Its a matter of managing the risks you are exposed to, and the risks you have no control over.
A busy city street with more than 2 lanes and lots of traffic is risky.
An interstate highway with multiple lanes and 18 wheelers and buses is risky for other reasons (throwing tires, they cant see you or stop).
If I have the option I prefer two lane rural or suburban roads with light or no traffic. Cruising at 55 to 60mph with no windshield is sensory pleasant, nice wind over you, nothing blocking your view, no air drag on the bike... Its not the fastest way to get from A to Z, but thats not why Im on a motorbike. I like to stop every 10 to 15 miles for an intersection, and put my feet down, stand up and wiggle my butt - can not do that on a limited access interstate. Also on a two lane road, if you suddenly need to pull over (leg cramp, something in your eye...whatever) the next driveway is usually less than a mile ahead.
The air blast that hits you increases with the square of your speed - so the force of the wind is twice as much at 71mph as it is at 50. At 86mph there is 3 times the force trying to blow you off the bike as there is at 50.
When I put the windshield on my bike, and ride on the interstate at 80mph, its ok in a tolerable way. When I get where Im going and slow down to 45mph with the windshield on, I am miserable. Its like riding around in a glass jar. If the sun is out I stew in my own juices.
I have noticed that people travelling tend to blindly use their GPS to tell them where to go, and it almost always tells them to take the interstate thruways. The secondary roads are often deserted as a result. Thank you US Airforce for GPS! Two lanes, no traffic, no windshield, 60mph = bliss :^)
Last edited by KCW; 04-04-2019 at 03:01 PM.