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post #1 of 31 Old 03-24-2008, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Oh no, why did I have to read that!!!!
I was told by many riders, (forum riders) that the strom, behaves badly in wind.

This was to be my next ride.

Right now my bike is a 05 sv650s , of which the wind does not affect it hardly at all.

Guess, I'll have to stay in my sportbike posture.
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post #2 of 31 Old 03-24-2008, 11:15 AM
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The Strom behaves no worse in wind than any other bike.

Come to think of it I rode a buddies old VFR750 and it was sort of barn door like when you got a good crosswind going.

No point making mountains out of mole hills, the Strom is fine.

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Utter BS

There were gusts up to 45mph around Daytona at Bike Week. My DL1k handled just fine. In fact, a guy following me on a chopper was having a worse time of than me, I suspect because of his poor steering geometry.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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The only reason people PERCIEVE that the Vstrom performs bad in wind is when NEW riders White knuckle their bars in the wind.

Tight grip on the bars and the bike is more readily moved when the wind hits the rider and the movement of the rider is transmitted down their arms to the steering input.

Its the same as ANY bike.

I rode it in a Crosswind of about 50 mph with gusts to 65 mph and ... Loose grip - let the bike wander a little with the gusts (Even with my left sided lean to keep going straight haha) and he performed excellently.

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Oh no, why did I have to read that!!!!
I was told by many riders, (forum riders) that the strom, behaves badly in wind.

This was to be my next ride.

Right now my bike is a 05 sv650s , of which the wind does not affect it hardly at all.

Guess, I'll have to stay in my sportbike posture.
Don
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Oh no, why did I have to read that!!!!
I was told by many riders, (forum riders) that the strom, behaves badly in wind.

This was to be my next ride.

Right now my bike is a 05 sv650s , of which the wind does not affect it hardly at all.

Guess, I'll have to stay in my sportbike posture.
Don

Are you serious? You'd change bikes because of how it does in the wind? I'm sure you will find something this "serious" wrong with every bike.

It sounds like you are in search of the mythical perfect bike. You'd have better luck finding the Holy Grail. I've found far bigger things to be concerned about with every bike I've ever owned I can tell you that.

I guarantee you won't be able to trade your SV for any bike and not give up something you like about your '05, and you will inherit something about the new bike you don't like as well.

Good luck to you on your SV and your next bike. A long riding career and many happy miles to you.

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Don't worry, lean in and hang on.

The bike is not particularly succeptible to wind.

It's mainly the farkles, like windsheilds, cases, plywood, skinny passengers in baggy suits, shelving and, of course, the gaff sail on the mizzen mast.

So just ride and be happy and stay the hell away from tornadoes.

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I think there is a perceived sense of cross-wind susceptibility when it comes to the Strom, especially for newer Strom owners (like myself). Coming from a cruiser, it DOES feel like it gets thrown around more. Just this past weekend, I took my Wee up to Mt. St. Helens on a group ride. I definitely experienced a few "oh crap" moments when I felt the gusts of wind hit me and began sliding towards the wall of snow to my right.

In addition, I live near a mountain pass on I-90 and we get some pretty hardcore winds on that stretch of highway. Coming back from the ride, I was getting pushed around my lane pretty good, back and forth. I never experienced that much movement on my VTX, and I've rode it in all sorts of conditions.

Having said all that, I still think it's just a matter of getting used to a new bike and learning how to control it properly. Every bike will have certain handling issues in certain conditions. I think they can all be corrected with proper rider control, which comes with experience.

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some bikes are more sail-like than others. they are easy to spot ... the large, fully-faired, plastic-wrapped touring/sport touring bikes. sheets of ABS catch more wind than does a bike with air passages.

to me, the strom does not catch a lot of air. there is a lot of open space. but that doesn't mean it can't be moved around by wind. i used to commute across the dumbarton bridge here in the bay area, and at around 5-6 p.m., there is a good, stiff wind whistling across it. many times i found myself leaned WAY over while riding in a straight line. just relax and let it happen. it's actually kind of fun.
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My daily commute has long stretches where the wind coming off the lake can gust badly. It constantly changes direction just to make things interesting. The first year I rode the Wee I had several "pucker moments".

One piece of advice I read somewhere on this forum was something like "grip the bars like you were holding a small bird. Hold firm enough so it would not fly away but loose enough so you would not hurt it". Life on the Wee has been much more comfortable ever since.
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