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post #1 of 29 Old 02-01-2007, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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So much for the MadStad.. There's $80 wasted.

Maybe (hopefully) things will change once I install an aftermarket screen, but with the stock shield it's a waste of money IMO.
Nothing..... Nothing changed no matter where I positioned the darn thing. The most I could get was a change in the sound the wind made as it rumbled past me, but no reduction.

I tried various angles, heights and speeds, but found nothing made any significant difference (or even an insignificant one).

I wasn't expecting much, but *something* would have been nice.

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post #2 of 29 Old 02-01-2007, 08:57 PM
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Don't despair. Get a Givi Screen and you will notice a considerable change.
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BigT, sorry to hear that. You might be the first rider to not feel a difference of some sort. The bracket made a big difference in eliminating most of the buffeting for me and I am now looking forward to the new givi shield as well. Had a 30 minute ride in the fall with the Givi and the biggest difference was a greatly reduced noise level. Can't wait to fine tune things come Spring.

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it's been too cold to give it a good 300-400 mile run in like I'd like but from what I've been able to tell running down the highway it did seem to make a noticable difference for me. Once installed it allows you height and angle adjustment. Keep in mind tho there is a low/middle/high for the bracket itself, just like on the stock screen. You might want to try one of the other settings to see if that helps if you haven't already. I believe that's another inch or two which might make a difference beyond the adjustablity in the bracket itself. 'Worste case: you re-install it and sell it.
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Being 6' 4" I've got the bracket mounted at the highest point on the fairing, but will try a lower setting before ordering the Givi shield (that's my next move). If neither of those work maybe I'll try one of those laminar wings/lips.

After that I give up. $300's my limit trying to fix one part of the bike.

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Being 6' 4" I've got the bracket mounted at the highest point on the fairing, but will try a lower setting before ordering the Givi shield (that's my next move). If neither of those work maybe I'll try one of those laminar wings/lips.

After that I give up. $300's my limit trying to fix one part of the bike.

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Go to the lowest setting on everything and try just adjusting the angle from there.

It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow.
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If you go back through my early posts you will find I also wrote a report stating the Madstad did nothing. Took nearly two weeks of playing around with the settings until I found one that did make a difference (have since found two more, one slightly better one slightly worse).


This screen thing seems to be very particular to each individual but think of those who have not spent $80 for no result, but over time many hundreds on many different screens just to get it right.

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I've used three different shields with my Madstad (including the stocker) and the change as you adjust the bracket through its range of motion is dramatic with all of them. That's not to say that any particular setting or shield is perfect - I've given up on chasing perfection and am simply looking at the best compromise between protection and buffeting/noise. So far the Madstad and the Suzuki OEM tall screen is the best I've found.

You won't have any issue unloading the Madstad here for only slightly less than you paid.

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I've given up on chasing perfection and am simply looking at the best compromise between protection and buffeting/noise.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I figure I'll have to do as well....

btw... Is this the Givi screen everyone's talking about?
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...tview/623/289/

Oh, and I'm keeping the bracket.. Who knows, maybe it'll work better with a different screen.

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You won't have any issue unloading the Madstad here for only slightly less than you paid.
If you put it on ebay you'll probably get double what you paid.
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