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Old 02-15-2014, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Default MadStad Windshield System REVIEW

OK...here's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!

The Good
Excellent craftsmanship and the windshield quality if TOP NOTCH!! Very happy with this aspect of my purchase. Being able to either look through OR look over the windshield put a smile on my face!!! I got the medium tint...another good move, the clarity is excellent.

The Bad
I actually got caught in some rain and on the way back home I noticed that water was POOLING on both sides of the fairing dash (the black part on the outside of the brace on each side)...So not only was this annoying, but it would be very easy for this "pool" of water to flow inside the fairing (yeah, I know it gets wet in there anyway...but this doesn't help matters any). I never saw this with the OEM shield.

The OTHER Bad
The other annoying thing I noticed was that both sides of the shield (that extend beyond the windshield brackets) vibrated. The OEM shield did not vibrate.

The Ugly
OK...the MadStad System is really not ugly. It's not super pretty either, but I believe the TINTED shields do make it look better.

The Conclusion
OK...Actually, my conclusion is still out. I want to ride with the shield on for a while longer and I'd also like to go ahead and test the rain issue I spoke of earlier. So I will reserve my final judgement for later.

Now here's a few specifics about my setup just in case anyone wanted to know.

I have the 13" MEDIUM TINT Cross Country Shield. I have it at 60 degrees (recommended), and about 2/3 of the way up...the shield is level with my mid forehead (above my eyes).

The use of Rejex makes this windshield even better. What does Rejex do? It's similar to RainX except it can even be used on paint, but it's not a wax...it's a polymer. (NOTE: It sure looks and acts like a wax though). But it does work, and it works VERY WELL.

http://www.rejex.com/rejex.html

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:24 PM
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I have a Madstad bracket system (bracket only) on order. I'm going to use the brackets with my Klock Werks flare to try to get rid of some buffeting. I do have some dirty air coming up from below. Looks like I'll be investing in some fork mounted lowers soon...

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Buffeting has never been a problem on my bike (unless I'm passing an 18 wheeler in New Mexico). :-)

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I installed the Madstad shield and brackets near the beginning of last season, and did not notice the rain problem you had. BUT, there are a lot of differences:

- I'm 5'9", 30" inseam, and got the 11" system. I look way over the windshield. Not knocking your preferences, but I never like to look through a windshield. (Where I live, if it's really cold out -- when I might want all the wind protection I could get -- there's probably also snow and salt on the roads, so I park the bike in the garage for the winter.)

- I usually have my shield positioned about halfway in the upper groove, the groove that the knobs control. If it's very hot, I'll tilt the shield such that the top of it is lower in those grooves.

- I've never moved the shield out of its bottom-most position in the lower J groove, the groove that's controlled by bolts. That is, I've left that the way it came.

I remember last summer when I first encountered some significant rain. I took my left hand off the bars and moved it all around behind and over and under the shield for a few minutes, conducting my own science experiment on the interstate. What I found was the rain that was coming underneath the shield promptly curved up behind the shield, and then joined up with the rain that was flowing up over the top. That is, my results were that the air pattern was just as pictured in the flow diagram at Madstad's site ( http://www.madstad.com/ , and then click on the "Click Here" link in the red text).

But, as I say, there are all the differences in the way we have it set, our heights, preferences, and the 11" vs. the 13". So, all of this is FWIW and YMMV.

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Bill...did you notice any vibration on the ends of the windshield?

In case I was unclear. I did not get wet during the rain...but what I saw was pooled water (that I never saw with the OEM) on the fairing dash on both sides next to the brackets. This may or may not be a problem...just an observation.

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Interesting reviews guys. I ordered the Madstad brackets for my XC before I even got her home. I intend to use the stock blade with the brackets and see how it works. I have a lot of head buffeting over about 55 or so. So I need something for sure. Months sure yet about dirty air from under the fairing. I won't be able to tell until I address the head buffeting. Given I'm in Arizona, I'm not overly concerned with the rain aspect.

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Kinda surprised no mentioned the Rejex though...GOOD STUFF. Better (so far) than anything else I have used.

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Bill...did you notice any vibration on the ends of the windshield?

In case I was unclear. I did not get wet during the rain...but what I saw was pooled water (that I never saw with the OEM) on the fairing dash on both sides next to the brackets. This may or may not be a problem...just an observation.
I didn't notice any pooling, but I wasn't really looking for it. So, I can't really comment on that. As to vibration, I haven't noticed that either, dry or wet, and I think I would have; maybe that has something to do with 11" v. 13" (or not -- don't really know). You didn't over-torque those grommets, did you?

BTW, I have Rejex in my garage. I hadn't used it in a few years (been trying other stuff), and when I went back to it this past summer, just for yuks, I gotta tell you: that stuff really smells bad, after it's been sitting for some number of years (5?). Yep, good stuff, though. I also use CorrosionX, which I think is made by the same folks.

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While they may serve a practical purpose for some, I cant get by the look of seeing the windscreens jacked up. Kinda seems like the bike has been bastardized - as though the shield doesn't fit. Don't get me wrong, if it works for you and you like it, more power to ya. Just not my cup of tea. I'll stick with my Gustafsson Euroflip. BTW, I'm 6'3" so function is quite necessary (as well as having it look like an integrated part.)

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I agree Jim (toejam), that the shield on your bike looks WAY better than my Madstad setup, but I can't see over anything that gives me good protection from buffeting. If all manufactures had "try before you buy" on all their shields I would be willing to try others...
As to rain, I have been in downpours and did notice some water on the backside. I wouldn't call it pooling however. It didn't hurt anything either way (have RF amp mounted in fairing)



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