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Bigfeet51
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Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:36 pm

The wind played a factor today and I dealt with it for 2 hours coming from Connecticut. At one point the wind was shifting me in to the next lane while vehicles pass me.

How do you all cope with the wind?

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1Oldman
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Location: Oceanside, CA

Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:39 pm

Sometime I find a big semi to hide behind but you have to be careful and make sure the driver knows you're there and why. Most of the time they are pretty cool with it.
Better to be over the hill than under it.

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Bigfeet51
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Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:44 pm

I will remember that, Oldman. That wind really had me nervous and it sucks when you have no control while on the highway

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SpeedRacerOnline
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Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:22 pm

1Oldman wrote:Sometime I find a big semi to hide behind but you have to be careful and make sure the driver knows you're there and why. Most of the time they are pretty cool with it.
Yup, I learned that tactic when I was riding a '93 Suzuki DR350 45 miles one way to work on a straight open freeway. With no aerodynamics whatsoever, that thing got tossed all over when an Escort went by! I'd just tuck myself in behind a semi and it was smooth sailing then. Just be sure to peek around once in awhile to know what's going on with traffic so you don't get surprised when the truck hits his brakes for the moron in front of him. It happens.
"I want to drive. I want to feel all of it: freedom, wind, curves, feedback, acceleration, unsteadiness, fear, joy... I don't want to ride. I want to drive."
- Speed's XJ Journal

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Bigfeet51
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Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:33 pm

Just doing some research on winds and motorcycles and also reading tragic stories about it also.


http://www.kxly.com/news/Spokane-motorc ... index.html

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Golly
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:25 am

We have a major freeway over here, only 4 lane but set @ 100kmh, over a large bridge intersection. A rider was swept from one lane, over the dividing concrete wall and into oncoming traffic due to high crosswinds in this section, very open space just after an industrial area and the land itself is on a risen section. When I first went that same route to work for the first time with my shadow rider, I fair on shat coming up to that bridge as I know the history of it, lucky the XJ held solid with me being on it hahaha... so the confidence grew each time I crossed it. :kudos:

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Bigfeet51
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:48 am

Confidence is one of the keys. Im wondering if a adjustable windshield could be attacthed to the Seca. I went over sevaral bridges this past weekend and a diaper would've been helpful because I damn near sh%$#@! my pants a few times.

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Drapheus
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:16 am

Bigfeet51 wrote: Im wondering if a adjustable windshield could be attacthed to the Seca.
Like.........this one? :grins:

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Bigfeet51
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:43 am

I actually have that exact windshield on my first Seca.

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I'm thinking about something that would cover you while your upright on the bike

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Golly
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:59 am

I really like how Drapheus looks on his bike hey.. :kudos:

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