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My Madstad Shield Install
« on: May 25, 2013, 09:19:54 pm »
Today is the day!  I’m going to install my Madstad Adjustable Windshield!  My shield’s particulars are:  Clear, 22” wide, and 18” tall…

It came very securely packaged…no chance of anything getting broken in shipment.
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 09:22:11 pm »
The first task (after getting everything unpacked) was to mount the Robo Knob Brackets onto the Adapter Plate…and, then mount the Adapter Plate where the stock windshield mounts…

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 09:24:00 pm »
Four screws later…the Madstad Shield is mounted…

Really a super-easy installation!

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 09:28:42 pm »
More pictures of the completed project...only took me about 45 minutes...including chasing down those stupid well nuts!

I have gone for about a three mile ride so far...and, all I can say is:

HOLY KAW!  This shield changes the whole personality of my C10!  It does everything they claim it will do!  It makes my Concours the bike I've been searching for!
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 11:10:55 pm »

  I also have been looking at Madstad for windshield solutions now especially for my ZZR1200.

 However, looking at yours I wonder if the aesthetics would improve a bit if they trimmed the bottom of the screen to match up with the profile of the original windscreen?

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013, 03:46:44 am »
They allowed me to choose the dimensions I wanted...and, I'm really happy with what I have...although, I don't have any other Madstad shield experience to compare it to...I wanted to lean towards the "full protection" side of the spectrum for two-up protection and comfort...

Since it is a new product...there will most certainly be some trial and error...I had a couple of communications with Capo regarding the dimensions of his prototype shield...had a couple of conversations with Mark from Madstad...as well as several trips out to the garage to measure hypothetical shield dimensions...and, I think I came pretty close to what I was looking for...of course, it all depends on what my SO has to say about it once she gets to go for a ride...which, I hope will happen before the SW Regional Rally next month...

I'm sure your criteria could be accommodated by MadStad...although, the results their shields deliver are not what you might expect from other shields of the same dimensions...you would just have to let them know what you are looking for...

HTH...good luck with your ZZR... :motonoises:


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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2013, 02:54:44 am »
I think it looks perfect!!  Enjoy the turbulent, quiet experience others haven't.... Yet :)  Pretty nice doing 80 and only hearing your connie purrr eh?? :great:
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2013, 04:52:00 am »
I think it looks perfect!!  Enjoy the turbulent, quiet experience others haven't.... Yet :)  Pretty nice doing 80 and only hearing your connie purrr eh?? :great:

Thanks for your help, Capo...and..."Pretty nice"...is right!   :beerchug:
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2013, 03:19:56 pm »
Hows the Madstad working out so far.  Been looking a windshield options for a while now.  The Madstad looks to be the best option I have found so far. Do you look just over the 16 inch shield.  I am 5 11 using a Corbin seat.  Looking at there site a 16 is what they recommend for my height.

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2013, 04:07:04 pm »
Hows the Madstad working out so far.  Been looking a windshield options for a while now.  The Madstad looks to be the best option I have found so far. Do you look just over the 16 inch shield.  I am 5 11 using a Corbin seat.  Looking at there site a 16 is what they recommend for my height.

Haven't had a chance to do much riding...I have an 18"...and look over the top when I sit on my Day Long...haven't tried my Corbin yet...I'm 5' 10".....

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2013, 04:37:23 pm »
Hmm....

I'm also 5' 10" and have a RDL seat which added 1" - 2" to the height, so I guess we're in about the same position.

Do you wish you would have ordered anything besides 18" tall, or is that just right?

I prefer to look just over the top with it in a touring position.
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2013, 06:48:00 pm »
Rick is that a gold wing vent in your shield?   If so how does it do.  Looks also like I will need the 18 inch shield.

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2013, 08:43:04 pm »
Hmm....

I'm also 5' 10" and have a RDL seat which added 1" - 2" to the height, so I guess we're in about the same position.

Do you wish you would have ordered anything besides 18" tall, or is that just right?

I prefer to look just over the top with it in a touring position.

Rick,

Looking over the top in the most upright position is exactly what I do...pretty sure I will be looking through it with my Corbin...but, I still think that can be taken into account and allowed for...there is a quite a bit of adjust-ability with this shield...

I am pretty sure I'm OK with the 18"...still have to see what the CFO feels about it...I might have opted to go with a 19" if I knew that it would be better for my passenger...but, that is just a thought for now...since I haven't gotten any feedback...

While I was out riding by myself, I raised my left hand up above my head to try and get a feel for where the wind was...and, it seemed to me like it was similar to my 26.5" Cee Bailey...two or three inches above the top of my helmet...but, much smoother with wind coming through from all around the base of the Madstad...rather than just through the one vent in the CB...and, I was looking over it...

HTH...

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2013, 12:32:43 pm »
Hows the Madstad working out so far.  Been looking a windshield options for a while now.  The Madstad looks to be the best option I have found so far. Do you look just over the 16 inch shield.  I am 5 11 using a Corbin seat.  Looking at there site a 16 is what they recommend for my height.

  I don't know if it is due to research and development or what but the criteria Mark seems to be using for determining height isn't ever the same from person to person.  Mark had me sit on the bike and basically measure from the base of my chin outward to the existing shield I had (rifle).  Provided that the shield was the same degree as the fork tubes (60deg) I was to measure a level line out to the shield and make a mark there.  I measured from the base of where the OE shield would install to the mark and got 15".  Mark added an inch and that is how he got the 16" measurement for me.  I am 6' even with a 34" inseam, so it seems strange to recomend a 16" shield for someone who is 5'10".  IDK.
  The jury is still out on wether or not he should have recommended a taller one than 16" for blocking all wind.  I'm still trying it out.  I am also using a stock seat for the 86, so it is low.  I don't know what will happen if I get a taller seat ever.  It will probably then be to short.  I dont know if I want to go any higher though.  I kinda like being able to see over the shield.
  One thing I can say right away to you guys is to make sure you cover your bottom bolts that attach the base plate to the fairing or they will scratch the crap out of the bottom of the shield when they make contact at fill outward adjustment.  After I saw the first scratch, I cut pieces of electrical tape (black) to cover the screw heads.  The brackets will also scratch the crap out of the shield to at some point unless you are real real carefull.  There really should be some protection built in against this problem.
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2013, 02:40:49 am »
I went for a 60 mile ride today...with my Corbin...which sits me an inch or more lower than my RDL...the Madstad was still as I had ridden last (highest position/Russell Day Long seat)...and, sure enough, I was looking through the top inch or so of the shield...so, after a quick stop to adjust the shield to it's lowest position, I was back to looking over the top...and, riding in calm air!  I was quite impressed by this amount of adjustment...although, I wasn't ready for the final 10 miles on I-25, which is where this shield shines!  At 80 mph there was no buffeting...and, a comfortable pocket of smooth air for the rider...even with the shield in it's lowest position...and, when I rolled up behind a semi...no turbulence at all!  It is like riding a sport bike...having a much smaller frontal area than I'm used to...and, having the comfort of a touring shield!

I still have to get a ride with my wife on the back to make sure it suits her riding requirements before I can say it's the ONE for me...but, I think it's gonna be alright! ;)

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2013, 03:21:43 am »
Rick is that a gold wing vent in your shield?   If so how does it do.  Looks also like I will need the 18 inch shield.

I have a Clearview shield that was installed by the original owner. I was under the impression that it came with the vent, but I suppose he could have installed one.
Actually, I can't tell much difference when the vent is open or closed unless I hold my hand near the vent.
There does seem to be a VERY slight reduction in buffeting when the vent is open.
It didn't seem to make the ride any colder throughout the winter or the Alaska trip, so I just leave it open all the time.

I was seeing over the top before I bought the RDL seat, so now I'm up into the "buffeting zone".

Last summer I put the original shield on so I could get more airflow in the hot weather.
I was going to do it again this summer, but now this Madstad idea is driving me crazy!
(And CRocker's glowing reviews aren't helping any!!  :D )

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2013, 04:59:31 am »
Rick,

Why don't you just come to Colorado...or better yet...come to the SW Regional Rally in Cedar City, Utah next week end and take mine for a ride?  :beerchug:

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2013, 11:36:22 am »
Crocker let us know what your passenger thinks of the shield.  I am with you Rick the reviews of the Madstad are tempting me.  Sounds like a good setup. 

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2013, 01:34:49 pm »
I'm also interested in what the passenger thinks.
That's the only way I would be able to get one!! :))

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2013, 11:09:46 pm »
Rick,

Why don't you just come to Colorado...or better yet...come to the SW Regional Rally in Cedar City, Utah next week end and take mine for a ride?  :beerchug:

I've been to CO several times for elk hunting, and I know one thing...

Now that the humid summer weather is setting in here in NC, if I came to CO now, I'd end up staying until after the aspen leaves fall in September!!
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2013, 11:22:36 pm »
There just aren't words to do justice for the difference when you are behind any type of big rig on the hwy, eh Crocker? I  have been enjoying directing the airflow right on me wuth the shield at its lowest and tilted toward me on these hot days on my country rd. rides. It's like when you open the wing window and direct the air right at you. And still it seems like it's not buffeting, I guess because it's coming at me rather than a vacum behind me like my stocker.
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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2013, 02:59:49 am »
OK...here we go!  After an 85 mile ride with my best passenger, who is 5'5"...using the Russell Day Long Saddle...in varied conditions...crosswinds...headwinds...tailwinds...55mph and 65mph 2-lane highways...and, a 30 mile blast along I-25 at...er...uh...well, let's just say "keeping up with traffic" ::)...the verdict is in!

First, let me say that I have had the stock windshield...a stock height Clearview w/o vent...a tinted Targa(21"?)...a 24" Cee Bailey with vent...a Rifle system w/17" screen...and, a 26.5" Cee Bailey with the vent.  All of the aftermarket windshields are better than the stocker...yet, all seemed to leave a little to be desired...whether it was minimal size and some buffeting...maximum size and less buffeting...or, something in between.

I like the protection the 26.5" CB offers...but, I don't care for the huge sheet of plastic fighting with me in turns and windy conditions...I like the looks of the Targa most...but it is at the bottom of the list of aftermarket shields for function...the others fall in between somewhere...all are good windshields...but, not perfect.

Comparing my 22" wide, 18" tall Madstad to the aforementioned shields...my passenger and I agree:

The Madstad is superior in every situation we've encountered.

It has the protection of a much larger traditional windshield, but is not affected as much by traffic on the highway (as Capo mentioned) or crosswinds.

My wife mentioned today while we were riding on I-25 that the bike seemed more stable going down the road...and, especially in high speed turns...I had noticed it also.

The flow of wind is smooth...there is no buffeting...it doesn't fight with me while riding down the road...riding the bike is more relaxing...and, it seems more like a sport bike...without a large, touring type windshield in front of me.

And, the adjust-ability is something no other shield can offer.

I had become somewhat frustrated with my Concours...it just wasn't doing the things I wanted it to do...and, before this shield, I had decided that if I was going to have a huge windshield in front of me to get the comfort I desired, I might as well get a real touring bike.

That is no longer the case.  I have fallen in love with my C10 all over again!  :beerchug:

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2013, 01:04:18 pm »
Thanks for the update Brad. :beerchug:
Nice report.

Looks like I will have to save up for this one. :)

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2013, 09:41:28 pm »
Great product report.  Thanks for the info.  Now to decide what height will be best for us.  May give the guys at Madstad a call or email.

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Re: My Madstad Shield Install
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2013, 04:08:36 pm »
So upon further review with the CEO I pulled the trigger today. :)
Now i have to wait till it gets here. :'(
But something to look forward to.
Thanks Brad your glowing review did the trick. :))