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Oh no, why did I have to read that!!!!
I was told by many riders, (forum riders) that the strom, behaves badly in wind.

This was to be my next ride.
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Right now my bike is a 05 sv650s , of which the wind does not affect it hardly at all.

Guess, I'll have to stay in my sportbike posture.
Don
 

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The Strom behaves no worse in wind than any other bike.

Come to think of it I rode a buddies old VFR750 and it was sort of barn door like when you got a good crosswind going.

No point making mountains out of mole hills, the Strom is fine.
 

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Utter BS

There were gusts up to 45mph around Daytona at Bike Week. My DL1k handled just fine. In fact, a guy following me on a chopper was having a worse time of than me, I suspect because of his poor steering geometry.
 

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The only reason people PERCIEVE that the Vstrom performs bad in wind is when NEW riders White knuckle their bars in the wind.

Tight grip on the bars and the bike is more readily moved when the wind hits the rider and the movement of the rider is transmitted down their arms to the steering input.

Its the same as ANY bike.

I rode it in a Crosswind of about 50 mph with gusts to 65 mph and ... Loose grip - let the bike wander a little with the gusts (Even with my left sided lean to keep going straight haha) and he performed excellently.
 

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What?

Oh no, why did I have to read that!!!!
I was told by many riders, (forum riders) that the strom, behaves badly in wind.

This was to be my next ride.
:confused:
Right now my bike is a 05 sv650s , of which the wind does not affect it hardly at all.

Guess, I'll have to stay in my sportbike posture.
Don
I'll say to you the same thing I say to everyone questioning riding conditions, handling, abilities, "Learn to ride, weather happens, take off your skirt and ride like a man."
 

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Oh no, why did I have to read that!!!!
I was told by many riders, (forum riders) that the strom, behaves badly in wind.

This was to be my next ride.
:confused:
Right now my bike is a 05 sv650s , of which the wind does not affect it hardly at all.

Guess, I'll have to stay in my sportbike posture.
Don

Are you serious? You'd change bikes because of how it does in the wind? I'm sure you will find something this "serious" wrong with every bike.

It sounds like you are in search of the mythical perfect bike. You'd have better luck finding the Holy Grail. I've found far bigger things to be concerned about with every bike I've ever owned I can tell you that.

I guarantee you won't be able to trade your SV for any bike and not give up something you like about your '05, and you will inherit something about the new bike you don't like as well.

Good luck to you on your SV and your next bike. A long riding career and many happy miles to you.
 

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Don't worry, lean in and hang on.

The bike is not particularly succeptible to wind.

It's mainly the farkles, like windsheilds, cases, plywood, skinny passengers in baggy suits, shelving and, of course, the gaff sail on the mizzen mast.

So just ride and be happy and stay the hell away from tornadoes.
 

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I think there is a perceived sense of cross-wind susceptibility when it comes to the Strom, especially for newer Strom owners (like myself). Coming from a cruiser, it DOES feel like it gets thrown around more. Just this past weekend, I took my Wee up to Mt. St. Helens on a group ride. I definitely experienced a few "oh crap" moments when I felt the gusts of wind hit me and began sliding towards the wall of snow to my right.

In addition, I live near a mountain pass on I-90 and we get some pretty hardcore winds on that stretch of highway. Coming back from the ride, I was getting pushed around my lane pretty good, back and forth. I never experienced that much movement on my VTX, and I've rode it in all sorts of conditions.

Having said all that, I still think it's just a matter of getting used to a new bike and learning how to control it properly. Every bike will have certain handling issues in certain conditions. I think they can all be corrected with proper rider control, which comes with experience.
 

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some bikes are more sail-like than others. they are easy to spot ... the large, fully-faired, plastic-wrapped touring/sport touring bikes. sheets of ABS catch more wind than does a bike with air passages.

to me, the strom does not catch a lot of air. there is a lot of open space. but that doesn't mean it can't be moved around by wind. i used to commute across the dumbarton bridge here in the bay area, and at around 5-6 p.m., there is a good, stiff wind whistling across it. many times i found myself leaned WAY over while riding in a straight line. just relax and let it happen. it's actually kind of fun. ;)
 

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My daily commute has long stretches where the wind coming off the lake can gust badly. It constantly changes direction just to make things interesting. The first year I rode the Wee I had several "pucker moments".

One piece of advice I read somewhere on this forum was something like "grip the bars like you were holding a small bird. Hold firm enough so it would not fly away but loose enough so you would not hurt it". Life on the Wee has been much more comfortable ever since.
 

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I think .38 Special said it best: "Hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you cling too tightly, you're gonna lose control." They may have been singing about something else, but that's good advice for riding in crosswinds.
 

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In one of the wind threads over the past several months, someone mentioned that it wasn't so much the bike that is being blown around, as it was the rider. As I try to remember my really bad wind ride last June, there is some of that which rings true. The wind would broadside me with a gust moving me around enough that I felt my balance upset - like if I don't do something quickly here I'm going to be blown over. It was that constant unbalance feeling that had me scared. I really don't remember the bike moving in the lane all that much (apart from my constant corrections which I had be careful with so they didn't become overcorrections). I'm sure it was a newbie thing which I'll try to ignore.
 

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Back when I had the Wee I did find myself riding hour after hour on top of PA mountains in strong crosswinds. It wasn't necessarily difficult, but it was fatiguing. I found myself wishing for a heavier bike. It was one of the factors that inspired me to move to the Vee. Crosswinds are much less noticeable on the Vee. For me crosswind handling between the Wee and Vee are night and day different.
 

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I was out today, short ride as it was below freezing, just a few observations, I installed a fork brace from SV Racing and not one of those things that I would say Wow, but... 25-30 mile per hour cross winds and it does make a difference, not the same as my nomad but as others have said "stay loose" I did make up my mine today that the Nomad is going to be for sale this spring. I did not get my Wee until late last fall and winter left a question mark but with Givi bags and as much fun as this bike is it will be my work bike (120 miles one way) and tourer as time allows. One other thing about wind is this bike is much easier to counter steer then the Nomad and I feel that it just plain allows more control.
 

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Works fine with crosswinds as far as I'm concerned.....no worse than any other bike I've ridden. You need to go ride one and see for yourself, you'll be the best judge.
 

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It's not the wind, it's the damn tumbleweeds!

I don't mind the wind too much. I really dislike the VW-size tumbleweeds. Nothing like a good tumbleweed broadside at 30-40 MPH to get the adrenline pumping. Big or little, they're all prickly and sharp.
 

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Thanks for iformative posts

OKAY,,
Now I feel better. I know some riders with years of experience hardly notice a 25 mph or so wind.. Of course the real high wind is another story on most any bike.\

I have an appointment to ride a wee, in Des Moines on the18th of April. Need to be there for another meeting, or would go now. I live about 100 miles from there.
Thanks again for all the info.
Don
 
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