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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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30 mph wind gusts

So, as we get clearer (dryer) weather out west, I had planned on taking a day trip up in the mountains on Friday.

However, the weather forecast is indicating 30 mph wind gusts throughout the day. For the more experienced riders out there, should I be concerned and maybe postpone my trip?
I will be riding mostly curvy 2-lane roads with a section in the mountains. Speeds will probably not exceed 50 mph.

I have read some of the posts on how to handle excessive crosswinds, but I'd rather keep my concentation on the road - especially on the curvy ones...

Am I being paranoid, or should I just ride?
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30 mph wind gusts have never moved me off my mark, but I wasn't on curvey roads. I found the Versys to be easier to handle in crosswinds than my 650 V-Star, which surprised me, since it is taller and lighter than the Star.
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I think the wind gusts aren't a great problem for bike's handle, but your driving will not be relaxing and funny.

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I came back from Tucson to Scottsdale on the freeway with 30mph+ cross winds on the V.

It wasn't great, but stay relaxed and stick your knee out, into the side that the wind is coming from. Keeping your speed down also helps.

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I ride for pleasure and riding in crosswonds is not fun. At the least in gusty conditions you will be buffeted and caused to lean and jerk. Since it sounds like your ride is for pleasure, why bother. Relaxing is not easy in those conditions and my recent experience two weeks ago confirmed that staying home in 30-40 mph winds (at least for open road riding) is simply more fun than fighting the elements.

BTW, the canyons in CO can both block the wind and channel the wind. This leads to even worse conditions where I went from zero wind, to severe wind and back. My sphincter can't take that stress!
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Thanks for the input guys - I thought as much.
Since I want it to be more of a fun, relaxing and enjoyable ride - I guess I'll postpone.
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It might prove to be a learning experience. Most of the problems come from trying to fight the wind. The side wind will cause the bike to lean into the wind until it reaches a state of equilibrium, and any effort to fight it will result in destabilization. This is the biggest reason for suddenly swapping lanes. I just ride relaxed and allow the bike to lean as far as it wants. It feels weird at first, but one gets used to it.

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Here's something to think about. If you will be in a wooded ares then the trees will protect you from most of the cross winds.


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30 mph winds are not enjoyable, but the bike handles well in them. Like others have said, just relax and the bike will be easier to control.

The biggest pain with those winds, IMO, is not getting pushed around in your lane, but is the buffeting and getting your head knocked around.
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