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post #1 of 18 Old 07-03-2007, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Madstad bracket+Givi Shield=Wee highway bliss!

Last week, I was running late and had to take the turnpike, and I arrived at work dizzy, with a headache. That was when I placed the order for the shield and bracket.
I can't even begin to say what a difference the Madstad / Givi combination has made for me. I put it on this morning, and took the turnpike in to try it out.
The wind noise is at a level that I couldn't achieve even by laying on the tank with the stock shield in it's top position. There is practically no buffeting at all. The bike is just as stable as it was before. I do notice some front-back shifting when behind a tractor / trailer, but not much side to side.
I used to think the Wee is a terrible highway bike, incapable of comfortable touring. I have completely changed my mind on that!
As an added benefit, it also changed the way the exhaust sounds in the riding position. I'm able to hear it more, and less chain and engine clatter, which makes the ride much more enjoyable.
If you have been contemplating buying these items, don't hesitate. Believe the opinions; they aren't hyped! Night and day difference!
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My bike is an 07 with 1000 seat, raised 1" in the rear.
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Madstad mounted at the middle position, shield all the way down, and tilted back slightly.

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-05-2007, 04:50 AM
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give shield madstad bracket

Where did you find these, I am tired of my chin on the tank for long hauls?
Givi me break.
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http://www.madstad.com/servlet/Detail?no=10

http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...l650_body_wind

Both of these places gave me great service. They both arrived quickly, and without any problems whatsoever.

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+1 for both, but especially the Madstad. I bought the Givi windshield first and noticed a slight reduction in the buffeting. Got the Madstad, put it in the highest position and angled it back toward me the farthest it would go, and bliss was achieved.

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+1 for both, but especially the Madstad. I bought the Givi windshield first and noticed a slight reduction in the buffeting. Got the Madstad, put it in the highest position and angled it back toward me the farthest it would go, and bliss was achieved.
So you are still getting air over the shield, right? The same can be done by just lowering the shield down and be done with it. I did that to my V and I am satisfied. $ spent--0.00
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True, but the wind blast is very much reduced. I can hear sooooo much better on the highway now.

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After you upgrade to the Givi, are you looking through the screen or over it? Are there any before and after pictures from the driver's point of view?

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I can position it to look through or over. I've got it set up so that I am looking over the top of it at a relaxed posture.
I can take some after pictures this weekend, if it would help you.
I cruised into work this morning at an indicated 85-90mph, and I didn't have to hang on for dear life. Can't believe how much better it is!

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I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam. With my Givi windscreen in the highest and farthest tilted (toward me) position, My line of site is between 1" and 2" over the top of the windshield, depending on how much I'm slouching (my posture's MUCH better at the beginning of a ride ;-)

I normally ride with foam earplugs but the few times I've ridden without them, I was surprised at how quiet things are. In fact, the only time I notice any noise at all is if I have a cross wind at all.

What's great about the Madstad is it's easily adjustable, so even if my setting (the first I tried, admittedly) doesn't work for you, it can be moved in a minute to some other position.

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This morning I rode with the new Givi installed. This is a big shield compared to the stock shield. Lucky I have a madstad because it had to be re-positioned to the lowest setting just for me to see over the top edge. There's a lot of adjusting in my future, but I think it's going to be a good addition.

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