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post #1 of 25 Old 04-04-2010, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Wind and other thoughts.

I just got back from a trip from my home in central Illinois to Bloomington Indiana to see the family for Easter. The crosswinds in Illinois were fierce! Really disconcerted me at first. Once I got used to them they just tired me out. Got me to wondering is the Wee is more prone to being pushed around because of its height. Do the cruiser guys get bashed around like us?
On a side note, you guys in Southern Indiana have some good biking! I also think 300 miles a day is my limit on the stock seat. I've done over 400 before but 300 leaves me still happy. Anyway, random thoughts.
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Bigger cruisers don't get pushed around as bad, my 1600 was pretty much solid in about anything shy of a tornado. Keep in mind it also weighed around 830 LBS! My Vee isn't real bad, but high winds will move you around some, not a lot, but you'll notice it. Like you stated the tall bike will catch more air, and some have installed fork braces to help with this, I haven't----yet! Cheers--BB

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I've got a picture around here my buddy took on his way to Sturgis. All the bikes are leaning the wrong way in a corner....

I think it is way more about the configuration of the bike than the weight. My ST 1100 will take a pretty good push, but the Yammie Venture Royale that was before it was rock solid in anything. The ST weighs 725# Dry! But lots of plastic....

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Early last year I rode my 650 in a wicked gusting crosswind. Not only did the bike weave and bob, but my head and helmet did too. It shook up my inner ear somehow and I ended up pulling over, dizzy and nauseous. I layed down on the grass island at a truck stop for half an hour before riding on, barely recovered. Weird. I bought a Concours a week or so later.

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Try riding a KLR650 in severe crosswinds. I can assure you you'll have a bit more respect for the Strom versus the KLR when it comes to crosswinds. Not that the Strom is perfect. It will still get blown around. I have found that a Scott's steering stabilizer and a fork brace make a huge difference on the Strom. Still subject to being blown around but not so violently....YMMV
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My previous bike was a Concours C-14 -- about 700#. Before that it was a Kawa Voyager -- about 800#. Both faired bikes, both much heavier than my Wee.

I expect the Wee to be moved around in a cross-wind and behind trucks more than either of the above simply because it is so much lighter. I've added the fork brace and the Scotts is in the mail, so I've done everything I can to make it manageable. If it gets too bad at the speeds I want to run, I'll just slow down a bit and enjoy the ride.

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The Fork Brace really helps in gusty x-winds.
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The problem with the Strom in winds is that it is tall, and what bodywork it has is located up fairly high. It's not really any worse than my old '95 Concours was, though.

My ZRX1100 was absolutely rock solid in side winds - barely move at all in response to them. Slightly heavier, much less side area, and much lower, than the Strom. The rider got pummeled by the wind, however.
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I just got back from a trip from my home in central Illinois to Bloomington Indiana to see the family for Easter. The crosswinds in Illinois were fierce! Really disconcerted me at first. Once I got used to them they just tired me out. Got me to wondering is the Wee is more prone to being pushed around because of its height.
Yes, and suspension. If you think the DL650 is bad in crosswind gusts or passing trucks, try a KLR....

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Do the cruiser guys get bashed around like us?
No, they have other issues to deal with, though.

A fork brace and suspension upgrades go a long way in alleviating any issues. Most sidewind complaints occur in Spring and Fall, when the air is colder and more dense.

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I rode my Boulevard C50T from Alberta to southern Ontario (2300 miles) in 5 days the fall of 2008. The wind was fairly strong on the Priaries and I was doing 85 and the bike simply could not go any faster. There were stretches that I had to duck down low ont he tank to maintain speed and stability. But I never felt that I was going to be blown off the road and into the ditch.

Yes, most bikes would get blown around a bit, especially, anything that is less than say 800 lbs. I suspect the size of the windscreen has a lot to do with it as well. My mid-sized cruiser (650 lbs wet) has a large and tall windscreen so it would be expected for it to be suspectable to strong wind as in anything in excess of 40 mph from the side.

As I have just picked my Wee last week, I do not yet have any experience with strong cross with it.

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