Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Southern Missouri Ozarks
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I was just going to brag on how well the Madstad compares to the Givi Airflow on my V-Strom 1000. The only negative I can detect with the Madstad is the price ($240 for the 20" (Madstad recommended for my height) vs $93 (Black Friday last year) for the Airflow direct from Italy I paid plus a slice more for shipping)). Givi is working on Versys 300 accessories I found out and should have the crash bars out soon.
I tested the Madstad this afternoon for about two hours at various speeds I tested it where the wind matters on the helmet for me - 40 mph, 50, 70, and even about 75 although most of my Ozark riding is 35-50 mph. I adjusted it but ended up close to where I started for the best performance (where Madstad recommended). My Schuberth C3 helmet has a notched screen but the notches aren't that strong in holding position in wind. With the stock windshield the screen would close above 35 mph. With the Madstad I had it open a notch on the interstate at 65 mph. At the end I rode the V2 with the Airflow to compare. The 20" was perfect for my height so I could look right over the top of the windshield to see the road.
After helmet wind/buffeting - the windshield glare is the next biggest nit I dislike. The Givi Airflow has some with the two screens but it is minor. The Madstad has none. IMO they did every right with the Madstad and it is easier to look through than the Airflow being a single screen. They both work in the same way in that a rectangular flow of air between the brackets on the Madstad behind the windshield shoots up to force the wind over the helmet. When it is adjusted for your height correctly it is very effective. The Air flow is a little less sensitive to being adjusted optimally IMO.
I rode without the windshield once before installing and that is how the stock one performs (like there is no ws). lol It isn't doing much other than smoothing the air a bit. At least it doesn't raise the flow to buffet the helmet. Basically, the Madstad performance is comparable to the Airflow for the way I have them both adjusted. The Airflow is actually slightly wider than the Madstad. Since you can adjust the height and angle on the Madstad you can make it optimal for your height. I thought I might need an MRA on the top but I think it is unnecessary from the testing. The Airflow is slightly improved with an MRA on top.
I guess it matters what you are looking for. I wanted to eliminate most of the wind hitting the helmet and as little turbulence as possible and no buffeting. The Madstad does that.
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Last edited by SECoda; 11-15-2017 at 05:59 PM.