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post #1 of 38 Old 08-24-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Does the Madstad really get rid of ALL the buffeting?

Bought the Givi screen and although it is much better, I really would like to get rid of that damn helmet slap. If I move close to the screen, its gone. If I duck down a little, its gone. I would just like to have it gone while sitting up straight.

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I was very pleased with my aftermarket shield, and really didnt think the Madstad would make any further improvement. However, now that I have one, I highly recommend it.


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I've heard people on this site say that if you want to totally eliminate buffeting, drive a car and roll the windows up. Buffeting was ruining my fun riding. Then I got a 23.5 cee bailey shield. Then I realized that spending $ on my strom was a better idea than buying just about anything else. The madstad is functional, adjustable, and since hot weather hit, I put the stock shield back on and it's completely acceptable w/ the madstad. You won't regret getting it. Just skip buying cocaine for a week and invest in madstad.

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post #4 of 38 Old 08-24-2008, 11:27 PM
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This weekend just gone I dropped my Givi screen and installed the stock screen with the madstad.

Night and day difference - the madstad and stock now leave my in a little bubble of happiness - no buffering in the slightest.

I was shocked just how good it is!
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post #5 of 38 Old 08-24-2008, 11:47 PM
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Fixed it for me.

When I rode home from the dealer I felt like someone was hitting my helmet with a small hammer. I tried various pennytech options, but eventually bought the Madstad. It fixed 99% of the problem. I notice buffeting now based on wind and traffic.
+1 on what jwt said. No buffetting = car.

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post #6 of 38 Old 08-25-2008, 09:54 AM
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I highly recommend the Madstad. While it won't completely eliminate the wind, it so reduces the buffeting that riding the bike becomes pleasant again. Gone is the neck fatigue associated with having to fight the wind, along with the cannon-like booming of the turbulent wind hitting your helmet. I have not tried using the stock shield on the Madstad, just my Givi shield. Having a wide choice of mounting positions along with the adjustability of the bracket itself makes finding the "sweet" spot easy. It takes some fiddling around to find it, but once you do, it's great.

+1 on the only buffeting now being that from either side winds or wind blast from large vehicles. The Madstad was some of the best money I have spent on the Wee.

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post #7 of 38 Old 08-25-2008, 10:44 AM
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Does the Madstad really get rid of ALL the buffeting?
No, it does not. As has been said many times there is absolutely no perfect 100% absolute guaranteed fix for everyone.

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No. Poor fairing/windshield design. Look for another bike if you want to eliminate it.

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post #9 of 38 Old 08-25-2008, 04:40 PM
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Tried the Madstad with stock windscreen and did not completely get rid of buffeting for me. Modified stock screen (reduced size 9'W X 9 1/2" tall), also made a black plastic mini screen, both work much better than the stock wind screen. The the MP Mini works best for me (no buffeting) during summer months and I personally like the look. No change in fuel burn with the MP. Considering a Rifle Windscreen System for the winter months. I am 6' tall with a 31.5" inseam. Current MP Screen:

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post #10 of 38 Old 08-25-2008, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jmo3373 View Post
No. Poor fairing/windshield design. Look for another bike if you want to eliminate it.
Just eliminate the windscreen. The ones with a "kick" create the turbulence you're trying to avoid. Go ride one with a CalSci and you'll have a different opinion.

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