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post #1 of 47 Old 05-22-2008, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Crazy wind, had the bike towed

It was raining yesterday before I left for work, but my wife said she needed the cage, so I took the bike. If it's raining or misting here, I know it will be clear by the time I get to Palm Springs where I work. As usual, I was dry again before I got to work but the wind was picking up. I ride the wind every day out here and usually face some pretty good gusts but yesterday seemed to be unusually bad, The wind was blowing a steady 25 MPH with 35 to 45 MPH gusts. I just figured I hadn't used my AAA all year and this would be a good day to take advantage, besides, my Scotts dampener had not arrived yet. The sand blows across Highway 111 in small sections usually, and I can take those pretty well, but as I was riding in the flatbed going home on 111, there was an entire wall of sand blowing across the highway, I would have been in that for about 3 minutes. I know I made the right decision!Anyone else have there bike towed for that reason?

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never have, I ride whenever, but I have a different question for you- how the hell did you manage to convince AAA to tow the bike? They told me explicitly that they don't service bikes, only cars.
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Nope. There is always a slower route home if the wind is that bad on the highway. If it seems like some particularly bad gusts then I pull over and give it a chance to calm a bit. Gotta make your own decisions and if you thought it was needed then it was needed.

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i've ridden leaned over at a 45-degree angle (going in a straight line), but nothing happens. it can get spooky but you'll be okay, 'cept maybe a bit of sandblasting.
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The problem with the wind out here by Palm Springs is that it is very unstable air. You can have a wind coming from one direction and then in a split second, it changes direction and hits you from the other side, which makes choosing a lane rather difficult. I have ridden in LA where the winds is steady from one side or another, that kind of wind riding is much easier. Last week a gust hit me for 4 seconds and I was leaned over as far as I could and it was still pushing me off the road, sure glad is wasn't for 5 seconds, or I'd be replacing some hard parts

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Getting a tow because it was windy out.....please. It'd have to be hurricane force winds before I'd pack it in.

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I guess you would have to experience these winds before you make the call. A motorcyclist was blown off his bike here recently.

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The last two days of my 1960 mile road trip had winds like that with gusts above 50mph outside Mojave, CA. At one point a gust blew me off the road (I was at max lean - i.e. my peg was scraping). Gas mileage blew, and it was tiring, but I got through it. However, you gotta do what you're comfortable with. Few years back I road my Nomad through a Cat-1 hurricane Yehaw! It was biketoberfest after all. If you're going to be stupid - that's the place.

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It was raining yesterday before I left for work, but my wife said she needed the cage, so I took the bike. If it's raining or misting here, I know it will be clear by the time I get to Palm Springs where I work. As usual, I was dry again before I got to work but the wind was picking up. I ride the wind every day out here and usually face some pretty good gusts but yesterday seemed to be unusually bad, The wind was blowing a steady 25 MPH with 35 to 45 MPH gusts. I just figured I hadn't used my AAA all year and this would be a good day to take advantage, besides, my Scotts dampener had not arrived yet. The sand blows across Highway 111 in small sections usually, and I can take those pretty well, but as I was riding in the flatbed going home on 111, there was an entire wall of sand blowing across the highway, I would have been in that for about 3 minutes. I know I made the right decision!Anyone else have there bike towed for that reason?

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Getting a tow because it was windy out.....please. It'd have to be hurricane force winds before I'd pack it in.
Well, ya know.....unless you've experienced something like this, it's hard to understand. I almost lost it twice in Vermont last month. Gusts under 74MPH aren't hurricane force, but anything over 50MPH will get your attention in a hurry.

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