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    Senior Member Madstad + SW-M Kobra hand guard on 2016 DCT FezUSA's Avatar
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    Madstad + SW-M Kobra hand guard on 2016 DCT

    So I've gone back through the instructions and reviewed all of the pictures people have posted and I'm not sure what I'm missing. I do NOT have risers on my handlebars, but maybe I have my guards not installed at the best angle?!! The problem is that the hand guards do not clear the deflectors, not even close. Full lock isn't even remotely in the neighbourhood. The guards don't approach the main windshield because the deflectors are in the way. I was reluctant to go for a real ride so I just went up the street and around the corner. That was OK, then I decided to turn around and come back. Struggled to turn around as I hit the deflectors. Got on my driveway and I normally to a 2-step 180 to back the bike into it's spot. It took 4-steps!!

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    My feeling is one or the other has to go. Even without the handguards my wind deflectors will touch on one side at full lock. That's the downside of aftermarkets parts; sometimes they don't play nicely together.

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    I expected the guards to touch the screen at full lock, or be very close (they recently shaved the screen size a little to improve this), but I didn't expect them to NOT clear the deflectors and to give me very little turn well before they even approach the screen. That's why I'm wondering if I have something set up either wrong or not as well as it could be. No one else that I'm aware of has complained of not being able to turn past the deflectors, and the pictures I've seen show set ups with guards and deflectors on. But maybe they have risers, or their guards are different somehow. I looked at some of the recent installs and I think I have the deflector mounts on the correct side of the bike and the right way up, and i have the deflectors themselves set up right, so you may be right and it's one or the other.

    It's supposed to be in the 70's tomorrow, so I may loosen the nuts and remove the deflector mounts & deflectors and take a ride. I'm not so worried about air on the hands as that is why I have the guards. But I want to cut down the wind noise level at my helmet. If that's accomplished with just the windshield I'll still be happy!
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    You will need to get risers that move the handlebars up and back. I had the same problem, the risers cured it.


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    If not the Kobras, then which hand guards fit well with Madstad wind deflectors...assuming no bar risers?

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    That is my set up as well, but I have one inch risers.
    The windshield hits the mirror stem on one side and the handguards on the other, but I don't think it is costing me more than a tiny bit of turn. The risers make a difference.

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    Senior Member Madstad + SW-M Kobra hand guard on 2016 DCT sumo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenboy View Post
    Fez I ordered a set of these over the winter but have not attempted to install them. I'll give it a go this morning and take pictures. I have the same setup as you with the 2016 and Madstad winglets. Currently my brake lever just touches the winglet, I don't have guards.

    Edit: I only got as far as removing the handlebar bolts. None of the cables seem to have any slack, I'd have to remove some plastic to get a good look but I suspect it's not just a matter of snipping some tie wraps. The brake hose is really tight, looks like a longer one would be needed...anyway, I failed and I'm going for a ride!
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    I think you must have the winglets or their mounting brackets installed wrong, my stock height handlebars don't even come close to the winglets when turning. I had the cheap cycle gear handguards on my bike and they did hit the Madstad windshield so I took them off but even they weren't close to the winglets
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    Maybe it's a generational (model year) thing. The windscreen mounting setup is very different.

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