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Old 02-27-2012, 02:59 PM   #31
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I rode to Mobile, AL a couple weeks ago with my friend on his busa = travel faster than normal. The cross winds were 25-35 mph. It made the ride interesting to say the least...
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #32
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Riding faster does help
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #33
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"But officer...... I was simply trying to outrun the wind".
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:30 AM   #34
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I had my first experience with wind gusts yesterday. Not sure of the mph of the gusts but they were enough to move my bike around. I've only been riding a few weeks, but one thing I DIDN'T do was panic. Maybe once I step up to highway riding it'll be different, but I was on back road with a posted limit of 55mph. I'll be using the advice that others have posted up if and when I'm confronted with gusts again.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:17 AM   #35
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New tires helped but now my bike wont run right so its just sitting. Stupid carbs.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #36
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all that being said( and being true) i just slow down .
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:04 AM   #37
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I try to avoid the highway... I take the back roads as much as possible I find for me its a better ride the roads snake more, less cagers trying to run you down and usually lots of trees and houses to act as wind blocks.. I'm in VA and there's a few stretches of highway wide open and the crosswinds feel like someone jumping into the side of the bike
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:51 AM   #38
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Just remember, the only way to get better at it is to do it.
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but personaly I dont see a point in a 1000 you can get the same power from a properly tuned 600 with less weight and better handeling.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #39
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^^^ very true. Was out yesterday coming home from a softball game and a storm was coming in. I have to thank you all for the advice listed as these tips helped a lot on state road with a 60mph speed limit as the wind started to pick up. Loosened my grip on the handles and tight tank grip helped!
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:18 AM   #40
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Changed my back tire today and took the kat for a 55km ride. Worst ride ever... the wind was 30 meter / second and a little rain top of that.
The worst part was on a 90km/h road. I was behind a white volvo 740. The car noticed I was behind him after a while and he must have thought that I wanted to get past him, because he placed himself far to the right, giving me lots of space to drive past him.
Idiot that I am, I took my chance and drove past him. Right when I am in height of the volvo a HUUUUUGE wind took me by suprise and almost blowned of my magnetic tankbag (that I got for free with a magazine, therefore the poor magnetics).
I manage to catch the tankbag with my left elbow, resulting me halfpanic and kind of followed the bag halfway of the bike to the left.. in 90km/h... terrifying.

The good part is the Volvo held a huge distance to me the rest of the way.
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