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Old 04-19-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
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Need advice on driving on freeways...

hey guys...i really need your advice/help....

here's a lil bit about myself so that you can understand my question(s).

Just bought my 08 250R on 3/29/08, to answer this question: Yes, I already took the MSF course, got my driver's license and have full coverage insurance. I have some gear: A Dainese Perforated Leather Jacket (i think it's one of the new ones), a helmet and gloves. I still need boots, but will post another thread later to see which one would be better...enough about me...to the questions...

When i got on the freeway I was doing about 60 but felt the bike sort of move left and right. So i got off the freeway in the next exit. Is this normal? Or am I doing something wrong? Wind today was suppose to be at about 10-20 mph. I got scared...lol :/:


Is it because the 250 is not that heavy, also would it be due to me being 150 lbs...man...i need all the help...or is it just in my head?
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Well, yes, and yes, then there's a maybe and a not enough information too.

What do you mean you "felt it move left and right"? Was there a groove in the pavement or seam? Sounds like a pavement thing to me...
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:06 PM   #4
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hey guys...i really need your advice/help....

here's a lil bit about myself so that you can understand my question(s).

Just bought my 08 250R on 3/29/08, to answer this question: Yes, I already took the MSF course, got my driver's license and have full coverage insurance. I have some gear: A Dainese Perforated Leather Jacket (i think it's one of the new ones), a helmet and gloves. I still need boots, but will post another thread later to see which one would be better...enough about me...to the questions...

When i got on the freeway I was doing about 60 but felt the bike sort of move left and right. So i got off the freeway in the next exit. Is this normal? Or am I doing something wrong? Wind today was suppose to be at about 10-20 mph. I got scared...lol :/:


Is it because the 250 is not that heavy, also would it be due to me being 150 lbs...man...i need all the help...or is it just in my head?
hey man i have a suzuki 500 and it happens to me too, is normal due to the weight of the bike, sometimes when i go to glaveston it hets worse

what i do is lean on the tank a little and close your arms towards your body

with time you will learn to lean the bike against the wind, yes is scary at the beginning, but you will get used to it

go a little below the speed limit for the first 2 or 3 times, then gradually increase your speed. it just takes time

now in the meantime, try to get more space between you and cars, un till you can maneage better

be safe out there
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Well, yes, and yes, then there's a maybe and a not enough information too.

What do you mean you "felt it move left and right"? Was there a groove in the pavement or seam? Sounds like a pavement thing to me...
well the road did have a lil bit of grooves...what i meant by left and right was that i felt the winds sorta pushing me and felt it slightly go left and slightly go right...uummm......i thought it would be easier to explain... I think it's just the wind...i guess the only thing i'm scared about it just that the wind will knock me down.

well about the grooves...how would i handle those...i rode in a street with lots of those and it wasn't nice...should i worry lots about that or as long as i dont do something stupid i should be fine?
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:11 PM   #6
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Sounds like pavement or maybe wind. I ride a zx7 and way right at 200. I just prefer to stay off the freeway if I can. Bikes will follow groves in the road. Just be CAREFUL!
So far I have been good about staying off the freeway...i know some back roads so i take those...but i think eventually i will need to get on the freeways to ride to lengthy places...

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hey man i have a suzuki 500 and it happens to me too, is normal due to the weight of the bike, sometimes when i go to glaveston it hets worse

what i do is lean on the tank a little and close your arms towards your body

with time you will learn to lean the bike against the wind, yes is scary at the beginning, but you will get used to it

go a little below the speed limit for the first 2 or 3 times, then gradually increase your speed. it just takes time

now in the meantime, try to get more space between you and cars, un till you can maneage better

be safe out there
Yeah i only get on the freeway and get off the next exit...so basically i am just trying out right now...
Leans towards the tank and arms towards my body...gotcha...tanks for the advice. I greatly appreciate it.
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:37 PM   #8
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It's the wind. You won't fall over. Remember there's been millions of people before you that have ridden these bikes and been fine. Concentrate on the road and let the bike do it's thing.

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Old 04-19-2008, 11:49 PM   #9
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Thanks all you guys for the info...it will help me out a lot.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:14 AM   #10
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my opinion is that houston freeways are not the place to really learn about your bike. If u are doing the speed limit on the freeway, that will scare you more than the bike. When u have people in their cages passing you doing 20+ over your speed it tends to make it scary. Coming to work tonight, 290 to I-10 to channelview, 5pm ish i was doing 80+ and was being passed by about as many as i was passing.
as usual it is my opinion tho.
Just get out and ride it and once the controls become second nature it will be less scary and stressfull.
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:46 AM   #11
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Do as many wheelies as possible.. That way you cut through the wind.
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Biggest advice? Relax. When I first started to ride on the freeway I was always really tense and that just amplified every bump and every gust ... just relax and you'll come to realize that this kind of stuff will become the norm and you will even start noticing that you will be compensating for bumps and gust without even thinking about it.

it's all about muscle memory and just getting comfortable on the bike in various situations.
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Do as many wheelies as possible.. That way you cut through the wind.
well after 4 wheelies i didn't see a difference...should i try front wheelis then....

man i would never do wheelies...
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well after 4 wheelies i didn't see a difference...should i try front wheelis then....

man i would never do wheelies...
Never?
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hey man i have a suzuki 500 and it happens to me too, is normal due to the weight of the bike, sometimes when i go to glaveston it hets worse

what i do is lean on the tank a little and close your arms towards your body

with time you will learn to lean the bike against the wind, yes is scary at the beginning, but you will get used to it

go a little below the speed limit for the first 2 or 3 times, then gradually increase your speed. it just takes time

now in the meantime, try to get more space between you and cars, un till you can maneage better

be safe out there



I have a Ninja 500 and I'm all of 120 lbs. When I took her out on the freeway the other day (by mistake mind you, the feeder was not a feeder but an on ramp in santa fe, haha) I had the same thoughts as you did. The wind was forcing me left and hard right. I was pretty scared too. I just did the same thing that he said... I leaned way over on the tank to get my body out of the way, and it helped a lot. With me just learning to ride, I still was uncomfortable on the freeway so I got off on the next exit as well.

As far as the 250 goes, be careful about the freeway. There was a guy on here 'bout 2-3 weeks ago that said that he got blown off the freeway. (I think its in the "riders down this year thread". I'm sure it's not deff. always going to happen, but it can. Even on my 500 I'm sure.

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You just need to relax and ride that thing.
Dont stress-out and get a death grip . breathe and relax.
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what side of town you at?
I'm ova here by 45 and tidwell/airline....close to north main and 45 if you dont know where tidwell is...

So i tried what you all recommended...but i didn't get on the freeway. A lil while ago it was really windy and I was doing 50-55 so i felt the wind push me...

I then leaned towards the tank, tucked my legs into the tank, and wow...did that make a difference, i didn't hear wind or anything...not sure how to explain it but it was awesome...a few more of those and then maybe then i will be ready for the freeway...

Thanks again guyz...you all are awesome...including me...lol
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well my mind would be at ease knowing its an 08 but dont let that fool you, taker your time i ride a sv1k weighs about 400 sumthin lbs and i get pushed in the wind all the time so dont think its just because your on a lighter bike, this is what riding is all about , learning to be in controll of your bike, also try to get pointers from people in your area to how to do basic maint. check
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