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Old 10-29-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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Almost crashed... almost!

Was going down 59 towards downtown. It being around 5pm, rush hour kicks in. Ironically the incident did not involve any cars, the problem started when my front tire catches itself inside one of those "grooves" from past construction on the road. The groove lead to a deeper hole, going at a "moderate" speed my front tire starts to wobble violently! Staying calm I just held the handle bars are tight/steady as I could and eventually I gain control of the front tire. This all happens under 5-7 seconds, though within those seconds you think how painfull this experience is going to be . Luckily I didn't crash, and went on to my normal commute..
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:30 AM   #3
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Yea those f-ing cracks get me sometimes to. Glad you made it out safe.
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scary, I know that is bound to happen to me. Glad to know there is at least a chance that I'll get out of it without eating some asphalt.

Great news on not spilling over bro!
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Usually when you get tank slappers your supposed to loosen you grip up on your bars and it should straighten back up, that might not have been the case for you though.

good save
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:28 AM   #8
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happy nothing bad happened. do you mean those black tar lines on the road? i hate those things, i call em 'tar snakes'
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:02 AM   #9
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glad you saved it...
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Glad you stayed calm and managed your way out of a bad situation. Good save.
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gotta be extra cautious when you get near construction zones. there's plenty of hazards there like grooves (which you know), obstacles in the road, nails, gravel, etc.

sounds like you did alright for yourself this time though, good job!
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Ive always heard that if you get in a tank slapper, that you should lean back on your bike a little (to take some weight off of the front tire) and accelerate some and that it will fix itself ... is that true?
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Ive always heard that if you get in a tank slapper, that you should lean back on your bike a little (to take some weight off of the front tire) and accelerate some and that it will fix itself ... is that true?
add a little rear brake too and you should be okay... if you have time to react properly anyway.
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Be glad you don't ride on the south side. With all of the construction that 45 has been through, the cracks and uneven paving are ridiculous! If I HAVE to ride 45, I know not only what lane, but what PART of each lane I need to be in to avoid as many as possible. These people in the road crews don't take us poor 2-wheelers into consideration when they work on the roads. there are places where the seperations in the concrete are almost 2" wide and some places where the asphalt meet concrete that can have around a 1/2" difference in hieght.
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The biggest thing that I've found in 25 years is to NEVER ride right next to one. If I see one (crack), and I DO have to cross it for some reason, I go over it with as sharp an angle as possible cross-line to avoid getting caught in it. Railroad tracks are even worse. I ride an old-skool Gixxer, and I lay down on the tank a lot more than the newer bikes do. I really can't get much weight off the front tire.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:34 AM   #17
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Was going down 59 towards downtown. It being around 5pm, rush hour kicks in. Ironically the incident did not involve any cars, the problem started when my front tire catches itself inside one of those "grooves" from past construction on the road. The groove lead to a deeper hole, going at a "moderate" speed my front tire starts to wobble violently! Staying calm I just held the handle bars are tight/steady as I could and eventually I gain control of the front tire. This all happens under 5-7 seconds, though within those seconds you think how painfull this experience is going to be . Luckily I didn't crash, and went on to my normal commute..
Dont ever do that again
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IF YOUR BIKE STARTS TO WOBBLE, JUST CHILLAX AND IT WILL STRAIGHTEN OUT BY ITSELF.

just remember the bike doesnt need you on it to go in a straight line
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:19 AM   #19
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Stop Shaking

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Survival Reaction #2
Again, by survey of over 8000 riders, the overwhelming choice for
runner-up in the "unwanted riding conditions" class is: too tight on the
bars. The same triggers that cause roll-off/roll-on also fire up this
unconscious action. And yes, it is the sole* reason for the message your
arms and hands are sending home to you. The message is: Please send
oxygen, we are overworked and starving.
My first inclination* is to simply say, "relax on the bike", but,
because we're dealing with SR's, it's not that easy. If there was a way to
simply hot-wire (bypass) these reactions, I'd tell you, but there isn't. But we
can handle them, using education as our primary tool. So let's get smart
about holding on.

No one is strong enough to stop this from happening. In fact, if you
did stop it, the bike would instantly wobble violently and be totally
out of control. The good news is that if your bike is basically tight
(steering head bearings not excessively worn, forks and shock not sticking,
etc.) the head-shake stays up front and does not transfer to the rest of the
bike. The bad news is that these head shakes are transferred, back
through the rider, after SR #2 has kicked in.

Riding a dirt bike in deep sand offers a dazzling* example of this
principle*. Hold tight and the bike feels totally unstable and ready to crash;
loosen up and it goes straight, even though the front end is working backand-
forth. Riding over rain grooves cut in the highway can offer a milder
sample of the same principle.

The process of Head Shake
begins when the tire hits a
ripple and, along with the
suspension, compresses.
This throws the wheel
slightly off-center.

When the suspension and
tire release, the wheel is light
and flicks back toward a
centered position, but again,
slightly off-center.

Still off-center when it loads
again from the next ripple;
again it is flicked past its
centered position.

The cycle of flicking back
and forth repeats as the
front-end seeks to stabilize
through this automatic and
necessary self correcting
process.

Relaxed on the bars allows
the front-end shake to remain
in the front. Stiffening on
them, transfers it, through
your body, to the whole bike.
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that's good information NoFear.
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