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Today and about 3 weeks ago we have a wind gust between 18-20 mph and I was getting blown around and any faster than 45mph becomes very unstable. Rode home for lunch and took the cage out for the afternoon instead. Too unstable to ride, feeling like I was going to crash anytime which scares the sh*&^ out of me. I used to have a half naked 04 FZ1 and wind did not have this much effect on it.

Is this pretty typical of all Full Fairing bike??? Has anyone been down due to wind gust....?
 

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I've ridden my RC51 in 30-40mph wind bursts on the interstate, and always felt the bike was rock solid. No issues whatsoever for me. I'm only about 180-190lbs with all my gear on, so not like I'm a big or heavy guy.
Ride safe, not blow overs pleeze! :D
 

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The VFR is like a freight train on wheels ... no issues with crosswinds.
First, aren't we talking about rc51's?
Second, I would definitely take issue with that statement. I was coming back from LA headed north on I-5 on my '02VFR. I was somewhere between Bakersfield and Sacramento when 30-40mph crosswinds slowed me down to about 45-50 mph for an hour or so before I finally gave up and checked into a hotel overnight to let the wind die down. That was the scariest ride ever for me. Semi's were passing me because of my reduced speed and that made things even worse.

I've encountered those same type crosswinds on my RC51 and I thought it felt considerably more stable.
 

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I used to have a half naked 04 FZ1 and wind did not have this much effect on it.

Is this pretty typical of all Full Fairing bike??? Has anyone been down due to wind gust....?
This ^

My bike has no bags or appendages that would change the aerodynamics and it handles crosswinds fine. I ride the big bridges all the time and big winds are commonplace around here.
 

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45-50 mph cross wind would have definitely blown me over today... I'm 150 lbs but did not experience this with my previous bike even at around 20-30 mph wind. Couldn't have been my suspension, you think... cause we'er talking under 20 mph winds here. The bike feel light-footed and very floaty if you know what I mean.

I am not gonna ride on windy day until I can sort things out first...
 

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The motorcycle in it's inherent design makes it more stable at speed. It's a big gyro, in heavy crosswinds keep a steady throttle and all should be good...
 

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I used to have an '05 Hayabusa, and the one odd thing was, for a bike that was designed to go that fast, it was very sensitive to turbulence and crosswinds.

The thing would cruise at 120 to 140 MPH all day long, but pull alongside a semi, and the if it wasn't for the factory installed steering damper, I was sure it would get into a tank slapper.
But my RC51 didn't have those problems.

I'm guessing, the way they sealed the air passageways on the 'Busa over the the less sealed areas on the RC51, made the 'Busa more sensitive to cross-winds and turbulence, the sail effect.

On naked bikes like my FZ1, the air passes through the frame openings and I get more buffeting on my body than from the bike.
 

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Reminds me of about 20 years ago, when a friend who was then a novice arrived by foot at my house and told me he'd been knocked down by the wind when riding over a particularly exposed hill side nearby. Told me he'd gone slower & slower until eventually the wind had knocked him down. I couldn't help but laugh at the time...

In cross-winds, we should generally go faster to be more stable as a result. Lean into the cross wind, to counteract (equal & opposite) and be ready to re-balance again as strength of side winds change.
The slower the bike's ridden the less stable it is too.
 

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I've never had any issues either on strong wings.(30 mph and less) Now gusts at time do take me by surprise but not to the point of feeling out of control.


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the worst thing you can do is grab tight and fight it... just roll with it. relax and loosen up. the bike isnt going anywhere. i live in kansas, i think 18-20 mph winds are part of a calm afternoon around here.

...and vfrs are very stable bikes... just in case you were wondering....
 

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Surprise gusts can be a pain but it does make it fun. Teaches you to stay alert. I always laugh when going above cruising speeds and you're leaning so hard against the wind that you're way off vertical axis. I just think, wow, this is so much more fun than being in a car. Although back in England I was blown across 3 lanes of traffic on the motorway on the M56. Peeing it down with rain too so it just aquaplaned.
 

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I have no issues with cross winds on my RC or my Goldwing for that matter. Do they both exhibit disturbance or some movement? Sure. But not to the point of fright or loss of control or confidence. As mentioned, loosen the death grip and let the bike do it's job. If you're holding on that tight, you're going to get fatigue and cramps FFS.
 

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If the cause for kvcobra's woes are from holding onto the bars too tight (It sounds like it!) - then it would definitely be a good idea to get some proper training. If you can't do training get a Keith Code book & his DVD's. Riding in winds should never be scary, unless it's in something like a hurricane :D
 

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Embrace the wind. :)

You'll get used to the gentle, constant and mild wind. However, gusting wind can be a little unsettling those first few times on a sportbike with full fairings.

As mentioned, the key is to not tighten your grip on the bars - it'll feel awkward "leaning into" the wind as well but you'll manage.
 

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Again, this is compare to my previous bike which handles the wind much better due to its half fairing.

Constant hyway wind from a specific direction is not too much trouble. Its the gusting wind around city/building that hits you from an unprectable direction. And ofcourse one can't go too fast in a city commute traffic. I do hate it when the bike feels unstable and floaty. I will try to loosen up on the grip... Fall weather is always windy so I should get plenty of practice coming up......
 
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