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Old 10-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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strange road groves parallel to direction of travel

Some groves were deep and they all kind of warble back and fourth. It was on 96 (League city pkwy heading east toard the bay before S. Shore).

It looked like they had beeen removing some of the road surface, I guess to prep for resurfacing. Quite a decent stretch too.

It was a really strange sensation to ride. The back end feels like it has a mind of it's own. Didn't really know what to do but keep on the gas and it was fine.

Anyone know what they are doing or what it the groves are for?

What is the best way to ride it?
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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It was like this for awhile in Pearland on 35 when parts were resurfaced. The bike wiggled some, but went straight for the most part.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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its for resurfacing.
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Some groves were deep and they all kind of warble back and fourth. It was on 96 (League city pkwy heading east toard the bay before S. Shore).

It looked like they had beeen removing some of the road surface, I guess to prep for resurfacing. Quite a decent stretch too.

It was a really strange sensation to ride. The back end feels like it has a mind of it's own. Didn't really know what to do but keep on the gas and it was fine.

Anyone know what they are doing or what it the groves are for?

What is the best way to ride it?
They have all that fixed now but the machine used to take the old surface off the road makes those groves and you are right, it is a weird sensation as your bike follows those grooves.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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Anybody remember the old Kemah draw bridge?
At the top it had a metal grate for the road surface (that was the part that raised and lowered).
It was creepy to feel your bike wiggle around as you rode across it, but what really made the hair stand up was looking down and seeing water and boats going by, way down below.
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Anybody remember the old Kemah draw bridge?
At the top it had a metal grate for the road surface (that was the part that raised and lowered).
It was creepy to feel your bike wiggle around as you rode across it, but what really made the hair stand up was looking down and seeing water and boats going by, way down below.
It REALLY sucked with K81s.

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There's a section on Allen Parkway near the Shepard overpass that's had grooves in it for the last 7yrs, or longer. Never figured out why, but they make my bike nervous.
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What's the best way to ride when you come across these grooves?
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staying calm is the most important thing. Just keep steady on the throttle and let the bike ride the grooves. I remember there was a backroad I was riding a year ago. I don't remember where it was exactly, I know it was in between the woodlands and magnolia. But there were two quarter mile stretches of the pavement becoming almost nothing but these thick grooves in the road. Scared the out of me but I kept her cool and easy and just let the bike do its thing.
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I have the "__pucker_______" effect when on a groved lane and the next is paved, then from it trying to switch to a higher pavement while on the freeway
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me off when they started on 96. The road was just done before they started working on it. My car was going crazy on it.
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Steady throttle, keep your shoulders and arms loose and just let the bike roll through it. Yeah the grooves will grab your tires but with momentum and the spinning of the wheels you will stay upright.
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Motocross style...

The bike wants to stay upright. Stay relaxed, and let it move under you. When you fight the bike, you get in trouble.
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I have the "__pucker_______" effect when on a groved lane and the next is paved, then from it trying to switch to a higher pavement while on the freeway
Yeah, I watched my son launch his RC51 on 288 when he switched to the repaved lane. No drama for him, but...

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If you ride in front of MM park you can ride in the grove for the new light rail.

Me playing on the versys yesterday, asking to get hurt lol I'm on Pilot Power 2s...
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they had 1960 tore up like this for a while it was extremeley difficult crossing over the jacked up road from a perpendicular street much less riding straight down it.

Also, anyone else notice the steel "supports" that run across the hov lane? at the 290 Mangum On ramp, theres one right on the take-off entry and every time it rains or is wet I can feel the back tire literally lose all traction as it goes over that 6"-1' wide bar. Def. just as weird of weirder than riding on these types of grooves. Anyone experience this one?
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riding the future light rail gives the same feeeling when your rear gets in and out of the grove.
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