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Old 08-18-2019, 09:18 AM   #1
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How to deal w/big wind

I680 between Benicia and Cordelia, I80 around Red Top road generates some amazing wind that blow my Interceptor all over lane. What can I do about it?

Perhaps some other tire? I have decent Shinko Advance tires inflated per the manual (36 PSI front, 42 PSI rear), etc.

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Old 08-18-2019, 09:30 AM   #2
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Not so much a tire to fix this.
I can tell you about the solid wheels on my Fatboy and V-rod.
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The Sacto causeway always gave me fits when the north wind cranks up.
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:54 AM   #3
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That area is windy for sure. I have had some good bluster adjustments through there. The amount of mass that the wind can catch makes a difference as noted in the post above.

Tires would likely do nada. Just something Mother Nature expect you to over come.

At Willow Springs Raceway when it got windy some riders would remove their lower fairings to try and reduce the impact in the high speed shit that was perpendicular to the wind direction.
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:51 PM   #4
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:55 PM   #5

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At Willow Springs Raceway when it got windy some riders woul remove their lower fairings to try and reduce the impact in the high speed shit that was perpendicular to the wind direction.
I'm with Budman. It was very windy in Colorado Springs when I was a novice in 1988 and all the fastguys were removing their fairings.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:20 PM   #6
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Agree about the plastics. If you're bike is acting like a sail in crosswinds, a different bike might be a good solution.

When I had a bike that responded poorly to crosswinds, it was better without the top case mounted. If you ride with a top case, and it has a negative effect, that effect will be less if you mount it to the pillion seat than on the rear rack.

More upright ergos can help as well. If you're putting weight on the bars, and your body gets pushed by the wind, is it translating into a steering movement? Does focusing on relaxed, shoulders and arms help in the wind?

Best bikes I've had in crosswinds were nekkid, though not all nekkid bikes I've ridden were great there. All but one I think.
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Old 08-19-2019, 12:00 AM   #7
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IF you have a bike with electronic suspension move it to sport and stiffen it up. Made a big difference on my K1600gt. Not as much a difference on the Multistrada, less plastic. Soft suspension makes the wind worse.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:16 AM   #8
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I ride a gear lower to keep RPMs up - more rotating mass and gyro effect. And sometimes go faster - more gyro effect from the wheels. Sometimes it is counter intuitive but faster is safer.
Other times it’s just too dangerous so I keep the RPMs up.
Give it a shot!

Tucking down also helps.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:49 AM   #9
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I feel it just takes a lot of experience to be comfortable getting tossed around a bit. I started riding in NM. New Mexicans will tell you they have four seasons. Summer, Fall, Winter, and Wind. The Spring can be real nasty there. After riding in high winds dozens of times for a few thousand miles, eventually it just becomes natural. I've not since ridden in anything like it in CA except one time two months ago when I was riding back from the central coast up 1 between approximately Point Sur Lighthouse and Garrapata State Park. Super gusty and two vehicles in front of me got partially blown off the roadway kicking up rocks and gravel. I picked up the speed to clear it ASAP because it was getting sketchy with all the large SUVs being pushed around. Anyway it was a good reminder about how high winds effect the bike. Probably a 10-15 mile stretch. After a few minutes I was back in my groove with it, after having not dealt with that kind of wind in over 10 years.
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:32 AM   #10
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I grew up in Fairfield and lived with that wind forever. I found weighting the pegs a bit more than usual helped. Be sure not to white knuckle the grips too.
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Ugh, wind. I dislike that more than any other weather situation. I rode a Monster (so no fairings) over the BB regularly for years and still would get nailed by wind sometimes. I found that gearing down and tucking helped, as well as leaning into the wind. Often I would notice that there was an "ideal speed" for the wind too. Try speeding up or slowing down a little and see if you can find a happy medium.
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IMHO, most wind issues are wind buffeting the rider and that transmits to the bike through the handlebars. Loose on the grips helps tremendously.
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Gen 1 Vstrom 650 and 1000 were terrible in the wind, especially with a taller Givi windshield installed. I attributed that to the tall windshield and the high COG that comes with adv type bikes. I would wager that a heavy cruiser with no windshield would be the most planted in the wind, but I'm just speculating because I've never owned one.....
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I lean into it. I deal with wind and gusts in my area (Tracy) on I5/205. Kind of planted due to being a heavy (but naked) Harley.
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