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post #1 of 7 Old 09-13-2017, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 7 Old 09-14-2017, 11:07 AM
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Good point. Never get complacent during a ride. My bane is tar snakes on warm roads.
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Good point. Never get complacent during a ride. My bane is tar snakes on warm roads.
In a turn.

Roads in Pasadna are warm? I didn't know!

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-14-2017, 11:27 AM
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Tar snakes will really get your attention. I've even had the problem on the freeway (I-90) going through Montana around curves at speed. That'll get your attention!
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Ramps and turnoffs seem to turn into repositories for diesel fuel too for some reason. I low sided at least twice because of it many years ago and had a scare with my Glee before I stopped riding. Maybe a combination of loose or missing fuel caps along with high gee turns are involved.
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I too wouldn't automatically blame the tires (BTW I don't currently have Shinkos on the V-S but love their knobbies on the KLR). I'd say the road is the road.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-14-2017, 09:04 PM
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Tar snakes of note, Hwy 12 in Utah years ago and Hwy95 in Calif just below Parker Dam.
I'd forgotten about on/of ramps and the diesel fuel. Fall down go boom several times with that stuff.

Roads in Pasadena are warm?"

Yah, we get temps well over 100 here occasionally. We just are coming off the Sept heat cycle.
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