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What's your max crosswind?

I'm curious what other riders think is too much wind to ride in. For me winds around 25 mph are about all I want to deal with. I've ridden in stronger winds than that, but when it gets above 30 mph it just ain't fun anymore. Sure if the wind is coming straight at you or directly from behind it's much more tolerable, but I'm talking about crosswinds. As a pilot, every make and model of airplane has a demonstrated maximum crosswind component, but there's no such data for motorcycles. So, my question is: what do you guys consider the max crosswind you'll ride in?
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I'm curious what other riders think is too much wind to ride in. For me winds around 25 mph are about all I want to deal with. I've ridden in stronger winds than that, but when it gets above 30 mph it just ain't fun anymore. Sure if the wind is coming straight at you or directly from behind it's much more tolerable, but I'm talking about crosswinds. As a pilot, every make and model of airplane has a demonstrated maximum crosswind component, but there's no such data for motorcycles. So, my question is: what do you guys consider the max crosswind you'll ride in?
I rode in 35 mph substained cross winds with gusts up to 50 mph on last 1800 wing . it was not a fun ride 2 up pulling camper. But for bragging rights I would do it again . Car tires rule btw
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I have been out and about in steady 40 mph cross winds. Would I do it again on purpose? Heck no!! But sometimes you don't have a choice. Of course I have also been out in winds that strong and it just happened to push me along!! Oh, that is AWESOME! Also one of the few times I have actually heard a Gold Wing exhaust note. I ride most of the time in the summer as the bike is my summer car. I put on a fair number of miles but don't really get on any long trips that way. I am starting to hesitate about riding a lot in the rain unless I don't have a choice, like being somewhere and it starts. I guess I am getting old, My kids always tease me about the pet dinosaur I had as a child? 72 and on 2 wheels ain't bad I guess.
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Was riding across NE on I 80 two up. Was a breezy day to start with and overcast skies. The FM radio station warned of thunderstorms in the area. Keeping an eye on the sky I could see storms coming at me from the south and the wind was picking up. I turned the radio to WX band, and soon realized that although it was giving me info on strong storms that may produce the twisty things you never want to see especially on a bike. I was clueless as to where these storms were. Note to self..... weather radio not as useful as you may think when in an area you don't know. Anyway we pass an exit that looks to be Nowhereville. I keep looking for a sign that tells me how far to next exit.... I don't see one. The next curve on I 80 is to the south.... I just shake my head. We travel south for what seems like for ever. Wind is picking up, skies getting dark, no exit signs. We travel for a bit longer towards the storms, I notice the wind is getting really gusty. Then I see the road turn to the right in a long sweeping curve.... OK this is what I want. As we get near the wind starts to blow hard ! and I'm getting hit with it from the left. I lean the bike left and the wind blows hard and steady as the road turn right. This is the first time I ever leaned left at hi-way speed to go around a right hand curve. I said in my head " Wind Don't Stop Now". I hope never to have that experience again. We traveled a few more miles before finding an exit that had a travel store. the attendant told us to park the bike on a particular side of the building and come inside to wait. Just as he said it passed in minutes and we were on our way. That is too much cross wind for me

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Unless I have no choice, I avoid riding with any cross winds greater than a steady 30 mph (50 kph).

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Last year took a trip to Calgary and fought 40 gusting to 70 kph south crosswinds for at least 500 km. Blew me around pretty good but the Wing actually handled it not bad. I was beat after that. Can't imagine fighting that in the mountain curves. Not fun but what can you do. Those open prairies can be a bitch.

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I agree that 30 mph is about all I want to handle. My wife is more sensitive to the crosswind issue than I am, and she has declined going for a ride if there is almost any obvious wind at all.
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After the left footpeg hit the pavement a couple time on a perfectly straight road I stopped at the next gas station and waited about 15 minutes for the storm to blow over.

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I'm curious what other riders think is too much wind to ride in. For me winds around 25 mph are about all I want to deal with. I've ridden in stronger winds than that, but when it gets above 30 mph it just ain't fun anymore. Sure if the wind is coming straight at you or directly from behind it's much more tolerable, but I'm talking about crosswinds. As a pilot, every make and model of airplane has a demonstrated maximum crosswind component, but there's no such data for motorcycles. So, my question is: what do you guys consider the max crosswind you'll ride in?
For those of us initiated in a relatively consistent method to measure a crosswind before you get to it, how is it done on the road.

I know, or have heard airports listing crosswinds for landings and takeoffs of aircraft, but it would seem that as you travel along the highways and byways, the winds will change. Mountains, valleys, gorges, trees all affect wind velocity and direction, causing channeling, and vortex, all of which would seemly affect wind velocity and direction.

Based on my memory, I have never not ridden because of a "wind". I might have not ridden into a hurricane warning or a tornado warning but otherwise, I don't remember a time when the wind was "too much" on the road.

I guess in the last 14 years and 312,000 miles on two wheels I have ben lucky, very lucky.

Worst case I can remember, is riding north, from the Grand Canyon on US 89, (I am not real sure of the road number), we ran into some very interesting cross winds. Had to lean a lot to keep the bike on the road in your lane. I could watch the other three bikes behind me as they hit each cross wind and watch them lean. How much was the wind speed, I have no real idea, could have been 10, could have been 20, could have been 35 mph.

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