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Old 02-20-2019, 07:46 PM   #1
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All right, I admit it, I hate the wind!

I thought it would be a nice day to head over the Bay Bridge to the Ebay and ride Grizzly, Skyline, Redwood etc. So I did.

Everything was fine, except on the bridge I noticed it was getting a little breezy. By the time I got home 4 hours later, my neck was twisted up in knots.

It's one thing to be rolling along at 70something an hour while the breeze blows through your helmet and all, but when I am getting yanked around like a chihuaha on a short leash, with my head getting punched this way, then that, and my neck is like turning to mush, I do not like it. You can fight it, and lose, or go with the flow and get the same basic result. And if you crack your visor to get some air, shit gets in your eyes.

I hate the wind. It's invisible, too. Very clever how it does that.

I know, everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:50 PM   #2
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Everything was fine, except on the bridge I noticed it was getting a little breezy. By the time I got home 4 hours later, my neck was twisted up in knots.
Yeah, I've wondered about this as well. I've ridden thru fairly strong wind that is just semi annoying, but it wasn't cold or raining or anything. Stay loose, no problems.

But a COLD hard wind.... That's a "neck twisted up in knots" kind of deal.
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:58 AM   #3
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I occasionally get angry at the wind because it makes it unpleasant to ride.

Then I laugh at myself for being stupid.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:11 AM   #4
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Well written Jim...

I remember being pretty nervous about the wind... less so after riding at an angle and making quick adjustments so many times.
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Old 02-21-2019, 09:36 AM   #5
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Some helmets are better then others about whipping your head around in the wind.
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Old 02-21-2019, 09:40 AM   #6
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I don't know what one can do except to just drive a car.
But we don't ride because we care about neck knots or cold we ride because it makes us Smile

I have a new balaclava I'm going to try out.
The mask goes into my jacket, leaving the cold air from biting so hard when doing 70
It incorporates a mask.
Like this.....

https://www.amazon.com/Balaclava-Act...sk+with+filter


This all sucks I know, but what can you really do aside from just drive? Nawwwwwww riding is much more fun
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Sounds like you are getting old enough for a good Sport Tour bike with a good fairing and adjustable windshield.
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Sounds like you are getting old enough for a good Sport Tour bike with a good fairing and adjustable windshield.
Hah. I never understood the need for fairings when I started riding. 5 years later and I'm finding myself annoyed at a strong head or crosswind.
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Hunching my shoulders against the cold would give me all that.
Warm dry desert winds, just buffeting.
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Sounds like you are getting old enough for a good Sport Tour bike with a good fairing and adjustable windshield.
I find more bodywork means that the bike itself gets moved around more in the wind
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I find more bodywork means that the bike itself gets moved around more in the wind
Yeah, I'd rather feel the wind on me than have it pushing the bike around.
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I find more bodywork means that the bike itself gets moved around more in the wind
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Yeah, I'd rather feel the wind on me than have it pushing the bike around.
I used to think that too until I spent a windy afternoon on a friends Monster. Man, that thing was being blown around but good, way more than what I get on the FJR with all its bodywork.

So, I'm thinking things like weight, wheel base, rake and trail, all that geometric stuff, etc. has a bit to do with it as well.
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For sure I find wind more bothersome than rain.
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So, I'm thinking things like weight, wheel base, rake and trail, all that geometric stuff, etc. has a bit to do with it as well.
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All motorcycles will feel the effects of the wind, the inherent stability of the bike is more of a factor of how confident the rider feels in high winds than bodywork.
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Sounds like you are getting old enough for a good Sport Tour bike with a good fairing and adjustable windshield.
True but he passed on the RS and went with the R. The RS is superb in all conditions, in fact none more steady in a gusting cross wind except a Harley Davidson.
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