Finally got to ride the XC this weekend. The day was great except the wind was nuts! The better half and I rode to Cedar Key and on the way we rode into wind with 40-45 mph cross winds. The bike handled well but I'm glad the lanes are 8 1/2 ft wide! I can't wait until there is another wind screen in the aftermarket because I definitely need something taller. Riding into the wind was not a lot of fun...The ride back, with the wind, was great! We could hear the stereo and only had to contend with the sneak attacks from the breaks in the trees. I love this bike and it tis the best choice I've made and the girl friend agrees. She just can't wait until the backrest comes in!