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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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I take it your asking what the highest wind speed you want to ride in....do I have that correct...? I have found myself in a number of time riding in high winds that just came up out of nowhere and stuck around...like a storm moving in. For cross winds the worse I was in was 80 Km/h ( 50 MPH ). That was nasty and I was working the bike and myself hard to not lose it. I have been out of the road at time when winds kicked up...again some storm system moving in bringing high winds before the front hits land...the worse has been near 100 Km/h ( 60 MPH ) with gusts up in the 120 Km/h ( 70 MPH ) range and I was down to speeds of 30 Km/h ( 20 MPH ) riding home while dancing all over the road looking like someone that is 4 sheets to the wind drunk trying to ride. I guess my limit is in the 50 Km/h range ( 30 MPH ) winds. If I can avoid riding...I will. But if I am out in nowhere land and I get high winds...I ride! In most cases around here when you get high winds....soon enough it tends to come with heavy rain as well, so I will try to get home or get to where I am going to ASAP when that happens...
 

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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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Trust me it was NO joy ride once you start getting winds in the 30+ MPH range. I had to ride as I knew a storm was closing in fast and I wanted to get the hell outs there ASAP...! I have come all to close more then a few times dumping my bike in 40+ MPH winds... If its steady....thats not so bad...the wind gusts...those are the ones I hate as they hit hard and I am dancing all over the road then. I avoid riding when possible...but when your a long ways from home and it hits....then you move it or drown in the down pour that will soon be coming..!
 

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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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There was one time I was riding along, and I was doing very near 60 MPH ( 100 Km/h ) and it was a great ride no wind at all....little did I know at the time...that I was riding with the wind and therefore I had no wind....when it happened I though this is odd till I figured it out. The way back was nasty..! I had to ride at 60 into a 60 MPH head wind...talk about feeling like your helmet is going to be ripped off your head....!
 

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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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As COMMANDER said....its the wind gusts...that nail you that are the problem. I do not care if its blowing....its those gusts hit that sends me into dance all over the road. We have one bridge here called the Lions Gate bridge...when the wind blows...its almost always one that nails you in the side. All I know is....its going to be interesting once I get my GW...which is coming in two week or less. I wonder what it will be like to ride that in high winds...wonder how it will handle in that....
 

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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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I have once gone through a mountain pass up in the 4,000 to 6,000 foot range when a cloud just popped up what seems like out of nowhere...and before I knew it...I have lightning crash all around me. No time to stop...NO place to stop and take cover...so BOOT IT...and get the hell outa there...ASAP...! That was the only time I was scared...had lightning hits taking place VERY close to me...few hundred yards at best..!

Now that....I do not ever wish to repeat ever again. The closest I have ever been to being hit was when I was like 14 years old. I was my bike a 10 speed bike...and a power pole just some 50 feet from me was hit. The flash was blinding...the sound...my god I though I was deaf after it. It was like a bomb blowing up next to me. Now that was a major " OH SHIT " moment in my life...!
 

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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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