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Hi everyone,
Took the ST up Hwy 1 and noticed that it was awful to the point of dangerous when hit by a side wind.
Is this normal? I have owned many types of bikes and never had this happen. Is it the side bags? Never had a bike with luggage before.
Tires steering suspension are all fine.
 

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Try running in a lower gear(or 2) to keep your rpm's up.
 

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What are you comparing it to?
Had lots of bikes and found (admittedly RS) to be one of the best, Yam XJ900 worst, but even similar faired old VFR was no problem.
 

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How strong of a wind were you in? A 45mph gusting cross wind can be exciting in most bikes. My goldwing was susceptible not withstanding it's weight. Do you wear a loose fitting jacket or pants? They could ruffle up and turn into a mini sail.
 

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Have a VFR no problem in the wind. Traded bikes on the ride, same wind would not effect a Harley or a VFR.
With my gut ALL my clothes fit tight!
Wind was 30mph but even in lesser winds it moves enough for me to notice.
 

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Have a VFR no problem in the wind. Traded bikes on the ride, same wind would not effect a Harley or a VFR.
With my gut ALL my clothes fit tight!
Wind was 30mph but even in lesser winds it moves enough for me to notice.
Struff, Eckt! you sure your bikes alignment is ok normally? otherwise got no answers or suggestions for that. But I mean is enough to worry or is it just a notice thing?
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I've noticed that my bike gets pushed around a bit in a stuff cross wind, or sometimes when passing large vehicles like semis. Not comfortable, for sure, but Kawasaki Voyager and my older Yamaha XJ did the same thing. I actually feel like the Sprint handles it better. Of course, I have a 250 lb profile, which tends to catch a lot of wind regardless...


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My second highway speed trip I ever took on a motorcycle was about a month ago to get parts put on my new Scrambler. That day had 45mph+ gusts coming out of nowhere. I was really questioning sanity/my need for a bike that day.


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Did a ride from Seattle area to eastern Colorado a couple years ago. Wyoming sucked once we dropped out of Yellowstone and the 30 MPH crosswind was the reason. Had to keep the bike tilted into the wind and that really bothered my back after a while. Just made more frequent stops and took motrin. I had givi 41 litre hard bags so I'm sure that added more surface area to catch that crosswind. Overpasses and large vehicles really required my total attention or I might have steered or gotten blown off the road. Wife barely noticed it on her street triple.

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My 02 Sprint gets blown around in the wind more than any bike I've ridden, on windy days I leave it home and take a different bike.
 

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My 2011 Sprint GT with side bags and topcase on does fine in wind - better than any other bike I've ridden.
 

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My 02 Sprint gets blown around in the wind more than any bike I've ridden, on windy days I leave it home and take a different bike.
I have a 02 sprint if you think they are bad in the wind you should try a ZZR1100 they make life rally interesting got moved across two lanes in France once on a bridge thought I was going over the edge . The sprint is much much better but all bikes will suffer in the wind with sudden gusts the worst problem the more you ride the better you get.
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I have an 01 Sprint and it was fairly windy last Saturday when I did a 600klm ride and did not notice anything extrordinary whilst riding, it was no worse than any other bike I have owned.
I agree with PaulM you learn to get used to it and make adjustments as you ride.
A cross wind will have an effect on any bike.
 

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I have to say that my 2001 Sprint ST is more unstable in cross winds and around trucks than my 97 VFR750 ever was. Not terribly so, just enough to be annoying.
 

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Any bike with a full fairing is susceptible to side on wind gusts ie. when riding through a cutting with gusts at 90 degrees to the bike. :faceplant

majordomo490 I certainly don't know where "Amador" is or Hiway 1. :headscratch

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I have an 01 ST and as its my first fully faired bike its hard to compare. I do notice the cross wind on gusty days and also a little instability when following big 4wd's or Pantech style trucks.

Its not what I consider dangerous just something to be aware of. Sprints for their size are relatively light weight and the fairings give fairly good coverage for an ST style bike so perhaps its entirely normal.

I have had a few ST owners make that observation so pehaps its more common than say the VFR's that people have mentioned.

Just crank up that triple and enjoy the soundtrack!
 

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I hit a crosswind so bad in a valley in NSW australia that i was hanging substantially off the left of the bike on a right hander.
 

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Any bike with a full fairing is susceptible to side on wind gusts ie. when riding through a cutting with gusts at 90 degrees to the bike. :faceplant

majordomo490 I certainly don't know where "Amador" is or Hiway 1. :headscratch

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Both in California USA!
 
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