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It gets pretty windy where I live and I often feel like the cross wind will just blow me over. It freaks me out sometimes. How do y'all ride in crazy winds?
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Stay in the middle of the road to allow for wind influence on your bike...

I've rode many types of bikes in that kind of weather and they all do just about the same .. The Big Glide is just as bad as the Sporty IMO.
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be careful of bridges / overpasses & trucks. they block the wind or affect how the air flows. ie. if you are riding along with a steady cross wind & you come to an overpass, suddenly there is no more wind & on the other side, suddenly there is wind again. same with trucks.
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Kansas has some nasty winds as well. I vary my riding path based on the wind that given day. If its real bad, I'll just drive the truck. Riding into a 40mph head wind while traveling 65mph isn't as fun as the commercials make it look...
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My custom is pretty bad, with the solid rear wheel and all. Sometimes it feels like the back end is coming around to the front.
I was riding on the coast last month - riding north and south, with a very strong wind (with sand) blowing east to west off the ocean. Throw in some high bridges, and some deep sand in spots on the road.. there were some serious pucker moments!
I've found that keeping control without OVER controlling the bike works well for me in high winds. I let it wander a little, but just kinda keep it reigned in...
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Don't have any problem with windy days.Oh wait,I'm on a trike.This happens when you get old,CRS. What was the question again?
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I got blown down on my Road King this spring. Sitting at a light with a big long building on the right side that seemed to magnify the gusts.

Getting hit from the right, it was all I could do to keep it upright. When the gust abruptly stopped I almost pushed it over the other way. I then got hit with another one before I could recover and over I went.

I could handle it while riding, stopping for the light was a mistake. Next time I would pop it on the kickstand for stability until the traffic clears.
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I got blown down on my Road King this spring. Sitting at a light with a big long building on the right side that seemed to magnify the gusts.

Getting hit from the right, it was all I could do to keep it upright. When the gust abruptly stopped I almost pushed it over the other way. I then got hit with another one before I could recover and over I went.

I could handle it while riding, stopping for the light was a mistake. Next time I would pop it on the kickstand for stability until the traffic clears.
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For me, riding with my elbows relaxed and riding with the knee opposite the direction the wind is coming from pressed into the tank helps.
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Reduce speed first of all

Try to keep your center of gravity low and if the wind is always coming from the same side ride a bit towards that side of the lane and let the wind push you to the middle of the road or so before you start correcting hard. This way if the wind cuts out quickly you're not leaning as far when the wind stops. On a curvy road at some point the wind becomes a tail wind and you tend to sail along from being pushed

Biggest factor I've noticed...riding a heavier bike helps a lot during windy conditions, also on coming truck traffic is no longer an issue as they drive by you in the opposite direction, with the sporty you about get blown off the bike
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