As Andrea is traveling with her parents in Nevada / Arizona / Utah, seeing all the great National Parks there I was alone for the weekend and did short (about 4 hours overall, including breakfast at Alice's Restaurant) trip in the area.
Here's the route:
If you click on the link above, it shows the interactive route in Google Maps. I wanted to get my brain clear and also try all the various additions I made to the bike.
So far, it's pretty awesome! I love the low foot pegs with the rubber inserts. I love the Winglets.
Several times I stopped to change the windshield angle to find the best position for me. When I got back to Alice after the roundtrip to the coast, I also set the seat in the lower position. This, with a medium tilted position of the windshield ended up to be the best setting for me. I won't change this until I get a different windshield. It has the least amount of turbulence and noise but it is still very loud. There is no way of riding without ear plugs, which is not a problem, just sometimes inconvenient. With this setup I could do a longer trip - it would work. Not incredibly comfortable because of the noise and because I just annihilated the advantage of the lower foot pegs, but well enough ... okay, maybe I'm getting old now that I want a motorcycle trip to be comfortable.
If we go on a two up trip where we want to be able to communicate, the way to go is probably still to add a Givi Airflow windshield and a Scala Cardo G4 for communication. The windshield mainly for making communication possible as the current setup directs the air right at face shield height which will make the microphone and noise-reduction logic crazy.
But, so far so good, I had a lot of fun on that trip, frustrated some sport bike riders on Page Mill Road so that had to burn past me on Skyline after not being able to follow me trough the twisty bits. Idiots ... one got nearly hit by an oncoming car as I shot past me with probably 90mph on a not so long straight ...