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Old 02-11-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Exclamation Sugar Land sand trap!

Sugar Land riders,

Beware of this corner: northeast bound Hwy 59 frontage road: turning east onto University. This is near the UH Sugar Land campus. Local construction trucks have dumped a nice spread of sand and gravel completely across this sharp turn. Fortunately I had slowed way down, and saw the trap before I entered it. Even with staying as smooth as possible, my front tire skidded more than a bit, then my rear skidded also as I was moving maybe 15 mph. If I had taken it at twenty and accelerated thorough the turn: guaranteed downer experience, and there can be a lot of traffic at this intersection. So, beware!

Otherwise I had a honker try and honk me through an intersection, that is pretty normal: some lady in an old Dodge Van in a big hurry. The ride today was cool on the temperature side, but lots of fun. Friday was a wash out. Tomorrow looks pretty good.

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Thanks for the warning... I often ride in that area.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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Excellent updates on adverse road conditions!
Thanks, wish more riders would do this.
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Yea this is some good info. It can save lives
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Thanks for the helpful info. "PRECIATE YOU
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Thanks! On yesterday's ride, and I was going hard and fast, I got one of those "messages". If you read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the author talks about intuition while riding. I got, the curve...then THE CURVE. So, I slowed way, way down, neither braked nor rolled on the throttle...and relaxed and played dirt bike.

So, pay attention to those messages, they can save your life. , it is too cold for me to ride today. I guess I will go lift weights and sit in the steam room and contemplate either the Street Triple R or Duc EVO 1100. I just can't decide if ABS is critical, or not....I wonder if ABS would have made a difference in the sand trap? I doubt it.
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I just can't decide if ABS is critical, or not....I wonder if ABS would have made a difference in the sand trap? I doubt it.
If I had to brake hard in sand I'd rather have ABS than not.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:47 PM   #8
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Bevo,

Thanks for your ABS comment. My search for the "perfect" next bike has stuck on the ABS question. I love the Triumph Street Triple R, but the Ducati Monsters have ABS. The Ducs cost more, but have air cooled engines as a possible additional negative point. The Ducs appear to have all their engine performance at low revs, and the Triumph triple is more linear. Of course, trying to ride these bikes as a test is difficult, perhaps not possible. One more domino fell today leading to the decision, and I may pull the trigger based on my best guess. If it was today: I would choose the Triumph with likely the Monster 796 ABS as second choice, maybe the 1100 EVO if I was feeling "rich".

It looks like a wet spring and maybe summer. ABS has got to have value riding on slicker roads. Unfortunately a lot of bikes are not offered with ABS that I want.
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