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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-26-2017, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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How much is too much?

Today I had to run to Richmond, VA for some business and the temps were in the mid 50's so I decided to take my GL 1800. On the way back the winds had really picked up. I just checked the weather conditions and there are gusts to 44 MPH. This was the most wind I've ever ridden in with my Goldwing. A few time when I was in some open areas the gust really shook the bike. My answer was to slow down to about 45 MPH and keep tight pressure on the handgrips. I was wondering if you guys have any experience riding in high winds and if there's some "secret". And of course I know if I was running a CT there would not have been any issue.

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Steve although its hard to do and I can vouch for that, the best thing I have been told and actually tried (yes it works) is to loosen your grip on the bike and let the big girl move around. Obviously you can't just let it go all over but when you loosen up the grasp it is easier to control.

Like I said though easier to say than do.


Worst wind for us so far was going to Alexandria Bay back in 2008. 2nd worst in South Dakota 2 years ago on our way to Cody


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Yes sir. The Goldwing is like a wall. There is nowhere for the wind to pass through it. A car tire will definitely help. It makes it harder for your bike to be pushed over. It can, however, still fall over if you don't put the kickstand down before you dismount.


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Steve although its hard to do and I can vouch for that, the best thing I have been told and actually tried (yes it works) is to loosen your grip on the bike and let the big girl move around. Obviously you can't just let it go all over but when you loosen up the grasp it is easier to control.

Like I said though easier to say than do.


Worst wind for us so far was going to Alexandria Bay back in 2008. 2nd worst in South Dakota 2 years ago on our way to Cody
That would be tough. After about 30 minutes I could feel the strain on my shoulders so I don't think I could do that kind of ride all day. Another good lesson for that cross country ride I want to do.

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That would be tough. After about 30 minutes I could feel the strain on my shoulders so I don't think I could do that kind of ride all day. Another good lesson for that cross country ride I want to do.

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The trip to Alex Bay we only rode in about 1hr of high winds once we cleared Watertown NY


The ride through SD was a handful because that was about 4-5 hrs of high winds.


You just keep gathering info and ideas, plan strategically, and you will have a great time!
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Five years ago I got into a long stretch of South Dakota wind, too. It culminated in a 60-70 mph wind sheer hitting me from the 10 o'clock position, pushing me over into the right lane of I-90 in an instant and when I looked at my windscreen it had about 200 fractures in it! This was on the way to Sturgis. Had to buy a roll of clear packaging tape to tape up the window inside and out, in case it wanted to disintegrate on the 750-mile trip home. I posted photos, so the long-timers here know it's not BS.

That's TOO much!

What Fossil/Bill described is supposed to be the "right way" to handle heavy winds, but it IS tough to pull off. I just rode 55mph max after this event, even though the speed limit was 75mph. Took a whole lot of crap off Harley riders passing me all the way home....
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I ran across the northeast corner of Arkansas through some strong crosswinds one time. I had to keep pushing down on the upwind side of the handle bar and lean into it. I'm estimating somewhere around 30 to 40 mph winds. It did push me around in the lane and a couple times just into the next one before I could correct enough. It was only for a couple hours but it was an interesting ride leaning right the whole time. I'm glad it wasn't all day.

I don't think I was gripping the bars tight, more just pushing down to keep it tracking correct. But that was on a straight crosswind.
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I forgot to mention that I also learned "NOT TO USE" the cruise control. When a gust would hit the bike would accelerate to compensate for the push and it just exaggerated loss of control. I'm a big fan of the cruise control as I just keep light pressure on the hand grips and relax a bit more. All adding to the experience database for that long trip.

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That's a good point too Steve, as I too am a huge fan of cruise control.


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Five years ago I got into a long stretch of South Dakota wind, too. It culminated in a 60-70 mph wind sheer hitting me from the 10 o'clock position, pushing me over into the right lane of I-90 in an instant and when I looked at my windscreen it had about 200 fractures in it! This was on the way to Sturgis. Had to buy a roll of clear packaging tape to tape up the window inside and out, in case it wanted to disintegrate on the 750-mile trip home. I posted photos, so the long-timers here know it's not BS.

That's TOO much!

What Fossil/Bill described is supposed to be the "right way" to handle heavy winds, but it IS tough to pull off. I just rode 55mph max after this event, even though the speed limit was 75mph. Took a whole lot of crap off Harley riders passing me all the way home....
Kevin, I too ended up with a windshield that was full of stress cracks. It was brand new and was destroyed from here (NJ) to Niagara Falls. I thought it was due to a poor quality shield, but the wind could have played a part in it. Still don't remember winds that bad to wreck it like that tho.
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