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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I currently have a RGC (no lowers) and a 15" Cee Bailies TRSCC Euro (one of the curvy ones). The air stream above the windshield hits me about at the hair line, so shield may be a little low for me. The much bigger issue is air coming up from the sides, under the fairing. I can put my hand on my knees and feel a strong upward flow of air.

I hear all the great things about the Madstad, but wonder if what I really need is a set of lowers. I understand that the vent should lower the pressure behind the shield but do not know if this is enough to redirect the side flow past me.

What do you think? Madstad or Lowers ?

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BTW, I do have the GADs installed. I think they help up to about 40MPH; after that the air seems to just go around or come up from under them...

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I had lowers and a 14" LRS on my 09. Perfect wind management. No other add ons.

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No question that lowers will help but it will be a much hotter ride in the summertime. I am 6'1" and I can run an 11" Madstad, without lowers, in the summer and the airflow is smooth and keeps me cooler. I still get the air from underneath the fairing but it seems to be a lot more tolerable when you adjust the MS to the right angle. In the winter I switch to the 13" shield and put my hard lowers back on. With this combo it is an amazing ride that keeps me a lot warmer. Warm enough that I only wear on extra layer under my jeans and don't even need leather chaps unless the temps get below 30 degrees. My take is that the Madstad would be the best way to go now and you could add the less expensive soft lowers when the weather gets cooler. The Airlite soft lowers are the best option there for $100. Hope this helps and I'm sure you will get lots of input on this topic.

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My take is that the Madstad would be the best way to go now and you could add the less expensive soft lowers when the weather gets cooler.
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Madstad plus Sancho's Wings should take care of it


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Madstad plus Sancho's Wings should take care of it
+1 . I also use HD wind baffles. Lower fairings in the fall/ winter/spring. That's the total ride comfort.

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I am 5'9 have the same Cee Bailey and lowers. I ride with a ball cap facing forward. Works great for me. The problem with a Madstat is it looks like a Madstat. Sorry to the Madstat cult, I couldn't resist.
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Any 15" windshield looks just as ugly, if not worse, than a Madstad. Once you go over 12-13 inch shields the looks don't matter anymore. It's all function at that point.

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I currently have a RGC (no lowers) and a 15" Cee Bailies TRSCC Euro (one of the curvy ones). The air stream above the windshield hits me about at the hair line, so shield may be a little low for me. The much bigger issue is air coming up from the sides, under the fairing. I can put my hand on my knees and feel a strong upward flow of air.

I hear all the great things about the Madstad, but wonder if what I really need is a set of lowers. I understand that the vent should lower the pressure behind the shield but do not know if this is enough to redirect the side flow past me.

What do you think? Madstad or Lowers ?

THANKS
i take my lowers off in the summer for heat issues.you can get fabric lowers cheap,go to boat shop,sunbrella works great.you can also get on ebay really cheap.my madstadt went the way of totaled bike.using a long ride now,will go to madstadt this winter.i bought a gold wing vent and installed in my stock 16 in.that works pretty well also-diesel5
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