I have done as thorough a search as I can and for such a well known bike I am surprised that this question has not been covered. Looking to buy a 2009 GS500F for $3200 with new tyres, chain and brakepads so that seems like a pretty OK price. It's for my gf who is a bit leary of the fully faired model, but I thought it would make a difference for short but regular 90 minute rides on the Motorway. She's moving up from a 250. Had a bit of a ride on one today, and as we are well past the fanging stage, it feels like a pretty solid bike with enough power. My question though relates to the fairing; the windshield does seem a bit dinky but that is not necessarily an indication. So... how much buffeting does the fully faired GS500 stop as opposed to the naked model. And also does it have any effect at all for a rear passenger? Will this bike be noticably calmer on the freeway than the unfaired version. Thanks.