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post #1 of 10 Old 11-17-2006, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield solutions.

The issue with the helmet buffeting & the different approaches to cure this has been covered in depth & detail. Just do a search with windshield as the key word, and then sift through the posts. There is so much information & data, but it seems like the critical data is skewed. The rider height is important, but the correct info.would be the helmet distance from windshield in the horizontal plane & distance in the vertical plane.

My height is 5’10’’, but have an odd body type (short torso, long arms & legs), so you can see there is a problem with just the overall rider height as being a decision to buy one windshield compared to another. There is a variable of distance from the windshield related to body type & motorcycle mods.

I have not done the measurements of my helmet to windshield. Do you think holding a level at the top of the helmet to windshield would yield a accurate horizontal data, then hold the level at the riders eye level for vertical data would work?

Personally I rarely experience the buffeting below 80mph at the mid shield setting, but I would like to have the option to travel at that speed with out having to tuck-in.
Just to clarify; Buffeting would be like someone else has described it on this forum…like some balloons beating against your helmet.

Am I just blowing in the wind or do you think we should supply more accurate info. about windshield replacements successes or failures?

One last note (besides my odd body) I have the stock shield, lower & less of a bend than the stock handlebars. (Daytona bend By Hepco).
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-18-2006, 10:05 AM
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Personally, I think it should be law that you mount a madstad bracket before you do anything else with windshield replacement... there is no faster, cheaper or better initial solution.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-21-2006, 12:06 PM
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Personally, I think it should be law that you mount a madstad bracket before you do anything else with windshield replacement... there is no faster, cheaper or better initial solution.
I agree with this 100%
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-21-2006, 03:24 PM
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I got the WindStrom windshield (before the adjustable mount came out) and have been quite happy with it. I'm 6'0" (32" inseam) and ride with my face shield open most of the time.

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-21-2006, 03:27 PM
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OK, I ordered the bracket

If this doesn't work the bike is going bye-bye. It just kicking my butt 75% of the time I ride, its just not worth it. Still think its one of the best bikes on the rode. My only other problem is with the seat and that can be changed very easy.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-21-2006, 03:36 PM
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I run the MadStad bracket with the CalSci windshield on my 06 DL1K. I am 6'1", with long legs and arms.

My setup works wonderfully.

In fact, it's so good I ran a test where I built a house of cards on my gas cap and it stayed up for 20 minutes before being blown down by a crosswind. :mrgreen:
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-21-2006, 05:11 PM
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You say it's like balloons bouncing side to side against your head? It's more like taking one of those vibrating back massagers and pressing it against your forehead in my opinion!
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-21-2006, 05:12 PM
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MadStad and WindStrom worked for me and anybody else that rode my 06. Got the same thing waiting on the k7 abs. I'm 5' 11" with a long torso and 29" inseam.

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-22-2006, 09:43 AM
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do yourself a favor and ride it for a couple of days without the screen - no buffeting but really ugly.... I tried the Givi but had better results with a hand crafted sport screen.

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-03-2006, 09:17 PM
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Lookin' Good

Installed the Manstad bracket today and things are looking up. Now if anyone has trouble with the in stall don’t admit it. Very simple- instructions very clear. I was only able to do a short test ride due to road conditions, lots of sand around from last week’s ice storm. Set the screen as per instructions ½ way up and 2/3 tilt. BETTER made one stop raised screen to ¾ up same tilt. More BETTER. Was able to raise my face shield at 65 mph if I tried that before the turbulence made it impossible to see. With the temp at 41 deg I wasn’t hit with any cold blast of air with shield up. I will have to do more testing but the gut feeling is the answer is a few adjustments away.
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