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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question about riding on the freeway

Hey everyone I have a quick question for you all about riding on the freeway: how do you get used to the wind pushing you? I just started riding about 3 weeks ago and just hopped on the freeway for the 1st time yesterday, and it was pretty scary. The speed isn't the issue, it was the wind(I live in the Bay Area). I am worried that it may push me into another car or something. Maybe I could get some advice/pointers.

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Practice and experience.
Always expect it.
When alone, I tend to ride just to the left of center (staying out of the middle where crap tends to collect) so if wind moves me either way, I have room. Learning how to react to it is a big thing, do not over-react, which is common when new.
If it is a constant wind, you tend to lean sideways a little into it, and then sway when it stops.

One thing to remember when passing/being passed by a semi is they will give you a good side wind. These are good practice times how to handle the bike since you can expect them to happen and learn to adjust.


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Thank for that information! I am hoping to practice on weekends when there is less traffic. But to be honest, it still scares me a bit...

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Welcome. I think fighting the winds at higher speeds just comes with experience. You may want to take some backroads at a little slower pace on a windy day to get a little more used to all the different directions wind affects you. A hard cross wind can move you over when not expecting it. I was doing a study on aerodynamics and anything over 55 mph starts to exponentially use more horsepower and causes exponential wind drag as well. Be careful learn good riding techniques and have fun. Check out youtube. There are lots of good traffic tips.
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Just curious... Do you have Windshield? Without one my top speed is about 60 or 65 mph so I don't ride on an interstate without one.

Are you talking about the wind from large trucks? I try to avoid being behind them if at all possible. And I never let one pass me. When I pass I do it as quickly as possible because it's a bit turbulent for a few seconds.

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Practice practice practice. Like suggested above try slower highways. 55 mph speed limits for a while till you get used to the wind with the speed. Then you can step up and try the freeway again.

If you don't have a windshield think about getting one. They help with the chest winds. I refuse to ride highways without one

Semi's suck lol They will push you around. You'll learn how to deal with that by......practice
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Just curious... Do you have Windshield? Without one my top speed is about 60 or 65 mph so I don't ride on an interstate without one.

Are you talking about the wind from large trucks? I try to avoid being behind them if at all possible. And I never let one pass me. When I pass I do it as quickly as possible because it's a bit turbulent for a few seconds.
I do not have a windshield. And I was referring to the normal wind from the weather. San Francisco, and the surrounding area, is super windy throughout the year, so I'm going to have to practice sooner or later. Where is a good place to get a windshield?

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Practice practice practice. Like suggested above try slower highways. 55 mph speed limits for a while till you get used to the wind with the speed. Then you can step up and try the freeway again.



If you don't have a windshield think about getting one. They help with the chest winds. I refuse to ride highways without one



Semi's suck lol They will push you around. You'll learn how to deal with that by......practice
Thanks for the advice! I am going to look for freeways near me that are 55mph. There is one near my house; however, the cars are usually well above that speed limit...

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Hey everyone I have a quick question for you all about riding on the freeway: how do you get used to the wind pushing you? I just started riding about 3 weeks ago and just hopped on the freeway for the 1st time yesterday, and it was pretty scary. The speed isn't the issue, it was the wind(I live in the Bay Area). I am worried that it may push me into another car or something. Maybe I could get some advice/pointers.
Just to echo what others have said Practice...

I have one really bad spot here that I have to cross every time I visit a friend (which is fair amount) it is a wide open area off the water which is just about always hammered by high winds that cross the highway at 90degrees. It has pushed me into the passing lane once or twice.

A couple of tips. Reduce speed and counter steer into the wind as best as possible. I have even lowered my body into the bike to reduce drag and surface area for the wind to hit.

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Where is a good place to get a windshield?

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Try ebay, offerup or craigslist if you want one cheap. I had a fairing from an HD Electra Glide on my aero and it looked good and handled the wind pressure well. My Spitit has a Memphis Shades Malibu windshield. You can get one on ebay for $170-$190, including the mounting hardware.



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