Brutal Bay Area afternoon summer winds

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Andrew, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Administrator Super Moderator

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    Damn... all I did was take a wee ride out to the coast, and then inland to Santa Rosa. That was fine, and it was good to see the ocean and the redwoods. But then I got into the afternoon winds south of Sonoma... :yikes. I was leaned over about 15 degrees on 37, but the blustery wind kept me making corrections all the way to Vallejo. Once past the bottleneck, it was manageable until I got hit hard from the other side at the Carquinez Bridge. Fuck me, that may have been the strongest side-push I've ever dealt with. It remained unpleasant all the way down to Berkeley, only easing up after I found my line on the Ashby overpass.

    I'm glad I was on a heavy bike, I tell you what.
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  2. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    This summer I was riding in Nevada on the 95 and the I80, there was some kind of downdraft area I went through and a gust blew me just over the white line onto the shoulder. Scared the poopie out of me.
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  3. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    Wind blows.
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  4. skag

    skag No Monkeys

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    The Bay Area is not windy. The valley sucks. A heat wave just broke out here.
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  5. DonniBoi

    DonniBoi Out of my element Supporter

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    Carquinez Bridge is always windy. 37 not so much. i live in santa rosa and it gets windy at the coast but there was a good amount of wind out this weekend
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  6. FJKai

    FJKai Off Road Lurker

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    Meh.... Down south here we deal with the Santa Ana winds all the time. Street bikes, dirt bikes, etc.. Imagine hiting some decent sized jumps while the wind is torquing, that's scary. :ricky
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  7. Strong Bad

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    Santa Barbara Counry "Sun Downer" winds between Gaviota and Golita can get really, really strong.

    I've had Santa Ana winds blowing through the Ventura/Los Angeles County line on the 118 fwy, blow me over 2 lanes of traffic while riding a Honda VFR!

    I've had high winds up in the Randsburg area of th high desert blow me and a couple other guys off of a ridge during a desert race!
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  8. airfin

    airfin Been here awhile

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    Go ride 101 through king city. 37 will feel like nothing more than a deep breath
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  9. CrashTestGenius

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    Been there, done that. I live in el Cerrito and there are spots from Emeryville to the carquinez bridge that can be downright terrifying when those mid to late afternoon winds are ripping across the water. It’s the worst when you’re leaned over and the wind suddenly lets up for a moment and you squirt off in the direction you were leaning. :muutt
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  10. Rips Millar

    Rips Millar capt. mediocre

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    c'mon Sue, you know we don't put "the" in front of our highways up here...
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  11. Little Bike

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    :lol3
    It’s such a California thing.
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  12. Rips Millar

    Rips Millar capt. mediocre

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    No, its a SOUTHERN california thing...
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  13. Little Bike

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    Rode some evil winds by Lancaster Friday, luckily steady but as leaned over as I think I’ve been.
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