adjustability, I found 3-4 settings that meet all my needs.  Now I do not have to
remove the windshield except for occasional maintenance... and Marty likes that... a lot.

As far as looks go, I think if the bracket can be made to bring the windscreen closer to the base, it would
look much better, but function trumps form in spades for me... and I like that airflow.

So I'll ride a spit ugly Connie with a $h!+ eatin' grin.   ;)  (I really don't think it's THAT bad lookin')
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2014, 08:52:03 pm »
I'm thinking the Madstad may be for me. I'm okay with cosmetic deficiencies - heck, I still have a "zebra" look on my clutch cover, from a mishap with gasket remover. :-)

Airflow is what matters to me.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2014, 03:03:02 pm »
I'm thinking the Madstad may be for me. I'm okay with cosmetic deficiencies - heck, I still have a "zebra" look on my clutch cover, from a mishap with gasket remover. :-)

Airflow is what matters to me.

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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2014, 07:57:18 pm »
Madstad ordered...  Can't wait. :-)
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2014, 05:14:48 pm »
I installed a MadStad in January, and gave it a good 9,000 mile test ride last month.  ;D
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It's perfect for me - not for any specific weather condition, but for being adjustable.
I was in Death Valley at over 100F and over Tioga Pass at 35F.
And I found (for me) the perfect height/tilt angle for the least amount of road noise & buffeting.
That was vital for the Jacksonville - San Diego run (35 hours).
I have actually started riding without earplugs due to the reduced noise - something I haven't done in years.

BTW, I do have a used original windshield and a used Clearview windshield w/vent....
But shipping would be a real problem.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2014, 05:28:15 pm »
After 16 months and 12k miles I look at my Connie with my Madstad on and truly love the look! No way it's an eyesore in my opinion, not to mention the quiet ride and ease of use. By far my best bang for the buck farkle!
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2014, 12:37:14 am »
Got the Madstad today...  Love it!  Went on easily, and looks sharp (IMHO). Got a nice breeze to my face while test riding it, and the bike seemed to cut through the wind with less buffeting than with my ~24" Cee Bailey. Visibility was also improved, as I wasn't looking through the shield; I was able to look out straight over it.

Definitely think I need Baker vents, though. My face is now comfy. The rest of me, not so much.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2014, 01:05:48 pm »
The Madstad comes in several different heights. What are you all using? Right now I have the tall Cee Bailey and I like the coverage it gives me in the cold months as well as during the rain. I'm 5'10" and ride straight up with the ATV bars. What would be a good height choice with the Madstad?
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2014, 01:22:54 pm »
I got the 16", per the recommendation on their site (window size vs. rider height).  I'm about the same height as you, FWIW.

The window slides up and down, but I haven't tried moving it in that direction.  I've got it at a low height setting, but at the max angle so lots of air flows at me -- currently, at least.

I haven't tried it in the rain or cold, yet, so I'm tempted to hang onto my Cee Bailey until it gets cold again, just in case.  I'd be interested to learn what other folks with the Madstad have to say about coverage/warmth in cold/wet weather, though.
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