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post #1 of 77 Old 06-29-2012, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Riding in Crosswinds

Gusty winds tend to upset new riders because of the movement that happens when the bike gets hit with one. The newbie reaction is to take a death grip on the bars and try to fight the lean that happens.

In fact, that movement is just the self steering of the bike reacting to the sideways push of the wind by steering in the direction of the push which makes the bike lean into the wind and counteract it. This is exactly the self steering stability that keeps a bike "balanced" in normal riding without any input from you, the rider.

The correct response is just to maintain a relaxed grip on the bars and go with the flow. The bike will be fine, and so will you.

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post #2 of 77 Old 06-29-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip!

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I thought about picking up the Rebel on my way to work, but there were scheduled Thunderstorms from 2pm on. However.. storms started alittle before noon as I was leaving and then the reports of Tornado warning were out. Car was much better choice!

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Great advice, thank you!
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I was recently playing with crosswinds while riding across North Dakota prairie on a gusty day.
I put the BMW on cruise control and took my hands off the bars and trimmed up the bike by leaning a little left or right as needed. Every time a gust hit, the bars would twitch a little and the bike would lean into the gust but continued to go more or less straight, even with no rider input. It's really not that hard.

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When I first got my Rebel, it took me awhile to trust gravity and friction. It really felt to me like the bike was going to blow out from under me in a crosswind. Once I got comfortable with it staying put, I was past that.

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post #7 of 77 Old 07-15-2012, 01:29 AM
 
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Good advice. This is something I have been dreading encountering. Its why I took my windshield off initially, for fear of the wind getting behind it and jerking me around.

I have since put the windshield back on, but I was still dreading how to handle crosswinds.

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I've had two windshields so far. The bigger of the two was a National Cycle Dakota. About as big as will fit on the Rebel. It gave the front end a bouncy feel, and looked like it would act as a spinnaker, but it didn't. I'd still be using it, but I broke it.

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I have the Spitfire windshield on mine, and I did take it off after first getting my Rebel. I noticed, however and very contrary to bigger bikes I've ridden, the Rebel is actually far more stable with that windshield on.

Used to hate windshields on motorcycles, but I love mine on my Rebel.

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I'm running a Slipstreamer now. I hardly feel any influence from it, but there are times when I really miss having that big slab in front of me. I'll eventually get another, but there are a few priorities in the way.

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