I thought that adjusting the sag, ensuring that the front forks were setup correctly and putting on new TKC80s on the front and rear less than 100 miles ago had taken care of the wobbles/blowing around feeling when on the interstate...I may have been wrong.
Last Tuesday I took a ride to Georgetown, TX to go to the dealer that had put on my tires because they forgot to put the cover, adjustment nut and locking nut back on the chain side of the swingarm. Going there, North bound I-35, wasn't bad. I generally don't cruise over 65 anyway.
On the way back however, it was a nightmare. I was going South on I-35 and the wind picked up blowing from West to East at about 20 - 30 MPH. Although I forced myself to loosen my grip on the handle bars and make sure that I was all the way up on the seat, I was getting blown around so bad that I actually had to get off of the interstate and ride the service road all the was home...and even that was a huge challegne.
The wind force from West to East was so strong that the bike was actually tipping and leaning to the right and pushing me into the left hand lane. A couple of times I had to lean way over on the bike to prevent it from going into the 18 wheeler next to me.
Here's where I need help...I have not had any issues riding when being passed by 18 wheelers or anything else since the sag and forks were setup correctly. I have also been through a motorcycle safety course and am very comfortable on the bike. I bought my bike cash, which is an 07. I have read about replacing the front fender with a Acerbis Tecnik, getting a fork brace and/or a fender brace. My problem is that we (my wife and I) spent a lot of money to buy the bike cash and now it seems that I need to spend a couple hundred more. The winds are always gusting in Central Texas and that can't be helped. Is this just a "have to live with it" issue or can these issues really be fixed?
I realize that the bike has a high center of gravity, but I didn't think that it would get swept around like this. I also can't afford a money pit. Any suggestions for real fixes would be great.