Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by 125cc » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:25 am

McBert wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:58 pm
Feel yer pain my 125 cbf lucky to hit 60 but in wind it is what it is!!
just chill a bit and just lean into it gently and take it easy.
Sod the bullies.. you as much right as they have to be there..😤😤
Stay safe tho
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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by skyrider » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:29 pm

yea stuff what other people think just ride your bike and be careful out there :thumb:
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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by Bender » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:09 pm

Sometimes leaving the bike at home is the best option.
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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by WD-40 » Thu May 14, 2020 10:55 pm

Sounds like you're getting used to riding in windy conditions now. I think everyone who started on a 125 probably went through those same experiences.

I think if you're nervous it makes the effect of the wind worse because when you're nervous you tend to tense up your upper body. You grip onto the handlebars tighter and your arms and shoulders get tighter, you become more rigid and that means when the wind blows against your body it causes you to steer the handlebars and that make the bike move around the road even more. If you grip the tank tighter with your legs and relax your upper body when the wind blows it will blow your upper body around but the bike will stay going in a straight line because your not turning the handlebars. That's what works for me anyway.

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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by gymwitch » Fri May 15, 2020 5:12 pm

Im on a 125 and the wind knocks me about too. I just do a lot of wobbling and that keeps the cars away 😁 not tensing up is a biggie too.
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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by 125cc » Mon May 18, 2020 10:12 am

In all honesty its become second nature now. Tension was the worst thing. When I relaxed it made things so much easier (and enjoyable!).
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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by manxie49 » Thu May 28, 2020 9:00 am

Not tensing up, especially in cross winds is really good advice, relax your arms and shoulders and release the "death grip" on the handle bars, grip with your knees, lean into the wind and practice counter steering. Relaxing in the saddle was something I learnt when I started off roading, accept the fact that the bike is going to move around and don't fight with the bike, because in the end it will win, just move with it. The good thing is, if you practice and can handle high winds on a 125 it'll be a breeze (no pun intended) on a bigger bike. It mostly comes down to experience and practice, have a look at this page, few good tips here, from what you say it sounds like you're picking it up now anyway .... All the best mate and safe riding :thumb:

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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by skyrider » Thu May 28, 2020 7:26 pm

i always find cross winds at windy corner(well named )they always get hold of my trail bike front wheel and push like buggery :shock:
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Re: Struggling With Headwinds/Crosswinds

Post by manxie49 » Fri May 29, 2020 6:30 pm

skyrider wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 7:26 pm
i always find cross winds at windy corner(well named )they always get hold of my trail bike front wheel and push like buggery :shock:
Yes that corner has caught a few people out, me included, it can be pretty gusty at times. They've taken the gravel trap away as well, seen one or two people end up in that over the years, nice solid brick wall to stop you if it goes wrong now! :shock:
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