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Madstad brackets
« on: September 12, 2015, 08:14:07 pm »
Anyone here try the Madstad adjustable windsheild brackets on the C14 ?? Curious if it would put too much wind pressure on the windsheild mechanism ??    Thanks for any replies !!
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Re: Madstat brackets
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 02:02:54 am »
i have about a thousand miles on them. No problems so far but I only run it in the full down position

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Re: Madstat brackets
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2015, 02:33:37 am »
I run them. At first, used them with the CEE Bailey and now run them with the MRA XScreen.  Really reduced turbulence and smooth the airflow on each wind screen.  I rank them up there with my favorite farkels....

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Re: Madstat brackets
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2015, 02:34:53 am »
I put them on about a month ago. Maybe 1500 or 2k miles. I really like them. I also have the laminar lip with the stock shield. The Madstats have been the biggest improvement to the wind problems. Sometimes now it's almost too quiet. I never raise the shield at all anymore. Being able to change the angle made a huge difference.
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Re: Madstat brackets
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2015, 11:55:55 am »
Thank you for the comments guys , sounds like a good product !!
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Re: Madstat brackets
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2015, 06:25:12 pm »
Stupid question What are mad stat brackets and where do ya find them Have 3 bikes and Connie does have the most wind buffeting on helmet Thanks

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Re: Madstat brackets
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2015, 10:07:28 pm »
Sorry, i had misspelled it : www.Madstad.com
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2015, 03:50:00 pm »
I put these on about a month ago.  Stock windshield.  Drastic reduction in wind buffeting at interstate speed.  I went from wearing ear plugs to not needing them at all. 

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2015, 03:31:00 am »
I have also had great success with the Madstad Brackets. I did a two up trip to California from East Texas with the wife after adding the Madstad brackets. The comfort increase was amazing but not perfect. Then I added an Aeroflow tall windshield and have found the best combination for my use. Plenty of air for summer but NO buffeting. The adjustment stays down almost all the time. I am 6ft tall and have a taller than stock seat. This farkle was the final add on that made my Connie a fantastic long distance touring machine. Less sporty, but now I can eat the miles in big chunks, day after day...
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2015, 03:07:58 am »
These comments put me over the top and I ordered a set today. I hope I like them.
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2015, 05:00:00 am »
I'm curious about rain protection with more of a gap on the low end.  I understand this improves/smoothes the aerodynamics. Does anyone have any input about rain protection?

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2015, 06:25:17 am »
Can someone post some pics of the set up.. I would be interested to see what they look like on the bike.

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2015, 01:04:51 pm »
I'm curious about rain protection with more of a gap on the low end.  I understand this improves/smoothes the aerodynamics. Does anyone have any input about rain protection?

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I had same concern. Rode last week in some light to moderate rain. No noticeable loss of protection from the rain.

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2015, 01:30:21 pm »
Interestingly, we have a fellow Cogger who now works at Madstad... I just called him and told him about this thread  :great: Steve
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2015, 03:57:53 pm »
Madstad appreciates all the positive feedback from COG. As far as pics I believe that on the Madstad website there is at least one, but lets see some real time cogger pics! Thanks again!
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2015, 04:32:44 pm »
I have before and after pics and can post them when I get home.  I can also attest to there being little difference(loss) in rain protection.  My first interstate trip out using them I was caught in a ridiculous rain storm for over an hour at night.  Granted your still going to get wet.... :(   

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2015, 12:34:24 am »
I have before and after pics and can post them when I get home.  I can also attest to there being little difference(loss) in rain protection.  My first interstate trip out using them I was caught in a ridiculous rain storm for over an hour at night.  Granted your still going to get wet.... :(   
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2015, 04:00:30 am »








With the OEM windshield I rode through a couple rainstorms. It almost seems impossible but the air gap under the MadStad bracket does not have a significant negative impact on dust, rain, or bugs coming through to hit me behind the windshield. The air is shooting up so hard behind the windshield it channels everything over your head at any cruising speed.

After installing the Aeroflow on top of the MadStad bracket the benefits increased with no negatives for me personally. I have been in flash floods and several showers both light and heavy and the air gap between the windshield and the fairing merely blows the water up the inside of the Aeroflow and shoots it well over my head and of my pillion.

There is a change in the look of the bike but I do not find it offensive, ugly or even ungainly. After enjoying the benefits and seeing all of the changes to the C14 made for long distance riding I am perfectly satisfied with the bike and hope to put another 75,000 miles on it over the next 5 years.

The MadStad bracket is one of the best things I ever did to modify this fine machine. Anyone considering the change that needs less buffeting in the cockpit might consider this $100 item quite a bargain for the resulting quiet ride and comfort of better wind management.
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2015, 10:56:36 pm »
Sent them an email to see if they ship to the UK but no reply..  :38:
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2015, 04:47:56 pm »
just ordered a set for caraxes,  the forward adjustment may be just what the cut down factory short screen needs.

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2015, 04:46:36 pm »
So got about 400 miles on it now with the stock shield. It was way better. May try it withe MRA shield in the spring.  Still vast improvement but disappointed with the mounting of it. Downside is the bracket is made with three 6mm holes on each side and it should be 5mm, 6mm, 5mm so as not to be sloppy. (I made special 5mm bolts with a 6mm short shoulder to fix) Also don't like the way you secure the plastic windshield holders by putting a bolt and washer sloppily on the outside of the plastic. (had to make shouldered inserts to fit inside stock holes). Also the rubber screw plugs pulls up thru the windshield so added plastic spacers in the windshield hole to keep this from happening. And lastly the middle bolt comes with a double plastic washer that  has a too large outside diameter for the rubber gasket to slide over. (fixed with a one piece washer with the proper 17.5mm diameter).
So all in all nice brackets. Good improvement for buffeting. Piss poor thought put into mounting.
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2015, 05:22:47 pm »
Madstad + MRA X-creen = best!






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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2015, 10:09:04 pm »
Thank you guys for all the great write ups and pics !! This seems like a very worthwhile mod !! I'll be looking at getting one for next riding season !!  :great:
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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2015, 11:08:25 pm »
Still vast improvement but disappointed with the mounting of it.

Sort of my experience as well. I kept thinking I must not have gotten the correct hardware. In the end the shield and brackets seemed secure, and I had enough bolts of the right sizes, but it wasn't really confidence inspiring. There were like 10 pieces of hardware left over. I'm all for spares, but this seemed like a random assortment.

Anyway, that aside, it actually makes the stock windshield usable, so I'm pretty happy with it. I'm going to try a CalSci Large-Wide here in the next week and see how that goes. 

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Re: Madstad brackets
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2015, 03:00:48 am »
I ordered a set and received them in about a month. After reading the instructions, the hardware kit seemed wrong.  Nothing matched on the parts list.  I emailed Madstad and sent pictures.  I got no reply, but about 5 days later I received an envelope in the mail with more nuts and bolts and stuff.  There was no further explanation or instruction.  The new hardware also did not match with the list on the instructions.  Mixing the old hardware with the new stuff also did not match what I was supposed to have.  I emailed again with no response.  I called with no answer on their end.  I emailed for a return authorization if they can't help me with the hardware. They promptly issued a return number, without any question or offer of help.  They also promptly refunded my money.  I am so disappointed.  The brackets themselves seemed very well made, and I was looking forward to the improvement on the bike.