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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Default cross roads - get caught by wind alot

hi, wondering if anyone out there has had same issue
I recently got a 2012 CrossRoads LE.
I previously had a Vegas
I have been riding 20 yrs...
this new bike.. I find I get blown around on the highway a lot. - if its a windy day. I cannot read road signs due to vibration....
(all is good on a nice calm day)

this is a much heavier bike and I am not a light person (200lbs)
why do I get blown around so much?
is it the windshield?
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My 2010 XR has the factory lowers and now sports a 7Jurock Flip medium height windshield. Even with the stock w/s I didn't get blown around like you describe. Are you able to see OVER your w/s? Are your tires pumped up to 40 front, 42 rear? It it racking straight when you take your hands off the bars? Are the steering head bearings loose? I upgraded my steering head to Allballs tapered rollers and that made the good handling even gooder.
Edit: The 7Jurock w/s is nicer than the OEM in that it raises the turbulence to well above my helmet's eyeport, even though it's low enough to see over. It also lacks those cutouts on the bottom sides, so my hands don't get as much wind in colder weather. For hot weather riding, I cut down the old OEM w/s as far as I could. Or if I'm not going onto highways, I ride w/o a w/s.
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I get blown around too, but it's happened on pretty much all three full dressers (XCT, 2002 GoldWing, 1987 Suzuki Cavalcade) I've owned. Most likely due to the surface area of the fairing and other body panels, etc.



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On my vision I would get blown around somewhat but behind a semi it was a nightmare. So I lowered the front end by 1 inch. It was like a hole new bike very stable behind a semi not great but a hole lot better. I have often wonder are our bikes to high off the ground do choppers get blown around

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yes I look over windscreen, about an inch but I am over the screen
yes tires are good

no I haven't tried no hands! -- again a non windy / calm day things are pretty good

I did not get blown around like this on previous vegas

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I don't get any wind on my hands, and don't have helmet pull. I wear full face
its the blown around, whole bike - that I am having trouble with.
calm days isn't an issue... but man -- I have a real hard time with any wind
and I never had issue on old bike,... so what if you have to ride sideways.. or have a little instability behind a truck
this bike.. I haven't mastered... and cannt figure out why

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hi, wondering if anyone out there has had same issue
I recently got a 2012 CrossRoads LE.
I previously had a Vegas
I have been riding 20 yrs...
this new bike.. I find I get blown around on the highway a lot. - if its a windy day. I cannot read road signs due to vibration....
(all is good on a nice calm day)

this is a much heavier bike and I am not a light person (200lbs)
why do I get blown around so much?
is it the windshield?
No, not on my Vegas, I dont have a windshield but... the wind is part of riding.
In the Wind.
Crossing big bridges on a windy day or in the vortex of a big truck are the only times. Theres been the odd day when its been really windy and Ive felt it pushing on the side of the bike at a stoplight or just plain blown the bike around on the road.
Do you live in a particularly windy part of the world?
If so you could consider moving.
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+1 on the surface area. Just more stuff to get caught by the wind.I was out the other day and hit a head wind, it was tuff to make 70 mph. Really could feel the wind bucking. My RSV Yamaha and my old GS 1100 dresser same thing. The GS I rode out in Oklahoma and Texas, and wind we get here in Fla aint nuttin like them winds out there.

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Aerodynamically, motorcycles stink! Somemay stink less than others, but a vertical vehicle fight the air, no matter the type. There are some things one can add that help, but it's akin to putting a bandage on a broken leg.

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My XR is my third bike and I actually think it is less effected by the wind than my 2 previous lighter and less surface area bikes. I think it is something you are just going to have to get used to. Have you tried riding your bike without the windshield and seeing how it does? I run the oem shorty on mine (comes up to my chin) so maybe I catch less wind than those running the regular or tall screen.

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