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Offline MatthewV

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Windshield Suggestions
« on: March 25, 2015, 09:37:18 am »
Good morning COG. I've been riding my new to me Connie for about a week now. I've noticed that the blast off the windshield hits me right in the face mask of my helmet. Not only does this freeze my face on these lovely 30-40 degree mornings but the wind noise is terrible. I'm 6'1" and sit at just a slight forward lean while riding. If i duck down about 3" the wind flows beautifully over my head. Obviously that's not the most comfortable riding position.  :'( With that novel said, does anyone have any suggestions for a windshield? A little wider probably wouldn't be bad either as man rather manly width seems to catch a little wind as well  ;) Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Have a great day.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 10:09:55 am »
I'm 6 feet and I have a Cee Bailey 'tall' windshield.
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or you can look for a used one in the emporium.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 10:34:48 am »
Thanks tour 1. I'll check them out.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 10:42:39 am »
I have a Madstad windshield that I could not be more pleased with.  It is adjustable both for height and tilt, by simply loosening two hand knobs; so you can customize it to your exact requirements.  Quiet and great protection; I can ride down to 0° with it and good gear.

http://www.madstad.com/

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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2015, 10:48:02 am »
Solomookie - That looks like it might just be the ticket. Does it protect your shoulders from the wind as well?
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2015, 12:10:59 pm »
Solomookie - That looks like it might just be the ticket. Does it protect your shoulders from the wind as well?

That's kind of a subjective thing, but yes.  It protects better than the stock or the Rifle I used for the last 12 years.  I was satisfied with my Rifle, but the adjustability of the Madstad seduced me.  It was the first thing I lusted for when the C-14's came out.  While I liked my Rifle, the Madstad protects better and is quieter. 

If you go with the Madstad, I recommend getting either the medium or tall size.  I am used to looking over the windshield, so I got the shortest one (I am 6').  During the winter, I have it cranked all the way up and still see over the top. Which is fine for me; however, I wouldn't have minded another inch or two and I doubt if I'll ever have occasion to have the shield all the way down.  Just a thought.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2015, 03:53:43 pm »
Ditto on the Madstad.  I tried stock, stock w/ laminar lip, cut-down stock, cut down stock w/ vent, Rifle, cut-down Rifle and Madstad and I like the Madstad the best because of the adjustability and lack of buffeting.  If I didn't have the Madstad the Rifle would be OK but I would never go back now.  Madstad is pricey though.

I'm anxious to see what the Madstad is like with my new to me Helibars, guess it would help if I install them first...

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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2015, 04:42:53 pm »
You can make your own from a piece of polycarbonate.  Use your original as a template.  Add or subtract to the top for higher or lower.

Much easier with a rifle seeing as there is no curved up lip.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2015, 10:38:21 pm »
Madstad...it just works!

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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015, 12:48:15 am »
I noticed a tall Cee Bailey on eBay for $99. Too tall for me, but a good price. Still in box.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2015, 12:51:26 pm »
I have the tall Cee Bailey and it works fine. But if I had the money I'd get the Madstad so I could adjust it. Some day I probably will get one, but it's down the list a ways...
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2015, 03:12:30 pm »
I'm 6'0" and ended up cutting it down. I'm more exposed, and on cold mornings I can feel it on my shoulders, but by gearing up properly it's not a problem.
I cut about 5" off and the air now hits me on my shoulders, much less noise and buffetting.
Two choices: Go up, or go down. I tried a 24" Cee Bailey, and cutting it down is quieter.

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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2015, 11:07:23 pm »
I am 5'11" and got a 25" Cee Bailey.  I like it, but it's a little tall (I have a 94 C10 which has the lower seat than the earlier models).  Luckily I use a gel pad (yep, getting old!) which raises me up about 1.5" and it's just right.  If I don't have the gel pad on, I end up looking THROUGH the windshield instead of OVER it.  It was about $200 new.
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2015, 11:20:08 pm »
Madstad
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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2015, 08:06:41 pm »
I have a clearview with a Goldwing vent.  Works great!

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Re: Windshield Suggestions
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2015, 01:52:10 pm »
Just installed Madstad yesterday.  The hype is true.  I've had stock, tall Cee Bailey, cut-down stock, and now Madstad.

I'm certain others are good but the Madstad is the kind of good where you forget about the windshield altogether.
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