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post #1 of 15 Old 11-18-2012, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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In The Nick of Time

Today Vman and I went for a 430km ride around Somerset , Kilcoy, Yarraman, Crows Nest, Hampton and home to scrub my new tyres in.

We left after this mornings storm all looked good as the storms were moving to the coast we got some pea size hail and rain around Blackbutt but it didn't last long.

Nearly home the sky went black and green looked very ominous.
Over the G4 I asked Vman if he was going straight home or if he wanted a drink at my place, he said a quick drink sounds good.
We rode up the road and then we pulled into the driveway and I got the garage door open and rode in then asked Vman if he wanted to put his bike in the garage in case it started raining.

He had just got the bike in when the storm hit I got the garage door down and the hail was slamming into it and the house it was the size of golf balls then the power went out as well.

We couldn't have timed getting home better if we tried
Wouldn't have wanted to have been hit by that on the bike that's for sure.
So Vman waited out the storm then road home.

A good days ride that ended in the nick of time
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-18-2012, 09:19 AM
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Wouldn't have wanted to have been hit by that on the bike that's for sure.
That was excellent timing. I don't know what you would do if caught in that sort of heavy hail - stop, sit and cop it...or try and make a ride for cover, which could be too dangerous. Just visibility alone would be an issue.

At least you got the tyres ridden in. I got a new chain & sprocket [more $$$] and ran them in on Saturday up to Springbrook and Beechmont. We missed the storms down on the Gold Coast, lightning abd thunder, but no real storms.

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I don't know what you would do if caught in that sort of heavy hail - stop, sit and cop it...or try and make a ride for cover, which could be too dangerous. Just visibility alone would be an issue.
If they were golf ball sized (no reason to doubt that) they would kill you if you tried to ride through it. Unless you could find shelter all you could do is stop your bike and shelter on the lee side of it and hope the storm passed quickly and didn't do too much damage to the bike.
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Golf Ball Hail!

Jesus....wouldnt that be a nightmare! Good to hear the motorcycle Godess was with you and you got home first.

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Saw plenty of pics from mates with golf ball size (and +) hail and was glad I wasnt riding in brisbane when it hit.
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Glad you two and the bikes avoided hail damage
I can hear a helmet intercom conversation when caught out in the open in large hail as, ouch.....ouch....ouch...ouch..ouch.ouch.ouch !!

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Good timing!

Good to hear you're ok, the last time I took my daughter for a ride up to Kenilworth, we got absolutely drenched on the way home ..... guess who didn't pack the wet weather gear! Doh!

I've just serviced my bike, and have now packed my wet weather gear on it .... storm season has arrived!

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Gotawee also checked her rain gauge and had 80mm of rain in just over 24 hours.

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Gotawee also checked her rain gauge and had 80mm of rain in just over 24 hours.
Went to check my rain gauge after Sunday's storm--no luck, it had been bashed off the back verandah railing by the hail. Same bad luck for my cars -- not the Cobra thankfully. We'd just arrived home with the storm chasing us up through Forestdale and Forest Lake, made it to the front door, ran into the garage to open the tiltadoors and down it came! In no time the hail was too intense to risk running out ten metres to get our cars. In twenty seconds significant damage had been done anyway.

And there I was telling V Chops on Saturday that we'd missed the Saturday storm.

So that's Saturday and Sunday. Round 3 coming up Thursday...

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