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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Finally pulled the trigger on a Madstad. The set up of my glide is a 2013 Custom, stock handlebars, and a Mustang Super Touring seat Part Number: 79556, additionally I am 5'10" with a 32 inch inseam. I decided to purchase a Madstad for the comfort of my better half, based on all the reviews on this site (warning not to become a shield collector). With the stock toenail shield, she was constantly complaining that her neck was sore because her head was getting whipped around over 50 mph.

Based on Madstad's website I ordered a 13 inch extra dark smoke. It took roughly two weeks to arrive due to equipment problems at Madstad, no problem good things come to those who wait, even though I was checking the UPS status multiple times a day once the shield shipped. Yesterday the shield arrived however, as I was installing it, I was recalled to work (military). Arriving home around 9 I had to finish the install and see what all the buzz was about. I took the advice of a forum member and ordered new well nuts with the shield, good thing, mine were thrashed at only 3,000 miles. I used Chainsaws method for well nut installation and success. Mounted the outer shield and off I went into the night. It was a little hard for me to see through the shield, but all I can say is that this shield is legit, all the positive reviews you read on the forum are true.

Some of the problems I encountered so far was a whistling at 40 to 50 mph, taking the advice of some forum members I replaced the Madstad trim with the stock trim, problem solved, the Madstad trim was causing a 16th inch gap between the fairing and base plate. I probably slouch a little too much, but for me the 13 inch is on its lowest setting and is roughly at my eye level, perhaps its the seat as well. The dark tint also makes it tough to make out the Massachusetts pot holes on the way to work in the morning and on the way home in the evenings. So for now, I will ride with the base plate and brackets, give Mark a call, return my outer shield, and patiently await the arrival of a 11 inch medium gray outer shield. More to follow....

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-20-2014, 07:52 AM
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Potholes? What stinkin' potholes? I'd be interested in your opinion of the 11" screen. I have a bit of the same problem with the dark shield (although it does look good) - I think mine's a 13" as well.
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I too have a 13" but bronze. If you are going to replace your seat the 13" might still work. I am about the same size and have a Hammock seat and look over the shield. Enjoy.


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I too had a problem seeing potholes, bumps, critters, etc. in the evenings so I returned my extra dark tint for the clear. I and, more importantly, my wife and very happy now.
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I had problems with the NY potholes so I went with a light grey, it is perfect day and night. I am 5'7.5" on an ultra with a hammock seat, its a perfect set up, if you haven't ordered the shield yet or if you can have them drill extra holes, this summer wasn't that hot but I am thinking next summer when its scorching I can drop the shield pretty low and get some air on me and still not get beat up.

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Got the 13 inch extra dark shield packed up and mailed back to Madstad, and gave Madstad a call to discuss the options. I spoke with Patty, and decided on an 11 inch clear. Riding with the base plates and brackets alone this morning the view was excellent, avoided all pot holes and a large spring in the car pool lane that I saw at the last second (if the dark shield would have been on, I would have ran over it). Even though the clear shield doesn't look as good as the extra dark, I prefer visibility and safety over good looks, just hope it doesn't look to bad. More to follow...
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Potholes? What stinkin' potholes? I'd be interested in your opinion of the 11" screen. I have a bit of the same problem with the dark shield (although it does look good) - I think mine's a 13" as well.
No problem. Will let you know.
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I have an 11" Dark (not X-Dark) and love it. If I had to do it over again, I'd get an 11" Medium tint.


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I have an 11" Dark (not X-Dark) and love it. If I had to do it over again, I'd get an 11" Medium tint.
The 11 inch definately looks better than a 13 inch. Nice looking glide.

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Talking madstad

if you run a madstad you have already given up some looks.i have used 8-12 -14 -klockwerk 12 mako and 2 factory shields.do not care what it looks like,I like it,no more merrygo round of shields
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