What are you riding on now?
Do you know the history of your bike? Light front end feel at highway speeds may mean the P.O. installed lowering links and didn't raise the forks tin the triple tree by the same amount. That lets more air get under the cowling.
I ride a DL650A K8, I do not know detailed previous history as I bought from a dealer so did not speak with P.O. I doubt he did any mod, but in any case, is it possible to check if he installed lowering links and didn't raise the forks tin the triple tree by the same amount?
Got a top case on there? What are you running for tire pressures? Make sure the rear is 2 to 4 lbs. higher than the front.
I have a top case (OEM). Tire pressure is 2.25-2.75 bars (32.6-39.9 psi) as I often ride with passenger.
What other bikes have you owned that you're making the comparison? Could you just be learning about the handling characteristics of our bikes?
If you could supply more specifics, we might be able to offer more specific info.
Previous bike was an Honda NTV650, completely different word, hard to compare with... lighter bike, much more front-loaded, no fairings, no windshield, no top case. It also had problems with the high wind we have here, but I did not expect much from that bike, while I was hoping in something more from the Wee (500$ vs 5000$).
Anyway, I am surely learning to handle the V-Strom. This forum has been precious in offering a lot of experience, I read a lot about issues and solutions. I want to get mileage on the bike to feel which of the issues are also mine and try to find my best solution. This will take time, I know, no probl.
The aim of this thread, and I apologize if I wasn't able to clarify, might be restated like this:
"Knowing the handling characteristics of a DL650A, did anyone find better to use a specific set of tires for a trip which will comprise 3500km of highway, and some 1000km of off-road ranging from hard-packed dirt to loose gravel with some water crossings?"
I understand riding abilities make a big difference, so consider that I do not have off-road experience with this bike and probably will not get much more before the trip. Offcourse I know that, so I am not expecting to be able to ride crazy speeds on loose gravel just because I got dual tires... I would also like not to be forced to ride 10mph with both legs down for long distances just because I feel my wheels going every directions... I am not sure if I am making any sense...
I forgot to say thanks for the replies!