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Although tar snakes require a extra care, they are worse on a lighter bike with the kind of tires most Wees have. Much better on a lower, heavier sport touring bike like my FJR, but still, never trust them. I agree that it's worse when you start squeezing the grips too tight and tensing up........
 

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Just looked up what 'Tar Snakes' were, can only say this; 'thank god I live in Switzerland'.
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So here I am closing in on two years since I started this thread. I have gotten much more comfortable with these F*ers... to the point of when I saw this thread on the "New Posts" I forgot that it was a thread I started.

So how am I 13k+ miles later? Much more relaxed and tar snakes while they are still an annoyance, its now a subconscious action and awareness. I don't "think" about them to the point of worry or loss of focus, I simply adjust.
 

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I went to visit my brother in Georgia this May... I have never had any traction issue with Tar Snakes in California. However, in the Northern part of Georgia we took the SR60 coming back from Helen, the road turned into 70% tar snakes in spots and it was incredibly slick. It had been noticeably slick on the previous roads, but they were infrequent.

A little more than 2/3rds of the way down the 60, my brother ended up going into a guard rail because he entered a corner poorly due to him wanting to avoid the tar snakes. He ended up breaking his collarbone and elbow, and did 4k worth of damage to his bike.

State Route 60, Georgia - a great motorcycle road

The sheriff who responded seemed to think they get slick from the direct sunlight and humidity, which would explain why they usually aren't an issue in California... we have the sunlight, but not the humidity.
 

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In over 30 years of riding I never had an issue with tar snakes, until...

About two years ago on a road south of Austin. Very hot day. The tar snakes felt like ice.
 
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