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Default Honestly...How bad is the buffeting on the Cross Country ?

I am really interested in this bike (and a High Ball) , but I really want to hear from owners on the buffeting issue . I'm 6'3" , and I know the taller you are, the higher above the wind screen you sit (obviously) . So if you thought it was bad, how did you fix it, if you fixed it .

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I am really interested in this bike (and a High Ball) , but I really want to hear from owners on the buffeting issue . I'm 6'3" , and I know the taller you are, the higher above the wind screen you sit (obviously) . So if you thought it was bad, how did you fix it, if you fixed it .
I'm 6' 4' and the wind buffeting is bad on the stock set up on X/C. It's just about as bad as a HD Street Glide, if you want to compare HD & the Vic X/C. But if you realy wan't to know all the ins and outs and all the information on this subject do a ( Wind Buffeting) on the search and I believe you will get all the Info you will need. I took care of my wind buffeting by reading all the different post on this subject. But every one has their preferences and you'll have to decide what you think will be best for you.

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I'm 5'10 but but torso is longer than most 6ft tall guys (head is higher when sitting in airplane seats). The stock XC windshield does cause buffetting when leaning forward but if arms are fully extended, the buffetting is lessened. However, I am also planning on replacing my stock screen. Since my bike is a Ness, I'd like to continue that theme but haven't (yet) decided if the standard Ness flip would work for me.

Having stated this, I have concerns that too tall a shield may well remove almost ALL wind which also gives me concern regarding how well a helmet will flow air if there is none....




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I haven't met anyone on bd that has issues with buffeting once they make 2 mods...........higher wind shield and lowers. Victory should wise up and make lowers stock with this bike.
I drove a friend of mine Ultra Classic about 2 weeks ago and I was surprised at how comparable the buffeting was. I would def give the edge to the Ultra on the buffeting, but it wasn't a whole lot of difference.

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I'm 6' tall (35" inseam) and the buffeting with the stock blade windshield was terrible and forced me to wear a full face helmet. I put on the victory flip windshield and this was a big improvement. I'm back to wearing a half helmet now and in my comfort zone again. I look over this flip window and this will be my most used windshield. I have a 15" clear windshield on order from Cee Bailey that I will use for trips as I prefer to look through a windshield when driving in the rain. The blade looks best on the XC but I'm more for function than just good looks.

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Yeah. The buffeting is caused by dirty turbulent air. Not having any wind protection is actually preferable to having a fairing and short windshield by most folks standards.

I'd like to see Vic make the taller shield stock and the shorter one an option but I guess that would make too much sense and not enough dollars.

The fork lowers are a good idea and now Baker Air Wings makes a kit for the inside of the square crash bars.
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I'm 5'10 but but torso is longer than most 6ft tall guys (head is higher when sitting in airplane seats). The stock XC windshield does cause buffetting when leaning forward but if arms are fully extended, the buffetting is lessened. However, I am also planning on replacing my stock screen. Since my bike is a Ness, I'd like to continue that theme but haven't (yet) decided if the standard Ness flip would work for me.

Having stated this, I have concerns that too tall a shield may well remove almost ALL wind which also gives me concern regarding how well a helmet will flow air if there is none....
Just to help you in your decision. I'm about a 35-36 inseam but sitting on the floor with my head against the wall, the top of my head is about 37-38 inches up from the floor. I currently have a 13'' Cee Baily Shield which is 4 inches taller than stock shield. The top of the shield comes about to my bottom lip. When I ride I slouch quite a bit and lean so far back my arms are straight with no bend in them when cruising. I still get plenty of air with this set up. I get so much air that when I wear my Open Face Helmet my teeth start to chatter from the wind hitting the top 2 or 3 inches of my helmet. With my Half helmet I still feel plenty of wind. As a matter of fact I feel so much that I went to a Cee Dragon 20'' which Cee Bailey told me that I would still be able to see over it with my measurements. We'll see. I do not prefere to look through the wind shield, nor do I like the top of the shield in my line of sight bouncing in and out as I go down a bumpy road. The Cee Dragon shield comes in this week, so I'll post how it turns out.

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Just to help you in your decision. I'm about a 35-36 inseam but sitting on the floor with my head against the wall, the top of my head is about 37-38 inches up from the floor. I currently have a 13'' Cee Baily Shield which is 4 inches taller than stock shield. The top of the shield comes about to my bottom lip. When I ride I slouch quite a bit and lean so far back my arms are straight with no bend in them when cruising. I still get plenty of air with this set up. I get so much air that when I wear my Open Face Helmet my teeth start to chatter from the wind hitting the top 2 or 3 inches of my helmet. With my Half helmet I still feel plenty of wind. As a matter of fact I feel so much that I went to a Cee Dragon 20'' which Cee Bailey told me that I would still be able to see over it with my measurements. We'll see. I do not prefere to look through the wind shield, nor do I like the top of the shield in my line of sight bouncing in and out as I go down a bumpy road. The Cee Dragon shield comes in this week, so I'll post how it turns out.
Your inseam is HOW long? Does simply adding those measurements give your height? if so, that would mean that you are around 6'2", right?

At 5'10" my inseam is a measly 30". I haven't measured my seated to head position yet but will do so tomorrow.




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I am really interested in this bike (and a High Ball) , but I really want to hear from owners on the buffeting issue . I'm 6'3" , and I know the taller you are, the higher above the wind screen you sit (obviously) . So if you thought it was bad, how did you fix it, if you fixed it .
I'm 6'3", but I have really short legs. I'm a 31" inseam.....

In stock form, the bike is almost unrideable for me. Above 50 mph the buffeting was so bad I couldn't see. I installed lowers (large custom cut lowers with the Memphis Shades mounts--found on EBay) and the 20" Cee Dragon, and it is worlds better. I'm fine now up into the 85 mph range (that's as fast as I have run the bike so far).

I still get a decent amount of wind, but its not buffeting now.
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Your inseam is HOW long? Does simply adding those measurements give your height? if so, that would mean that you are around 6'2", right?

At 5'10" my inseam is a measly 30". I haven't measured my seated to head position yet but will do so tomorrow.
I'm a little over 6' 4'' but I am mostly legs. My wife is 5' 9'' and is 37 inches sitting on the floor (Mostly torso). All I'm trying to do is give as much information as I can as far as measurements go seeing how there seems to be no standard but inseam measurements when ordering windshiels. But in my H/O the sitting measurement, and posture would be more accurate when getting an idea of being able to see over windshield, seeing thats how we ride or bikes, sitting that is. I got this idea from NewCrews info for help on picking shield height. (like to give credit where credit is do). Made alot of sense to me. Good luck when picking your shield. Hope you avoid the windshield grave yard.
By the way saw the Pics of your Ness. Nice Bike!

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