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    What to do part 1...

    I had started this a couple years ago and kinda gotten away from it. So I'll start again. I'm even going to revisit a subject we've covered before.

    Every scenario I present has no one right answer. It's just something to get you to think a little. When the riding season finally gets here you may even try a few of these things out.

    First scene...

    You are on your favorite stretch of curvy road and giving it heck. You know every turn like the back of your hand. It's a beautiful, sunny, warm, day.

    You are coming into a nice slower speed 2nd gear turn. You know you have to brake pretty hard to scrub some speed off.

    Suddenly you see what you have never seen before...a heavy patch of gravel in the road right in your heaviest braking zone and all the way to your turn in point.

    You've kinda committed at this point.

    Whatchoo gonna do?
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    At that point you have violated one of my cardinal rules I used to live by when street riding, I always limited speed to how far I could see and stop. Sure it limited my "fun" on certain corners but I was willing to give that up for the safety aspect. Saved my ass more than once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave608 View Post
    At that point you have violated one of my cardinal rules I used to live by when street riding, I always limited speed to how far I could see and stop. Sure it limited my "fun" on certain corners but I was willing to give that up for the safety aspect. Saved my ass more than once.
    What he said. Besides, I'm slow anyway.
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    OK then let's tighten up the scenerio a bit.

    Riding hard for some is an easy ride for others.

    You still have the patch of gravel there. Your speed may be relative but you still have to deal with the gravel. I say gravel because many times it is hard to see until you are in the middle of it. Whatchoo gonna do?
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    Scrub off as much speed as you can. Use the front brake and light rear brake. Countersteer a round the gravel just to the outside coming close to the yellow line but not crossing it. You let off the brake just before you touch the gravel so you will have more control over the bike. You go though a few pebbles and go on with a smile. This is my best text book answer.


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    If breaking is out of the question. Off the brakes, maintance throttle, turn her in and pray to the motorcycle gods

    Runing strait on is never an option.

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    The "modern" answer:

    Hit the button on the left handlebar to bring up the electronics menu. Then use the down arrow to scroll to engine map. Select rain mode for softest power delivery. Use the left arrow to go back to the main menu. Now scroll down to ABS and make sure it's enabled. Left again to go back to the main menu and select traction control. Scroll down to the gravel option and select OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIDO View Post
    The "modern" answer:

    Hit the button on the left handlebar to bring up the electronics menu. Then use the down arrow to scroll to engine map. Select rain mode for softest power delivery. Use the left arrow to go back to the main menu. Now scroll down to ABS and make sure it's enabled. Left again to go back to the main menu and select traction control. Scroll down to the gravel option and select OK.
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    Get off the brake and roll hard in the throttle. The bike will either go right through the turn and I'll laugh and think that was fucking awesome, or high side throw me off of it into a tree or car and I wont remember shit but get to go bike shopping in 6 months.

    I'm not slow just conservative.

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