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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-31-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Default 2up question for you xc, xct'ers

I'm wondering what the wind for your passengers is like at higher speeds. Say 60 and up.

My girl loves riding on the back of my Vegas. But the main complaint she has is on the freeway, she feels like the wind is pushing her back and she has to hold herself up. Apparently this is tiring. Needless to say we can't to too many long trips because of this. With the X tourers having the trunk w/backrest, I'm sure this helps. Does the front faring help at all with this as well?? Have any of your passengers said anything about this on highway travel?

Personally I think she's trying to drum up excuses to buy another Victory. I lover her for it.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-31-2012, 07:08 PM
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I have the Klockwerks Flare, and my wife (about 5' 5") says that she is not getting beaten up out back, i.e., everything's fine. We're talking tooling along the super-slab at 70 - 75 mph. BTW, we had a Valkyrie Interstate for seven years, and she says that she sits higher above me on the XCT than she did on the Valk, and that she also has more fore/aft space on the XCT.


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I also have the Klock Werks Flare, my wife is 5'4, and she says she has no problems on the back, at all. Her only complaint is not being able to hear the stereo at 75+ on the interstate. Guess it's an excuse to upgrade to an amp and bigger speakers

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-31-2012, 08:11 PM
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My wife got spoiled riding on the back of the Goldwing. When I went to a BMW R1200RT she refused to ride back there, not enough room, too windy, it goes too fast, etc.
So....I went to the XCT! She loves it!
No wind to speak of, plenty of room.
She is 5'10" and about 135 lbs.
Hard to beat for a passenger.

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I have the XCT. The old lady says she doesn't get any wind except on her head since she's sitting up several inches higher and further from the windshield. She says it's not bad but does pull her head back if she doesn't bundle up her long hair (no helmet). And yeah she loves the trunk backrest, she says it's very comfy.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 05:49 AM
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a- get their own bike
b- take a car

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The only complaint my wife has related to wind is that it always blows her pant legs up so she has to "fix" her pants everytime we stop. That's just at highway speeds, not on the back roads. I have a set of home made lowers inside the forged bars which help reduce the lower leg wind some, but not completely. The bike also had the Vic fork lowers and a 17" windshield on it when I bought it.

I bought my XC used, so not sure what other upgrades were done by previous owner, but wife and I both find the wind management, seat comfort, and radio quality to be very good on this bike.


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You need "boot straps" for her. They are in three different sizes and are relatively inexpensive.

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I have 11 XC with a +4 C Bailey shield. Wife is 5'4" No problems
I changed out oem speakers for kickers. Wife can hear fine at 80 mph with ipod set at 14
Had an Ultimate seat on my 06 Roadliner wife likes the stock seat on the XC better.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-01-2012, 08:41 PM
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I have a 17" Cee Dragon windshield. Since I am 6'1" and also (big and wide ) and the wife is only 5'3" she wishes she got "more" wind back there

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