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post #1 of 16 Old 04-18-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Lane stripes slippery when wet

Just a reminder to be mindful of lane stripes and other painted road markings when wet.

I was on the highway riding home from work today after some rain passed through the area. I was in second gear and gave the throttle a good twist to accelerate into an adjacent lane. When crossing the lane stripes, the rear stepped out from under me while I was going about 60 mph and swayed from side to side behind me.

At this point, I told myself to relax. The motorcycle will sort itself out and that's exactly what it did. I kept the throttle steady and kept the handlebars pointed in the direction I wanted to go. The rear eventually came back in line after a couple of seconds and I was back on my merry way home. I'm sure I must have freaked out people behind me though.

In case you're wondering, I have a pilot road 3 on the rear with only about 1.5K miles. This is the first time it has ever gone out from under me.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-18-2013, 04:19 PM
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road patches too. the black lines. they catch me occasionally. sometimes they run the same direction an the road.

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Ass wobble for ass puckers. Had the same thing happen to me unexpectedly in outright downpour, damn near tore the handlebars off with the kung-fu grip.

Oh and that glittery reflective stuff they pour over the white lines. I've only see it in other states (NV in particular), had my footing slip from under me.

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Kung fu grip, lol. ^^.
Around here the reflective stuff in the paint is crushed glass. The first year I rode I had passed over a line on a sunny, dry day. The paint was wet or should I say fresh. About as fresh as the shit I had in my underwear. Even now the fresh paint scares me.

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Wet railroad tracks are very slippery! Make sure you are straight up & down when crossing them. Nope, wasn't me, a friend.

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Wet railroad tracks are very slippery! Make sure you are straight up & down when crossing them. Nope, wasn't me, a friend.
Uh huh. Sure it was! :P

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All kinds of stuff out there to slip and slide on, tar gave me a butt pucker more than once.

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Yes, I have had that happen a few times at night when the dew starts to come in. The worst was catching a line in a turn while hitting the brakes and having the front and back tires do a little skip across the line. I think it scared my friend behind be more than me. Apparently I looked like a bucking bronco.

I have had more scares with loose gravel or sand in the road on blind turns, fun fun fun.

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Wet leaves in the fall, they can play funny tricks on tires.

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+1 to tar snakes... the tar lines they use to patch cracks in roads.... on a normal day they are slippy.... on a nice hot day when you are blasting the canyons they make for some fun slipping n sliding.

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Osiris and I both hit gravel while on our last trip up north. Both bikes came out of it ok, but yeah, NOT fun.

Although, funny thing is, when I get on the dirt bike, I TRY to do this - ALL THE TIME!!! That xr600r will do it easy!!!! It's a hoot.

Practicing on the dirt bike makes it MUCH easier to not have a kung-fu grip when it happens on the road, that's the worst thing you can do is tense up. Very hard not to do that, though. I still do at times, especially at the beginning of the year.

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+1 googl3it, I learned how to ride on a dirtbike. I think its why I have been able to keep the shiny side up when things get squirrely. I just think on the streets the tires "bite" harder and the bike snaps back into position much faster than on dirt, which adds to the kung-fu grip

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Little tail slide on pavement is exhilarating, I'd even go as far as to say fun in a controlled manner. The wobbles in what seems like the 450lb bike trying to break loose of the steering stem is not (wet road, rear tire breaking loose on acceleration). Not the least bit no. Natural instinct says hang on bud, this might be the one!

I still need to get on a dirt bike sometime, looks like it would be a blast! Might even learn a thing or two for the pavement

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Wet leaves in the fall, they can play funny tricks on tires.
Funny tricks? man wet leaves are downright deadly

I dread fall here in the northwest. Everyone goes on about how fall is so beautiful and colorful and what not. Me, all I can think about is all the damn leaves on the road. Leaves everywhere! Most cities/towns in Oregon allow for people to place their piles of leaves curbside and they just get everywhere. Leaves are unavoidable

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Springs almost just as bad. I was slipin' and slidin' all over the place yesterday on the layer of yellow pollen on the roads down here.

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