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Lately my Givi has been slowly tilting back on the Madstad bracket due to wind pressure at highway speeds. Think I have a simple fix. Got 4 quarter inch seal washers and put them in place to grip the bracket more firmly. Haven't test rode it yet but the shield is much more firm and remains in place when pulled or pushed.
 

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Got it in July of 06. Probably is the old style. What is different on the new style ??
 

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I have the brand new Madstad as of Jan 08 and mine does that over time too. I ride 250 miles per week at highway speeds all but a minute or two each way commuting....so that prob exaggerates the condition. I've thought about adding some rubber washers too.

I've had that set up now for about 3000 miles and have adjusted it in every conceivable manner. The madstad is a big improvement to the Vstrom (also have Givi windscreen) but I must say it really doesn't make it like it should be. Still get lots of wind hitting me when it's not totally a windless day out...high winds I understand will always blow you around a bit but it doesn't make the bike like riding a properly faired bike... but it is an improvement.

I also get a bit of rattle that can't seem to be eliminated when going over bumps. If I tighten the screws on the madstad pivot joint then it won't pivot well. The little bit of tolerance in those fits makes it just the slightest bit rattly. Being rather anal about that sort of thing it bothers me a bit. I bet the rubber washers would eliminate that too.

Ok I've talked myself into rubber washers.
 

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I just got my Madstad and Givi, I notice a lot of vibrating in the wind, and I can hear it rattle a bit, what has anyone done to correct this best?
 

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I also get a bit of rattle that can't seem to be eliminated when going over bumps. If I tighten the screws on the madstad pivot joint then it won't pivot well. The little bit of tolerance in those fits makes it just the slightest bit rattly. Being rather anal about that sort of thing it bothers me a bit. I bet the rubber washers would eliminate that too.
There is a cure for that rattle. I took the lower "pivot" apart and reassembled it using the type of tiny plastic washers used on most sportbike mounting screws. Place them between the bolt head and bracket, between the 2 brackets, and between the nut/washer and bracket. Any metal-to-metal contact is eliminated and the bolt can still be left loose enough for proper adjustment.
 

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screw size?

What size screws are those? Anyone know?
 

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I'm still not sure about the Madstad brackets and I do have the Givi W/S on the bike, so far not too bad. wind is hitting my helmet about 1" from the top of it and the W/S is set in the lowest position. I personally thought that the Madstad brackets were not as strong as I think they should be, ie., hearier metal would give better stability to the W/S at highway speeds.

John
 

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I'm not someone that really pushes the madstad, but as for the strength, they're just fine. 95% of my driving is highway commute, seriously I have a flat spot on my rear tire! So 250+ miles a week at 80 mph and the only thing I ever see is every couple weeks I need to adjust a few degrees of rake on my W/S due to the adjustment knobs slipping slightly. To be expected though, and not a result of insufficient material thickness.

Sheet metal running perpendicular to the windshield and wind force is very very strong, you don't need much thickness. If it were parallel to the wind force you'd need to thicken it up substantially. Just like ceiling and floor beams in a home....they're perpendicular to the floor, the thin edge running vertical. If you turned those flat you'd have serious problems. Exponentially stronger when perpendicular.
 

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I have a new Madstad bracket which i use with an MRA Touring ws. I also get a rattle sound. I am 6'10" and overall satisfied with the setup. More balanced air flowing around me.

Thanks for the plastic washer tip. Will try. :)
 

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I have this combo and I too get a small rattling sound from the bracket. I also get a whistling sound, which is actually more annoying than the rattle. However, I think the whistle is from the Givi and not the Madstad.
 
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