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post #11 of 16 Old 02-17-2015, 11:07 PM
 
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I've found the only time I, as a green driver, have trouble on the highways is during high crosswinds or on grooved roads. The stock tires like to ride the grooves and it takes some time on them before I can relax and let the road and tire do their thing. But combine a crosswind and grooved roads and I'm looking for an off-ramp. I just don't like the feeling.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-17-2015, 11:31 PM
 
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I've found the only time I, as a green driver, have trouble on the highways is during high crosswinds or on grooved roads. The stock tires like to ride the grooves and it takes some time on them before I can relax and let the road and tire do their thing. But combine a crosswind and grooved roads and I'm looking for an off-ramp. I just don't like the feeling.
The stock front tire is absolutely scary on grooved pavement. If I had any idea how bad that tire was, I would have replaced it before taking the bike out of the dealership. I expected to see improvement when I replaced it, but I didn't think it was possible for the difference to be so dramatic.

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I find just fitting a new tire in place of a worn one makes a big improvement in bike handling.
There's a rather lengthy thread on riding in crosswinds here. http://www.hondarebelforum.com/f37/r...nds-14914.html
I think its worth reading if crosswinds are a big concern for you.
The other thread on balancing a 2 Wheeler is relevant too.

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post #14 of 16 Old 02-18-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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I've read it multiple times. I just don't know if the thread really captures the reality of 50kt gusts in Spring and Fall across the American Midwest. Maybe it does. A steady crosswind is doable. It's those sudden gusts rolling down off the Rockies that make your entire body tense up. Maybe I'm just a wuss. Meh. I'm content with my lot in life.

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It's the tense up response that is causing your problem. You need to stay relaxed. When you tense up you input a steering response or resist the bike's natural response to the wind and it rightly feels scary to you.
Gusty winds are not fun.. I don't really enjoy riding in them, but once you get used to the idea that the bike will look after itself with minimal input from you, you lose the anxiety factor that makes you tense. Its possible to ride a straight road in a nasty gusty crosswind simply by shifting your weight on the bike as I described in that thread. Yes the bike wanders a little, but not enough to be a concern when steering simply by weight shifting. How much easier would it be to correct your course GENTLY using the handlebars? Its the quick, hard, jerky steering response that causes trouble in crosswinds. You can actually break your front tire loose doing that.

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When I bought my rebel I rode it home 100+ miles on i40 in East TN. It can get pretty windy and the temp was in the mid to upper 40's. As Duckster said butt fatigue is a major factor on long trips on the Rebel. And if you are a green rider you need to make sure you can handle 18-wheelers passing and passing them. It can be a challenge and your instinct will probably be to fight the push from the air they are moving.

Other than that they are a blast to ride. Just be safe and don't do anything you aren't comfortable doing. If you're nervous then you have a higher chance of making a mistake. Good riding brother!

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