Need some serious advice on three things, if you have time. Based on your personal riding experience:
1. At speeds in excess of 45 mph (not exceeding 50), on a good, smooth highway, my Sportsman XP 1000 Touring gets "squirrley," meaning squishing or yawing/twitching. With one person. Pretty disconcerting. Something I need to get used to? Factory tires need to be replaced (600 miles)?
2. Headgear: for mixture dirt roads and high speed highway, what are you guys putting on your head? Goggles, bandanas, ball cap backwards, helmet?
3. Windshield: At the kind of speeds we're talking here, would a mid- or tall Polaris windshield block wind? If so, approx how much? Cut down wind noise?
(Please no smart-ass remarks-these are pretty serious questions)
OP I realize you requested ďno smart-ass remarksĒ, however, if you ask a dumb-ass question, youíre going to get ďsmart-assĒ remarks from forum members who proclaim to be safe riders.
Iíll start off with item #2. The moment you place your rearend on the seat of an ATV, you should have a helmet on your head, not just goggles or a bandana, a helmet that is DOT approved.
Now, I get that not everyone wears a helmet, but you did ask the question which allows the general ATV public to voice their opinion, which I have.
Now letís get to point #1. So that I understand, is the question, why are you getting light front end travel left to right specifically in the 45-50mph range on a smooth asphalt surface? If so, most all ATVís will have this. ATVís, unless specifically set up for highway use and are only used on highway, are meant for dirt with factory setup. Once ATVís have a number of trail ridden miles on them, they loosen up in all joints, bearings and bushings as well as the tires really arenít meant for highway use. Once this happens they tend to ďwonderĒ not only on asphalt but also in dirt. You just donít notice it as much in dirt because most often times you donít reach those speeds on trails and the terrain is rough so it just isnít noticeable.
Point #3. Yes windshields do cut down on wind at those speeds but keep in mind, when you deflect wind, you will get more of point 1., just so you are aware.
2015 Polaris Scrambler XP1000
Red Bull Graphics Kit
Spider Graphix - Footwell Dacals
Mud Motorsports Gripper Seat Cover
Rogue Grille - Blk/Blk/Red
Pure Polaris Hand Warmers
Pure Polaris Thumb Warmer
GBC Grim Reaper - 26/9/14 - 26/11/14 on Hiper Sidewinder Beadlocks
All Balls Wheel Bearings FR/RR
ROX Speed FX Foot Pegs
CECCO Frame Braces FR/RR
CECCO Diff Cover
Uni Air Filter
Big Gun Exhaust
Moog SSB Upgrade W/ Custom Zerk
Powermadd Sentinel Handguards
Renthal G169 Grips
Leatt 5.5 V.05 Turbine - Helmet
Oakley Airbrake - Goggles
EVS Sport - Chest/Back Protector
OGIO Dakar - 3L Hydration Pack
Shift Recon - Pants/Jersey/Gloves
Alpinestars MXGP - Jersey
Alpinestars S-MX Air Carbon Mesh - Gloves
Alpinestars Tech 8 - Boots