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The closer to the tank you get, the less you get pushed. "Become one with the cycle, Grasshopper" :naughty:
I ride with a small Givi screen, a large tank bag, and a narrow tail bag.
When I am all the way down on the tank bag the difference in crosswind stability is amazing.
 

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Stay loose and relaxed and low. Learn to recognize when the wind will most likely drop or hit harder as you pass buildings, fields and large vehicles. I enjoy riding in windy conditions. In Palm Springs, if you ride up North Indian Canyon Road to Desert Hot Springs after 4pm, you'll find yourself riding across the desert at a 25 degree angle going in a straight line...lol
 

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^ you and your owner's manual, haha.

+1 on just riding in it. To be honest, I deal with side winds instinctively now and just lean into them. I don't even really notice it unless it's a really strong gust or if I'm passing an 18-wheeler.
 

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I was wondering if anyone had tips for dealing with very strong side winds... I'm a new rider and was pushed around a lot today due to the winds.
I feel ya. I was fighting that all the way home yesterday I almost thought something was wrong with the bike. I was getting way more buffeting than normal even though the trees didn't seem to be moving that much.
 

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Aileron to lower a wing into the wind and apply opposite rudder to keep the nose straight. Oh wait. Wrong forum...
 

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As many have stated, you get used to it thru practice. Pretty soon you'll realize you're staying still with the bike moving to the side under you, just b/c you're comfy with it, and compensate better.

Also, going faster helps me, I guess because I'm pushing more air out of the way, which creates more of a buffer against a sideways wind.
 

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Remember your counter-steering. Trying to compensate for wind with weight shifting, ect. is pretty slow compared to a quick push on the bar. When the gust stops you've got to push right now to straighten up and fly straight.
 
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