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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Versys 650 tipped over by wind? Twice?

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This actually happened to my 2016 Versys 650 yesterday. My bike was parked between several cars... and I found it tipped over to the right side. It was under bike cover. The sidestand was fully engaged and the front wheel was turned left and locked in this position. Yesterday winds were 10-15mph... I picked it up and returned to the same position just to find it laying again this morning... yep winds are stronger today... like up to 20-25mph... but no slopes... flat surface. Damage: handlebar is bent... and the cover that holds handlebar in place is cracked. I need to replace it. But is this possible at all? Or is it somebody who did this?
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Yikes; that blows. A tall, light bike with a cover that catches a lot of wind...no, still seems a little hard to believe it didn't have help, especially with just 10-15 mph breeze.
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Bike Cover?

You mention bike cover, if you are hooking under the footpegs, yes, you have a big sail. Do you have a topcase? Just me on the bike with 30KM/HR cross winds, I can feel it on the bike ( I have a Givi E56 topcase), the second thing is you mention the steering lock, yes a bad idea, the lock should have been right, that is Kawasaki. You can try from the shifter side, which is easier to tip the bike right, having the steering hard left as in steering locked position or hard right. Also think about push steering, push right for right, left for left.
So do I think the wind blew it over, 98% sure, especially if you have a tall windscreen and a top case.
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You mention bike cover, if you are hooking under the footpegs, yes, you have a big sail. Do you have a topcase? Just me on the bike with 30KM/HR cross winds, I can feel it on the bike ( I have a Givi E56 topcase), the second thing is you mention the steering lock, yes a bad idea, the lock should have been right, that is Kawasaki. You can try from the shifter side, which is easier to tip the bike right, having the steering hard left as in steering locked position or hard right. Also think about push steering, push right for right, left for left.
So do I think the wind blew it over, 98% sure, especially if you have a tall windscreen and a top case.
Yep the cover is long enough to cover the footpegs. I have a standard windshield in its topmost position. The top case wasn't installed, the cover is not big enough to fit my bike with the case on.

One of the weirdest thing is that the 2 second time the bike reached a car which was parked next to it. We're talking about regular parking spot in US. The bike was parked in the middle of the parking spot. What kind of wind was that to move the bike, I'd say it moved for like a foot toward the car.
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Yikes; that blows. A tall, light bike with a cover that catches a lot of wind...no, still seems a little hard to believe it didn't have help, especially with just 10-15 mph breeze.
Yep... that's what I think too. We had a storm warnings a couple of times... but bike was there and only the cover was blown away once.
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Do you leave it in neutral or in gear when you park it ???

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Do you leave it in neutral or in gear when you park it ???
Like I said, steering turned left changes the balance point, only way to find out is have someone on the opposite side of the bike and see how much force it takes.

I should ask, is this bike lowered, and if so did you shorten the side stand??

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Wow, that's seems really rare but possible. I always leave my bike in gear as an extra safety. Sounds like it's time for a center stand install.
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I'm willing to bet it's happening because of the cover catching all the wind. But yeah if the bike was lowered with the side stand not being cut, you'd likely have this problem as well. I had a Harley that was lowered about an inch and I ended up having to buy a different side stand to give it a little more lean when parked.
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I don't know for sure but my 09 was outside with a cover 24/7 for 2 years except December-March. Many heavy winds, storms etc, never fell over.
Personally I'd keep an eye on it just in case somebody is messing with you.

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Do you leave it in neutral or in gear when you park it ???
Why would having it in gear have any affect on it falling over from the wind?
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I don't know for sure but my 09 was outside with a cover 24/7 for 2 years except December-March. Many heavy winds, storms etc, never fell over.
Personally I'd keep an eye on it just in case somebody is messing with you.

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My neighbor at one time had his Buell parked outside with a cover and it blew over from the wind. I saw it happen but couldn't get out there in time to stop it. And the cover looked like it was acting as a sail and catching all the wind. So I think it's possible, you just got lucky.
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Why would having it in gear have any affect on it falling over from the wind?

Bike rolls and kick stand gives way...

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We live in the city and keep the bikes in the street. Last fall a car hit my bike (on surveillance camera) and knocked it over the kickstand. A few weeks ago my wife's brand new (60 miles) Versys was on it's side, when we went outside to sit it up we saw my bike on it's side, and three other bikes on their side, I assume someone went down the street and pushed them over. We have covers on ours and it's been so windy one of the covers ripped but never knocked over the bikes. Either way it sucks to find your bike on it's side, especially twice. My wife said she'd rather ride a scratched bike than not at all and I agree!
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My wife just reminded me of another time a few months ago we found my bike leaning against a car. That time it looked like they hit my bike while parking. We just make sure to park so we can see it from the apartment window.
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Bike rolls and kick stand gives way...
Ah, yes, but the original poster stated that it fell on the right side.
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My neighbor at one time had his Buell parked outside with a cover and it blew over from the wind. I saw it happen but couldn't get out there in time to stop it. And the cover looked like it was acting as a sail and catching all the wind. So I think it's possible, you just got lucky.
Just got lucky everyday for 2 years? I think your neighbour just got unlucky.

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I had a bike blow over once.........it was parked by the end of a building and the wind really picked up speed coming around that corner. I had a shield on it (a GN400 Suzuki) but no cover.

Could be wind and it could be human..........
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A bike parked with the side stand engaged will blow over fairly easily to the right, and not so easily to the left. To the left, a sidestand will usually give you more stability than a center stand will. The solution is to use one of those bike prop stands on the right hand side of the bike so it can't tip over in that direction. As a bonus, those things can be used to raise your front or rear wheel for maintenance if you have no center stand. Great to have along on a trip.
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Do you leave it in neutral or in gear when you park it ???
It was in 1 gear.
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