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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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riding in the wind

Any one ever been totaly shut down because of wind being to strong to ride or blowing sand /dust
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Re: riding in the wind

Not quite but having set out in good conditions I found myself entering Europe and being greeted by scything crosswinds as I rode down the autoroute. I ended up cranked over as far as possible just to stay in my lane. Time to pull over for a break and to find a road with more shelter!

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Left Las Vegas,NV headed to Amarillo, TX. I headed across Interstate 40 the wind was blowing out of the south so hard I made it to Williams, AZ and had to stop for the day.

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I've heard of a technique where you use your upwind leg as a "sail" when riding in a cross wind.

Basically, if you've got a crosswind coming from the left side of your bike you hang the right knee out into the oncoming airflow/slipstream (caused by your forward movement) creating more drag on the right side. This supposedly aids you in keeping the bike more upright as opposed to having to lean into the wind coming from the left.

Haven't had the chance to try it out myself. Thoughts and opinions welcome?
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I've heard of a technique where you use your upwind leg as a "sail" when riding in a cross wind.

Basically, if you've got a crosswind coming from the left side of your bike you hang the right knee out into the oncoming airflow/slipstream (caused by your forward movement) creating more drag on the right side. This supposedly aids you in keeping the bike more upright as opposed to having to lean into the wind coming from the left.

Haven't had the chance to try it out myself. Thoughts and opinions welcome?
I see what your saying, but I don't know if this is any less work than leaning it over, its bad enough you've got wind pushing on you and the bike, now your going to try to channel it. I've never tried this but it seems like a lot more work.

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I've heard of a technique where you use your upwind leg as a "sail" when riding in a cross wind.

Basically, if you've got a crosswind coming from the left side of your bike you hang the right knee out into the oncoming airflow/slipstream (caused by your forward movement) creating more drag on the right side. This supposedly aids you in keeping the bike more upright as opposed to having to lean into the wind coming from the left.

Haven't had the chance to try it out myself. Thoughts and opinions welcome?
Chris,
You've got the right idea using the up wind leg, but you accidentally said it backwards.

If the wind is from the left, the bike will be blown over to the right.
The upwind leg would be the left one and it would drag on the left side and tend to lean it towards the left and the wind which would be what you want.

Using the right leg would increase the lean to the right or downwind side.


Good tip - thanks

There's another force that is working in our favor to keep the bike upright and steady and may help resist the effect of a crosswind. Both spinning wheels have a gyroscoptic effect which lends to stability.

It is most observed when the front or both wheels are off the ground and should you turn the handle bar to one side or the other rapidly, gyroscoptic forces would tend to return the wheel to midline.

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Any one ever been totaly shut down because of wind being to strong to ride or blowing sand /dust
I live/ ride in NJ a lot of 1-2 lane roads with wide open farm land on either side,never been shut down but the cross winds and dust get me all the time. Got better riding glasses with gaskets, relax grip on bars, now if I could just afford to swap out those solid fatboy wheels.....
They don't help much with strong winds
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Chris,
You've got the right idea using the up wind leg, but you accidentally said it backwards.
Oh Crap! I believe you're right. Sorry if I gave anyone a "bum steer" (pun intended). Thanks for the keen eye and correction!

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When I first started riding again the wind would bother me a bit but now with the Limited, I just plow on through it.

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