Sportbike World banner

1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
how do you guys ride through gusty wind? where Iam staying for summer is really windy(average is about 15-25mph but sometimes it can get much much severe). When i ride on freeway, wind keep knocking me and that makes riding very unstable...any riding technique tips?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
482 Posts
Loosen your elbows, avoid the death grip, and be ready to counter the direction the wind will blow you into.

You can always pull over and wait it out or not ride at all that day if you have the choice.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
582 Posts
You definately need to relax and lower your speed a little while riding in the wind. Have you ever ridden a dirtbike in the mud?
Or driven a small boat (12 feet or less) with a gas outboard on a big lake or out in the bay? You need to just kinda "go with it" to an EXTENT.That's the only 2 things I can compare it with.
:cool:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,490 Posts
With really hard and continual side gusts, the best you can do is place as much weight as possible on the downwind peg and lean slightly into the wind. This will keep you on course unless a big sudden gust hits you, in which case if you are riding a newer superlight sport bike you will probably drift over to the next lane anyway.

When I had a Ducati, that bike was very unstable in cross winds and blew all over the road no matter what I did. Part of its problem was the fairing, which had no venting on the sides so it acted like a sail.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
352 Posts
I've found that in gusty strong winds, bringing UP my speed to around 130-140km/h actually lowers the effect of the gusts. Gyroscopic force increasing from the back tire or something... Just try explaining it to the nice officer though ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,400 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
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?:rolleyes:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
164 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
623 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,490 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
624 Posts
Re: thanks for the tips

2001yzf600R said:
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?:rolleyes:
Did you see the movie Twister? Apparently wind is strong enough to pick up a cow! :p 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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
152 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
623 Posts
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.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top