i got blown of my motorcycle last year so my confidence riding in the wind has dropped i have a long trip coming up and with all the wind we have been having latley odds on it will be windy on the trip,anyone got any good riding tips on what they do when the wind gets up any help would be appreciated .
Riding in the wind
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Just relax and go with it. Ride in the center of the lane.
Riding in the wind
^^^ x2 i just huddle down more(don't want to make your body a sail) and grip the bike more with the knees,relax and go with the flow.
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You can brace against the wind by leaning off a little if it's constant. Moving closer to the bars helps sometimes too, but don't grip them too tight. Gusty winds are harder to deal. Watch out for big gaps and gates in hedgerows where a strong breeze can push through and surprise you.
When pushed off line there's a tendency to look down at the bike or the kerb, but the old rule about the bike steering towards what you're looking at applies here. Keep your head up, lean your body against the wind and counter-steer back on course (as if you were cornering). Avoid big rucsacks and tall tail packs.
great advice above
relaxed upper body, look up, counter steer as necessary. Don't slow down too much either, as you lose stability, buit don't cane it. If you're short like me don't be ashamed to use both feet when you stop...
Lol - i'm 6ft and I use both feet when I stop in the kind of winds we've been having!
Yea, I read this post last night, but didn't respond cuz I didn't really have an answer! So on the ride home last night I took note of what I was doing - and it's pretty much what everyone else has said.
Relaxed upper body, especially your arms, don't grip the bars hard - everything nice and relaxed and go with the flow.
Be aware of your road position so if you do get blown a foot or two left or right you're not into a kerb or a car.
Look well ahead (as always).
Lean into the wind a bit if it's constant, and keep an eye out for suddenly un-sheltered stretches of road, ie, a row of trees comes to an end so the wind can get at you
Keep your speed up, but not too high
Also watch out for overtaking lorries on motorways. If the wind is coming from the left constantly it will pull you into the lorry as you pass and blast you back the other way when you pass it. I find the best thing to do is slow down slightly if you need to pass a lorry in the next lane. It just gives you a little more time to adjust.
Blown off the Bike?
Maybe you should eat some more!
Go for the 1000-yard stare. Seriously. Don't look at the road immediately in front of you, and certainly don't look in the direction you're being blown. If you take a gust from the right and start straying off to the left, DO NOT LOOK LEFT. Look at all times where you intended to go, far, far up the road.