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post #1 of 8 Old 08-26-2018, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Houston: Road surface dropped! WTF?

I was on my red Vstrom at about 630 am on Saturday headed to my first Track day at MSR. I was in 2nd from right lane and it was dark, so I didn't see that the road surface had separated from Lane 2 to 3 with about a 6 inch drop off for about a 100 yard stretch. I was changing to lane 3 and I guess I must have to correct back to the left; dumped it at about 40, I think. Thank God I was wearing ALL of my gear. As soon as I stopped I got off the road and did a quick self eval. Even worse, a guy on a Harley had it happen to him about 10 seconds behind me. Thankfully HPD was right behind me and they helped me and the other guy out.

Bikes crash guard did it's job, so the damage is minimal. I picked it up and made it to the track, but it definitely affected my aggressiveness on the track. I had to hang it up before lunch as my left side was really hurting and I went to the ER for some Xrays - nothing broken, just a deep bruise.

Lessons (re)Learned: Wear all of your PPE, ALL of the time. Don't ride at night if you can avoid it (that was the first time I've ridden at night in years). As far as skills go, I just don't know. Maybe I had too much weight on the front but it happened so fast I thought it was a front tire blowout at first.

I would definitely be open to how to avoid this one again. It really whacks me out.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-26-2018, 11:05 AM
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Good to hear you are OK and your Strom isn't too boffed. Like you I try to avoid riding at night, especially in urban areas.
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Hola, condolences on the scary mishap.

"Like you I try to avoid riding at night, especially in urban areas."

Yah, and the hairy vermin of the hinterlands will attack in the dark too. Deer and possums and armadillos, oh my!

Didja ever find out what the road surface change was all about? Ongoing constructions and poor signage?
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I have had this type of road condition change during a pass on a two lane road. I pulled out to pass and during the pass, the right lane raised up Where it had been paved with a new layer of pavement. It was a windy mountain road and the passing area ended fairly quickly so I had no choice but to pull back into my lane while there was still a transition. The transition was at an angle about 6" wide, and the height difference was around 6" I think, but riding back up it on the sidewalls wasn't confidence inspiring. It was very scary, and on top of that I had a friend following me who pulled out to follow me through the pass. We both made it out unscathed, but it was stressful.

I don't understand what happened to you exactly, did you just happen to change lanes where this surface transition was? Pretty impossible to avoid something you didn't see, that's where the ability to avoid this issue lies I think. Crossing something like that I think the way to do it is to be at as much of an angle as possible so your momentum and tires can carry you up over the transition. I would swing out to the far side of your lane and shoot for the far side of the other lane. Of course if you don't/can't see it you can't make plans like that.

In my case it was probably just a bad decision to continue the pass in that spot, I should have dropped back and pulled in behind the car I was passing, it was during the day and I clearly saw it. In your case, do you think it was visible and you just didn't notice/look? I can't say if I would have looked for that at night on a good highway. Maybe some riding lights that shine down on the road would have helped?

Regardless very glad you are ok. It's too bad you kind of ruined your track day but at least that's all that was ruined.
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"Like you I try to avoid riding at night, especially in urban areas."

Yah, and the hairy vermin of the hinterlands will attack in the dark too. Deer and possums and armadillos, oh my!
+ more likely impaired drivers.

glad you survived mostly intact.

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October 17 of '89 I was riding to my brother's home in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. It was the night after the Loma Prieta Earthquake so there were a lot of cracks and slips in the road to watch out for. One thing I didn't see was an 18" (47cm) drop off in the pavement across the road. When I went over it I was able to keep my bike upright but it startled me so bad that I think half my seat disappeared.

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On my trip of 9 US states about 8 years ago, me and my partner pulled in to a gas station attached to a mini mall in CA. I had a bit of a hangover from the previous evenings shenanigans, and totally didn't see the giant pothole right in the middle of the lane entering the mall. Front wheel went right into it and the bike stopped and I flew up onto the handlebars, then the bike tipped over to the left and I did a perfect roll and right back onto my feet. Good thing I was not going any speed at the time, but it sure caught me unawares. No damage to the bike or me luckily, otherwise that mall would have been in a lawsuit.
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