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Old 10-07-2010, 12:24 AM   #1
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Grooves, Gaps, and Cracks on the Highway !!!

I've noticed some pretty decent sized gaps/ groove marks on some of the highways all over town. Does this every freak anyone out that you'll get ur front tire stuck in a rut?

I haven't logged too many highway miles, and i realize a 1-2 inch gap won't make u lose control, but it's def. not a great feeling rolling over these. And my 500's tires aren't as wide as most other sport bikes.

Anybody had any close calls or loss of control issues with these types of road conditions?
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:27 AM   #2
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most i45 around me is pretty smooth nowadays..but when i get down towards 610..it starts getting bad. and yea it does also pop in my head..what if you roll over that at just the right angle... hmm i just steer clear of em. lol
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just avoid them. even if you get sucked into one, you should be able to get out no problem (assuming you are minding the speed limit)
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i live off of washington and all the side roads ( montrose, shepherd, wough ) they are all terrible like the city of houston just doesnt know how to pave a road the right way.
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not pointing any fingers but the guys with the smaller tires have a harder time with those road hazards. still another reason to go litrebike, or bigger
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NW 610 loop is .
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I've noticed some pretty decent sized gaps/ groove marks on some of the highways all over town. Does this every freak anyone out that you'll get ur front tire stuck in a rut?

I haven't logged too many highway miles, and i realize a 1-2 inch gap won't make u lose control, but it's def. not a great feeling rolling over these. And my 500's tires aren't as wide as most other sport bikes.

Anybody had any close calls or loss of control issues with these types of road conditions?
When I first started riding 30 years ago those things used to scare the out of me. But after a while of not losing control or having any close calls, I took it for all it was, just an uneasy feeling. These days it's no big deal.
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NW 610 loop is .
For realz and when are they gonna clean up that yellow paint on the ramp from 610 to 45n? I always stay in the other lane but it sucks the right lane is always open.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:51 PM   #10
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For realz and when are they gonna clean up that yellow paint on the ramp from 610 to 45n? I always stay in the other lane but it sucks the right lane is always open.
yeah i've rode over that in my car a few dozen times. you couldn't pay me to Ride over that on the bike when it's been raining. skkkkkkkkkerrrrrrrtttttttttt

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When I first started riding 30 years ago those things used to scare the out of me. But after a while of not losing control or having any close calls, I took it for all it was, just an uneasy feeling. These days it's no big deal.
Yeah, I'm getting used to it more and more, but as u said, just some thing to make u feel uneasy and pucker up for a split second.

At least ppl aren't spitting out horror stories of getting stuck in a rut and flying all over the highway.
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I will stop the bike, get off and push it over or through the ruts because I got stuck in a rut and went flying all over the highway.
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610 FYI is up for a repaving soon...the 40 year mark has either passed or is about to pass. And NE 610 is way worse than NW...pot hole galore!
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The 45N HOV lane has some pretty large ruts I used to feel it alot worse on my 250 than my 636 but there def is a pucker moment the first time you feel in grab and redirect your front tire.
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just like dropping one side of a car off the shoulder, stay calm, and smoothly move out of it. If you panic and jerk the bars, you are in for a ride. The worst are the huge grooves made by (I assume) a low boy bottoming on an overpass. There are some in the left lane of 45 northbound, north of 610.
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not pointing any fingers but the guys with the smaller tires have a harder time with those road hazards. still another reason to go litrebike, or bigger
I just run a 190/55. No need for a literbike and the extra cost that comes with them.
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is going to happen. Houston roads pale in comparsion to Oklahoma's road. I've literally driven from TWS (Texas World Speedway) directly to Oklahoma City only to have my bike bounce free of its straps and fall off the trailer up there. You also have terrible crosswinds up there. Eventually you learn to let the bike wiggle and lean how it wants and to be very loose on the bars. The bike will stay up right if the rider lets it.
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:41 PM   #17
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They will definitely make you pucker.
Making sure you have the correct air pressure helps.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #18
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Just ignore them and let the suspension sort it out. You're more likely to wreck if you try to spot every crack and gap in the road.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:07 PM   #19
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I really hate the long sections of road where they scrape it right before they re pave it... it blows to ride over it!
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Remember all that on Westheimer when they re paved it last year around this time? was squirrelly as on the bike.
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