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post #1 of 15 Old 04-10-2017, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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The more I ride my 2104 DL1000 the more I think it's the bike and not me. When I am riding at higher rates of speeds (70mph+) on turns like highway interchanges it can be rather white knuckling at times especially if there is a little wind. The other day I was riding during a heavy wind and was quite frightening! The bike drifts, the winds do what they want with me and I have to do all I can to keep a line. I know it has a higher center of gravity but my BMW 800GS didn't do this...

I have been reading some blogs that a fork brace may help. Anyone know where I can get a fork brace for a DL1000 2014? I do have a mid sized v-screen aftermarket windscreen, could that be causing it? I'm tempted to put my stock back on to test it out.
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Hi Steve, I find that this bike is very stable even in cross winds. So, the explanation may be somewhere else. Is it possible that you have too much preload in the rear shock? My brother had that problem on the highway to Las Vegas (three years ago). He was scared to keep up with the traffic as his bike was too unstable. We stopped and reduced the preload on the rear of the bike and the problem was solved. Might be worth a try?
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It is not possible to use a fork brace on an upside down fork.

My Vee2 is very stable. Wind or not.

What changes have you made to bike?
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Could that windscreen be lightening the front end? I don't have any issues with my Airstream screen.

Tire pressure is set correctly right?

When I ride in high winds I don't push it, take it slow and make it home, more important.
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something is wrong with your bike - or it's just you. The vee2 is very stable, even at triple digits. Now, the 650 is a different story. That bike could get a little sketchy at speed, with cross winds, buffeting from trucks, etc.

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Let it wander a little bit.. if you tense up it exacerbates the situation.

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I only weigh 155lbs so I have my front set one up from all soft and my rear on all soft. A friend of mine suggested tightening up the fronts a bit more. I just got to thinking the forks may be flexing independently back and forth which would cause the front wheel to micro turn back and forth. Only mods I have done that may change aerodynamics is the medium windscreen and rear top pack. I always check tire PSI so that is good. I have noticed its not bad on flat payment street curves so perhaps the rain drainage groves on the concrete affect this bike more? I'll try a few things like tighten up the front and remove the rear top pack.
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It is not possible to use a fork brace on an upside down fork.

My Vee2 is very stable. Wind or not.

What changes have you made to bike?
Never thought about the USD fork issue. I guess the brace would have to be so high to clear the travel that it would be useless. No major mods other than windscreen and top box.
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As was said previously in this thread just relax and let the bike move around. The tighter you hold the bars the more you will struggle with the bike.

In heavy cross-winds I **literally** lock the throttle and let go of the bars as I am amazed at how stable my 201 DL1000 (and my previous DL650's) is in cross winds.

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The top box can't help, especially if you put any appreciable weight in it. Also wonder with the rain grooves what kind of tires you're on. The stock Battle Wings shouldn't have a problem there, but other tires might.

I agree with the other writers here that this is generally quite a stable bike in crosswinds. I took mine through Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana last autumn and encountered fierce crosswinds. No real problems apart from the noise and the some dancing around--it did better than my old R1100GS.
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