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Madstad for 2009

I have done a search and most of what I found has been from several years ago, so forgive me if I'm rehashing old threads.

I just recently purchased a 2009 and was wondering if the Madstad works for it. I've read some old posts about issues but was unsure if they have been resolved.

I bought a Givi and it seems to be just a few inches short for my tastes. Thought maybe a Madstad would work.


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I have one, like it very much so.

Only gripe, the windscreen vibrates (more audible noise...) and flaps in the wind like no other.

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I've been considering going to a Madstad as well. I emailed them and they say they have sorted out the problems with the earlier units having a wobble. Also, they have a satisfaction guarantee so if you don't like, they'll take it back. Madstad seems like good people, they answer emails quickly. Keep us posted as to how you like it.
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I've had four different windshields on the bike (currently Givi touring model) and none of them wobble, so perhaps the wobble is more a function of the chosen shield than the Madstad.

Madstad did offer a stiffening plate to address that issue. I called and they sent me one gratis. That was a few years ago.

Great product, in my view.


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Thanks for the replies, I just ordered one.


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I have them on both my '08 and '09. Yes - the 'shields "flap" a bit, but generally I'd recommend the Madstad.

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Love my Madstad. Currently the stock screen is mounted and I'm liking that a lot. Givi may be going up on the sale block.

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To those with the madstad setup. How does it help? Does it quiet down that deafening roar of the wind?
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To those with the madstad setup. How does it help? Does it quiet down that deafening roar of the wind?
It allows you to adjust the height and rake of whatever windshield you install on it. Loosen two handwheels, slide it up or down, tip it forward or backward, tighten two handwheels.

If you're getting a deafening roar, your head is likely in a dirty airstream, which a Madstad could help you to address, but you could also have a loud helmet. If you are used to a bike with a big windshield that you look through, moving to a bike with a small windshield that you look over may just be noisy by comparison. In that case, try ear plugs.


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Thanks Bones,
I do use 32db earplugs which eliminates the roar of the wind, but they're a hassle. I'd prefer to not need them. Over on the V-strom forum, the praise is pretty unequivocal for the madstad bracket AFAIK for quieting down the wind. I have a Givi D405ST windscreen at its highest, I'm 5-10 with a 32" inseam and wear a Shoei RF-1100 helmet.

Maybe I'm not understanding the terminology. By "buffeting" do y'all find the noise the problem or the fatigue from the bobble-head effect of the wind?
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My Madstad came in today (no instructions, I'll check their website), going to install tomorrow and test it out. I have read in some previous posts you can use a V-Strom screen with it?


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...By "buffeting" do y'all find the noise the problem or the fatigue from the bobble-head effect of the wind?
For me "buffeting" is your head getting tossed around. Noise is another issue.

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...I have read in some previous posts you can use a V-Strom screen with it?
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Maybe I'm not understanding the terminology. By "buffeting" do y'all find the noise the problem or the fatigue from the bobble-head effect of the wind?
Buffeting is getting pushed around randomly due to a dirty stream of air coming off your windscreen and directed at your head. You can get buffeted with a big windscreen so even though it's fairly quiet it's fatiguing. You can get a nice clean stream of wind to your helmet that's is free of buffeting but if you have a noisy helmet then you can get fatigued from the noise. Earplugs do a lot to combat fatigue from noise.

Because I prefer to look over a windscreen, I tend to adjust things so some air hits my helmet, but I try to make it as clean as possible. With the Madstad you can play with rake and pitch to find the best solution for you.


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Buffeting is getting pushed around randomly due to a dirty stream of air coming off your windscreen and directed at your head. You can get buffeted with a big windscreen so even though it's fairly quiet it's fatiguing. You can get a nice clean stream of wind to your helmet that's is free of buffeting but if you have a noisy helmet then you can get fatigued from the noise. Earplugs do a lot to combat fatigue from noise.

Because I prefer to look over a windscreen, I tend to adjust things so some air hits my helmet, but I try to make it as clean as possible. With the Madstad you can play with rake and pitch to find the best solution for you.
With my V-Strom and a Givi screen set just below my eye sight I was able to get that clean stream that you are referring to. I'm really hoping I can achieve the same with the Madstad option.


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