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post #1 of 25 Old 05-05-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Windy Riding

Today it is very windy outside. Do any of you ride in high winds or just park it for the day? Any tips for the wind riding or thoughts....
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-05-2010, 02:42 PM
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Ride! It's always fun here in SoCal on the freeways when windy dodging trash cans (yes, I've seen it), bed liners, drifting RVs and trucks, and all sorts of other matter.

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I'm a rider too. There's too few days here in Michigan with no snow/ice or rain.

Warm rain I can handle. Wind I can handle too.

I tend to ride the same on windy days as I do on most other days. I just tend to move closer to the center on my lane in case a surprise gust comes along... that way there's room to move in each direction.

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Good to hear!! Today is really really windy outside and on the way home from school i was kind of shaky but on the way back to school i felt a little more comfortable in the wind. I def will keep riding to get better at wind riding
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I rode my ninja 250 on days when the weatherman was claiming gusts over 70MPH and that's a light bike. Main worry I had was trucks being blown out of their lanes...or over. As long as you can keep the bike upright at a stop you can ride. Just lean the bike into the wind and go.

Only real advice I have: When you have to pass through blowing sand, hit the clutch and chop the throttle to reduce the amount of dirt you suck into the engine.
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Remain loose on your handlebars (do not go into a death grip), keep your body loose on the seat (don't fight the bike and force it to remain bolt upright), go with the flow, and give yourself plenty of room around objects and other vehicles.

Be prepared when riding through town and intersections...a building may be blocking that wind gust, which will catch you out when passing through an intersection between buildings. Same for large trucks / 18-wheelers. You can have a good lean into the wind going, but if that truck passes you and blocks that wind, you'll need to be prepared.

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It's been real windy in Ky also. Nice to ride in the morning (no wind) but a challenge in the afternoon. Keep loose and the speed realistic, and you'll be fine. Cheers--BB

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A tip I was given by a M/C instructor for riding wind. If you have a cross wind coming from the side, take the knee on the side the wind is coming from and stick it out to the side. The drag of the knee will help stabilize the bike from the wind. Trust me it works, and will make a big difference. The further out and more cross section, the more it works.
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Other than riding tips mentioned above - if you live in windy area and want your life to be easier - buy a fork brace.

When you do that and try it out - you can come here and thank me later.

Seriously. It does provide a LOT of improvement when faced with side winds.

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