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CalSci Windscreen Installed

I bought a CalSci windscreen. Got it in today. I put it on and went for a ride. It was a stark difference. Just going down my alley I could actually hear my bike. I had to stop and check that the noises I was hearing was not the screen itself. It was fine so I headed out.

The wind was reduced dramatically. I could no longer feel any wind at all ... well anywhere. Until I lifted my visor. The wind was hitting me at about my forehead. I couldn't even feel it at 45mpg with my visor down. I need to try it at 70mph.

One downside: it blocked the wind so well I was hot! (It was almost 90 today in Dallas.) So I think it will be great for the winter. But I put my stock back on until it gets cooler or I do a highway trip.

One unexpected issue is that the stock windscreen has raised areas where the windscreen sits on the mounts. The CalSci is flat. This means it contacts with the slightly-raised screws that attach my Motowerk GPS mount. I also lost one of the gaskets that rest between the stock windscreen and the mounts.

So I think I need to go to Lowe's or somewhere and get some thinker gaskets/washers to sit between the CalSci and the mounts. Anything special I should be looking for?
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I have been thinking about a CalSci windscreen for colder riding in California. I am very glad to hear such a great report. So, if you don't mind, what are the particulars? Did you get the XL, are you tall? I currently have a Givi- which I actually happy with. I'm 6' with a 32" inseam. the wind hits me about my eyes, maybe slightly lower.
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I have the smallest Calsci mounted at the lowest point. I'm 6-3 and look over the shield. Not too stylish but works excellent.
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I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam and have the medium screen. I used their chart to pick the size.
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I use the Large on a Madstad bracket.

In the morning at 58 degrees and drizzly I raise it all the way, so I am well-protected.

On my commute back in the afternoon at 80 and sunny I lower the screen and cant it towards me, so I get a steady stream of air on my helmet.

I paid the price of another cheap windshield for the Madstad, but it gives me the constant flexibility that I appreciate.
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Interesting! That seems very useful. But it's $120 just for the bracket?
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Interesting! That seems very useful. But it's $120 just for the bracket?
Yes.
This convenience ain't cheap.
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I went with the L size, mounted it on the middle set of holes, and love the results (I'm 5"11, 32 inseam). I also lost a couple of the washers, but I ordered the wellnuts from CalSci when I got the widnscreen, and they work very nicely. Lowe's / HD / your local hardware store probably carry them, in the specialty fastener section.

I'm willing to put up with some warmth during the summer in order to gain the quiet, and riding behind the CalSci is quiet indeed. Also, a great bug catcher on longer tours...

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I'm 5' 8", on the OEM thin gel seat, have a CalSci medium windscreen on 09 V. Mounted on bottom holes, it is perfect for me.
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You can't use the madstad brackets with you motowerks zumo mount
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Great Customer Service

I ordered the XL screen, and USPS lost the shipment. CalSci shipped a replacement free of charge and it arrived in just a few days. I am 6'1" with a 33" inseam, and the XL size works great.
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Wow, XL. So based on their chart, they'd recommend something between L and M. Why did you go XL?
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I'm 5'7" and have the XL, mounted on a MadStad adjustable bracket. Look through it when cold, over it when hot.....perfect. Not to mention, I drilled additional holes in the 'shield for even more adjustability.
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I like my CalSci windshield but it is true that is not the best looking... so this morning I do some mods... take a look. Maybe it will need a little more rounded corners in the upper side... I think it looks "too square"
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Well, I sold my medium CalSci screen because it didn't quite work for me at 70mph. I'm still looking at options, but I think I'll go ahead and order the CalSci XL screen. I still like the look of others better, but my impression is still that the CalSci has the best wind protection.
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