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8) I want to know if any on e else is getting blown around. I have a new DL 1000 and it seems to wander a bit in the wind. Is this normal for this bike? I love this bike so don't think this will put a damper on riding!
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I have found my liter Strom to be very stable in the wind, sure it moves, but not like my Voyager used to move. Any time you want to try my bike in the wind, just give me a shout and we can get together. I'm up in NSB by the airport. After Ernesto lets talk and see what gives with your bike. Glad to have a Strommmer close by.
 

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My Strom,

Welcome to the world of Stroms in central Florida.

I spend a lot of time on my Strom over in your neck of the woods. I regularly teach at SCC most weekends. Matter of fact, I'll be there this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 7 AM until about 2 PM.

There is a lot of talk about dropping the forks in the triple trees about .5 inches. Supposedly this helps the situation. I have NOT done this on my Strom. I ride mostly expressways commuting back and forth to work, I-4, 429, Turnpike, 417 and such. Winds will move you about a bit, but just don't clamp down on the handlebars. You will transmit the wind gusts your body gets hit with into the bike.

Just relax when the wind hits. The V-Strom is a very competent bike and will always bring you home!
 

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I've noticed that while on my K4 DL1000, cross winds seem to have an increased (negative) effect when compared to some of the "naked" bikes or even small fairing bikes like the FZ1. I don't seem to notice it much after a couple of years, but a couple of guys I ride with (1 on an SV1000 the other on an FZ1) don't like my bike in the cross winds.
 

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Nobody is immune to crosswinds

Hi. Early in June I rode I-80 from Chicago to western Nebraska, then part way across Wyoming. The crosswinds were tiresome most of the way, and I enjoyed using other routes that took me into canyons and through hills where crosswinds were less severe.

I thought my 650 V-Strom, laden with gear as high as my head, was catching a lot of wind on I-80, but at Coeur D'Alene ID I compared observations with a Harley rider who had all his baggage in saddlebags, yet experienced similar problems with crosswinds on I-90 through ND and MT.

Yeah, battling crosswinds takes some energy, but not a lot. I'm 64 years old and I rode 560 miles a day four days in a row, westbound, and over 600 miles four days in a row, eastbound. Going east I went through Canada, as far north as Edmonton Alberta, and Canadian crosswinds are much the same as American ones, except a tad wetter when I was there. Saskatchewan was really washed clean when I reached Manitoba, and so was the left side of my V-Strom!

Hang in there, and take shelter from any weather that frightens you. This pastime is supposed to be a challenge sometimes, but limit your risks and you get to take lots and lots of them.

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Hey Keith....little things like winds will never put a damper on riding. I guess us old guys have been blown around so much that we just take in stride. For as light as the V-Strom is, it's not all that bad in the wind. I rode my DRZ400 on a 1500 mile dual sport ride in Mexico last year, and we encountered some nasty winds in the desert. I always felt the bike was under control, even though the winds really affected the light bike. You've got to do things that keep the juices flowing. I just got back from an 8000 mile ride on my V-Strom 1000, and I love the bike more now than when I left. What a bike in the mountains. I'm 71 years young, and already planning my next trip.

PS - I may have had a couple of seat pinching episodes with nasty crosswinds.
 

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Crosswinds ain't what they used to be.

Hey, Lou, thanks for the response.

I can't think of crosswinds without recalling a day in 1964 when I rode a Honda CB77 Super Hawk through rain and crosswinds (left-to-right) so intense that third gear was faster than top. I had absolutely no headgear, and I had to use my left hand to shield one eye from the rain until it insisted on shutting, then I switched my left hand to the other eye and kept on chugging. Bala to Toronto (look it up) is two hours of misery in my memory; fortunately I have ridden the same route this year on my V-Strom in fine weather and almost cried from the splendor and joy of the present.

What do you think of the Oct 14 Cross-Florida ride? If I do it, I wind up in Daytona tired and 250 miles from home. That's not much of a problem, but I would prefer tenting to a $70 motel room.

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I traded my 650 Vstrom in last week on the new Ninja 650R. I didn't like the wind gusts from front and sides on the Strom. It's minimal on the Ninja, and the ninja is lower and more aerodynamic. Not that I needed lower, at 6'2", but it's a lighter more agile bike. Like a mini FZ1 IMHO, which I have had two of in the past.

Anyone want a gel seat? I still have it. $125 plush shipping. It's in perfect condition and really improved the ride for me. It does raise the seat about an inch though for you shorter riders who may be concerned about seat height.

Stan
 
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