How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by Paul Neate » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:39 pm

-Ralph- wrote:So my advice for dealing with it....


Firstly, relax.... you dont need to go book a hotel, thats the opposite reaction, panic. When did you last hear of somebody crashing a motorbike due to high wind?

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AND RELAX, you're not going to crash, it's just a bit of wind, your bike can handle it.

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Ralph (and others), thanks for your thoughts on this, bu I am not sure all the suggestions apply if you are riding a "road" with a loose surface. I am thinking here of some of the roads I have driven in a Land Rover in Ethiopia (apologies for country reference :-P) where trucks have piled up the loose stones into ridges of gravel, sometimes several inches deep. If you are running at any speed in the relatively firm and clear wheel tracks and get blown off course into the gravel it's definitely going to be time for the brown trousers if nothing worse.

So I guess the only options are slow right down or pull over and wait for better conditions.

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by SteveW » Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:59 pm

I can only think of one incidence when I've encountered high gusting crosswinds on a gravel road.
I just slowed down, I can't think of anything else to do.
If you're being blown off-course, the faster you're travelling the greater the distance you'll veer off you intended line.
My 450exc with the rally faring is bundle of fun in crosswinds, light weight and slab-sided.

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by -Ralph- » Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:48 pm

Paul Neate wrote:
-Ralph- wrote:So my advice for dealing with it....


Firstly, relax.... you dont need to go book a hotel, thats the opposite reaction, panic. When did you last hear of somebody crashing a motorbike due to high wind?

...

AND RELAX, you're not going to crash, it's just a bit of wind, your bike can handle it.

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Ralph (and others), thanks for your thoughts on this, bu I am not sure all the suggestions apply if you are riding a "road" with a loose surface. I am thinking here of some of the roads I have driven in a Land Rover in Ethiopia (apologies for country reference :-P) where trucks have piled up the loose stones into ridges of gravel, sometimes several inches deep. If you are running at any speed in the relatively firm and clear wheel tracks and get blown off course into the gravel it's definitely going to be time for the brown trousers if nothing worse.

So I guess the only options are slow right down or pull over and wait for better conditions.
My advice applies to a surfaced road, I've no idea how to handle it on a loose surface.
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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by 92kk k100lt 193214 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:34 am

There is another risk not mentioned....for road risks.

That of other vehicles being blown off course and in your direction.

Not only must you watch your own position but also watch if other high sided vehicles are approaching a gap. This particularly important if the wind direction is from the other side of the road.

After that there's the self propelled wheelie bin, the tree branch, the advertising hoarding......or, as I also saw one day, building sheeting being blown off the roof of a building where it was stored for a roofing contract in progress.

You really do have to keep the eyes peeled.
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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by AndyB » Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:27 am

sprintster wrote:
MarkR wrote:Go faster. Velocity is your friend.
You'll have more gyroscopic stabilty from your wheels and your sheer mass will have more momentum.
Works better on faster heavier bikes :)
Some of us on here once rode across Denmark, bridges and all, in bloody awful winter gales, on overloaded mid size trailys.
There's always one! :whistle: :laugh:
When the gust that even your extra speed can't stop you going off course comes you will then be even further off course in the same amount of time!
He's not bullshiiting, I was with him and every time we got to an exposed bridge or similar there'd be a really helpful windsock flying horizontally across the road so we knew it was going to be a bit entertaining. I found myself slowing down (or speeding up) so I had a gap in the traffic and 2 lanes to use rather than risk being blown sideways into another vehicle.

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by Simon_100 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:48 am

92kk k100lt 193214 wrote:There is another risk not mentioned....for road risks.

That of other vehicles being blown off course and in your direction.

Not only must you watch your own position but also watch if other high sided vehicles are approaching a gap. This particularly important if the wind direction is from the other side of the road.

After that there's the self propelled wheelie bin, the tree branch, the advertising hoarding......or, as I also saw one day, building sheeting being blown off the roof of a building where it was stored for a roofing contract in progress.

You really do have to keep the eyes peeled.
Too true, I'0ve had to dodge balls of tumbleweed the size of a combi-van and one day stopped for fuel to find a seagull entwined in my front wheel - never even saw it 'hit'!

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by rallymoto » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:27 pm

had to smile at this post !!!!!!! untill yesterday, testing at sweetlamb adventurebike academy with motorcycle sport and leisure ......simpy got blow off my hp2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!scary

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by Liam gsa » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:22 pm

Best tips I could say what hasn't been pointed out yet

is to push down on the foot pegs i.e. If you wanna go right push right works a treat on the road
This is the main way you move the bike about when on the loose stuff
But you need to relax your grip and be comfortable with the bike moving around
I know is hard to do when getting sharp random blusters of wind but it's a quick reaction thing you do to counter it almost instinctive
If ya get what I mean :)

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by dave h » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:27 pm

just go with the blow B)

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Re: How do you deal with gusting cross wind?

Post by Hodge57 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:44 am

Hide alongside a very big lorry

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