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post #1 of 32 Old 11-29-2018, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Givi Airflow vs. Madstad

Greetings, fellow Stromers...

I'm 6'2 and have the stock Suzuki windscreen on my '13 Wee...the one with the built-in adjustable wind deflector at the top. For the most part, it does OK, but the buffeting can be a chore and I always wear earplugs as the wind noise is tiresome. (I have Richland Rick's mirror extenders installed already).

So...been doing research and have narrowed possible options down to either a Givi Airflow or a Madstad with their brackets and windscreen. I see plusses and minuses for both...I'm drawn to the Madstad a bit for its ability to tilt back and forth as well as up and down, as opposed to the Givi which just adjusts up and down. However, that lower piece on the Givi that has the "winglets" looks like it might provide some cleaner air.

So rather than poll the inmates on the benefits of either...are there folks out there who have tried BOTH and can offer some real world experience as to which worked better for you, and why?

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Greetings, fellow Stromers...



I'm 6'2 and have the stock Suzuki windscreen on my '13 Wee...the one with the built-in adjustable wind deflector at the top. For the most part, it does OK, but the buffeting can be a chore and I always wear earplugs as the wind noise is tiresome. (I have Richland Rick's mirror extenders installed already).



So...been doing research and have narrowed possible options down to either a Givi Airflow or a Madstad with their brackets and windscreen. I see plusses and minuses for both...I'm drawn to the Madstad a bit for its ability to tilt back and forth as well as up and down, as opposed to the Givi which just adjusts up and down. However, that lower piece on the Givi that has the "winglets" looks like it might provide some cleaner air.



So rather than poll the inmates on the benefits of either...are there folks out there who have tried BOTH and can offer some real world experience as to which worked better for you, and why?



Cheers!


On the subject of winglets, the combination of the Givi Airflow and the Augustus deflectors worked well for me. I had the windshield on first but did notice a bigger improvement once the deflectors were installed.



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I have a 2013 wee with a Givi Airflow and the Augustus deflectors and it made a big improvement. There is some still some air that comes up onto your chest and under your helmet but I find it comfortable up to 65 mph. I prefer secondary road travel topping up to about 65 mph for which this set up is perfect.
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You will be disappointed in the Givi Airflow for higher speed operation. Great on back roads, around town. Once you crack 55 it goes downhill. Ok into the 60's if you don't have crosswinds or any traffic, but how often is that?

Get the Madstad bracket and one of their taller windshields. If in doubt, get the taller one! That is part of why the Madstad works, you can adjust height. But maybe more important is angle. Getting the top of the windshield closer to your helmet makes a lot of difference.

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Have not used both but cannot beleive anything can do a better job than the Madstad.....total adjustment and astonishing at speed. The new deflectors make it even better.
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Well that is interesting. The only drawback I have found to my bike (650) is that I am not comfortable at higher speeds on major highways due to the buffeting and wind noise. I had been thinking about a full fairing bike. Is the 22 inch Madstad the tall one?

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Don't limit yourself to just the screens Madstad sells. Any screen that fits a 2004-2011 DL 1000 or DL 650 will fit the madstad bracket for the 2012-2016 DL 650. Aftermarket screens for the 2012-2016 DL 650 will not fit the Madstad bracket!!!

Always better to go too tall. In fact I would purposely go too tall and raise the mounting holes by drilling new ones. This helps remove some of the load on the weak cowl area of these 650's.

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Madstad + CalSci = quiet bliss at 70mph. Add ear plugs and a Shoei helmet, you can hear yourself whisper (no joke) at 70mph.

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Don't limit yourself to just the screens Madstad sells. Any screen that fits a 2004-2011 DL 1000 or DL 650 will fit the madstad bracket for the 2012-2016 DL 650. Aftermarket screens for the 2012-2016 DL 650 will not fit the Madstad bracket!!!

Always better to go too tall. In fact I would purposely go too tall and raise the mounting holes by drilling new ones. This helps remove some of the load on the weak cowl area of these 650's.
Yes that's good advice - I used a Givi ( not the Airflow ) on my 2010 650s plus the MadStad.
I'm using the Madstad solution with the air deflectors on the CB500x and it's a step up.
I'm not tall so can't advise but the Madstad and a decent sized screen goes a long way.

I could never get my CBF1000 screen working and even with a Madstad was unsuccessful - screen was just too narrow.

Best screen ever was my ST1000 with the OEM touring screen - so quiet at 150kph.



Wide and those cutouts really worked - of course the fairing is a big plus but the damn thing was too wide for my shortish legs and too hot in traffic in tropical Australia....but what a treat at speed.
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I am very interested in this thread. I am in pretty much the same situation as the OP, but I am not all that experienced with motorcycle accessories. Two questions, if you please:
  1. I am not familiar with wind deflectors and I cannot find the Augustus ones for sale anywhere. Where can they be found and are there any alternatives to that brand?
  2. With the Mastad windscreen, I see they offer different tints. What do people here recommend?
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