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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am new to riding sport bikes and i was wondering if there were any tricks to cut down on feeling unstable on windy days?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 03:08 PM
 
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Stop riding on windy days.

No, seriously, experience will help you feel better about riding in a crosswind. Other than that, I can't think of anything.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 03:18 PM
 
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Be aware of the terrain. large buildings and hills will block alot of the wind, But when you come out from behind them, just be ready for the cross wind to hit you. It's easier to adjust to it if you're ready for it.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 03:42 PM
 
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Yea, once you get used to your bike the wind will be much easier to endure
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 03:51 PM
 
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Nothing over simply getting use to it. In a cage one would not have to worry since it is self-balanced due to four wheels but now it is the two wheels YOU the rider has to balance no matter what along with traction. So just keep on practicing for no one told me what best to do back in '46 or '47 so it was simply learn on my own.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 04:52 PM
 
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Also try tucking in, this will reduce how much your bike blows around.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 04:59 PM
 
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Plus do your best to stay relaxed...having a death grip on the bars doesn't help.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 05:29 PM
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Hold the bike with your legs, not your arms.




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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 06:34 PM
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I've found that with a relaxed grip on the bars (not just my hands, but the rest of my arms too), when I get hit by a gust of wind, the movement of my body and the bike actually makes me steer into the wind, kind of a counter-steer effect. This might just be a result of something I do without realizing it, but as was stated before, relax. I don't really make a conscious effort of putting pressure on the tank with my legs, but I know that cookeetree has enough experience that his advice is worth listening to.

And tucking in helps a lot too.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-23-2006, 12:38 AM
 
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I've had to lean against wind, it feels weird, but just as the MSF course states: always look where you're going With experience it will feel more comfortable.
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