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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-22-2007, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am new to biking and bought a 650 ninja after going through the msf course. I live in Boulder, Colorado and have been having a hard time getting used to side winds which seems to happen every where I go. Do any of you have any things that work for you that I can try. Much appreciated.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-22-2007, 10:38 PM
 
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Welcome to the forum! Glad to hear you started out with MSF...thats smart. Can't comment on the high winds but I'd advise hooking up with a few experienced riders in your area and see what they have to say. (and when I say experienced, I dont mean someone that can ride out a wheelie for miles lol)


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As for side winds....I got used to dealing with them as I rode in them more. Just get some more miles under your belt and you'll get the hang of it.
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Welcome... as for your question;
1. Tuck down as close to your bike as possible (this reduces the surface area the wind will push against).
2. Stay light on the handle bars (You will crash from over-correcting in a panic rather than from a gust itself).
3. If the wind is steady just lean into it like you would if you were walking.
4. Trust your bike (combined you and your bike probobly weigh over 600lbs, it's gonna take gale force winds to move you enough to knock you over).

This is just my advice gleaned from my little bit of experience riding in the High Desert and racing at Willow (Will-blow) Springs. After getting used to getting hit by 20mph gusts as you are tipping in to T8 at WOT you tend to not mind the little gusts on the canyon rides.


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Thanks so much for the welcomes and the sage advice. Both are much appreciated.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-25-2007, 08:16 AM
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I used to ride up in Northern New England years ago, and the cross winds coming out of the clear cut fields were killer. I would recommend a good steering damper (not like it makes a huge difference but why not have it there to help you out- stiffer steering never hurt when dealing with wind) and watching out for clear areas after leaving wooded ones- best chance there will be gusts there.
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wELCOME ABOARD... Ronin good advice.....you in the zone for 1stSgt or MSGT?


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