I intend for the 701 to be my “adventure” bike – which translates into riding it on more pavement than I ride my 500 EXC on. If I’m headed out for a multi-day ride that includes an abundant dose of pavement, I will likely be on the 701. And since any day ride in the hill country includes more pavement than dirt, I find myself tending toward the 701. As such, I decided to add a permanent windscreen to the Husky. I have a universal, and easily removable, windscreen on the 500 that I can quickly pull it off when I want to ride serious dirt. For the 701 I wanted a windscreen that would offer more protection than the little universal screen on the 500 and I wanted a screen that was a bit more stout.
The challenge was finding one that didn’t cost more than I wanted to spend or that didn’t also include a rally fairing of some type. Britannia Composites makes a really nice fairing for the 701 that includes an adjustable windscreen. I have previously had their fairings on my Husqvarna TE610 and a Suzuki DRZ400 but didn’t want to add a fairing to the 701 just to get a good windshield. Similarly, there are a few rally type setups with windscreens from Rally Replica and Nomad ADV. Again, I just wanted a windscreen.
A google search turned up Madstad Engineering. They make a really nice bolt on windscreen for the 690/701 that looked like it was exactly what the doctor ordered. I sent them some money and they promptly shipped a screen to me.
Unfortunately, I found the Madstad screen for the 701 to be slightly under-engineered. In particular, there were two problems with the screen – the mounting area wasn’t right and the screen was too tall.
The Madstad bracket mounts to the upper handlebar clamps, as can be seen in the photo above. However, the upper handlebar clamps on the 701 are curved so the Madstad bracket wasn’t properly anchored. I speculate that Madstad sells the same system for the 690 and 701 and that the upper clamps on the 690 are flat. Madstad didn’t realize that the 701 has different, and curved, mounts and, therefore, didn’t modify their system when the 701 was released. To fix the problem Madstad should include a flat upper handlebar clamp with the screen.
Since they don’t, I easily solved the issue by purchasing Zeta 30mm handlebar risers for 1 1/8 inch handlebars from Amazon. This was a double win because I already intended to raise the handlebars and was able to meet both needs without buying something extra just to solve this issue with the Madstad.
The second issue was that the windscreen was too tall and the brackets don’t have enough adjustment to allow the windshield to be lowered sufficiently for off-pavement riding. I ordered the smallest windshield Madstad was selling at the time (18 inches) but it was simply too tall for dirt work. It was very good on-pavement but I anticipated a problem when riding off-pavement – I would hit my helmet on the screen when in the dirt.
Luckily this problem was also easily solved. With my neighbor Terry’s advice and assistance (thanks again Terry) I simply drilled two new upper holes in the windscreen. This allowed the screen to be mounted lower on the bracket, as can be seen in the photos below.
This proved to be a good fix. With the screen mounted in the upper holes, the screen is now low enough for dirt riding. And there is enough adjustability in the bracket that when the screen is raised as high as it will go in the bracket it provides a sufficient amount of wind relief. If I ever want more wind protection then I can re-mount the screen in the original mounting holes in about 3 minutes without any tools. Finally, as an extra bonus, if I ever want to entirely remove the Madstad system, it only takes about 5 minutes to remove the four mounting bolts.
All in all, I’m really enjoying the benefits of the Madstad windscreen and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others as long as they are aware of the two issues I found with it.