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post #1 of 22 Old 05-31-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Tar patches

I don't know what they are called, but those little black tar 'band aids' you'll see on roads/ high ways.....me no likey! I think they are patches to pave over cracks in the roadway. The worse part is often they encompass the entire lane, in sort of a 'camoflauge' pattern, (as opposed to a straight line between lanes). At any rate, watch out for em when you see em cause they are slick rain or shine...(it's 80 and sunny today).

was cruising today about 60 in a sweeper and road was filled with em and felt the front and backend slide out bit, luckily remembered my msf stuff and tilted the bike upright regained traction and switched to the lane with out em...

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Road Snakes/Tar Snakes

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tar snakes, and they do bite!

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Yep, those black mambas pack quite a bite. Once it gets over about 80 degrees here they are really slick. When it is below 55 they seem to be slick as well.

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tar snakes happen

there are/were a couple in the turn by the spider at Barber

just stay steady, let it slide and you'll hook right back up...try to correct too much and you'll have issues

lucky for me, my reaction time is so slow, by the time i try to do anything about them, the event is over

it's kinda fun actually, once you know that they're there

now pushing both ends in the rain...that does suck

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tar snakes happen

just stay steady, let it slide and you'll hook right back up...try to correct too much and you'll have issues

lucky for me, my reaction time is so slow, by the time i try to do anything about them, the event is over

it's kinda fun actually, once you know that they're there
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lucky for me, my reaction time is so slow, by the time i try to do anything about them, the event is over
ha ha, yeah, that's probably what happened too me...scared the crap out of me and before the time to digest the bike was upright but lukily i didn't panic.!

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Tar Babies

That's the good thing about riding with older riders when you start out riding. They warn you about tar babies, dry pine needles, wet leaves, and man hole covers.
All these things are no man's land.

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lucky for me, my reaction time is so slow, by the time i try to do anything about them, the event is over
yep... the other day he got scared by something real bad.... but he didnt shiiit his pants till 4 hours later watching american idol and eating cheetos...



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ouch...A.I. ???
now that hurt...<g>

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Yup...They suck...I've hit them before around here. Front slid, rear slid, before I could even say WTF was that, in my head


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Those white painted traffic lines are slippery also.



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Those white painted traffic lines are slippery also.
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Those white painted traffic lines are slippery also.
definitely, the annoying thing about tar snakes is (at least around here) they are often right smack daddy in the middle of the lane as opposed to 'between lanes', so its damn hard to avoid them.....running straight over em isn't too bad, but on a turn it pretty much scared the shyst out of me.

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Those white painted traffic lines are slippery also.
Yep, they should put traction additive in them. When they get wet they are really bad.

Crossing over train tracks in the rain that don't run perpendicular to the road is a real adventure too. I love the way it snaps your front wheel back and forth. It gives you that white knuckle feeling.

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Don't forget about metal bridges....those things in the wet are gnarly.




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Don't forget about metal bridges....those things in the wet are gnarly.
I forgot about those. The first time I rode on one of those was 99 somewhere in the Carolinas or Virginia. It was raining pretty hard and there was this huge sign that said "do not apply brakes on bridge during rain" or something to that effect. The guy in front of me decides to stand on the brakes just to see what happens. I thought I was either going to crash into him or lose the front trying to stop on that damn thing. Those bridges suck big time.

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I forgot about those. The first time I rode on one of those was 99 somewhere in the Carolinas or Virginia. It was raining pretty hard and there was this huge sign that said "do not apply brakes on bridge during rain" or something to that effect. The guy in front of me decides to stand on the brakes just to see what happens. I thought I was either going to crash into him or lose the front trying to stop on that damn thing. Those bridges suck big time.

Yeah, there's a short one in the middle of an off camber turn near my home. If it's raining I take the lonnnnngggggg way around. No way in Hell am I taking that thing in the rain. Shoot, I've had bikes step out on me mid curve when dry




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Tar lines are bad, fresh asphalt patches are nasty, too. Lots of county roads around here (Indianford, Stoughton, Edgerton, etc) have fresh hot patch in long stretches. The newer stuff is a little slippery, but even dew on it will make it feel like grease under your wheels. Several roads here have been patched so many times over so many years you can't tell which part your wheels will stick to and which spots are oily. Scary stuff in the dark at crusing speed!

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they aren't fun. I was told that on hot days they are harder on tires.

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Tar snakes after a week of 95+ degree weather turn into bogs. Gewy mush that can really make your ride "interesting" if you hit one in a turn. And as a bonus, the sometimes leave teeth on your tire making the next quarter mile or so feel very odd until you get it all off.

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found a pic of a couple snakes waiting to bite

pic is from many years ago, doing between 60-80mph into the turn, no sliders, fat azz planted firmly on the seat try not to laugh...both ends wiggle just a little over the first strip and then would push going over that wide strip, good times


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