That's very unusual, Like 610 asked, were the lowers closed and the wind deflectors on the sides of the fairing closed? You should be able to move the air around almost anywhere you want to. By chance, your not like 6' 10" are you? Just noticed, you said xct in title, then you said cross country in body of text, was it a xct or a cc, there is a difference with wind management on each of these bikes. Did the bike have the hard lower fairings with adjustable vents in them or just an engine guard type bar. from what you described, you were on a cc, did it have a trunk? Go back, ride a Cross Country Tour with the trunk, if you like the wind management on this one, buy it, take it home, take trunk off (takes about ten minutes or less, all quick disconnect) except for long trips when you need storage, get a shorter windshield, and then you have a Cross Country with a few handy extras like MP3 hook up, better wind management and extra storage when you need it. Don't give up on these bikes, they are great, just find the right one for you. and if it's not for you, then no harm done, at least you tried it and decided its not for you, but I think if the wind bothered you, you weren't on a Cross Country Tour (XCT). Theres a lot of complaints on this forum from CC riders and they solve it with soft lowers, just research the forum, don't let the wind keep you from riding, I thought that's why we do it, "Wind in our face" Good luck with whatever you decide.
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