We riders generally consider wind our friend. Enjoying the feeling of the wind in our face is what sets us apart from the cagers. But when that wind whips up, it can be dangerous. Here are some tips when riding your motorcycle in high winds.
The biggest issue for motorcyclists is crosswind, which is when the wind is blowing from the side. When blasted with a sudden crosswind, counter-steering is key. All riders counter-steer naturally, but it’s especially important to understand what you’re doing in special situations. In an intense crosswind situation, maintain a firm but flexible grip on the handlebars and lean into the wind as it hits. Apply pressure to the “upwind” handgrip, as firmly and as often as needed, to keep the bike pointed straight. Keep your body as relaxed as possible and make smooth, firm movements. Don’t jerk the bars.
High Wind Riding Position
Adjust your riding position as needed. In headwind, it’s best to ride low behind the windshield and/or front fairing and tuck your arms and legs in close to the motorcycle. In crosswind, stay behind the windshield and/or fairing but don’t tuck in tightly. Instead, loosen your body by relaxing your grip, knees, etc. and sit up and lean forward a bit. Keeping a slight bend in the elbows will also help you better respond to steering in high wind.
Wearing the proper gear will take some of the sting out of your windy ride. We recommend a full-face helmet with a face shield. If you have a half helmet, then consider wearing eye protection along with a bandana or face mask to cover your mouth and nose. Not only will this help protect you from blowing debris but it will also make it easier to breathe. Wear a jacket or long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin from debris and to help your body retain moisture.
By taking a few simple precautions, and arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible, riding in high winds can be looked at as just one more adventure you encounter on the road instead of something that might ruin your ride.
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