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I currently ride a HD Ultra Classic, I have recently test ridden a 2011 XC. I was impressed. The long distance touring I do would mean I would need the trunk instead of just the passenger backrest.

My questions have to do with passenger comfort. SO, for an average passenger size of 5'7", 150 lbs, how comfortable is the ride? How much wind whipping do you get? Do the floor boards need to be moved down like it seemed when I sat in the passenger seat? Has anyone installed the passenger arms rests?

One question I have relates to the windshield. The stock was too short for me, which is better, the flip or tall. I'm also 5'7" and dont mind looking thru a windshield or over it, just dont like feeling like I'm about to be blown off the bike.

I've read lots of positive things about this bike, but what are the "little" things you wish the motor company would have done differently.

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I don't know about the passenger but these 5 videos might help you make up your mind
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Thanks, but, I already said I was impressed. I plan to make the switch when I get the HD sold. Dealers dont want to give much in trade here.

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I currently ride a HD Ultra Classic, I have recently test ridden a 2011 XC. I was impressed. The long distance touring I do would mean I would need the trunk instead of just the passenger backrest.

My questions have to do with passenger comfort. SO, for an average passenger size of 5'7", 150 lbs, how comfortable is the ride? How much wind whipping do you get? Do the floor boards need to be moved down like it seemed when I sat in the passenger seat? Has anyone installed the passenger arms rests?

One question I have relates to the windshield. The stock was too short for me, which is better, the flip or tall. I'm also 5'7" and dont mind looking thru a windshield or over it, just dont like feeling like I'm about to be blown off the bike.

I've read lots of positive things about this bike, but what are the "little" things you wish the motor company would have done differently.

Thanks
just about everyone i know that has this bike does 2 things right off the bat.......taller windshield, and lowers. Those 2 modifications pretty much take care of all buffeting issues.
I've heard nothing but good things in re' to the flip windshield but I went with a 16 inch that I look thru and have no issue with it. I've always looked thur the windshied, prefer to and probably always will. Just my preference.
As far as rider comfort, my wife was the major decision factor in me getting the vic. We test drove the Ulctra Classic and the Vic X.C. and she absolutely was sold on the Vic (as was i). However, my wife is short 4'9 and i've read where some riders with taller wives are not as comfortable.
My only complaint with the bike is the sound of the primary.....its a bit whiney to me.

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Wife took her first ride with me on my new XC yesterday. We traded in our Ultra Glide for this. Her first impressions... Shocks are MUCH better. Trunk backrest is good. Passenger seat is more comfortable and not irritating- but being brand new, needs some breaking in (its a little hard) that will come with riding time. Seat also gives more room without feeling squished in. Passenger floorboards are ok- but the big thing is she can move her feet around more than on the UC. Seemed to be an increase of feeling the engine heat on the legs. But dont know if thats something that will decrease as I go through the 500 mile break in period. Overall, she likes the comfort and ergonomics way better on the XC than the UG. Will probably still need to take the customary regular butt breaks which are typically more often when riding with a passenger rather than solo.

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The XC is a hella of bike. I can't comment on the trunk but I will say my wife, 5'5" says its the most comfortable bike shes every ridden and thats with the backrest. Everytime she knows I'm going she's ready. This has never been the case not even with the GL1800. She would have errands to run, shopping or something. Well I'm starting to miss that. She been on these things for 35 years so shes pretty experienced. Extremly comfortable bike. I just put on a Cee Baileys Cee Dragon 17" and it helped a bunch but if I had it to do over I would get a 19" and I'm your height. If your going with the factory windshield based on your requirement I would get the tall. I haven't put the lower wings on yet but everyone I've talked to says it makes a major improvement. If you like a little sound I would recommend the D&D exhaust. I did the stage 1 and it s still pretty quite, and the D&Ds are suppose to be here at the end of the week. A little more expensive but the quality is outstanding. The first thing I used to do with my HDs was a piston, cam kit. This thing runs pretty strong with just a stage 1(slip ons/AF/ download) and I have no desire to add cams at this point especially with the gas prices. Things they could have done differently is of course the windshield, it should come with lowers, and the stage 1 exhaust could be a touch louder.

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WOW...great info on these 5 vids...thanks for posting.


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I don't know about the passenger but these 5 videos might help you make up your mind
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The XC is a hella of bike. I can't comment on the trunk but I will say my wife, 5'5" says its the most comfortable bike shes every ridden and thats with the backrest. Everytime she knows I'm going she's ready. This has never been the case not even with the GL1800. She would have errands to run, shopping or something. Well I'm starting to miss that. She been on these things for 35 years so shes pretty experienced. Extremly comfortable bike. I just put on a Cee Baileys Cee Dragon 17" and it helped a bunch but if I had it to do over I would get a 19" and I'm your height. If your going with the factory windshield based on your requirement I would get the tall. I haven't put the lower wings on yet but everyone I've talked to says it makes a major improvement. If you like a little sound I would recommend the D&D exhaust. I did the stage 1 and it s still pretty quite, and the D&Ds are suppose to be here at the end of the week. A little more expensive but the quality is outstanding. The first thing I used to do with my HDs was a piston, cam kit. This thing runs pretty strong with just a stage 1(slip ons/AF/ download) and I have no desire to add cams at this point especially with the gas prices. Things they could have done differently is of course the windshield, it should come with lowers, and the stage 1 exhaust could be a touch louder.
I'm loking at a Cee Dragon also, would like to know if you prefer to look over your windshield or through it. I'm 6'4" but I do like to lean back and slouch somewhat and prefer to look over windshield. Trying to get a little help on getting the 19" or 20". Would like to avoid my exspensive growing windshield grave yard.
I Have a regular Cee 13 (alot beter than stock shield) but still get the top of my open face helmet swept by wind.

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I'm loking at a Cee Dragon also, would like to know if you prefer to look over your windshield or through it. I'm 6'4" but I do like to lean back and slouch somewhat and prefer to look over windshield. Trying to get a little help on getting the 19" or 20". Would like to avoid my exspensive growing windshield grave yard.
I Have a regular Cee 13 (alot beter than stock shield) but still get the top of my open face helmet swept by wind.

I'm 5'8" and I can see over the top of the 17" slouced, so I'm going to order me a 19" You should go 20" The problem with recommendation is you don't know the guys torso lenth. My legs are only 14" LOL. My torso from sitting against the wall to sliding a CD down untill it contacts my bald head is 36" exactly. That shoud help you get a better comparision to see where your at. I'm getting a little sunglass movement at75-80 but not much. If your air catching the top of your helmet thats fine, a couple inches down and it will drive you crazy. You feel like a bobble dog.Hope that helps.

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I'm 5'8" and I can see over the top of the 17" slouced, so I'm going to order me a 19" You should go 20" The problem with recommendation is you don't know the guys torso lenth. My legs are only 14" LOL. My torso from sitting against the wall to sliding a CD down untill it contacts my bald head is 36" exactly. That shoud help you get a better comparision to see where your at. I'm getting a little sunglass movement at75-80 but not much. If your air catching the top of your helmet thats fine, a couple inches down and it will drive you crazy. You feel like a bobble dog.Hope that helps.
Thanks for the info, and the measuring advice. Sat down against the wall and only measured at about 38". Now I Know why people are so suprised when I stand up out of a chair (All legs). When I think about it I don't look any taller than my wife (5'10") when were sitting together.
Thanks again for the torso measuring advice, never thought about measuring myself sitting against a wall, makes sense! Will be getting the 20" and felling better about it.

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