Thread: Wild Wild West
View Single Post
Old 08-03-2011, 08:10 AM   #8
freefallen OP
down with gravity
 
freefallen's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: New Jersey
Oddometer: 240
AZ, Arizona

The winds continue to blow here. First I had to deal with cross winds. As I passed 18-wheelers I was rocked like a boat in a storm, continuing to ride became too risky. I pulled off to the side of the road which turned out to be even worse. The wind was blowing so hard from the left that the bike practically toppled over, I had to stand on the side of the road to support my bike. I started to get tired of holding my bike so I started to slowly make my way down the shoulder with my emergency lights. It was very hard to start going again; it was much easier to compensate for the wind at higher speeds. Then the wind turned into a head wind, I estimate 30-40mph. With my own speed of 70mph and the combined oncoming wind for 40mph I felt like I was reaching terminal velocity of 120mph during freefall. My average mpg dropped to 38. Of course it couldn’t have been a tail wind, maybe my mileage would have increased to 70 mph



__________________
Everything is sweetened by risk
Wild Wild West 2
Wild Wild West
Suzi V-Strom '12 (just bough it)
Suzi V-Strom '06 (35 000 miles), Suzi V-Strom '04 (97 000 mile)
freefallen is offline   Reply With Quote