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post #1 of 51 Old 05-31-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Madstad bracket is useless

I really hate to say that the Madstad windshield bracket is useless, but it really was a waste of money. If you're like me, you wanted to get rid of wind buffeting at highway speeds and have a smoother ride across long hours of pavement. So I bought a Givi shield (D260ST) and the Madstat bracket. But unfortunately the Madstad bracket is poorly designed and fails on the highway at speeds over 70 (less if you have a head wind). The bracket just won't stay secure and the windshield creeps back until it's tilted back as far as possible (BTW, this means tilting back to where the bracket digs into windshield itself, another bad design). It only takes about 10 minutes of riding for this happen, and now the windshield, well, doesn't shield the wind anymore. I'm actually worst off than without the bracket, so you just have to stop and put the windshield to the lowest position, like stock, so that it won't creep back.

Hopefully they come out with a better design, but until then I'd say look at other options.

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yours is a unique problem, or you don't have the strength to tighten the adjustent knobs

I've never had the adjustment of my windcreen slip at ANY speed



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I'll trade you a $50 bill for that Madstad setup.

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post #4 of 51 Old 05-31-2010, 06:35 PM
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Let me suggest a mod to help you keep the Madstad in place:



The Madstad worked well for me on the stock screen, and damn near perfection on the Givi.

Oh, and speeds....makes no difference in my beta testing to 110mph.

Wind, yes, that can impact things, no surprise there, these aren't Goldwings.

You might want to detail your height/inseam to add some credibility to your claim.

Did you buy an old one used, perhaps worn out?

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Great piece of kit!

I didn't have a problem with that, but felt that it may happen in the future when you least expected it. To head it off I added a couple of small hard rubber washers behind the nut. Tightens it up even more.
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Now I am starting to worry. I just bought my madstad today. Although I only paid 50 bucks for it. My neighbor sold his strom and had it brand new, never used. I figured it's worth 50 dollars to try.

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While the Madstad did not stop the wind buffetting issue, it did allow me to reduce it. I did not like the big parachute Givi screen in cross winds. Stock screen, madstad, Rick's mirror extenders, and a laminar lip have combined to make the issue a non-issue.

Never had the madstad slip while riding

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I have to agree with the OP. Mine would not stay up at higher speeds, no matter how tight I made the screws (even using a wrench).

I used 4 bolts (with nuts) and now it stays put.

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I really hate to say that the Madstad windshield bracket is useless, but it really was a waste of money.

Hopefully they come out a better design, but until then I'd say look at other options.

Sorry to the 'bad' farkle post.
There is an older version with nuts tightened by wrench, and a newer version with hand tightened knobs, which do you have?

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