Pucker moment from 20 mph wind
November 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm #2326
I rode home for lunch yesterday and the wind was really bad. It was up to 20mph and I had a pucker moment when I realized I was sliding sideways in my lane. I tried leaning into the wind and then leaning harder when I hit a sweeper but that didn’t really help. I started getting close to the white line and slowed down which helped.
It felt like my back tire was sliding sideways a little and it was not a good feeling. I was so glad the wind had died down when I rode home after work.November 6, 2008 at 5:38 pm #14629CandiceParticipant
I was worried about the wind yesterday also because I drove my bike to work. I was advised by another rider here at work to slow down about 5 mph and that should help so sounds like you did the right thing! I didn’t have too much trouble until I got on the highway, that was ridiculous. I felt like I was fighting the whole way.November 6, 2008 at 6:57 pm #14634
A head wind is annoying but a total cross wind is a problem if it’s strong enough.November 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm #14637DaggerParticipant
Yeah.. I have to drive through a canyon on my way to work and I sometimes get cross winds when I’m in a turn.. Feels like the tires are going to be blown out from under you sometimes.. Best thing to do is always slow down when that starts happening..
I just want to make it out of this life alive…November 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm #14641Clay DowlingParticipant
which was entirely cross-wind. 15-20mph cross winds. It was a pretty consistent wind so it didn’t present a lot of control problems. It did leave my neck sore, constantly fighting that force from the right. I was happy to get out of it.November 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm #14643
Going slower means less lean in turns which will help.November 6, 2008 at 10:41 pm #14646dcJohnParticipant
Crosswinds were … exciting … on my Ninja 250, but I’m finding them a lot less of an issue now on my Versys. For me the biggest wind issue comes with gusty crosswinds. Leaning into the wind isn’t a problem, but when the wind suddenly stops and that lean snaps into turning (instead of just holding a straight line), things get interesting.
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