My bike is stock except for a bigger rear sprocket and an after market 2 brothers exhaust. It's a black 99. I don't have any touring accessories except a bungie bag.
I spent a good deal of time leaning on the tank on this ride. In that position the wind goes over me.
My route was Minneapolis to Milwaukee; Milwaukee to Muskegon, MI by ferry; Muskegon to Rochester, NY via Cleveland; Rochester to West Hartford, CT.
I was pleased with the comfort of the bird. My butt was a little sore, but the rest of my body is fine.
I have been riding an ST1100 for several years and that is a great bike. I like the wind protection that bike gives with a taller than stock shield. Less bugs on my face. That being said, the bird is awesome.
It was nice weather all the way to Rochester. I got rained on around Lake Seneca in NY. I didn't have rain gear. Oh well. It cleared up for the final two or three hours from Binghamton NY to West Hartford. Most of the trip was rural routes and interstates through the countryside. The vineyards between Buffalo and Rochester smelled nice.
I'll send a photo of my bike when I got back to West Hartford. The man I bought it from in Minneapolis had the stock exhaust. I taped it to the back of the bike for the ride home.