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Happy Spring everyone!

I am on the fence as to what height Madstad shield that would work best for me and the better 1/2. I really like my 12" Windvest, except at highway speeds and of course my GF is real tired of getting beaten up on the back of the bike.

I am 5'8" with a 32" inseam, I had my seat modified so I sit about an inch farther back in the saddle then stock.

Madstad site says I should be a 13" shield. However I noticed some of you keep the shield at its lowest level for looks. With that said Do you think I would get more bang for the buck with a 14.5" Shield?

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So I guess an important question that I didn't see asked is how tall is your GF? If she's the one getting beat up, you'll need to address that instead of you. You'll have protection no matter how high/low you go but you want to make sure it'll work for her also.
 

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You're in the same boat as me, but I am torn between the 14.5 and a 16 inch. I also have the RGU with no mods to the seat. I am 6-1 and I find when riding the stock shield is about at the bottom of my chin. Grasshopper backrest keeps me from slouching too much. Wife has had neck issues in the past so wind buffeting is an issue if I want her to ride long distance. When I had my wing I had a Tulsa X-tall windshield. I looked through the windshield and wife loved it as she had virtually no buffeting.

I followed the measurements on the Madstad website, they show a 13 inch shield measured from the top of the radio housing as being 6 inches low and 9 inches at high. My stock shield is just under 9 inches. So I assume 14.5 inch shield would be 7.5 and 10.5 and a 16 inch would be 9 inches and 12 inches?

I am leaning toward erring on the side of caution with the 16 inch clear for now and maybe buying a shorter dark down the road for solo riding.
 

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I am 6' with a 28" inseam (I am the worlds biggest dwarf) so I sit as tall in the saddle as most folks who are 6'4" to 6'6".
I run the 16" shield with old style mount. I have it set about 75% as low as it will go. The top of the shield is about level with my chin, but I can still duck behind it in the rain. This throws the air about 4 to 6" over the top of my head at 70 mph and keeps Momma very happy also. :)
 

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I'm 6' with a 32" inseam riding on a stock seat on 2013 RGU. Initially started out with a 13" Madstad but swapped it out for a 14.5" I found that with the 13, I had it set almost all the way to the top. I exchanged it just so I would have more flexibility for my passenger. Also depends on your seat and your riding posture, sit up straight or "trying to look cool while slouching". Madstad has an excellent return policy and are very easy to deal with.
 

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I am 5'9". Have a 2006, so the fairing is 1.5" lower than yours. I also have a Mustang Regal touring seat, so I sit a little higher. I have a 14.5" MS. At it's highest position I look through it. At its lowest position, it is lower than the 13 inch WV shield that I have. The WV shield works soooo much better than my old 6 inch KW shield, and the MS just works great for wind management. I guess the 6 inch shield looked the coolest though.
 

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So I guess an important question that I didn't see asked is how tall is your GF? If she's the one getting beat up, you'll need to address that instead of you. You'll have protection no matter how high/low you go but you want to make sure it'll work for her also.


My GF is about 5'3 sitting on the stock seat and her chin is about at the top of my head. With my 12" WV I can feel the air going just over my head and striking her right in the face.
 

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Sounds like I need the 14.5. I'm 5'11" or used to be! On my '09 RG I mostly use a thick touring seat from an Ultra and the HD ventilated seat pad (love it). Sounds like I would be on a '13' but with the higher seat and rider black rest (no slouching) I'm in the 14.5 group.

I guess it looks a little fuglier but, oh well. Function first, right? I occasionally do iron butt rides and often carry a tall (5'7") passenger.

Someone mentioned they have 2 shields. I like the idea, tall, clear for long trips, short and dark for everyday. So MS will sell shields separately? About how much?
 

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I would definitely go for the 14.5 since your fairing is 1.75" lower on the 09'. Once you get the Madstad of your choice you can order a separate shield since the 11",13", 14.5" & 16" are all interchangeable with the Robo Bracket system. They also give military discount and have an excellent return policy. The price for the 14.5 is around $319, extra shield will set you back another $150. Get the well nut upgrade for another $7.50.
 

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Happy Spring everyone!

I am on the fence as to what height Madstad shield that would work best for me and the better 1/2. I really like my 12" Windvest, except at highway speeds and of course my GF is real tired of getting beaten up on the back of the bike.

I am 5'8" with a 32" inseam, I had my seat modified so I sit about an inch farther back in the saddle then stock.

Madstad site says I should be a 13" shield. However I noticed some of you keep the shield at its lowest level for looks. With that said Do you think I would get more bang for the buck with a 14.5" Shield?

Thanks.
Well with your help and the help of a healthy tax return this year, I pulled the trigger on the 13" medium grey Madstad. Spring is just around the corner and some distance trip await my better half and I. Should be here in a week and if winter in New England continues like it has this year I will have it on and testing it out in the next couple of week.
 

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Well with your help and the help of a healthy tax return this year, I pulled the trigger on the 13" medium grey Madstad. Spring is just around the corner and some distance trip await my better half and I. Should be here in a week and if winter in New England continues like it has this year I will have it on and testing it out in the next couple of week.
I have a 2013 RGU and use a 13 inch dark tint Madstad. Works good for me riding solo, I am 6ft. and I have the windshield all the way up. I thought about getting a 16 inch clear for long road trips with the wife as I thought she'd want more (spoiled by my previous Goldwing with an extra tall windshield) but she told me the 13 inch works for her. She's 5-2.
 

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If your going to buy more than one and not take advanatge of adjustability of Madstad . I would go lower priced but high quality option of Long Ride Shields. I had 4 shields for my SG and they often run 50% off sales. I got one 60% off.
 

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I'm 6'1" w/34 inseam and have a 14.5 and it works perfect for me and passenger. You may want to entertain getting the 14.5 but have the holes drilled one inch higher so when you have the shield down it will sit lower.
 

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I'm 6" with a 32 inch inseam, started with the 13 and swapped for the 14.5 which worked better for me, I think you should try the 13 and work up or down from there
 

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Just recently added a Madstad to my 2012 RGU, went with the 14.5" clear, plan on getting me an additional shield later on, 13" Dark for around town and such. I was very nervous about getting it but after pricing Klocks, Freedom Shields and others, the Madstad was not that bad on pricing, plus its adjustable and you can add different types of shields. Plan on doing some riding this weekend to find the sweet spot, but so far I am happy with my purchase.
 

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