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post #1 of 67 Old 10-31-2005, 07:53 PM
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Unstable Wee-strom

Anyone have suggestions on improving the Wee-stroms Interstate manners.

I took a ride down the local interstate from Gainesville to Ocala over the weekend and have never been on a more uncomfortable, twitchy motorcycle in 35 + years of riding.

There was a gusty condtions, (up to 20 25 mph gusts) and the winds were quartering for the majority of the ride. I was not able to find any speed above 55mph that was anywheres close to providing a secure feeling on the bike.

The bike is stock except for a Givi windshield, tire inflations were at 40 psi ft and 38 rear, Suspension is set as delivered.

The front end kept wanting to push out more than anything I have ever ridden, needless to say, I did not return home the same route.

I love this bike around town, but I also love to take off on weekends for destinations unknown, and unless I can find a way to improve the ride the Wee-strom will have to go.
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post #2 of 67 Old 10-31-2005, 08:00 PM
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I had the same problem on my 1000, found out later it was because my suspension way all outta whack.
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post #3 of 67 Old 10-31-2005, 10:18 PM
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It's not the bike. This bike's a quick handler by design, it will out run other bikes in its class in the twisties, therefore it is quick to change directions (fast handling).

In the conditions you were riding, it is best to grip the bike by the thighs and NOT tense up on the handle bars (wind moves you, you force the handle bars as they are being used to "hangon" and the bike moves as a very light input is need to change directions, remember fast handling?).

Slow handling bikes will handle such wind gusts better but will be pigs in the twisties. It's a give n take thing, choose your poison. Oh and BTW, give the rear preload knob about 10 turns clockwise.
post #4 of 67 Old 11-01-2005, 07:55 AM
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The symptoms you describe may be a result of the radial tires. Assuming you don't do too much off road try a set of belted Metzler 880s or another belted tire.

Much more planted feel, with none of the wandering.
post #5 of 67 Old 11-01-2005, 05:31 PM
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Re: Unstable Wee-strom

Originally Posted by opsmng
.... tire inflations were at 40 psi ft and 38 rear, Suspension is set as delivered.
If your are using the Deathwing tyres, try the Suzuki recommender -

Solo Rider 33psi front and 36psi rear
Full Load 33psi front and 41psi rear

You are a trusting sole to believe that the dealer properly set your suspension :shock:
post #6 of 67 Old 11-01-2005, 06:20 PM
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This sounds like exactly what has been plaquing me since 03. My wide upper body catches horrible wind gusts which are transmitted through the bars. Get back on the same road and lay down on the tank, if the ride is OK, it's most likely feedback from you.
post #7 of 67 Old 11-01-2005, 11:13 PM
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Mine is rock solid at all speeds, including highway. I suggest you start by checking all your suspension settings and change your tire pressures - bring everything to stock as per your owner's manual.
post #8 of 67 Old 11-02-2005, 08:31 AM
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Raise the forks

I have had the same problem, and I also got these "tips" on how to ride in the wind. I've been riding for 36 years, and have never had a bike act like this on me. (My previous bike, a KLR650 was tough in the wind too, but nothing like this.) It only happens in certain conditions and I don't think most of these folks have experienced it yet. One person on one of the lists was telling us how it was the rider all the way, then one day he posted that it had happened to him and scared the crap out of him.

I raised the forks (lowered the front end) 18mm, and that has helped quite a bit, but it's still not perfect. I believe that the tires are a big part of the problem and will be putting on ME 880's come spring and a return to the riding season. I also will add some tank panniers as I believe (it's an opinion, so don't go balistic on me) that it has to do with some aerodynamics of the fairing design which causes a little lift at some point. I think that some panniers will break that lift and will help. (A side benefit is that it helps to protect the legs from the weather also.)

Good luck!!

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post #9 of 67 Old 11-02-2005, 10:24 PM
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picked my 05 wee strom up saturday about 10 days ago. the weekend wilma visited miami. had about 60 odd mile ride home from orlando to near winter haven. did about 10 miles on interstate 4 and know EXACTLY what u r talking about. scared the bejeezus out of me too.

check the preload on your rear shock. when i went back and read some posts in this forum and the tex arts forum i remembered what others said about dialing up the rear preload. when i checked mine there was absolutely NO preload on the rear shock. the owners manual said it should have been set on 2. (squat down and look at the rear shock, if u crank the preload knob clockwise it will slowly raise the preload. there r lines every 1/8th inch or so visable as u crank it up.) i raised mine up at first adjust up to 2 and was MUCH more stable in crosswinds. (u know its been gusty as hell here the past week) have kept playin with till its about on 4 now.

have not had the call to go back on interstate since i brought it home but i am confident it will be much better as its now MUCH more stable in 20-40 mph crosswind gusts.
i also am of the opinion that the class A stock windshield and all its turbulence are big contributers to that unnerving feeling u get on the interstate at freeway speeds. a new shield is next for me as r hiways pegs and sliders and a bash plate.
lets try to meet up someday on one of the florida strom meet ups. have not been to 1 yet and it may be after the holidays b4 i do get to attend one but its definitely on my list of things to do.
c'ya, donnie
post #10 of 67 Old 11-03-2005, 08:48 PM
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Try droping the froks 15mm put more weight on the front
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