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Old 11-10-2012, 04:22 PM   #41 (permalink)
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9990 sorry about your off mate, put it down to experience, you just learned something else

Glad you are ok though

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So I had a look again at the intersection on Saturday.

So I low-sided this morning...-imageuploadedbymotorcycle1352776976.520239.jpg

Those two cars are waiting to turn left, towards the camera, exactly where I did.

Don't know why I didn't notice it before, but there's a huge painted pedestrian crossing. So not only was I leaning too far over on cold tires, accelerating too aggressively for the conditions, but I did it across big stripes of road paint, too. Which probably had condensation at 8:30 on a 37-degree (F) morning...
At this point I think I was lucky to only slide that far (40' or so) and to not hit anything.

Anyway, I think this has now been analyzed to the point where Bones would say to Kirk: "it's dead, Jim"

Hopefully some other relatively new rider can get something from it at least...
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I hate the plastic "paint" they use for lane marking and such in a lot of areas.


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I must say I have gotten very lucky in both situations you mention. Luckily I found my cold tires with an overly aggresive down shift on a couple of occasions while riding the Sprint in 20 weather. Just slid the rear a little. As far as the paint, aggressive passing in the rain on a double yellow will make your butt pucker up.

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Came into the parking lot at work this morning (22F) and got on the throttle a bit only to hit a small patch of ice. The back slipped out about 6" but caught dry pavement and all was well. Gotta watch myself, that little patch of water/ice always seems to be there.
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Lucky for us the 20s don't happen too often. That patch of ice would be a good thing to remember.
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I must say I have gotten very lucky in both situations you mention. Luckily I found my cold tires with an overly aggresive down shift on a couple of occasions while riding the Sprint in 20 weather. Just slid the rear a little. As far as the paint, aggressive passing in the rain on a double yellow will make your butt pucker up.

Glad you are okay.
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Glad you just slid the rear end a little. I think if I'd been on my Sprint instead of my Speedmaster I might've pulled through this with a minor rear-wheel slide, a big shot of adrenaline, and straightened it out as you did, and been ok. The Sprint is just that much easier to control (IMO). Heck, it's just that much easier to feel the road, and what the tires are doing, and where you and the bike are in space at any given moment.

I like the Soeedmaster, it's relaxed and comfortable, but I sure don't feel as connected to the road on it, and I think this off proves it.

Hmm, may be putting it on the market come spring time...

Thanks for the well- wishes. All's good 'cept the wallet.
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Came into the parking lot at work this morning (22F) and got on the throttle a bit only to hit a small patch of ice. The back slipped out about 6" but caught dry pavement and all was well. Gotta watch myself, that little patch of water/ice always seems to be there.
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Ooh. Glad you caught it and were able to straighten it out. Take care in this freaky up & down-the-thermometer fall we're having.
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