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post #1 of 41 Old 06-10-2011, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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40 MPH Gusting Crosswinds @ 65

Man I hate cross winds! Damn near blew me off the road. I was wondering if anyone has ever actually been blown off the road? My top box felt like it was acting like a sail so I pulled over & took it off and hid it in ditch! Alot easier fighting the gusts without it. Went back for it later in the day. Had to slow down to 50 MPH though.:cursing:
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Lol, lucky you didn't get homeland security called on you. They'd have a bomb squad out there blowing up your top case.

I've never been blown off the road by crosswinds but I've been in some where I needed all of my lane.

My worst experience with wind was coming back to Ohio from Boston on the New York thruway. I was riding into a hellacious headwind and it played havoc with my mpg. Dang near ran outta petrol before I could make a plaza.

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No but I have ridden home pushing hard on the left bar to avoid doing so on more than one occasion...
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I've had my chin on the tank a few times, at about the same wind speeds that you've indicated.

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Strom sits up high so it's always going to be an issue. IMO a fork brace seems to help out quite a bit.

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I was in Southern Ohio on some hilly roads last year, wind was gusting but not bad. I got to a right-hand sweeper at the top of a hill, where it was wide open to the west....I lean into the turn, and WHAM! the gust hits me and literally stood my bike up and shoved me out of my lane and onto the cinder berm. I got on the brakes and came to a stop while in the berm....but it about filled my shorts having the bike sort of taken out of my hands like that.

Going straight in the bad wind I can take, but that was a new experience.

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Hah, imagine Oklahoma, tornado corridor. Doing TAT east to west with wind blowing north with 45MPH with gusts up to 55... DS helmet, loaded Vee, doing 35-65MPH speed on three track gravel road. Ride in the center track, leaning the bike and pushing the head, jump to the right track with gusts, jumping to the left with calm...

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Not on my Vee, but on a Harley with a sidecar. The damn wind caught the open sidecar and just pulled me right across the road onto the gravel side. In my attempt to straighten out I went right back across the highway back into my lane and off onto the gravel again. Came to a stop, emptied my drawers and then back on the road again!
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I've been blown ashore, so to speak.

In May 2010 I was heading west on US-64 in northern New Mexico, and I encountered all sorts of weather, including snow. Yup, snow, in May, in a state bordering Mexico. I was uneasy about the weather to the west.

With good reason. When I entered Arizona, it was as if I had entered another continent, not just another state. The wind yanked the bike around as if it was a toy. I never was blown out of my lane, but I was not able to keep to any part of the lane. I rode about ten miles this way, then decided the trip was canceled. I rode back into New Mexico, then south from Shiprock to Gallup, and thence home to Florida.

Hence I did not enter Nevada, in which a semi-trailer was toppled by the wind, and the Cadillac of a friend of mine was blown from lane to lane at the will of the wind and not the driver.

That was the worst wind I experienced since January 1964, when a blizzard
blew my 305 and me off the Queen Elizabeth Way south of Hamilton Ontario.

Wind 2, Keith 0. But I am still here.

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Northern New Mexico last year, coming out of a road cut I prepared for the gust but it was too strong and pushed me onto the shoulder. I stopped up the road to let my hands stop shaking.

On that same trip I did a few loop rides without my bags and the difference was huge. Next trip I'll leave the top box home and use soft luggage along with the panniers.

I'm also a sea kayaker and my motto is "I hate wind"!

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