zbassman Posted October 25, 2007 Share Posted October 25, 2007 Hi, Okay, its official. I hate windy days, especially days with gusting winds, especially days with gusting winds that are changing direction. Yesterday I rode to work. The ride in was great. 50 degrees, sunny, not too much traffic. A perfect ride in. But going home was different. The wind had picked up. A lot. It was gusty and seemed to be changing directions. On my last bike, a Suzuki Volusia, wind wasn't too much of a problem. It'd blow the bike across my lane a foot or so but the bike felt pretty stable. However, on the R1100RT yesterday it was different. It felt like the tires were being blown out from underneath me. It felt like I was walking across ice in hard-soled dress shoes. I of course did the exact wrong thing. I tightened up. I used the G.I. Joe Kung Fu Grip of Death to hold the handle bars and tightened up all the core muscles in my body. Which I know causes the wind forces hitting my body to be transmitted to the bike causing further instability. So, I know that's wrong. But aside from trying to relax what other strategies may help deal with high, gusting winds? Would leaning my body over in a sort of "racing" posture help? Would adjusting tire pressure? I'm a big guy (6' 5", 320lbs) so I run 36/41 PSI. Any ideas to help me deal with windy days greatly appreciated. Link to comment
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