Conditions turned out to be profoundly windy for the first week of the ride; it was pretty punishing. A lot of other riders in MI, WI and MN commented on how unusual it was, and in MB they had had a tornado touch down. (I didn't meet many other riders in ON, QB, NY). The rain didn't bother me much, but a fairing would've helped a lot with the wind.
I might not like a large fairing either, and I doubt one would've helped much for the crosswinds in the Dakotas and NB...but I think I would have liked the chance to find out.
'96 R1100GS, the Black Beast. Most recently: 6000 miles thru US + CA
. (past) 09 XCountry; 05 Tiger, sold after 32 dual sporting US states; and about a dozen on & off road Japanese bikes, all good in their own way, ridden in the US & Japan.
"You just have to ride the bike and not worry." - Hank
(with half a million miles on his 95 GS)