With the intense weather we’ve been experiencing recently, it’s important for riders to refresh on how exactly to safely approach riding in trying conditions, specifically high winds. Motorcycle riding leaves individuals especially exposed to the elements and the presence of only two wheels makes motorcycles much more vulnerable to the threat posed by high winds.
The most important thing to consider with extreme wind conditions is eye protection. Heavy wind can blow up dust and debris that obscure your vision and cause injury to your eyes. Adequate eye protection will not only keep your eyes safe, but also allow for you to see clearly and maintain proper visibility.
Generally, high winds can be easily managed by simply leaning into the wind to counteract its effect on you. When leaning into the wind, it’s important to understand that this strategy can negatively affect your ability to lean into turns and they should be approached at more manageable speeds. However, this strategy only works when experiencing constant wind.
Should riders experience strong gusting winds of inconsistent intensity, they should pay extra attention to how they react and lean into the gusts. Riders are advised to relax and allow the bike to move with the wind within reason, holding onto the bike with their knees and letting their upper body stay loose to ensure you keep proper control while reacting appropriately to the wind.
Finally, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Riding past buildings or large groups of trees in high winds can temporarily shield riders from the wind, but cause them to encounter strong gusts once they ride past. Additionally, keeping an eye on trees to judge the direction and intensity of the wind before it hits you can help riders better prepare for and react to incoming gusts.
If conditions get too extreme to safely continue, we advise that riders pull off the road and wait for the situation to improve before riding on.
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