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post #1 of 6 Old 05-22-2009, 10:30 AM
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Givi shield with Madstad - OK for offroading?

I recently installed the Givi shield and it works perfect in the highest position with a few spacers at the bottom of the mount. I don't really need any more adjustment so the Madstad is not needed for me for normal riding.

But riding on gravel and dirt roads is a different matter. With the Madstad, can you adjust the Givi shield down far enough so you'll look over the shield and see the road surface right in front of the bike?

I searched around for this but didn't come up with anything yet.
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I have the Givi/Madstad combination and while it's great for the paved road, I wouldn't recommend it for a lot of off highway use. I have a shorty screen that I mount to the Madstad for hot summer days and off-road riding. When that tall Givi screen gets dusty, it reduces visibility directly in front of you , plus the rougher riding puts a lot of stress on the screen.

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I have the Givi/Madstad combination and while it's great for the paved road, I wouldn't recommend it for a lot of off highway use. I have a shorty screen that I mount to the Madstad for hot summer days and off-road riding. When that tall Givi screen gets dusty, it reduces visibility directly in front of you , plus the rougher riding puts a lot of stress on the screen.
What he said PLUS: It makes a mean guillotine if your front end finds a deep hole or wash.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-23-2009, 12:21 AM
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It makes a mean guillotine if your front end finds a deep hole or wash.
Good point! I didn't think of that.

So what I need is a 2-piece Givi shield. The full shield for touring and the possibility to take off the top part that I can stow in my top case for when I explore the back roads. That would be nice.
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I have the Givi/Madstad combination and while it's great for the paved road, I wouldn't recommend it for a lot of off highway use. I have a shorty screen that I mount to the Madstad for hot summer days and off-road riding. When that tall Givi screen gets dusty, it reduces visibility directly in front of you , plus the rougher riding puts a lot of stress on the screen.
I'll second that (or third it i guess). Tested it and yeah, I couldn't see a thing, moved it to the lowest position and tilted it as far back as it would go and still, it's terrible for visibility.

I have my shorty for offroad.
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-25-2009, 10:16 PM
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I rode about 150 miles of gravel roads this weekend and had the Givi shield in its lowest position. At about 25 - 35 mph, I was comfortable looking over the shield and see the road surface where I should be looking. It's getting a bit more difficult to see at lower speeds but still ok if there aren't too many bugs on the shield.

It was a good trade-off between protection at higher speeds and visibility at lower speeds. But with serious off-roading, no shield or a much lower shield would be much better.
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