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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-26-2012, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Wind and wind gusts! Tips? Advise?

I'm still new I know, so I hope this don't sound too retarted.

So today I was going to ride my bike to another town. It's about a 25 mile trip. Nice day. Checked the weather. The forecast for wind was 10-15 mph with possible gusts up to 25-30 at times. So I tell myself I'm never going to get used to it by not riding in it.

I've been trying to get my speed up with the wind cuz it just seems there is NO day around here without wind, lol. I can ride all day at 40-45 mph and wind and I "thought" I was doing good. But the road I was on today you gotta maintain "at least" 50 to keep up. The wind was whipping me pretty good but I was ok until I crested a hill and a strong gust hit me going about 50. It blew me from the center of my side of the road to almost the white line, lol. Needless to say it freaked me out.

I've read and watched videos on wind and all that I've seen, says it pretty much sucks lol. I've got almost 600 miles under my belt so far.

So to my questions:

1) Is riding in the wind just one of those things that you get used to with time and expeirence?

2) Does anyone tuck? like the racers do, lol

3) Are our ninjas good to go in the wind?

4) Are bigger bikes better in the wind?

5) Tips? Advise?
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I just started riding also, but don't have much of a problem with wind regardless of speed. Wind at 70-95mph on the highway can start to get ya, but you simply use balance. I noticed sitting up straight was bombarding me with wind since I'm tall and the windshield shoots it directly into me. Tucking down cut down the wind dramatically at high speeds.

Most say larger (heavier) bikes ride better in wind.
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the 250's light so it'll get pushed around by wind gusts and by the gusts after passing semitrucks. Tucking will help, but overall you just need to get used to it. In order to stay on one side of the lane on a windy day, I almost have to lean into the wind if that makes sense. You kind of have to counter the wind, in a way. Practice makes it easier.

When there's not much traffic on the road, just practice trying to stay in one part of the lane and do whatever it takes to stay there while being blown at hard by the wind (safely of course).

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Just got my bike in February the wind can try to let's say "punk" you but just fight that bitch back, like the other poster said lean into that bitch but be safe doing so you don't want to over push it then when the wind stops your going over 3 lanes. Ps this pix awsume

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