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Old 01-14-2014, 12:54 AM   #1
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What do you do when you hit gravel covered asphalt?

Something that has always been a problem for me is riding over gravel covered asphalt. Where I live doesn't snow a lot but a couple weeks ago it did and there is still significant gravel covering less traveled roads. I have had a couple unfortunate experiences going through a turn and having my rear tire slip(this is after I have already slowed down and am going 20mph or less).

Apparently increasing the traction of 4 wheeled vehicles for a couple days is an Ok trade off for making the roads hazardous for 2 wheeled vehicles for a month or more.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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I keep going, I may give it more gas and enjoy the bike's drift.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:43 AM   #3
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Loose gravel & tight sphincters go together like beer & brats, or beer & nuts, or even beer & more beer!
You can either continue to be afraid of it or get used to it by "testing" just how far you can go with your slides, better still, join a local off road club,
OR, sell the bike & buy a 4WD!!!!
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:51 AM   #4
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Be aware that you are likely to find gravel and sand and ride accordingly.

We get plenty of snow here, and by the time spring rolls around you can't tell that some roads are actually paved, for all the gravel and sand on them. Gravel on pavement is like riding on ball bearings.

Staying away from the inside on turns helps, as what's left seems to stay the longest there.

Based on my experience on the bicycle in these conditions, a tire with a deep open tread helps a lot. Though on the moto I run regular pavement tires, and I just ride with extreme caution for the first couple of months.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:52 AM   #5
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:11 AM   #6
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Stay alert, stay loose
My thoughts exactly….. beaten to posting!

Gravel and sand are out there; expect it and get used to it.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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Be aware that you are likely to find gravel and sand and ride accordingly.

This. Learn what it looks like, where it accumulates, and how to avoid it.

They liberally cover the roads with red sand here anytime it snows. It is left everywhere and it is extremely slippery. I've even had cages slide around the stuff when it's piled deep enough.

I find, however, that it only takes a few days for traffic to clear most of it off. I have to adjust my cornering lines to stay in the "tire track" on sweepers and try not to ride on the parts of pavement that car tires don't normally hit, as this as where the sand will be.

I've drifted the rear tire several times on the stuff. I hate it. I've found that if the rear tire goes out under throttle, just holding the throttle steady until you're through it is the best course of action. Chopping the throttle could result in an uncontrolled slide.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:26 PM   #8
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Chopping the throttle could result in an uncontrolled slide.
or sudden grip and subsequent highside


sand, ice, what ever slick surface, best course of action is usually steady throttle, continue your line, be smooth
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #9
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I keep going, I may give it more gas and enjoy the bike's drift.

The minute you try to stand it up, brake, adjust your line, whatever, you're attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:13 PM   #10
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The minute you try to stand it up, brake, adjust your line, whatever, you're attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis.
X, Y, or Z?
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #11
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I just panic and scream like a little girl.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:46 AM   #12
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:08 AM   #13
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what do you do when you hit gravel covered asphalt?

lots of things !!!

sometimes its a hoot to spin up the back
slide the rear
feel the front drift back to traction
sometimes I fall down.

no big deal, the bike knows what pavement, dirt, trees, grass, mud, gravel, and lots of other surfaces look like from many different angles. hell it doesn't even close its eyes or tense up anymore.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:48 AM   #14
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Suck it up and get used to it, learn where it occurs and anticipate it. Some bikes handle better than others on the stuff. Just don't go in with too much lean or too hot. With climate change you are going to be dealing with a lot more than before.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:53 AM   #15
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Suck it up and get used to it, learn where it occurs and anticipate it. Some bikes handle better than others on the stuff. Just don't go in with too much lean or too hot. With climate change you are going to be dealing with a lot more than before.
Best bike for that: k1200lt

that thing would not be bothered by gravel
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