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Loose gravel, not cool

Discussion in 'Your Near Misses - A Place to Vent' at netrider.net.au started by Zerby, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Going up Mt Nebo this afternoon on my first ride on the twisties and I was just getting my rhythm when on a pretty tight left hander I see a dark spot on the road. Right at that second the rear wheel looses traction for a split second but I guess it didn't slide enough for me to lowside (or highside for that matter). Turned around to check it out and it was quite a bit of loose gravel from a driveway entrance.

    I did put the foot down but since I was mid bend I also made sure to not stand the bike up and ride into the other lane or off the road, which is what I've always been worried about.

    Probably not a huge deal for experienced riders but it was my first close call and I'm glad it happened because now I know I can at least handle the little mistakes.


     
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  2. good on you, good to see you didn't let your SR's get the better of you.
     
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  3. oh no, it's a huge deal for any rider.
    gravel is the devil.
     
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  4. Yep, enter every corner as if there's gravel waiting for you. You're getting the good kind of experience, the sort where you learn from what could have happened! :)
     
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  5. Yeah unexpected gravel is never good but you get much better at "reading" the road and working out where it is going to be and how much of it.
     
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  6. Gravel tends not to bother me that much, quite often I ride on it for fun.
     
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  7. Hell yeah, gravel on a bend is always laying in wait for riders. Only recently a middle-aged women on her cruiser out here got high-sided from the gravel swept out by car/trucks from the dirt road that enters on that bend, and she was only doing 80km/h at the time.

    Like MT1 said, "Gravel is the devil"
     
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  8. Needless to say I was on the brakes a bit more on the way back.
     
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  9. We all hate gravel. Remember it's not how fast your bike can get around the corner (faster than you think it can BTW) it's how far ahead you can see.
     
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  10. We did see a bit of gravel on the ride through there this morning. Theres a few corners which almost always will have some, I've even put the car sideways up there (not deliberately!) on a couple
     
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  11. Expect every rural driveway on a slope to have gravel in front of it, pain in the ass. Why don't they just seal the last couple of meters?
     
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  12. Road gravel is a good reason to keep a spare pair of jocks handy for those country jaunts!
     
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