Originally Posted by Ted
Interesting...my only real complaint about the LT is it's handling in severe crosswinds and gusts - both one-up and two-up. I've been moved across the centerline or off the road on several occasions, and that's not fun.....the windshield can be one big sail....
I rode my LT long distances in some exceptionally strong wind conditions, but never had wind force me out of my lane. I found that if you basically relax your grip and only make relatively minor corrections the LT does a lot of the correction itself. It was FAR better in gusty cross winds than my son in law's Harley that I rode quite a bit before getting my LT.
If you grip the handle bars tightly, you end up with PIO, "Pilot Induced Oscillation", and will be all over the road over correcting almost every gust movement. This happens when you start a "correction" at the first feel of a movement, when the bike would have corrected all by itself, but you have forced an over correction.
Try to find some open road next time it is gusty, ride near the center of the road, but let the bike have it's own way, and only correct when it is evident that the bike is not going to completely correct on it's own, then only use light pressure to make the correction. You will find that it handles strong, gusty wind MUCH better than you now think it does.
My first ride in strong wind was with the San Diego BMW club, and one of the highly experienced riders told me to relax my grip and wait a second to see what the bike is going to do, and it was an absolute epiphany! The bike was correcting most of the movements for the most part all alone, without much input from me! Made riding in wind over the next 100,000 miles far less tiring.