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Tips to Ride Your Motorcycle in Windy Conditions

Tricks that Might Save Your Life

When we think of the natural "enemies" of motorcyclists, we usually refer to extreme heat and cold, rain, snow, ice, fog – the list goes on. Wind is one of the most common phenomena causing traffic accidents for motorcyclists, after rain and fog.

Uncomfortable for anyone on the road, wind is particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, as it can destabilize the motorcycle and ultimately cause a fall. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider these four tips from Wolfman Luggage to deal with it and ride more safely.

 

How to Ride Your Motorcycle in Windy and Gusty Conditions


Pay Attention to Wind Direction 

If you notice it is more difficult for the motorcycle to move forward than normal, it means that the air is coming from the front. On the other hand, if the vehicle is lighter, it means that the current is coming from behind. Alternatively, it’s most dangerous if winds are blowing sideways and forcing you to lean left or right. Windsocks on highways and freeways or at the tops of trees can also provide clues as to the direction of the wind, along with indicating how hard it’s blowing.

 

Extreme Caution when Passing a Car

Don't forget that air hitting a moving surface intensifies the jumping effects that can pull you toward a moving vehicle. Try not to overtake in curves as these are the most vulnerable areas. Also, position yourself in an aerodynamic posture. When exiting the overtaking area, be very cautious of the air blow.

Tunnels and Bridges 

Keep in mind that when entering a tunnel the wind force pushing the vehicle will cease. Not to mention, when you leave again, the air returns with a different direction and intensity than before. On bridges and tunnels, you have to be particularly cautious and anticipate the wind to hit you.

 

Use Your Motorcycle Equipment Correctly

To face the wind, another factor to consider is the motorcycle equipment and accessories on your bike. The helmet must be as aerodynamic as possible. For road riding, we recommend a full-face or modular helmet.

As far as the jacket and pants are concerned, check the zippers, Velcro fasteners, buttons, and the different adjustments so that none of the garments flap.

 

Riding a motorcycle in windy conditions requires taking measures to avoid any accident. It is not as dangerous as rain or fog, but you must still take precautions. Some of the most important tips to keep you safe are to have all the safety equipment, and also to be aware of the wind direction to avoid any inconvenience.