May 3, 2008 at 11:19 pm #1328RydRyParticipant
hi all- so today up in Vermont it was a rare day, little sun and lots of wind, ok not so rare felt great in the car- on the bike it was insane- blew me all over the place- I did a nice tucked n position which helped but I did veer a bit and wonder if this is a problem for folks who are riding 250’s at 50 miles per hour? I was on a 500cc and couldnt help think a larger bike would be better/saferMay 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm #5975megaspazParticipant
I ride to work early in the morning and late at night a few times on 237 here in california. Winds were pretty strong some of them days and I was getting pushed around on my sv650s. From the outside of laneX to the middle of laneX riding @ ~70mph. As far as being safer goes, I guess that depends on when you notice the wind pushing you and how you adjust to it… But I, myself, would think the heavier the bike, possibly the more “resistent” to wind it would be in terms of being pushed around easily…
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around, I want it caught and shot now…May 4, 2008 at 9:34 pm #5979ShannonGGuest
I know from bicycling experience, the lighter the bike, the hairier it behaves in the wind. I have two road bikes, one a full carbon 16 lb race bike and the other a 21 lb aluminum tank. I always ride the tank on windy days because the other bike feels like it will sail right out from beneath me.May 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm #5980RydRyParticipant
I am sure there is some real data there- but I gotta say I rode the 500 and then the 865cc and the difference is marked- but I suppose you must balance all the other factors so well laid out here for bewginners-May 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm #5992MattParticipant
I was speaking with my instructors about this issuse… Basically, the extra weight of the bikes is usually offset by the extra physical size of the bike. In their opinion, all bikes are sails, don’t buy a larger bike in hopes of having it handle the wind better.May 5, 2008 at 7:15 pm #6003smadaakramParticipant
i hit some cross wind the other day while riding and i noticed some shift in my lane position, i ride a Yamaha xj600s seca2, it weighs about 425 gassed up and i weigh about 240. a friend of mine rides a Yamaha roadliner 1900 cruiser that weighs about 600 and he weighs about 325, he was mentioning than he gets wind pushed fairly hard too. like above I’d say it’s an issue for all bikes and just something to take into consideration when riding, esp. certain times of the year.
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