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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Default Shield v faring

I was looking at the cross country and cross roads. They say they have the same suspension but obviously one has more electronics and a faring and the other only a windshield.

I heard the windshield won't help in early fall etc to protect from the cold whereas the faring will

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 06:46 PM
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It's pretty much owner pref. The XC costs more with the full fairing and all the gadgets that come with it. The XR cost less, has less gadgets, and most likely won't cost additional $$ to cure wind management issues.

The majority of XC owners upgrade the windshield, add lowerfork mounted wind protection (lowers) or both. The majority of XR owners don't change anything and when they do it normally involves adding the lowers mentioned above.

A few people (myself included) bought the vinyl highway bar closeouts (elephant ears). These are quick to install and don't cost mush ($99.00). I haven't heard anything about anyone disliking them; most remove them over 60 degrees because they work too well. I live in Utah and rode my XR at least 1 day per week throughout the entire winter. My mid-height windshield and elephant ears worked well even with windchills close to zero degrees.

Winter riding has less to do with the bike than with the driver. If you tolerate cold well and dress right you can get away with riding year round as long as the roads are clear.

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I agree with everything ammo_umb just said.

Also, for some (myself included), riding without a shield at all is a must, which automatically removes the XC off the list. Others would never ride without a shield/fairing, so to them the XR provides no real benefit.

If I had the financial means to afford having two bikes, I might have considered the XC and a Kingpin. But, since I can only have one bike, the XR provides the flexibility of riding into full breeze on shorter runs during hot summer days, as well as riding in cold weather, with the shield on.

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Now that I have the mid-height windshield on my 2011 XR, I am very impressed with the protection. The shield is even wide enough to give you some hand protection, although you get more on the XC. Even with the short screen I had, I could ride comfortably in the upper 30s. With the mid shield and the lowers, I have gotten rid of any buffeting as well. Honestly, I don't think the XC would be much of an improvement if you are wearing winter gloves when it's really cold. Combine that with my heated grips, and my hands are toasty no matter the temperature.

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Ammo, where did you get your "elephant ears"? What part number is it, and do you know if they are still available? Thanks, looking for a set for my 2010 XC

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http://www.purepolaris.com/en-us/Vic...ft%2blowers%22

This is where I got mine. Hope this helps...

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Toejam,
The same item RonBou listed at Pure Polaris can be found in some dealerships. I got lucky and found them on the shelf. Note that they make these for forged highway bars or tubular highway bars; if you pick some up or order them make sure you get the ones for your bars.

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Maybe when it turns cold, I'll want my windshield on. But, I just don't like them at all. granted I don't go tripping for 500 mile rides. It is nice to tuck under a shield if it is raining. But, for me, the best windshield is my visor on my 3/4 helmet.

What I need to figure out is the best way to carry/store my 3/4 helmet on my bike... **dont say get a truck :P

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Henry,
Bar end lock or mounting the tubular highway bar helmet lock to the bag protection bars are about your best options.

By the way, even 200-300 mile rides without the windshield wears on you. Why fight the wind when you don't have to!

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Henry,
Bar end lock or mounting the tubular highway bar helmet lock to the bag protection bars are about your best options.
a lock on my guard rails is a great idea!
I was also trying to think of a way to carry the helmet, while riding. Either I decided to wear my half, or go no helmet in states that allow it. I know I know. But, as my dad always says, if your going to be stupid or have to be tough.


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By the way, even 200-300 mile rides without the windshield wears on you. Why fight the wind when you don't have to!
My dad always makes this argument also. But, I never really mind the wind. I don't even notice it. But, I do notice the buffeting with the shield on. lower deflectors removed about 75% of the buffeting, but still enough there to annoy me. When I goes cold this winter, I have the highway bar shutouts ready. Now just have to find a jacket I like...

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