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post #1 of 10 Old 02-01-2008, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Wind???help!!!

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.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-01-2008, 11:46 AM
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I think that you may be pretty much in a "live with it" situation. We got that same weather front here Wednesday and had 60mph gusts, so you may have been in much stronger winds than you thought.

A couple of the guys on the forum have set up their bikes for long road travel, obviously spending some $$ in the process. But I think, for my purposes anyway, the KLR is in no way an interstate cruiser.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-01-2008, 11:55 AM
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It's just something ya learn to live with, and, KLR's aren't really designed for interstate riding. I only hit the big tarmac if I really really have too. I am over 300 lbs. and I get blown around like a rag doll when there is wind, and that is me almost sitting on top of the tank, lol. If is bad windy, I either have to suck it up and slow way down, or I don't ride.

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post #4 of 10 Old 02-01-2008, 08:51 PM
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One of the things that you can try for free is to take the factory hand guards off and try riding it that way. I've always meant to install bark busters on my bike, but I haven't installed them yet.

I took the monster wind flap stock hand guards off years ago and I often ride interstate speeds with no high speed wobble, and I've had 4 different types of front tires on my bike and haven't had an issue.

Take the guards off and see what you think. It's a free mod, and you might like what you get. If not, put them back on.
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-02-2008, 11:20 AM
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It's a tall, heavy dual-sport. In crosswinds yer gonna get blown around and there aint a thing in the world you can do about it....period! Trust me....I've tried.

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-06-2010, 06:58 PM
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High speed wobble

Hi,
Could you please tell me your secret to eliminating the high-speed wobble on a KLR? I have an '06 with a scary wobble at high speed. The bike has been lowered, and had the windshield removed due to vibration. New Enduro tires today than seem to yield more wobble than the stock tires. Any ideas? Thank you, Monty

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One of the things that you can try for free is to take the factory hand guards off and try riding it that way. I've always meant to install bark busters on my bike, but I haven't installed them yet.
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I took the monster wind flap stock hand guards off years ago and I often ride interstate speeds with no high speed wobble, and I've had 4 different types of front tires on my bike and haven't had an issue.

Take the guards off and see what you think. It's a free mod, and you might like what you get. If not, put them back on.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-06-2010, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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I would suggest what everone else has...verify the sag is correct; check your tire pressure...

Search on the issue and make notes of all of the fixes. Try each one out and see what happens. It will help some, but probably not all the way. Also, I highly recommend Eagle Mike's fork brace.

Sorry I can't be of more help. The fixes listed in the forum will help some though.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-06-2010, 10:39 PM
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Wind, I know wind more often than not I'm riding in 20-40 mph winds on my commute.

Along with all the other mechanical suggestions make sure the steering stem bearings are adjusted correctly maybe even a bit on the tight side.

The main thing though is that you have to relax your grip on the bar. The wheels act like gryos and will keep the bike going straight as long as you don't put input into the bars. Try this next time you're getting blown around take your left hand off the bar, the bike will calm down proving that you are unconsciously putting pressure on the bar. Seriously force yourself to have a very light hold on the bars. Hold the bike with your lower legs not your hands.

All the wind will do is cause the bike to lean into the wind. Gusty wind will have the bike flopping up and down. When the wind is strong slide your butt to the downwind side and weight the leeward peg. Much like riding an off-camber off road. It's a weird feeling riding down the road leaned like you would be in a turn even stranger to go around a turn leaned the opposite way!
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-07-2010, 07:55 AM
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I live in Midland, Tx. and I don't think the wind ever stops blowing for more than 30 seconds. I've had my KLR for going on 3 years and wouldn't trade it for anything. I didn't think I could get used to being chunked around in the wind but eventually you learn to deal with and compensate. It's still the best attitude adjustment around. Wind or no wind. Rain or shine. Hot or cold. Night or day.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-07-2010, 06:39 PM
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Living on the coast of South Texas (like Midland) the wind hardly ever stops. Just like DXKLR, whenever possible I stay off the superslabs and hit the back roads. Other than that, riding on a windy day (20 - 40 mph) in my book, is just another adventure.

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