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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in strong winds

My wife and I are looking at the RT's. How to they handle in strong
crosswinds? The 2 wheels we have now were a little hairy in KS
last year.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2017, 07:01 PM
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My wife and I are looking at the RT's. How to they handle in strong
crosswinds? The 2 wheels we have now were a little hairy in KS
last year.
Welcome to the forum. I think you will enjoy the Can Am in the wind. My trip last year thru Kansas was a real pain, but then again I was ridding my two wheeler. The same trip on the Spyder, peace of cake. The Spyder will get pushed abit but nothing like a two wheeled bike under the same conditions.

To make the ride more stable make sure the tire pressures are up to spec.

Good Luck, Ride more, Worry less
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Living in West Texas it is not unusual to ride in strong crosswinds. I've done it on two-wheelers and on my Spyder. In my opinion the Spyder doesn't react as much as a two wheeler. As you probably have experienced, there is a back draft when passing behind a elevator (or similar object) that "sucks" you in the opposite direction. You have to be aware on either ride and compensate for the wind reversal. This can happen going over an overpass too. And it is not always comfortable. Once, riding parallel to the Sangre de Christo Mountains in New Mexico, I'm not completely sure that all three wheels were touching the pavement.
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I live on the Oregon Coast. Lots of wind here. The only issue I've found is a headwind. I believe that the extra width of the fairing makes the wind buffet the front around a bit more than a 2 wheeler. So I slowed down a bit.

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Thanks everyone. Looks like just slow down a little. The bikes seem to be a little better in the wind than the 2 wheels.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 05:57 PM
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I have been riding my Spyder for over 5 years and found that because of the large side area it is very susceptible to strong crosswinds

We cured 99% of this by installing the smallest windshield this seemed to cure the issue

2011 RT Ltd, ISCI floorboards/cruiser boards and LED nut with custom Halo kit and custom Fusion power plant, 50 SPF sunblock and cheap sunglass, total Grfx on bike and matching trailer
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