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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2014, 01:28:14 pm »
Paul, I'm running the 18" shield. I'm 5'8", 29" inseam. The site recommended 16" but after reading several reports on here about buffeting with the shorter (16") shield, I went with the 18". It works fine for me; all the way down I'm looking well over the shield with lots of air and with it up I can still look over it and ride in a nice, quiet bubble. I do have tubular bar adapters along with Rox SpeedFX risers and Daytona Touring bars so that puts me somewhat up and back from the stock setup.  Works pretty well in the rain as well...not quite as good as stock but well enough. Don't have too much cold weather to worry about here in FLA. Hope this helps!
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2014, 01:35:35 pm »
I'm hoping some of you C10 Madstad'ers going to National will offer up test rides? I'm trying hard to get rid of wind noise and would really like to try before I buy.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2014, 05:06:51 pm »
I have to agree with Eddie.
I bought the 16" shield, and fully up, I still look over it and there is very minor breeze at the side of the face.
I wear an open face helmet.
I am sure with a full face you would not notice the breeze.
I am 5'-8" with 29" inseam as well, with 1 1/4" risers on the stock bars.
I would recommend the 18" or custom 19" so that you would have the opportunity to adjust upward more and look through it in bad weather.
I also believe it is a little wider as the height increases.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2014, 08:22:23 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.

Weather protection rivals any other screen.  Put the screen all the way up, tilt it forward a bit, and it does it's job well.
I did 2.5 hours at 80 mph in 40-45 degree (F) and stayed toasty warm with a mesh jacket with it's liner in.  Works well
in rain too, keeps most of it off your helmet visor, which helps visibility.  Coming from a stocker, I'm overwhelmed with its
performance.  Well worth the $$$ spent.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2014, 10:22:54 pm »
Mine is a 22".  I am 6'5" and on a Russell seat that sits me higher by about an inch or inch and a half.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2014, 04:36:57 pm »
Got to ride in the rain today, unexpectedly.  The 16" MadStad (at the lowest height and max angle setting) did okay, IMHO.  I got a little wetter than I would have with the 24"+ Cee Bailey, but it wasn't horrible.  I was glad to exchange a little moisture, for the extra cooling I get now.

In short, I'm still loving the Madstad. :-)
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2014, 04:51:11 pm »
I also have some fake Baker air wings. Those really help a lot. I also run the 2fast heat shields.

Where'd you get the fake Baker air wings?

With some extra crotch/leg ventilation, I'd be happy as a clam on my C10...
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2014, 05:55:28 pm »
It sounds as if you would expect to stay most dry with the shield at its lowest setting, if u raise it to a higher setting you will get better coverage and stay more dry.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2014, 05:59:18 pm »
It sounds as if you would expect to stay most dry with the shield at its lowest setting, if u raise it to a higher setting you will get better coverage and stay more dry.

Sorry if it came across that way...  I was actually pointing out the opposite -- that I was using the worst possible configuration for rain. :-)

(And even so, it did okay.)

I've got it set that way so I get the most breeze.  Wanted to see how it did in the rain, despite that.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2014, 06:19:00 pm »
understood.
the Madstad keeps me AMAZINGLY dry during Florida downpours, as long as I keep moving that is. If I get caught at a light it's game over!
another thing that surprises me about the  Madstadin the rain is how clear it remains regardless of angle. I mentioned some time a year or so ago that it look like hey windshield in a "Rain-X" commercial!!
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2014, 07:54:21 pm »
Down in Fla, you can usually see the rain coming from a mile away.  I pull over
and put the "shields up" as it only takes a few seconds...  I ride with a full face helmet,
so when the rain starts, the visor is down, and that 'breeze' becomes moot...
...my visor staying clear is top priority, and behind the Madstad it does.

It took me a while to get to know the in and outs (up/downs) of this system, now I don't
hesitate to take a few seconds to 'optimize' my shield setting.  Makes for less 'stress'.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2014, 08:17:58 pm »
I haven't moved the window up/down yet.  Should a plan to carry a small socket driver for the two nuts that seems to be in control of that particular setting?  Or, is there an easier way to adjust the height?
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2014, 08:49:26 pm »
I haven't moved the window up/down yet.  Should a plan to carry a small socket driver for the two nuts that seems to be in control of that particular setting?  Or, is there an easier way to adjust the height?

I have (2) knobs, one on each bracket.  I just turn 'em by hand....
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2014, 10:34:35 pm »
the height and angle adjustment are made by loosening the knobs on the "robo brackets" then manually change in the position of the shield, and re tighten the knobs. HTH
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #39 on: June 13, 2014, 09:31:49 am »
Ah, okay.  I thought the bolts/nuts that sit lower in the track had to be loosened to adjust the height.  I guess they're just there as a guide and a pivot.  Thanks!
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2014, 03:06:29 pm »
MADSTAD...  "because I love having a smoke in the rain..."
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #41 on: July 07, 2014, 08:38:32 pm »
MADSTAD...  "because I love having a smoke in the rain..."

Is that a shameless promotion?
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #42 on: July 07, 2014, 11:44:59 pm »
MADSTAD...  "because I love having a smoke in the rain..."

Is that a shameless promotion?
Of what? Cigarettes? NO WAY!! 
Oh...Madstad.... a COMPLETELY shameless promotion! :beerchug: :great:
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #43 on: July 08, 2014, 12:13:22 am »
MADSTAD...  "because I love having a smoke in the rain..."

Is that a shameless promotion?
Of what? Cigarettes? NO WAY!! 
Oh...Madstad.... a COMPLETELY shameless promotion! :beerchug: :great:

I didn't think he was smokin' cigarettes....   >:D
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #44 on: July 08, 2014, 12:26:55 am »
Maybe this fall when I am feeling wealthy and need the protection from the cold, I did recently hack my faded stock shield to pieces..
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2014, 12:34:48 pm »
The only thing I don't like about the Madstad so far is that, at night, the edges "light up" from whatever spills over from the headlight.  I imagine all shorter windshields exhibit this behavior...  I didn't see it with my old shield, because it was really tall and I never looked down on the top edge.

I wonder if some kind of weatherstripping or molding, around the outside, would look too awful...
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #46 on: July 08, 2014, 01:20:13 pm »
Yes, any kind of molding would look terrible. Try some grey or black acrylic paint right on the edge if it really bothers you that much. Apply carefully with a small brush. Try the bottom edge first to prevent light from getting into the plastic in the first place.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #47 on: July 08, 2014, 08:57:39 pm »
I've only seen this when the windshield is all the way down.  The bottom of the windscreen
gets lit up a little.  if the windscreen is kept clean, the effects are far less noticeable.  Split some
vacuum tube, and put it over the bottom edge, and that might stop the edges illuminating.
I'm thinking the light is being caught there, then dispersed to the edges.

Also keep in mind this is the only (that I know of) windscreen that is positioned forward of the
traditional windscreen...  I wouldn't expect this from any fixed screens, because they sit
directly on top of the headlight.
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Re: Madstad windshield?
« Reply #48 on: July 09, 2014, 12:45:10 am »
I started with a stock wind screen and it did not work for me. Got the Madstad in the spring and have used it in wet snow, wind, rain (rode to the east coast in the storms of June), and now +100 degree and the Madstad rules! Best wind screen I have had, I even think my old KLR might get one. Get the madstad!