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At what mph do you not want to ride your bike. For me, I put that number at 20. I find that is its higher than 20 mph than its more like work. What limits do you have, regarding high winds?
 

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23mph isn't that bad I guess

Thanks for your input Lloyd. The reason I posted the question is because the wind in my area is suppose to be 23 mph. I ride the highway for most of my commute. Its just not a pleasurable ride and seems more like work when I am fighting the winds of doom.

I once made the mistake of trying to ride in a storm front with winds going between 50-60. I had to turn around and go home to get my pickup truck. The winds were so high that day I can remember garbage cans rolling in the streets. At red lights, I had to stand up and brace the bike with my legs to keep the bike from falling over.

You may have convinced me to take my bike though. The way home is going to be 10 mph so it might just be worth it after all.

Thanks.
 

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My wife and I rode through the remnants of a hurricane (no rain) just high winds.
I watched the weather channel and saw there wasn't going to be any rain but I missed the high winds advisory. We rode from north of Pittsburgh to a casino about 20 miles south of Pitts. It wasn't to bad til we got on I-79. Later found out the winds were blowing 85 to 90 mph.
I never back down from an adventure but that was one wild ride. The wind was nearly ripping the helmets off our heads.
We somehow made it to the Casino going 30 mph when there was no traffic to 55 mph. with traffic. A half an hour later security came up to my wife and I and asked if we were Mike and Carol. I answered yes.They told be my Goldwing had blown over. My helmet was crushed but that was the extent of the damage. We ended up staying 5 hrs. until the wind advisory was over.
 

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Well, if you live around here (Central Texas), you had better get used to wind. One day its blowing from the south at 20-25 with gusts to 35 and the next day its blowing from the north at 20-25 with gusts to 35. Its a never ending battle around here and the more you ride in it, the more you become accustomed to it. In a way its kinda funny cause when you see people staggering around its usually because the wind they are used to leaning into is not there. Those are the rare days except in the dead dog days of summer when it gets to 105 degrees with no wind at all and not a cloud in the sky. Now thats brutal. But to answer your question, when the back end of the bike starts to skip around when your turning and the wind is hitting you from the side, I start to look for places to take a break. :)
 

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I was turing onto a ramp for the highway when a gust of wind hit me dead on in the face and it took my breathe away for a few seconds.

Its good hearing about other peoples experiences with high winds.

I especially liked the experience of madmike; boy, I never thought about the wind tipping over my Wing. I guess I'll have to have that thought in the back of my head for sometime in the future.
 

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The key to riding in winds is your own confort level. If you think anything over 15 or 20 mph is dangerous, don't ride. Don't let others influence what you think is safe for you.
 

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That's some good advise calbigbird. I have riden in the low 20's before. I didn't like it but I also think that the more one challenges him/her self, the better rider one gets.

Its the same as when I once owned a boat. I challenged myself, taking it out on some days when it was a little bit snotty. I did that because when you do get stuck in a storm, you want to at least have had some experience with it. I think it has helped me in the long run.

But, definatley, if I thought I would be unsafe in winds over 20 mph; I would not risk it. It may not be fun for me, but I will be able to handle it.

Its those darn gusts thats the biggest problem. Seems like I am leaning over to the left or right on the highway - thats just riding into the wind to stay straight. And then, when there is no more wind, I have to straighten back up or be in someone else's lane.
 

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Yes, I agree about wind gusts...they're no fun at all. Especially side gusts. You combine that with semi trucks passing opposite on 2 lane hiways and it's just not fun anymore. On a long ride like that your arms just start to get tired from all the fighting of the wind. That can be dangerous. Since riding is a pleasure activity... pull over, take a nap... anything at least to recharge your arms. I always check the weather and try to skip windy days. Hate that wind.
 

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One of our members was blown off the road a couple of weeks ago. Bike was totaled and he suffered some broken ribs. I rode two up into West Virginia last Sunday on a very, very breezy day. My foam grip covers still have my palm impressions. The anticipation of that next gust makes a ride intense.
 

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I still remember the day I picked up my wing. I had never ridden a bike with a full fairing before, and had to take it about 45 miles to get it home. Most of the way was in a 20 - 30 mph crosswind. My wife was following me in the car, and wanted to know why I was riding all leaned over and wandering around in my lane.
As somebody said, the worst thing is when you have gusts from the side, or a fairly steady crosswind that just dies all of a sudden...
 

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Back in 2009 here in Ky, we had a wind storm with winds gusts up around 70-80mph. I had just parked my wing in my driveway next to my house. My boat was on the other side. I put my cover on and went into the house and my wife starting screaming that my bike had blown over. He is the kicker, it blew over the oppsite way it was leaning. I was lucky because it landed on the rear case saver and the handlebar laid up against my boat. Only damage was to the case saver.
 

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My wife and I were riding two-up down to the Texas Hill Country a month ago. On the way down the wind was gusting in the 30-35 mile an hour range and it was variable to boot. One moment it was from the south, the next from the west...all in all it was pretty stressful and tiring. Fortunately the wind died down that evening and the rest of the trip was much more enjoyable. We do get a lot of wind here in the Spring and I'm used to it to a degree, but the gustiness as well as the change of direction added dimensions that were unpredictable and unpleasant.
 

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After growing up then moving back to western Ks I know wind. In fact when I was learning to fly my instructer said he woulod not sign me off till I made a cross wind landing in a 35mph wind. I guess when it stops being fun. However, I have been on trips where I had to ride anyway. Iwouldnt ride in strong storm winds or when there is lightning around.
 

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Higher speed constant winds I can live with, up to a point. Gust at lower speed causes white knuckles and that is when I park the toy. :D
 

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I made it!

Well I made it. I started out riding in the 65-75 mph range and then I got hit by a side wind that scared the crap out of me. I slowed that puppy down to 60. About half way through the 45 mile trip I was going at 55 mph because of the unpredictableness. I stayed with that speed throughout the rest of the trip.

I was grabbing the grips so tight that my hands started to hurt. Those side blasts of wind are no laughing matter. The wind was pretty steady at about 24-25 mph but those gusts were coming from every direction; makes you slow down a tad or two. The radio had a calming effect on me as I was able to listen and think about music during the trip.

But, I made it and I am glad I didn't let it stop me. I now have a new limit. Anything over 25 mph and I will park the thing.
 

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Not sure abot the actual velocity of winds I've experienced, but they were strong enough to have me heeled over at about 15-20 degrees. That may not sound like much, but when you meet an 18 wheeler on the down wind side of him, things get hairy real quick. The bike leans even further from the lack of wind and your direction of travel veers sharply in his direction. You just have time to get things stabilized again and then you come out from behind and into the gale again and you start heading for the weeds. They suck you in one side and spit you back out the other.
 

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This topic definately caught my eye...I'm the rider Chopin refers. Had ridden through many high wind conditions and inclement weather. Never thought about a limit until now. All I can offer is be very conscious of your lane position, give yourself the flexibility to float within the lane, reduce speed and increase following distances. It's not the constant velocity winds that will get you, it's the gusts, or as Budoka refers the trucks that will suck you in and spit you out. Ride safe
 

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This topic definately caught my eye...I'm the rider Chopin refers. Had ridden through many high wind conditions and inclement weather. Never thought about a limit until now. All I can offer is be very conscious of your lane position, give yourself the flexibility to float within the lane, reduce speed and increase following distances. It's not the constant velocity winds that will get you, it's the gusts, or as Budoka refers the trucks that will suck you in and spit you out. Ride safe
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Still healing, "returned" to work this past week, "light duty". It doesn't take alot for the ribs to get real sore, real quick, trying to cut back on the pan meds gradually. Still waiting on the settlement from ins, never enough, it may be a while before another bike gets here, I'll wait until the 2012's hit the floor to decide which way I want to go. Ride safe!
 
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