New Cross Roads Owner
I have a new 2012 Victory Cross Roads in Red. Overall, very happy with it. While not as fast as my prior bike (Triumph Speed Triple), it is infinitely more comfortable to ride. I live in Midwest and the handling and power of the Triumph were just wasted here. The Victory is much better suited to the riding I can do, wandering around mostly straight but scenic backroads.
I do have three questions I did not see in some quick searches.
-I am not sure if my bike has the oem or stage 1 exhaust. Is the exhaust marked in any way to tell for sure? I saw in a search if you shine a flashlight in the end and see a baffle its oem, if it goes straight all the way down the length its stage 1. But is there any easier way to tell other than trying to look through the small 1" hole?
-I love the way the bike looks sans shield, but like most, the wind pressure is a bit much on the interstate with the bolt upright riding position. I wondered, can a backrest help support one's body well enough to not have to resort to a shield? I see many folks get back rest for extra support on Cross Countrys, but I never read in my searches people using it for more than lower back support, but to help hold you up against wind blast when riding a Cross Roads without a shield.
-My bike came with the mid height shield. I added the lower fork deflectors and that helped with buffeting but its still there enough to be uncomfortable at 70mph. When riding with a shield, I am debating between going to a much taller or much shorter shield. I see cee bailey makes 15"-23" versions. My oem one is roughly 20". Does anyone have experience with a super short 15" shield? Does it get your helmet into clean air, or still rough? (I am 5'10", 195 lbs). I think the 23" has a better chance for reduced buffeting, but at my height, I fear a 23" is just tall enough to put the top edge right in my field of view. I almost need a 25", but no one makes one. The 20" oem one I can easily look over, I have to hunch quite a bit to look through it.