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post #1 of 31 Old 04-27-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Help with riding in the wind

I bought a brand new 2012 model, DL1000 in February last year. Have clocked around 8000 kms. on the bike, mainly around the suburbs. Had great plans for interstate riding but have not had the nerve to attempt it yet.

Not sure if its expectation or inexperience but I am not enjoying it. I have ridden a lot in India, Calcutta to be precise, so pretty adept in heavy traffic and slower riding conditions. It's the freeway that unnerves me. Never seem able to keep the speed limit and as a result always have someone up my backside. I also have this gnawing inside that something is not quite right with the bike. It feels unsteady, even the slightest gust of wind, blows me across lanes. I have had the dealer look at it and they have come back negative. If there is anyone living in the SE suburbs of Melbourne and has the time, if you could please get in touch. It could be the issues are in my head and reassurances from a fellow rider will go a long way.

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post #2 of 31 Old 04-27-2015, 10:06 PM
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Hi Chuck D
Cross winds can be quite unnerving, there are some things that can be done to minimise the issues.
From what I have read, Avoid the death grip on the handlebars, loose and flexible is better. Slightly grip the tank with the knee's, keeps you and the bike as one unit.
I have put a fork brace on and it has made a big difference.
Hope this is some help
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Hi and welcome to the forum Chuck.
You must be adept at riding if you have ridden in Calcutta, as you say at a slower pace and probably on a smaller machine. My suggestion would be to enrol in a riding coarse with a reputable company. The money will be well worth it, and you'll get heaps more satisfaction from your new pride and joy.
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Thanks Bruce, I'm a Melbourne Storm supporter by the way.

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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Hi Chuck D
Cross winds can be quite unnerving, there are some things that can be done to minimise the issues.
From what I have read, Avoid the death grip on the handlebars, loose and flexible is better. Slightly grip the tank with the knee's, keeps you and the bike as one unit.
I have put a fork brace on and it has made a big difference.
Hope this is some help
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+1 for the fork brace. Did not think it would make that much difference initially, the difference is night and day.

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I too had problems with cross winds on mine. The advice to remain relaxed and your head up and focused on where you want to go was the single best advice I received. Focusing too near the bike with your eyes pointed at the ground rather than up toward the horizon will make your riding difficult and you will over-control, and tightening up your grip and body will allow the wind's effect on you to steer the bike.

I rode home in a torrential downpour the other day, with wind gusts directly across my direction of travel that measured out at 73 MPH by the local weather station, and it was difficult but I never felt out of control. It was the good advice of the folks on this forum and a lot of practice that got me through it.

One last thought, though. -Have you checked your tire pressures lately? I had an old Honda I thought was going to kill me, that had developed slow leaks in both tires.
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We can get pretty high straightline winds around here, and they are often sporadic. They blow my truck around and blow semi’s over. Bad part is you can be riding through a forest, air is perfectly still. You then go straight into a field, flat as far as you can see and get hit with one huge blast.

I’ve found riding in high wind, especially when it is not consistent, is a bit similar to riding in sand. Point her in the general direction you want to go and don’t get too concerned with holding a steadfast line. When I used to try to hold my line perfectly with the wind blowing all around, I got tired and unnerved quick. Now I let it “blow me around” within reason and don’t get so worked up about it. Very similar to the advice above, loose grip on the bars and give the bike a bit of freedom.

I did not notice any difference in winds with the fork brace. I didn’t have a good a-b-a test, but a a-3 weeks later b, so I may have forgotten how it used to ride.
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A fork brace makes more of a difference for those who fight the bars. Those with a light touch won't notice as much of a difference.

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Dennis makes a very good point about keeping your sight well down the road. If the wind moves the bike (as it always will), and you're looking across the top of the windscreen down to the road, it'll seem like a very big movement, and you'll likely over correct.

So...check tire pressures. I run the pressure shown on the sticker on the swingarm. Be sure the steering stem bearings aren't too loose. Sit easy on the bike with your hands, arms, body relaxed. Allow the bike to move around a bit under your steady upper body. Counter steer into gusts...when a gust hits from the right, for example, press forward on the right grip as needed to hold your line.
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