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Old 10-04-2019, 07:09 PM   #16
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^+1, get a BMW with their suspension, crosswinds are a breeze.
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:48 AM   #17
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Slow down and relax.
^^^^^^ +1.

Don’t get a different bike just to deal with this - you’re just chasing the wind

Rode back from the Sierra last weekend across the valley in some big wind on 12. Hitting us from the north as we were riding west, so perpendicular. I was on my GS with panniers and I was riding with some big Harley baggers. Everyone noticed the wind, but no one complained about not being able to keep their bike on the road. And we didn’t feel the need to slow down, although I don’t know if I would’ve liked doing 80mph on that road in those conditions - didn’t get a chance to find out.

It’s all doable - takes practice to develop riding skill, and this is just another one.
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:55 PM   #18
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I do a lot of commuting over the bay and carquinez bridges, I can confidently say that the Hayabusa is MUCH less bothered by wind than my 6700 lb 1993 F350 4x4 crew cab.

Lean into the wind a bit and you'll be fine. I rode the Bandit 1200's and DR650 all over including over the bridges during high wind advisories with no problem. I've also been past red top road many times without issue. Tuck in and lean, you'll be okay. Worst case scenario I've slowed to 50MPH on occassion, but never felt unsafe.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:37 PM   #19
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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 itís just too dangerous so I keep the RPMs up.
Give it a shot!

Tucking down also helps.
I forgot a couple key things. Tight knees on the tank and loose elbows and grip on the bars. Very important.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:07 AM   #20
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:54 AM   #21
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Lots of good ideas here on what to do.
What NOT to do: stay away from high profile vehicles.
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Old 08-24-2020, 03:40 PM   #22
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Agreed! I cross the Bay Bridge almost every day, and it can have serious gusts. I tend to find an open spot where there's no cars, where it's just the gusts hitting me (and not gusts, plus cars, plus trucks, etc.)

Also, at least on my bike, with my weight, I have found that sometimes speeding up a little bit sometimes helps. Staying loose on the bars helps. Sometimes leaning down on top of the tank helps. It depends on things, I guess.

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What NOT to do: stay away from high profile vehicles.
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:57 AM   #23
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Pull over and chill if it gets to gnarly , try to loosen grip on bike so you donít get to fatigued from gripping to hard .
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