Published on October 14th, 2012 | by vic5
A Review of The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System
Today I’d like to discuss a new windshield I recently had the opportunity of trying out, courtesy of MadStad Engineering. It’s called the MadStad Adjustable Windshield System, and it is designed specifically for Harley-Davidson Road Glides. How did it work out for me? Well…read on my friend!
THE CLAIM: The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System promises, “smooth air, clean wind protection and no turbulence”.
That’s a big claim for a relatively new windshield manufacturer, eh. My first thought was, “how is their windshield system able to do all of this”? Well, before we answer that, let’s identify the source of “bad air.” MadStad Engineering points out on their website that poor airflow and turbulence (or buffeting) is primarily the result of a vacuum that forms behind traditional windshields. All windshields, regardless of shape or size will create some sort of vacuum behind it, causing turbulence/buffeting for the rider and his/her passenger. Below is an illustration of the turbulence/buffeting caused by traditional windshields.
As illustrated above, you can see how fast moving air moves above the windshield, but quickly forms a low pressure condition beneath it it, creating a vacuum of turbulent air for the rider and his/her passenger.
MadStad Engineering claims to have solved this turbulence/buffeting issue by developing a detached windshield that allows air to flow both above and below it.
As illustrated above, by introducing a windshield that is detached (or offset) from the motorcycle, underside airflow is relieved–eliminating the turbulence/buffeting causing vacuum.
THE DETAILS: The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System allows the user to adjust the airflow of the windshield to his/her liking through the utilization of what MadStad Engineering refers to as “RoboBrackets”. These RoboBrackets allow the fine-tune windshield adjustment of height, depth, and tilt (angle).
The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System is comprised of the windshield, the mounting base, and the adjustable RoboBrackets. The short gloss-black screen you see bolted to the fairing in the image above, is made of thick High gloss acrylic and it is the mounting base for the adjustable RoboBrackets. It replaces your stock windshield and bolts right in the same way. The RoboBrackets connect the mounting base to the adjustable windshield.
The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System comes in two different sizes. There is a 13″ system, which MadStad Engineering recommends for those 5’11 or shorter, and the 16″ system, which is recommended for those 6′ and taller. The windshield is also available in a variety of tints; including clear, light gray, medium gray, dark gray, and bronze-smoke.
The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System costs approximately $300-$320, depending on windshield height and tint/color.
THOUGHTS ON THE PRODUCT: After riding with this windshield system for well over 500 miles, I can say without a doubt that this has to be the most effective windshield on the market. It does exactly what it says it does. I was actually shocked when I first put the windshield on. I could not believe their design was that effective at removing all the turbulent air/wind I had before. While riding, I kept putting my hand in front of my face to try and gauge how much air was in front of me. When I couldn’t feel any air, I would reach my hand as far forward as I could, to feel where the air was. It wasn’t till my hand was half an inch or so from the top of the mounting base that I could literally feel a steady thick air-stream shooting over my head and into oblivion. It was awesome.
Another thing I noticed was that the music from my Road Glide speakers sounded better than ever, because the audio didn’t have to battle noise from the wind. There wasn’t a need to max out the volume from my deck on the freeway anymore. I could hear everything crystal clear at half the volume I normally would have it set to at higher speeds. This windshield made my ears happy.
That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind prior to plopping down $300 or so for this windshield:
- It’s design is VERY unique. This windshield will draw attention–some good…and some bad. I know this firsthand. If the primary concern for your Road Glide is looks, then this might not be the windshield for you. If your bike is a trailer queen and you know it, then just stick with a sexy looking windshield that offers you absolutely no wind protection at all. The market is flooded with them. This windshield is for people who ride their bikes and place comfort and functionality over “high-fives” from onlookers.
- It is over $300 and some change. So… um, yeah, it’s a little on the pricey side. For what it’s worth, the quality is top-notch and as stated earlier… it does exactly what it advertises. I’m of the opinion that if you bought this windshield, you probably wouldn’t have (or want) to ever by another windshield again. This windshield might just save you money (and the heartache that accompanies bad purchases) in the long run.
- It does take a little bit of time finding a windshield setting (the “sweet spot”) that you like. You’ll will find yourself having to play with the RoboBrackets a few times before finding your setting—just be prepared to experiment a little.
CONCLUSION: MyRoadGlide.com definitely recommends this product. After testing the windshield for hundreds of miles, we can say with certainty that the claims of MadStad Engineering, are 100% legit. The MadStad Adjustable Windshield System keeps the wind out of your face like no other. Find out for yourself by purchasing one at MadStad’s website. Tell them MyRoadGlide.com sent you!
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