Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver Island
Almost took a tumble....
I was riding Southbound this afternoon on a good paved road (limit 100kph). Reached a turnoff which had a nice high speed transition so one doesn't have to come to a stop on the rural highway. I was in the turnoff doing about 85 kph which is fairly reasonable when the bike started squirming. I eased off the throttle, had lots of place to my left so I righted the bike slightly and carried on.
When I rolled out going West is when I noticed a very strong Northerly wind, hadn't noticed it at my back for the last half hour.
I ended up near the same area about an hour later so I slowed and took a good look at the road for contaminants. The only obvious change is that the turnoff was chipseal whereas the rest of the road was good quality pavement. The combination of surface change, sudden crosswinds, speed, lean and 705 front tire almost wrecked my day! I've ridden a lot of chipseal somewhat aggressively with a set of Tourance and they were always locked in and predictable dry or wet (although I did wear them out in only 7000km!). I'm not trusting the Shinkos as much anymore.
Moral of the story... Keep an eye out for changing road conditions!
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2015 VSTROM 650 X ABS EXP
Previous rides: 2012 KLX250S, 2006 VT1100C2, 2002 KX125, 1999 SV650, 1987 GPZ305
Bikes I wish I had: Ducati 916, Harley Road King, KTM 500 EXC, BMW R1200RT, Honda CRF1000L, BMW R75
Last edited by marcham; 09-13-2017 at 10:32 PM.