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post #1 of 36 Old 11-10-2013, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Crosswind and headwind gusts?

I've got about 300 miles on my Strom, 200 of those have been in the cul-de-sac and around my neighborhood in 3rd gear or less.

Just got back from a ride to Shenandoah National Park... There's about 40 miles of 70 MPH interstate between home and the park.

I had no problem with the highway speeds, but 30 MPH wind gusts kinda freaked me out as they pushed me everywhere but out of my lane. My thumbs still hurt from the death grip that I put on the handlebars.
It was near impossible to do a blindspot head check.

Any suggestions on how to deal with windy weather conditions?
Just ride more and get used to it?

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You described your problem, death grip. The way to ride in the wind is to stay loose. Do not use your hands or knees to grab the bike hard. Use a light touch and let the bike move independently of your body. If you get your mind involved, it's a matter of lightly pushing the bar on the side the wind is coming from to lean into the wind to counter its force. It's better though to just use your natural riding instincts to lean into the wind so you don't take the time to think about it.

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Do you have a fork brace on the bike?

I have on 07, and found that adding one to that bike made a noticeable improvement in handling side winds.

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Do you have a fork brace on the bike?

I have on 07, and found that adding one to that bike made a noticeable improvement in handling side winds.
No. All stock.
I'll look into getting a fork brace and steering stabilizer.

According to the weather report, winds were 28 MPH average, with gusts up to 39 MPH.
I know at 40 MPH, they start disallowing box trucks, trailers, and RVs on some of the bridges around here.

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Raising the fork tubes in the triple trees to the appropriate height was the deciding factor for me regarding head winds. Also set you're front and read sag up proper. The geometry of the DL's is not very wind friendly. Beyond that, follow GW's advice

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The 2012 and later 650 doesn't have the aerodynamic problems the earlier bikes had so lowering the front end isn't needed. A fork brace is a good idea though. Still, it's mostly a rider tensing up problem.

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The 2012 and later 650 doesn't have the aerodynamic problems the earlier bikes had so lowering the front end isn't needed. A fork brace is a good idea though. Still, it's mostly a rider tensing up problem.
Yup, thanks for the correction, forgot to look at the model

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The only time my K7 has real trouble with cross winds they are a tad more than 30mph gusts. Closer to double would be reasonable.
If I know the gusts are coming from my left I will just move to the left of the lane to allow myself more fudge room rather than trying to hold a rigid line. Be flexible and relaxed. Being rigid and constantly fighting the bike in gusty weather is exhausting.

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I'd say the 39 mph gusts had something to do with it. That's enough to make anyone with sense feel a little uneasy.

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I had a similar situation over the weekend. I was headed North on a 2 lane highway and once I got to areas where the corn was cut the wind took over! It went from a nice ride to holy crap in an instant!

My first reaction was to hang on tight. But after a minute or two I recalled riding in my young days and I just got loose on the bike and let it happen.

Same as what GW said - "Use a light touch and let the bike move independently of your body" Thats exactly what you have to do! Oh and once I took a right it was a much nicer ride!
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