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post #1 of 8 Old 05-16-2009, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Riding in the wind

Do the big bikes, Goldwings, Harley baggers, etc. get thrown around in the wind worse than us naked folk ? I REALLY get a workout when it's windy. Especially crosswinds. What's been your experience(s) ?

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Do the big bikes, Goldwings, Harley baggers, etc. get thrown around in the wind worse than us naked folk ? I REALLY get a workout when it's windy. Especially crosswinds. What's been your experience(s) ?
Definitely. I can tell a major difference on the FJR vs the 919 in the wind. While the FJR is heavier and more stable, it also has far more surface area to catch the wind. It doesn't toss you sideways like a hard blast can on the lighter 919, but you still notice more jiggling and I actually find the wind noise louder even with the full fairing and large windshield than the naked bike.

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When riding in the wind I do a few things. I squeeze the tank tighter with my legs, and try to keep my arms relaxed. I also try to note which direction the wind is coming from. This helps me anticipate when a gust will really hit. Example...if I'm riding in a cross wind and there are trees on both sides, it isn't bad, but knowing which direction the wind is from can help you anticipate that when the tree-line (or whatever wind block you have) ends, you can expect a rather strong gust.

I commute on days even if the wind is forecasted to be up to 25 MPH with higher gusts. I don't know if I'd ride all day in it, but I do know the wind was quite high last time I went to Leavenworth. It was picking umbrellas out of the tables.

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Um, 'Beau. Did you notice there was more fatigue or less overall AFTER the ride ? To the best of your recollection.

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Um, 'Beau. Did you notice there was more fatigue or less overall AFTER the ride ? To the best of your recollection.
Hmmm, I guess I'd have to say less fatigue even though you're more conscious of the wind on the full fairing bike, it's just so much smoother and easier to ride on the highway than the 919.

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Good post Cmurphy... I rode last night in some major winds with an incoming thunderstorm and noticed that if I give the handlebar a deathgrip, the whole front end would shake. If I eased my grip on the bars and gripped with my knees the oscillations went away...



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My last bike was a honda shadow areo 1100 with a wind shield. I notice everything is more exagerated on the 919. I guess i noticed the wind on my cruiser, but it didn't affect my ride. I notice I'm much more tired on the 9er on a windy day, and i wouldn't trade it for the world!

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But it is the kind of tired feeling that leaves you with a smile when you lay your head on the pillow that night...



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