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post #1 of 95 Old 01-31-2016, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Riding on Windy Days

I took advantage of rainless weather today to finally get out for a bit. The downside was that it was windy ... really windy. I'd say the crosswind was at least 20 mph with 30+ mph gusts. It was very unsettling to feel the bike moving around. At times it felt like I was going to tip over.

I was taught to apply pressure on the bars on the side the wind is blowing from to compensate. It still felt like I was getting blown around the road and like I would get blown over. I had to pull over several times to calm my nerves.

Aside from not riding on windy days, any tips for dealing with strong winds?

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Best tip is to relax.

It sounds counterintuitive but the bike naturally wants to keep itself upright so as long as you let it move around it will tend to do so. Your job is to gently guide it in the direction you want to go and allow it to move around a bit.

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I was taught to apply pressure on the bars on the side the wind is blowing from to compensate. It still felt like I was getting blown around the road and like I would get blown over. I had to pull over several times to calm my nerves.

Aside from not riding on windy days, any tips for dealing with strong winds?
Windy days suck...or is that 'blow'?

When I first started riding I had an ole boy on a harley tell me, 'just let the bike handle it' when I asked him about riding in the wind.
He repeated it a few times and to this day I can almost hear his voice.
That phrase still calms me and reminds me to 'let the bike handle it' if on the other hand, you try to make inputs to counter the wind you will just make it worse.

Loosen your grip, relax your shoulders and ....well, let the bike handle it.
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Thanks for the tips! It felt like I was leaning into a turn while going straight!

Crude diagram:

/ <----WIND-----
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Thanks for the tips! It felt like I was leaning into a turn while going straight!

Crude diagram:

/ <----WIND-----
If you don't lean a bit the wind will push you into the other lane. Light winds are one thing heavy winds another. I have been through gusts where there was no option but to slow down.

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I like a good gust of wind, it's the elements that remind me it's one of the reason why I enjoy riding. Easiest way I find is to relax move the bike around a bit because as people said the bike wants to stay upright
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Thanks for the tips! It felt like I was leaning into a turn while going straight!

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/ <----WIND-----
Well, you would have been! That's how you balance the sideways force of the wind. If you try to keep the bike upright it will feel weird and you'll drift out of the lane. Steer as you normally would to go where you want to, and accept whatever lean angle is needed.
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I wouldn't say I love riding in winds but I've never had any problems with it .
I've never thought much about it but all the tips here are what I do .
Good luck I'm not sure how long you've been riding ,but it will all fall into place .
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Another thing to remember is that a loaded bike is "more" top heavy. Wind will have a greater effect on a top heavy bike than a bike with a lower center of gravity.

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