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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there all,

I have a 2015 XC 8 Ball that I've ordered the Madstad brackets for. Me being a cheap bastard, was wondering if it was worth it to just buy the brackets, and use the OEM windshield that came with the bike (I think it's 7 inches).

I searched the forums, and most threads pertained to folks that had bought the windshield along with the brackets, or had an aftermarket shield they were going to use.

Has anyone used the little OEM windshield with this bracket system, and if so... how successful was it? I don't mind adding a windshield if needed.

And as always... I appreciate they help
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I have the Madstad brackets originally used with my Victory Flip shield...switched to my stock shield and find it much better. On lowest setting I can see right over it, and still feel no turbulence. in the rain and/or fog, I get a little spit of rain in the face, so I just raise it 1/2 way and it works great.

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I have the Madstad brackets originally used with my Victory Flip shield...switched to my stock shield and find it much better. On lowest setting I can see right over it, and still feel no turbulence. in the rain and/or fog, I get a little spit of rain in the face, so I just raise it 1/2 way and it works great.

Nice! So it will work fine...

Question... is there rattling now with the stock (or any) windshield? If so, how much and does it increase with speed?

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My Madstad bracket doesn't rattle at all. Sometimes the inner fairing piece on top (the piece you look over the top of) did but I fixed it.

I have a 12" National Cycle VStream shield I like. It's about as small as I would ever want to go and still get the wind protection I want. The guy who invented the Madstad system suggests we not use a recurve/flip windshield with his brackets because they are adjustable so if you need to you can adjust it up and look through it. The recurve distorts the view making the ride (more) dangerous at that point.

You bike your call. Just food for thought.


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I bought the brackets with an OEM 9" from ebay. It works pretty good but we had put a Madstad shield on my wife's Magnum and I thought it did a better job controlling the air. I was still content for a while with the OEM, but I got really tired of looking at the raised outside lower edge gaps and decided to switch to a Madstad 9". I prefer both the airflow and appearance over the OEM. YMMV
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The stock should work fine. My fairing ended up rattling because the windshield was no longer wedged under it. I fixed that rattle by putting a few strips of thin weather striping between fairing and inner fairing.
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I bought the brackets with an OEM 9" from ebay. It works pretty good but we had put a Madstad shield on my wife's Magnum and I thought it did a better job controlling the air. I was still content for a while with the OEM, but I got really tired of looking at the raised outside lower edge gaps and decided to switch to a Madstad 9". I prefer both the airflow and appearance over the OEM. YMMV
You bring up a good point. Although I have no complaints of the VStream styling; I kinda prefer the more contemporary wrap around styling like in the pic you posted. I may need to give a Madstad shield more thought. In for a penny in for a pound so to speak.

On another Madstad note; I have the original design he came up with which still works - just not as well as this newer design. If anyone wants it they can have it for $25 plus actual shipping charges from 86409. I'd guesstimate $10-$12. I'll take a pic and post it in its own thread. Sorry about the hijack. Note: This has found a new home.

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No rattling from my madstad brackets or the shield at all...unless you forget to cinch the knobs down

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Hate to be negative, but I had a darker OEM shield that I used with the Madstad and the outer-lower edges of the shield vibrated so badly with the wind that it cracked my shield on a long trip. Had to throw the shield away, after several attempts to repair it on the trip so it was still usable while away from home.

Was terribly frustrated. 1) the shield looked awesome on my bike. 2) tore up my shield and had to toss it.

Not sure if anyone else has had this problem.

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Rusty; this is the first time I've heard of this issue. You aren't being negative at all. Did you take any pictures so we can see how you had it set up at the time. They can be adjusted in so many ways It makes me wonder if it was somehow set up differently than most are. We try to learn from our own and from others mistakes sometimes.
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