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Old 06-08-2010, 05:29 PM   #41
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I lost it on the top of a parking garage in Downtown Houston this morning. Got there early, and since the weather is nice I thought I would ride up to the top level (had never been to the top before...) and watch the city for a few moments. Ok, did that, turn around give a lil gas to get going start into the turn at low speed (maybe 10mph) and BAM it dumps faster than I can even respond to.

After picking the MC up, I notice that the whole roof is covered in a thick coat of fine powder, I wipe my finger in it and if feels like talcum powder. You can see it is stuck all over my rubber. This junk is slick.

My slacks offered little protection to my right leg/knee (yea, should have had knee guards flame away...)

Helmet saved me from a bump on the head.

Joe Rocket Mesh failed terribly. The elbow guard may have saved me from a broken bone though.

If you look at the rash on the side of my arm you can see a mesh pattern. How my skin squezed through the mesh I don't know.....time to get the Roadcrafter from AeroStitch or some leather.

The Versys has been droped on each side before, and the auto-shut-off worked as usual.

So, iwatch for this hazard when you are on tops of parking garages, especially the ones that are rarly used.
Thanks for sharing. My rear tire has slipped more in my garage (above papa's BBQ) downtown than it has on 3090. There are a few floors that are painted with a glossy paint which is scary as when wet. Then there are turn and other traffic signs painted on the drive ways in the garage that get very slick too. I hate driving in those garages.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:52 PM   #42
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sorry to hear about your bike, I wonder what that surface powder is all about...
When I ride in slick parking lots, I like to keep my feet down in case my bike starts to slip, I can brace it against my leg (at low speeds of course)
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what the heck does EPDM stand for?

Sorry about your get off dude. that sux. I wear mesh alot too I thought it would work better than that. And look into some sliders.
ethylene propylene diene Monomer (M-class) rubber, a synthetic rubber commonly used on roofs due to its a bility to withstand extremes in temerature and sulight/rain.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:29 PM   #44
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So is the powder from the EPDM membrane or from the A/C unit down the street?
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So is the powder from the EPDM membrane or from the A/C unit down the street?
never found out. I think it's greasy soot form all the resturants downtown that vent the cooktop smoke up away form the street. Nobody ever parks up there so it just builds up over the years. Pretty sure the roof is regular concrete, but it acts like its coated with white lithum grease.

This happened a long time ago, I was just thinking about it and bumped the thread.

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There was a kawi there with rash in about the same place
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There was a kawi there with rash in about the same place
oh, I had mine fixed up by Sunny. Looks almost good as new except it's missing the VERSYS sticker.

there really wide at the tank, so frame sliders are not really an option
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