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Went for a ride today and it was very windy. When I got up to about 55mph the wind would blow me from the white line to the yellow line. One time it took me into the other lane (this was a 2 lane road) luckily no car were coming. The only way I could stop the wind from blowing me around was to slow down. I am going between 35-45mph in a 55. Now I got a new problem the cars behind me. At the frist road that I came to I truned and took the back road home. What do you all do when it is windy? Any suggesttions will be appreciated. For now I stay off the road when it is windy.

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There's a thread about this but from what i've read, grip the bike with your legs and tuck in.

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Wind is a pain for sure. I keep an eye on the local wind socks and flags since the evergreens don't move much. After some practice you will learn to work with it to some extent but It is no fun even when you are used to it. You have to really steer into it but always be prepared for when the Gust stops.
How hard ( mph) was the wind blowing?? Tight fitting clothes do help alot.
 

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Yeah, over here we have a big 'ol bridge (Tacoma Narrows) that I cross twice a day. It's a mile long and about 200 feet above the Puget Sound. Some days the wind will have me leaning against it at a significant angle. In most situations you can probably handle it while still going the speed limit. It works for me to tuck in my legs and upper body (center yourself solidly), take a firm grip on the bars, and try not to steer against the wind too sharply or suddenly.
Another good thing is to watch far ahead of you to anticipate places that will provide a gust of wind (so you can be prepared); usually being a big gap in the trees on either side of the road, or a big open cross street, and obviously passing cars will make it worse...

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This is also a problem for me, i used to have a 94 gpx and the ninja is a lot better with the winds, could try a double bubble windscreen or a taller one, not sure if it would help much
 

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virtualmatrix258 said:
There's a thread about this but from what i've read, grip the bike with your legs and tuck in.

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Thanks I will have to try that next time
zartan said:
Wind is a pain for sure. I keep an eye on the local wind socks and flags since the evergreens don't move much. After some practice you will learn to work with it to some extent but It is no fun even when you are used to it. You have to really steer into it but always be prepared for when the Gust stops.
How hard ( mph) was the wind blowing?? Tight fitting clothes do help alot.
There is not a lot of wind socks or flags where I live (live in the country). I see what you mean about steering into to the wind but it was coming from my right mostly. Sorry don't know how hard the wind was blowing but if I had to guess 15-20mph. Had on full face helmet, leather jacket, gloves and jeans. Should I get more gear?
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Yeah, over here we have a big 'ol bridge (Tacoma Narrows) that I cross twice a day. It's a mile long and about 200 feet above the Puget Sound. Some days the wind will have me leaning against it at a significant angle. In most situations you can probably handle it while still going the speed limit. It works for me to tuck in my legs and upper body (center yourself solidly), take a firm grip on the bars, and try not to steer against the wind too sharply or suddenly.
Another good thing is to watch far ahead of you to anticipate places that will provide a gust of wind (so you can be prepared); usually being a big gap in the trees on either side of the road, or a big open cross street, and obviously passing cars will make it worse...

good luck ;D
Now that Tacoma Narrows crossing does not sound like fun. What you saying is to go into a race tuck right?
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This is also a problem for me, i used to have a 94 gpx and the ninja is a lot better with the winds, could try a double bubble windscreen or a taller one, not sure if it would help much
That is a good idea. Who make a double bubble windscreen? Look for any after market windscreen?
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puig make a nice one I'm looking at getting soon, cheapest I have seen is I think on solo moto parts.com, I made a post in another thread about it, I think 69.95 plus it's free shipping with orders over 99... (they also have the targa fender elim for 50)
 

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There is not a lot of wind socks or flags where I live (live in the country). I see what you mean about steering into to the wind but it was coming from my right mostly. Sorry don't know how hard the wind was blowing but if I had to guess 15-20mph. Had on full face helmet, leather jacket, gloves and jeans. Should I get more gear?
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it sounds like you had close enough fitting clothes on. Might be you just need more experiece. It can be scary though.
I don't like it at all myself. I avoid it if I can.
as for the gear. something with knee protection just for safety not the wind.always need more excuses to buy gear :)




Narrows Bridge is a bit*h in a car sometimes...let alone on a bike.
 

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Batch said:
puig make a nice one I'm looking at getting soon, cheapest I have seen is I think on solo moto parts.com, I made a post in another thread about it, I think 69.95 plus it's free shipping with orders over 99... (they also have the targa fender elim for 50)
I will look into that. I have been debating on buying the targa fender eliminator or cut up the stock one. 50 buck you can't beat that.

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it sounds like you had close enough fitting clothes on. Might be you just need more experiece. It can be scary though.
I don't like it at all myself. I avoid it if I can.
as for the gear. something with knee protection just for safety not the wind.always need more excuses to buy gear :)




Narrows Bridge is a bit*h in a car sometimes...let alone on a bike.

I know I need more experiece only been riding for 3 weeks. As for the pant been looking at Shift torquue jeans.

Again THANKS, all your advice has been appreciated.
 

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wow 15-20mph is brutal. ride safe man. it sounds like your gear is okay. if you've got some money lying around, i'd grab some kevlar jeans - like draggin jeans.
 

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A little off topic, but the Tacoma Narrow's little claim-to-fame is when the original bridge collapsed 4 months after it's opening day, in 1940 due to poor engineering foresight and high winds (42 mph). Not sure how fast the winds are up there most of the time, but today in the rest of Tacoma we had 15mph.
But when the wind sock is straight out and shaking like crazy, you know it aint good.

Check out this video if you haven't seen it, for your enjoyment/horror:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Fi1VcbpAI
 

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yeah his videos are good.....i subscribe to him and a few other people on youtube.

check out my subscriptions here: youtube.com/iwatchstuffonutube. I htink they're all motorcycle related except ToddRecommends
 

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great video, i live in riverside along the 91 freeway and theres surrounding valleys that toss winds accross the freeway sending you either way, also the 15fwy is near by and thats just bad news, ive seen turned over trailers form it, i can just imagine what it would do to me.
 

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I find there's only one way to fight the wind on a motorcycle: Be extra aware. As Hampton said, the gusts are what get you. You will have gusts where there is a change in the land scape - a stretch of trees that stops. A semi-trailer right next to you.... A passing car/SUV. You're going to have to judge my advice by your skill level and sanity, but when there is really high wind (like 50mph cross wind), I try and draft SUV's.... It's funny, sometimes you get some really nice people on the road. They see you going all over the place and then tuck in behind them and they start driving really nicely to allow you to stay behind them safely...

But be very aware, they might evil just the same... I've grown to liking wind because it's such a challenge... How centered can I keep myself in a lane while there are gusts coming from all over the place? And I think to myself: These cagers around me must really be enjoying this, watching my head get flung this way and that by the wind buffeting. With experience you just learn where to ride. This is pretty much the same with rain, sleet, and snow....

I remember one time back when I was riding the Eliminator going from Longmont, where i live, to Boulder, where I work in patchy icy conditions (from sleet), and leaning into the gusts and feeling the bike actually get pushed sideways on the road... Not pushed over, but in a controlled constant lean to keep the bike straight, it would actually move sideways... Freeky! I then promptly got into the left lane and paced a car on my right, which blocked the wind from hitting me as directly and made it all the way to work just fine... Being that it was colorado, it was 50 and dry by the time I went home... Go figure.
 

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Its quite normal where I live to have winds of 15-20 mph but today when I went riding , we had a average of 30 mph wind and some 50 mph wind gust ! I went on the highway tucking my legs in body and lean against the wind and I did find going 60-65 mph on the highway. Also wearing all my gear help a lot since don't have my cloth flapping in the wind.

from:spooph leaning into the gusts and feeling the bike actually get pushed sideways on the road... Not pushed over, but in a controlled constant lean to keep the bike straight,
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i love riding in the wind! it pushes you to the side and you lean against it feels like you should be turning the way you lean but your going straight its fun i think! i dont think its that dangerous as it looks the faster i go the less wind i feel it push, slower i go the more i can feel it toss me around
 
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