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post #1 of 9 Old 05-06-2016, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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First long(ish) ride on the Wee

I am planning on doing a ride to Vegas and back this summer, It's about 500 miles round trip. The longest rides I did so far were under 200 miles. I decided to take a day trip Wednesday & head east on the I10 to Blythe just to get a feel for what to expect after a few hours in the saddle. The total round trip is 335 miles. Not the best route for scenery, it gets fairly boring pretty quickly. With 42k on the clock, I was a bit nervous but the wee never missed a lick and stayed cool through the steep ascent to Chiriaco Summit. The combination of wind & semi's on the 10 made it exciting (read scary) and took a lot of fun out of the adventure. I tried to relax through the gusty winds and crosswinds, but many times I was riding at a pretty good angle for a few miles. I was a bit sore in the back and arms the next day, but actually not as bad as I expected. I lowered the front end 10 mm before the ride and increased the preload in the rear. It definitely helped compared to my last windy ride before the changes, but I still think I will look into a fork brace soon. I am using the Moose shorty windscreen, I think a taller shield would have made it more comfortable, any opinions would be appreciated. Just thought I would share. Scott
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Yup, a fork brace will help allot. Windscreens.......many different flavors out there, lots of folks swear that the Givi Airflow is best, I myself have a Madstad bracket with their tall touring windscreen. It's gonna take quite a few trips and allot of research along with trial and error to get your bike to suit YOU.
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Hola, the Vegas run is pleasant enough, barring trafic. Stop in Baker for a breather, visit the Mad Greek. The Wee/Vee is a good road bike.
Once your butt is used to miles, the bike can do long days with no trouble.
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Yup, a fork brace will help allot. Windscreens.......many different flavors out there, lots of folks swear that the Givi Airflow is best, I myself have a Madstad bracket with their tall touring windscreen. It's gonna take quite a few trips and allot of research along with trial and error to get your bike to suit YOU.
Don't know what year your strom is, but there is a whole lotta aftermarket accessories out there, many of good ones and not so good.
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Thanks guys! I just dumped the stock mirrors for some cheap ($9 shipped on ebay) round bar end mirrors, which just about eliminated helmet buffeting under normal (non windy) riding conditions. Until I hit the windy 10 fwy, I was very impressed with the improvement, although I know the mirrors don't affect the front end being pushed around due to the gusts and trucks. Fork brace is next on my list.
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Hola, the Vegas run is pleasant enough, barring trafic. Stop in Baker for a breather, visit the Mad Greek. The Wee/Vee is a good road bike.
Once your butt is used to miles, the bike can do long days with no trouble.
Yes I have driven my truck several times and even rode my DR 441 a few years ago, until I had to turn back at Ft. Irwin Rd. due to internal engine noises that ended up being a thrust washer that was left off the gear cluster (previous owner must've had it apart) causing the circlip to fail and the gear to slide into the crankshaft! Last year, you suggested I take the back route on the 62 past Kelso to Kelbaker Rd. With traffic on the 15 being so bad these days, that sounds much more interesting to me. That is most likely the route I will take. Thanks!
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I have taken Kel-Baker road to Kelso then on to Kelso-Cima road through the Mohave National Preserve. Much nicer than dealing with the crazies on I-15. There's a little cafe in the historic Kelso train station, although I believe it's only open Thursday through Monday.

You could actually start at Twentynine Palms and go through Amboy. Plan your fuel stops accordingly. Enjoy.
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Yup, a fork brace will help allot. Windscreens.......many different flavors out there, lots of folks swear that the Givi Airflow is best, I myself have a Madstad bracket with their tall touring windscreen. It's gonna take quite a few trips and allot of research along with trial and error to get your bike to suit YOU.
Don't know what year your strom is, but there is a whole lotta aftermarket accessories out there, many of good ones and not so good.
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I have a 2005 650 with 42 k on the odo that I purchased a bit over a year ago. It has motec crash bars, center stand and a nice skidplate that were already installed when I purchased it. Other than a K&N air filter it is otherwise stock. My last 'street' bike was a 1988 Yamaha FZ 600 sportbike, that I owned in the late 1990's, so this is a lot more bike than I have been used to for awhile! Since (& before) then I have been on various dual sport or dirt bikes, and my last was a DR 350 (441 cc kit). After riding the Wee, I do not miss it much! Especially on the freeway...
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Get the fork brace now. Put it on ASAP. AdventureTech, LLC. - Home

A bigger windscreen might get pulled around by the wind more.

Countersteer into the gusts. Stay loose on the bike. Look way down the road.

Be sure your tire pressures are right; follow the swing arm sticker pressures.

We want about 40 mm of sag both front and rear. This is what the preload adjusters do.

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Get the fork brace now. Put it on ASAP. AdventureTech, LLC. - Home

A bigger windscreen might get pulled around by the wind more.

Countersteer into the gusts. Stay loose on the bike. Look way down the road.

Be sure your tire pressures are right; follow the swing arm sticker pressures.

We want about 40 mm of sag both front and rear. This is what the preload adjusters do.
Thanks for the info to all! I am 1 click from full preload on the rear spring the and getting 45 MM of sag, about the same in front. I noticed a huge improvement over previously having preload in the middle of adjustment range. Much more stable in wind and in general. I just ordered a 'StromBrace' a minute ago, from ebay. Figured for $62 it would do the job well enough, based on reviews I've seen. I was wondering about the larger windshield acting as a sail and exacerbating the whole problem. I think I will stick with the shorty moose I am using set to the "4th position" for now (may try the 'secret' 5th position soon though). Got a fork seal blown, noticed it on the trip back, so need to fix that, I just got seal in yesterday. I guess I should have done it when I did the other fork tube last year. Hopefully the fork brace will be here in time to install when I re-assemble the front end, I am anxious to try it out. Thanks again to all.
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