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I found a good way to stabilize your bike while riding in strong cross winds. Put your knee on the windy side out into the wind stream. Some how it really does work to stabilize the bike.
 

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I will give that a try. Our winds are about 35 mph today, but I don't want to get out in that. tom
 

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Marv -

Thinking about it I can see how providing drag on the windy side would help stablize the bike but I think I'll save this trick for a warmer season. I still ride as long as it's not precipitating outside but these 30 degree temps don't lend themselves to anything but hunkering down behind the fairing and windshield. Brrrr.......
 

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Marv said:
I found a good way to stabilize your bike while riding in strong cross winds. Put your knee on the windy side out into the wind stream. Some how it really does work to stabilize the bike.
Care to explain how you think that "trick" works???????? A number of years ago - I was on the island of Mauii on a rented HD and went up into the mountains - on the way back I encountered Trade Winds of of over 55 MPH (crosswind) and found myself riding at close to a 45 degree angle into the side from which the wind was blowing!!!!!!!!! THAT was to prevent getting blown over on the road and ending up as a "ROAD PIZZA".........!!!!
 

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Marv said:
I found a good way to stabilize your bike while riding in strong cross winds. Put your knee on the windy side out into the wind stream. Some how it really does work to stabilize the bike.

Care to explain how you think that "trick" works???????? A number of years ago - I was on the island of Maui on a rented HD and went up into the mountains - on the way back I encountered Trade Winds of of over 55 MPH (crosswind) and found myself riding at close to a 45 degree angle into the side from which the wind was blowing!!!!!!!!! THAT was to prevent getting blown over on the road and ending up as a "ROAD PIZZA".........!!!!

I think I would have parked that HD and wait for the winds to abate or called the owner to send a tow truck to pick up the bike. It wasn't worth wrecking the bike or yourself to take that kind of risk. I was referring to uncomfortable gusty winds not half a hurricane!

Years ago I used to have a Triumph Bonneville, this was in the 60's. In those days we had a damper wheel on the steering. It worked quite well in strong cross winds.
 

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Care to explain how you think that "trick" works???????? A number of years ago - I was on the island of Maui on a rented HD and went up into the mountains - on the way back I encountered Trade Winds of of over 55 MPH (crosswind) and found myself riding at close to a 45 degree angle into the side from which the wind was blowing!!!!!!!!! THAT was to prevent getting blown over on the road and ending up as a "ROAD PIZZA".........!!!![/quote]


I think I would have parked that HD and wait for the winds to abate or called the owner to send a tow truck to pick up the bike. It wasn't worth wrecking the bike or yourself to take that kind of risk. I was referring to uncomfortable gusty winds not half a hurricane!

Years ago I used to have a Triumph Bonneville, this was in the 60's. In those days we had a damper wheel on the steering. It worked quite well in strong cross winds.[/quote]

My car is a minivan.and in strong crosswinds........It changes lanes so what good is a steering damper??? HUH? :?:
 

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I've read that tip a long time ago, and have tried it. It does seem to work, maybe by sticking your knee out it expands the wind flow around your bike for added cushion. Give it try, you have nothing to lose~!! hahaha Good luck~!
 

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I've read that tip a long time ago, and have tried it. It does seem to work, maybe by sticking your knee out it expands the wind flow around your bike for added cushion. Give it try, you have nothing to lose~!! hahaha Good luck~!
Does that also work in the rain...OR..do you just get a wet knee.????? :lol: :lol:
 

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RandyT said:
I've read that tip a long time ago, and have tried it. It does seem to work, maybe by sticking your knee out it expands the wind flow around your bike for added cushion. Give it try, you have nothing to lose~!! hahaha Good luck~!
Does that also work in the rain...OR..do you just get a wet knee.????? :lol: :lol:
Good question~! But if it's raining I'm usually all wet anyways, so maybe wetter~!! hahaha
 

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Good question~! But if it's raining I'm usually all wet anyways, so maybe wetter~!! hahaha[/quote]
I think that most of us are "ALL WET" anyway........... :lol: :lol:
 

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Dang V8 you need to get out and ride! :thumbup:
Your getting way too cranky being cooped up in all that snow while I'm out riding daily. :twisted:
 

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I tried it and it works. Thanks for the hint.
 

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Been having very strong winds the past four days here. Guests to 60 mph. :shock: Mileage dropped from 50+ down to 44. 650 sure handles the wind better then my 400 did. Scooter isn't what's being kicked around it's me. :eek:
 

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Having lived in SE Arizona for a gazillion years, we were subject to very VERY strong winds. After I got my ClearView XXL windshield installed it was much easier to maneuver in crosswinds. However, the best way is to just keep my head down, elbows in and a slight lean into the offending breeze, and that takes me down the road just fine.
 

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When I was stationed in Kansas the horrible was always the norm. I had a 73 model 380 Suzuki Gt with a batwing faring At the end of the runway on base the road made a pretty tight kind of banked 180 degree turn with a 30 mph speed limit & like most of the other age 24 bikers I OCCASIONALLY exceded the base speed zones. Very often going around that particular curve in a 40 or so mph cross wind half way through, the curve the wind would catch the inside of the bat-wing & quite literally straighten you up from your lean. This could be VERY exciting ! How did I live to be 64? The Don
 

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I wish I had known that trick earlier this week! In central Kentucky I felt like I was about to do a Margaret Hamilton impression.
 
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