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post #1 of 14 Old 09-24-2015, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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2006 DL1000 not stable in winds

I am new to the VStrom world only buying this one few months back.. I like it enough, but have had the clutch basket issue but have had it in the shop and is improved but I find this bike somewhat unstable at about 70 mph and up.. The wind from following in tractor trailers is not much fun and cross winds worse.. The winds seem to destabilize the bike is not confidence inspiring.. I am more used to sport bikes styles having a Ninja 750 prior and Suzuki GS750ES.. I like the riding position on this VStrom but handling a higher speeds seems sketchy..I do ride with and without full Givi bags, but think it is the tall nature of this bike but would hope that the bike should still be manageable at those speeds at those speeds.. Thoughts
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Raising the rear or lowering the front 10-15mm lowers the angle of attack into the air stream and helps front end aerodynamic lift. A fork brace helps the handlebar to front wheel connection from feeling vague. Staying relaxed and holding the grips lightly will keep wind gusts from introducing unwanted steering inputs. Still, it's a taller bike with a more upright seating position so wind will have more influence than with a sport bike.

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its a long shot

but check your steering head bearings for slop

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Assuming a more streamlined riding position helps, too. Pretty scary sometimes in a crosswind.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-24-2015, 11:54 AM
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Going to a stiffer front spring will do wonders for your bike. It is one of the best farkles I have done to mine. It helps but does not completely eliminate the assault from tractor trailers. Like GW said, raise the fork tubes in the clamps about 15mm (which will lower the front end). When approaching a T/T remain confident. Relax your arms but squeeze the tank with our knees until you are out of the turbulence.

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Gizzmo77: I second all of the above. The factory front and rear of the DL1000 is sprung for lighter riders so if your larger say 200lbs + or carry a lot of gear and are aggressive from time to time it tends to wallow, push wide at the exit of a turn and will scrape the center stand and or foot peg when fully leaned over on uneven tarmac. You probably already know this but tires and tire pressure can also worsen the issue. I'm really happy with my 2012 DL1000 with an Elka 4-way shock and Sonic constant rate front springs (both sprung for my weight) with proper viscosity fork oil. The fork brace really helps stability in cross winds and twistys,bumpy or dirt roads . Yes the DL1000 not perfect and isn't a sport bike but properly set up you can humble a lot of them and be comfortable while doing so. Then theirs always the dirt roads you can ride when you feel like it, all the above changes help stability with that as well. Have fun, Jim in Ojai ca
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The bulk of it was said by the grey one

... a taller bike with a more upright seating position so wind will have more influence than with a sport bike."

My ZX9 is far more stable in cross winds than the wee. Ride "Loose". If you do it right, most of the time the tires will stay near the original path, while the upper part is moving around. Still, there will be times when you may need most of your lane. Think of it as challenging, not scary.

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2006 DL1000 not stable in winds

Not sure if this is a repeat or not, I sent reply earlier via my phone but dont see it, so : First, thank you for your responses and suggestions all; 1) I am 200+ lbs, 201 this am ha..working on reducing that but maybe i shouldnt,ha.., and I will try to adjust the suspension, and look into the fork brace; are they easy to install? also my bike came with two wish bones I believe for rear suspension.. have not looked into them yet..suggestions on those..also, handling is ok and no sloppiness with front end, the bike just feels light in the wind even with my wife and I and bags..
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wind

your DLK1000 has the same wind profile as m DL650

wind is no big deal for me (compared to my Ninja 250)

so what is not right with your bike or your riding approach?
you do need to relax your grip

and the bearings etc need to be at least "ok"

don't discount the bike - do find the problem

good luck

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-25-2015, 11:59 AM
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G77 fork brace is a piece of cake to install and well worth the $. Jim in Ojai ca
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