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Old 02-24-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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Anybody else get blown off the road while riding? I was riding down the interstate @ about 75. The wind was literally blowing me to the side off the road. I was in the right lane so I was getting close to the white line. I'm 6'2" 160lbs on 91 600. I know its a light bike and Im a feather weight, but damn! Scary.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
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The Kat is not as light as an ss, but if you are losing traction it is most likely due to the tires. I ride in windy, rainy conditions and rarely lose traction - although in really high gusts - 55+ they will push anyone. I've found Metzler Z6's to be good and Michelin PRII's to be exceptional for grip in these condtions.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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Light? Where did you get that idea from?
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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Light? Where did you get that idea from?
I was thinking the same thing. What I've found helpful when riding in windy conditions is to tuck in behind the windscreen, grip the tank tighter with my knees, and relax my grip on the bars.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Also, don't forget the principles of riding in wind. Grip the tank, very little weight on the bars. Good grip on the bars, but "loose" arms. Wind will blow your body around more than the bike, and a lot of people get nervous and tense up. That means the wind blowing your body around creates inputs into the steering of the bike without you fully realizing it. You end up fighting yourself to keep the bike straight. It also helps if you tuck down while riding in the wind, reducing the area that the wind has to take hold of you.
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Also, don't forget the principles of riding in wind. Grip the tank, very little weight on the bars. Good grip on the bars, but "loose" arms. Wind will blow your body around more than the bike, and a lot of people get nervous and tense up. That means the wind blowing your body around creates inputs into the steering of the bike without you fully realizing it. You end up fighting yourself to keep the bike straight. It also helps if you tuck down while riding in the wind, reducing the area that the wind has to take hold of you.
+1...and some say don't grip the bars tightly...

I experience winds like this often. From reading your original post, it doesn't clarify that you were actually blown off the road, but still, the experience can be harrowing. I normally duck beneath the windshield and do grip with everything I have, while keeping the hands loose to prevent over-reacting. I also ride as fast as I can and still be safe and somewhat comfortable because of the force of my momentum. And when the winds get up to the 70s and 80s, I try to find shelter from it and pull over. Out here, shelter between towns is scarce to nonexistent though. They have clocked 100+ mph winds in west Texas in the last year.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:13 AM   #7
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Sounds to me like you were in some strong wind gusts. Grip the tank with your knees, keep your head behind the bubble and don't put a death grip on the bars...just tight enough to maintain control. Next time, add some rain to the mix to make it really interesting! It's a skill set you will develop over time.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:31 AM   #8
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add some rain to the mix to make it really interesting! It's a skill set you will develop over time.
Rain?! Try it in the snow! 50MPH wind gusts and snow covered roads, it takes a real feel to tell if it's a wind gust or tires going out.

Like everyone else has said, loosen up on the controls and carry more speed.
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Anybody else get blown off the road while riding? I was riding down the interstate @ about 75. The wind was literally blowing me to the side off the road. I was in the right lane so I was getting close to the white line. I'm 6'2" 160lbs on 91 600. I know its a light bike and Im a feather weight, but damn! Scary.
Katanas are anything BUT light. 500 LBS is not a light bike by any stretch of the imagination. Lean into the wind like its a turn, just a little bit. That's how I deal with it. Makes me weave in my lane a bit sometimes, but it works.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:25 AM   #10
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... Lean into the wind like its a turn, just a little bit. That's how I deal with it. Makes me weave in my lane a bit sometimes, but it works.
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We've had some mild storms here before winter and I refused to leave the bike at home. You'll get the hang of it fast enough. Soon you'll be able to predict where and how the wind will hit you.
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