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    All of my bikes too have some sort of fairing. Nothing as big as an RT but always enough to keep some wind and weather off. I find for myself I like the look of bikes with fairings more so that naked bikes with a few exceptions.
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    [QUOTE=R65_Steve;1249488]Got me thinking. I like this Rockster and I like the naked look, but if I knew it was going to be this miserable I would have bolted on a goofy fairing for the trip./QUOTE]

    You are thinking of a windshield.

    There are windshields and there are fairings.

    Windshields in my experience don't do much.

    Fairings on the other hand, will protect your whole body ... although not necessarily your face. Your face is, again, protected by the windshield on the fairing. It's the fairing beneath the windshield that helps keep you a little warmer. In the summer, perhaps a lot hotter.

    On my RT, I keep the adjustable windscreen adjusted pretty low. If it's raining, I'll raise it a bit to divert water from my faceshield, but I still want to look over the windscreen. When it's not raining, wind on my faceshield is meaningless. One time it was really cold and having not dressed properly, I had a cold wind down my back. I really raised the windscreen to combat that.

    The notion a windscreen can put you in a windless bubble is fantasy I think. In any event I wouldn't want one big enough to do that. It's going to be cold on a bike without a fairing. Don't think just a windscreen will help much. There is heated clothing and jackets that don't breathe and there are rainsuits.
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    I agree that a fairing is much different than just a windscreen or windshield. My R100RS was the first motorcycle that I had ever ridden that has a full fairing. A full fairing provides a decent amount of wind and weather protection. A windshield can be functional, but also a PITA. I had a windscreen on a Honda Shadow that, while saving bugs from hitting my face shield at times, it also caused a quite a bit of wind/helmet buffeting, which isn't pleasant. It was rigid mounted, not really adjustable, so I either had to live with it, or take it off. Instead, I sold the motorcycle.

    I don't wear heated gear mostly because my personal riding habits really don't require it. When I ride any distance, it's usually in fair weather. I do have a decent Belstaff Mercury riding jacket, a decent pair of riding pants, and rain pants that I keep in my bags. I've never found myself too wet or too cold. My riding pants have a liner, as does the jacket. So, pretty easy to adjust layers as necessary. I've ridden in fairly steady rain, rain and wind, and I think the coldest I ever rode while it was raining was like 43 degrees. I believe that particular day or days, my trip was around 35 or 40 miles, and my biggest fear was that it would cool down and freeze. I also stayed dry and warm.

    I think the gear you buy and wear as well as how you outfit wind/weather protection on your motorcycle is very dependent on your riding habits. There are a lot of years of experience on this forum, so have fun sifting through it all!
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    Fairings are good, and windshields are also good. I rode an ’96 R1100R with a Parabellum windshield for 10 years taking a lot of trips. The windshield worked great, but could not be adjusted. However, without a fairing the windshield only blocked the top half from most of the wind, rain, cold, and most of the insects, etc.

    Although I loved that bike, in ‘06, I traded it in for an ’06 RT. I wanted the additional protection a fairing could give, and I have to admit that I love the adjustable windshield. I’ve got an ’18 RT now, but still wear a heated vest in winter. As an aside I have a friend that was an HPD motorcycle peace officer (Harley nan) who jokingly called me a wussy for wearing a heated vest on a long-distance trip back in the 90s. Because we were friends, I told him I would rather be a warm wussy than a cold He-man. (Although we were joking, I still think he got a little upset for a few hours.) I guess my point is that I wear a heated vest sometimes when it gets cold even though I have a heated seat and heated grips, and a two-piece Aerostich suit. The cold bothers me. On the other hand, I can ride in the Texas summer heat without a problem.

    Go with what makes you comfortable. Everyone is different.

    Be careful out there.

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    It helps a lot depending on your riding habits

    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post
    Took a couple of days off to do a ride around the WV mountains. Left this morning on my naked bike and it was cool. Low 50's. Started to rain and then I never recovered my warmth. I had on a T shirt, another T shirt, a sweatshirt and zipped the rain liner in my RevIt Sand jacket. Had the rain liners in the vented touring pants and a pair of under armor running tights on under that. Bottom was generally OK. But I felt I cold never break the chill up top. Between the weather and the gas shortage, I just cut the trip short.

    Got me thinking. I like this Rockster and I like the naked look, but if I knew it was going to be this miserable I would have bolted on a goofy fairing for the trip. Then again, there's a lot of times, that I feel maybe I should have bought a different bike. I don't see myself as an RT guy, but maybe a GS with a windshield and wings?

    Those of you that have done both, how much help is it? There's not much cool weather left this spring, but for maybe the fall if I don't trade for something else (unlikely).
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    HI Steve, IF you do much riding at speed I would suggest you get a bike with a full faring. I used to have a r1100 here in Taiwan (back before they were legal, long story) and rode naked (the bike that is) , which was fine here. Because of road conditions and mountains I never rode at any speed like I would in the USA , so it was fine without a faring. In the States, I've put a thousand miles a day on my rs and without that faring it would have been impossible...for me to do. I rode an r90s for a few years in the States and that was a good faring but didn't block wind off your legs. Since I live in Texas half the time, I sometimes take the lowers off the rs in the summer time to get rid of the heat. I think any type faring would be better than no faring at all; maybe a windshield with wings for lowers would work too. Bikes with a good full faring that worked for me for highway have been the 1978, 1980 r100rs and a 2006 r1150rs. If you do a lot of mountain riding I would suggest a r90s or k75s as both are agile, have a pretty good upper faring. I've had both and loved them for that purpose.
    To give an example: Back in the 80's I was on my r100rs between Yellowstone and Red Lodge Mt., lots of curvy winding roads. I was going at a pretty good clip and looked behind me and saw a bike coming up fast. Well naturally I sped up a little (why do we do that?) and was doing all I could to keep this highway machine on the road. Well in a minute or two the bike smoothly passed me; (it was an r90s) the young guy on the front gave me a little nod and the little girl on the back calmly waved her tootsie roll pop at me.
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    I have a couple of friends from Newfoundland in Taichung.
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    Not a good time to be here..off subject also

    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    I have a couple of friends from Newfoundland in Taichung.
    I bet they wish they were back home; it's getting hotter than hell now and the covid has gone wild. Schools are now closed and most eating places also. We were doing good until a commercial airline pilot came in and decided it was ok for him to go out and mingle than quarantine like he should have. Of course he had it and spread it.
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