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07-18-2002 03:26 AM
apex Sideways
07-15-2002 07:22 PM
Blackbird Nope I do mean downwind. Your bike is leaned into the wind right? hence so that if your wheels are slightly downwind, the bike is centred in the lane. This is because you can either get a gust which blows you further downwind, or a lull in which you can accidentily head upwind. So I try to stay in the middle so as to avoid both.
07-15-2002 01:09 PM
DIRTYCURTYD
Countersteer...

... just like leaning a bike over to turn. Keep pressure forward on the bar the wind is coming from and just push the bike over against the wind. Problem lies in strong gusts when they abate, but just ease back off on the countersteer pressure. Crossed Kansas this way, stay tucked so wind is just blowing against the bike, not you and the bike.
07-15-2002 11:42 AM
Bonk!
Re: thanks for the tips

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Originally posted by 2001yzf600R
is it possible for gusty wind to knock down a bike at high speed? i mean did anyone ever heard of such situation? i bought my yzf600 due to its sport touring style...but obviously, it is not "porky" enough for me....may be i should get a goldwing?
Did you see the movie Twister? Apparently wind is strong enough to pick up a cow! The only thing I can add is to avoid over-reacting making too much of a correction when you clear the gust. Stay relaxed and gradually right the bike.
07-15-2002 10:59 AM
fuster Blown over? I have never heard of that. Don't think it would happen unless the bike was standing still.

Everyone here is posting good advice for you, the best is to relax on the bars, easier said than done when you have the natural reaction of anxiety in an unknown situation on a motorcycle. But with time you can do it. It is easier to carry out this advice knowing the comments of those here who have been there already and can tell you that you aren't gonna blow into eternity on your bike.

As a reminder, I learned to wave my elbows (from a superbike school ) as a barometer of my level of death grip. Keep the elbows loose, and you will loosen your grip too.

I second what the one fellow said about just pulling over if you get caught in real bad stuff and you do not feel comfortable continuing. True for any adverse weather or traffic condition, as your gut feeling should guide your actions, not the concept of bravery. Wait a bit, have a cup of java or some food, water the lizard, check the chain, your load (if touring), etc., then have a go at it again.

A cardinal rule for me is to remove distractions while riding so 100% of my attention is on the immediate situations of riding the bike and staying safe. When I feel this is compromised, I stop and take a break, gather myself. Cannot concentrate your attention on riding safely if you are distracted by things like wind, cold, fear, etc.
07-15-2002 06:41 AM
Ronin369 don't you mean the windward side (upwind) and not the leeward side (downwind)?

stay loose, stay low, don't freak out.
07-15-2002 02:00 AM
Blackbird I've ridden in some pretty high wind in the wet. It's not pleasant. I try and keep relaxed, and ride with my tires a little downwind of centre of my lane so as a gust or lull is less likely to blow me out of my lane.

If you are riding long distance in high wind, make sure you stop fairly often because it is really fatiguing. Also if you don't feel comfortable continuing, stop and take a break, or wait for the wind to die down some.
07-14-2002 10:57 PM
RobG I ride in heavy, gusty winds all the time. I stay loose and dont fight it when it hits hard. Ive been blown across the entire lane before almost on to the shoulder. Keep the speeds down too.
07-14-2002 10:42 PM
2001yzf600R
thanks for the tips

is it possible for gusty wind to knock down a bike at high speed? i mean did anyone ever heard of such situation? i bought my yzf600 due to its sport touring style...but obviously, it is not "porky" enough for me....may be i should get a goldwing?
07-14-2002 05:50 PM
Smitty
jimmyjr brought out a good point.

My lst year of riding a m/c was a Harley 45 flat head down one dirt (muddy) block then into & all over the bush & back areas. So one quickly adapts to different terrain & conditions.
Same is so easly done on a street bike when it comes to gusty winds or making it along gravel roads.
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