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Old 06-17-2008, 04:23 PM
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Default Tall Guys - how do you have your windshield set up?

I'm 6'6", and on Sunday put my first 3 hour trip on my new Vee... 2 hours of which were on straight highways at 110 to 120 kph. I found the wind noise to be pretty bad, and the feeling like I was getting pummeled by the wind was pretty strong too. I was wearing ear plugs, and had the stock windshield at the highest position. Because this is my first ever bike, with only 600 km on it so far, I don't really have anything to compare to.

I am seriously considering getting the Madstad bracket, just to make it much more adjustable. What I want to know though, is will I get better results by moving my windshield down lower?? (This seems counterintuitive to me, but I won't even pretend to know anything about the windstream or turbulence, so if you have any info, school me!) If you do recommend the Madstad bracket (Yes, I know you do, everyone seems to), do you have a good place to buy it from? (I'm in Canada).

Should I also consider a replacement windshield? Should I go with the really tall (7" higher than stock???) Givi windshield, or is there a better option?

Are there any 6'4"+ riders that can make some recommendations?

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Old 06-17-2008, 05:17 PM
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Howdy. I'm 6'4" with most of my height in my torso. I'm running a Madstad bracket in the second position with an (ugh) CBailey windshield. The Madstad gives me the option of tilting the shield down and back in the hot FL summers while lifting it up and tilting it forward for touring.

The Madstad is the way to go!
http://www.pinkman.org/Suzuki/Madstadbracket.jpg

FYI: CBailey windshields have a tendency to crack at the mounting holes with no support from the manufacturer. A friend gave this one to me and it seems to be doing better with the Madstad bracket. My last one cracked so much with the stock mount that I had to throw it away.
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:20 PM
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Helmets are designed and wind-tunnel tested without windscreens in mind (limitless permutations would prohibit testing with screens). That said, no screen is best for buffeting and noise, but not so good for wind blast.

All in all, the Madstad and a taller screen (Givi, in my case) helped considerably over the stock set up.

I also have a custom saddle that is even taller than the Vee's, so I'd guess I'm sitting as tall as you are, BTW.
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:14 PM
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I'm 6'6", and on Sunday put my first 3 hour trip on my new Vee... 2 hours of which were on straight highways at 110 to 120 kph. I found the wind noise to be pretty bad, and the feeling like I was getting pummeled by the wind was pretty strong too. I was wearing ear plugs, and had the stock windshield at the highest position. Because this is my first ever bike, with only 600 km on it so far, I don't really have anything to compare to.
A lot of people complain about wind noise and buffeting and I always wonder how much experience they have with other bikes to compare to. I appreciate your candor in admitting that yours is limited. Motorcycles are not quiet nor are they wind free. I hope you aren't expecting the same level of comfort of a car or you are going to be disappointed.

Take a look at This Link for a great deal of input from people around here.
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Hi SCraig,

Thanks for the info! I didn't really expect it to be a perfectly wind free ride, considering I am out in the fresh air at 100+ kph, however I did get the feeling that the wind was shaking my head (and my body somewhat) from side to side... Just glancing a bit to the side to check my mirrors was enough to really exaggerate that feeling...

Being tall, I tend to have disagreements with certain things (Roller coasters and ceiling fans come to mind...) that tend to leave me feeling rather uncomfortable (red lines across my forehead in the latter case are evidence of said disagreements)... I figured that my height may be a contributing factor to this issue while I ride as well. And as usual, anything that would lead to a more comfortable ride is always welcome in my books (Hence, I am seriously considering the Corbin seat too!)

All that aside, I seriously love this bike... It fits me well, I ride it to work every day, and cruise around as much as possible when I'm not commuting. I took the safety course two and a half weeks ago, and have put on 400km since then (200 before), clicking over the 600km mark just today. (It had 4 km on it when it was delivered)... Now that I've caught the bug, it's gonna cost me a fortune for all the toys to go with it... I'm a geek at heart, so gadgets are my thing

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I am only 6 ft. but have the torso of a guy 6'3 or so. My legs are a bit stumpy. I have my Madstad set on the lowest mounting with the screen raised 1.25 inches and tilted all the way back. This takes the wind off of my chest and puts my helmet in the wind, but with almost zero buffeting. The enjoyment factor has risen considerably.

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Fair enough. People with an open mind are a rare commodity around here some times.

Given some of the things I've seen around here I'm always suspect when people say they are getting too much wind, etc. There was a guy around here last year whose first post was to complain that he wasn't having much fun riding his first motorcycle. If I remember right it was in the late summer and he was somewhere down in the southern USA. It is HOT down here in the summer, and it is also very humid. In places it even rains. His complaint was that he was getting hot and when it rained he got wet. I think he honestly and truly expected the rain to go around and the wind to be nothing more than a cool breeze.

In your case there are many, many choices that can make your bike feel better to you. A couple of dozen different screens to choose from, all kinds of aftermarkets seats, raising links, lowering links, etc. Dig around, every one of those has been gone over hundreds of times.

Oh, and what worked for me was a better helmet. Your head isn't in the wind, your helmet is. When the helmet moves it takes your head with it. If it doesn't fly smoothly your head is going to get beat up. If it does fly smoothly so will your head.
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I am 6'4" and have no issues with the stock screen up or down. One huge factor in the turbulence is which helmet your wearing and how the wind flows (or doesn't) around it and how tolerant it is to back draft.
The madstad might help compensate for the helmet .. but I have never felt the need for one.
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6'3" and i am happy with the results of my Madstand bracket. I normally run it all the way down and most of the way back. That area for me gives me no turbulance. Then for really bad nights where the bugs coming at me like rain, or in the rain i just reach up and bring the screen(its a stock screen) all the way up and forward. This keeps most of the rain and bugs on me but then gives turbulance.
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I'm 6'6". I'm really happy with the MRA Vario windscreen and the Madstad bracket. The MRA with the spoiler up all the way, and the Madstad tilted back considerably.

I'll have both the windscreen and the Madstad for sale here soon if you're interested.
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