1. Imachimper

    Imachimper Newer than Noob

    Feb 13, 2011
    Camano Island, Washington
    Between Grangeville, ID and Lewiston, ID I hit a severe side wind that had me leaned over almost as far as I have in some tight corners. Kind of spooky when it hits you out of the blue.
  2. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

    Nov 20, 2004
    Westby Wisconsin
    A 950 with Gobi's catches a lot of wind, I'm not a fan of riding it in high winds. Rode back from the Black Hills last year and it was nuts, it took everything I had to keep it on the road at times.
  3. MrSandman818

    MrSandman818 INaVANdownBYtheRIVER

    Dec 29, 2009
    El Paso, Republic of Texas
    Hell if I know. I rode two up on a 5 hour ride out and a 6 hour ride back with 20-45mph side winds the whole way. We were loaded down with both side gobis and top gobi loaded to the brim and 2 roto-pax. Theres times where your leaned over at a 45 degree angle then the wind dies and you gotta react quickly.

    I was also passed by harleys and goldwings all day. pissed me off. I just figured that it was like the sail boat of the motorcycling world.
  4. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

    Nov 26, 2008
    I just did 1,000 miles back forth across Western Minnesota and North Dakota. 35-45 mph cross winds, sometimes with driving rain. I can vouch for the uneaziness in high side winds, and I sympathize with those who have dealt with this as well. It's super simple:

    • The bike is TALL! This puts the bike up higher and more prone to tip-over leverage from the wind.
    • The side of this bike is one solid huge flat surface. This acts like a sail. Combined with the bike's height off the ground the wind has a greater effect on this bike than other bikes.
    I'm not sure about the "going faster is better due to wheels rotating" theory. I can say, however, that the main goal is to maintain traction - a good connection to the road. For me the stock MT90 Scorpions gripped the road well on dry pavement and wet. Here are some tips:

    • Power to the rear wheel equals traction. You don't have to accelerate (doesn't help), but keep constant power on, and don't let off the throttle. This stabilizes the bike in two ways:
      • Maintains traction
      • Keeps the suspension loaded
    • When you let off the throttle the bike's suspension is unloaded and therefore the bike destabilizes. Test this out yourself (especially when cornering) and you'll see what I mean.
    • Always make smooth adjustments. Smooth on and off the throttle, smooth direction changes, smooth balance shifts, etc. Abrupt adjustment equal abrupt consequences in these types of conditions and at these speeds.
    • Lean the bike into the wind as needed. When leaning your body and the bike should be parallel. Your head can stay level with the ground, but your torso should lean with the bike.
    • DO NOT let off the throttle when it gusts and when you have to lean in! This will destabilize the bike in you'll be in for an "OH SHIT!!" moment.
    Hope this helps those of us who have to ride in this type of weather.:D