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Just come home for a ride on the TA and coming around the last Left hand corner that I’ve been around hundreds of times before the front wheel hit loose gravel on the road and tried to slip away from me mid corner at 20mph. Thankfully I managed to stay upright by kicking out at the road to bring me back up right mid corner which in turn scuffed the toes on the boots and pulled groin muscle but luckily kept me upright.

What is the best way to stay in control in this situation or was it just bad luck hitting gravel?
 

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Just come home for a ride on the TA and coming around the last Left hand corner that I’ve been around hundreds of times before the front wheel hit loose gravel on the road and tried to slip away from me mid corner at 20mph. Thankfully I managed to stay upright by kicking out at the road to bring me back up right mid corner which in turn scuffed the toes on the boots and pulled groin muscle but luckily kept me upright.

What is the best way to stay in control in this situation or was it just bad luck hitting gravel?

thats what I have donr in the past.. its a natural reaction.. front washouts are usually un recoverable ( unless your Rossi and your knee is down and your holding it with the slidder ..:angel1: )

slight scuff and a groin tweak ... could have been worse..
 

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Totally agree with raymo:thumbup:
I've had three unfortunately should I say memorable front end washouts. Sticking your leg out quickly saved each one.
Would I rather not lose the front end? You betcha!
Actually your leg reacts the same when your rear shoots out too far after an off road berm; again, it saves the day.
 

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Ironically it was 2 years yesterday since I had the crash that knackered my shoulder. Talk about bad luck.

I think I got away lightly this time. But over on the IOW next week with the crap roads so think I’ll take it ALOT slower in the corners just in case.
 

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Ironically it was 2 years yesterday since I had the crash that knackered my shoulder. Talk about bad luck.

I think I got away lightly this time. But over on the IOW next week with the crap roads so think I’ll take it ALOT slower in the corners just in case.
I was in the IOW at the end of May and they had just started a programme of re-chipping the back roads. Result is a lot of loose stones/gravel. Fine, as long as you slow down for corners and make sure not to get in any panic braking situations.
 

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I was in the IOW at the end of May and they had just started a programme of re-chipping the back roads. Result is a lot of loose stones/gravel. Fine, as long as you slow down for corners and make sure not to get in any panic braking situations.
That should be fun then since i'm going over fully loaded with pillion and panniers/topbox Etc..

Sounds like i had a lucky escape by the sounds of it.

I went up to the junction later on in the car and the whole juction has loose stone chips all over but not on the roads leading to and from the junction?
 

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Just come home for a ride on the TA and coming around the last Left hand corner that I’ve been around hundreds of times before the front wheel hit loose gravel on the road and tried to slip away from me mid corner at 20mph. Thankfully I managed to stay upright by kicking out at the road to bring me back up right mid corner which in turn scuffed the toes on the boots and pulled groin muscle but luckily kept me upright.

What is the best way to stay in control in this situation or was it just bad luck hitting gravel?
i have 3 methods of dealing with this sort of situation :-

1 grip the seat tightly between your arse cheeks and hope for the best !!:D

2 bend as far back as possible to kiss your arse good bye !!:D

3 whilst watching your life flashing before you and adding up how much the repair bill will be you'll either be off or you underwear will need changing and you heart rate will be off the scale!!:D

as for the groin strain find a young blonde to rub it better:D:D

seriously
generally its bad luck although if the road has been re-gritted it should have warning signs posted.
may be a gentle reminder too your local highways dept before someone hits it even faster and has a serious off:thumbup:
 

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What is the best way to stay in control in this situation or was it just bad luck hitting gravel?[/SIZE][/FONT]
Motocross boots and pray!! I am pretty sure it is instinct to take a dab, what happens then is down to luck and your speed into the corner. :thumb:
 

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I have had a two wheel slide and managed to keep it by kicking my leg down and having the bikes tank resting against my knee while my foot was on the floor. I shat myself.

Not sure how easy it would be to hold a TA up right by doing same technique.
 

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I shat myself.
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Is that another tip for front wheel slides? :evil4:

Thankfully I now take the same corner/turn a lot slower and closer to the curb.

As for my IOW trip didn’t realise how little grip you have on the front when fully loaded with pillion and luggage with all the weight on the rear tyre. That was a bit of an eye open when cornering :shaking:

Mind you didn’t use the bike much in IOW since it was too hot to be riding around with all the kit on.
 

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As for my IOW trip didn’t realise how little grip you have on the front when fully loaded with pillion and luggage with all the weight on the rear tyre. That was a bit of an eye open when cornering :shaking:
Sounds like a tad more preload on the rear shock would be helpful there Grendel? That or a lighter pillion.... ;)

If you opt for the second approach as a suggestion, you may need::

www.divorcelawyers R Us.com :D
 

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I have had a two wheel slide and managed to keep it by kicking my leg down and having the bikes tank resting against my knee while my foot was on the floor. I shat myself.
It beats the alternative I guess, but that is a fairly good way to screw up your ankle something awful.

As for my IOW trip didn’t realise how little grip you have on the front when fully loaded with pillion and luggage with all the weight on the rear tyre. That was a bit of an eye open when cornering :shaking:
Ayep. The real fun starts when you're running TKC80s at not quite enough pressure. Handling like a pig on ice, blimey. :shock:
 

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How easy is it to adjust the rear shock on the bike?

Do I need to remove the rear wheel?

According to a couple of garages (who probably wanted to sell me another one) it is too soft but considering I was used to the old knackers shock that was rock hard with no dampening I have no idea how firm it should be?

 

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How easy is it to adjust the rear shock on the bike?

Do I need to remove the rear wheel?

According to a couple of garages (who probably wanted to sell me another one) it is too soft but considering I was used to the old knackers shock that was rock hard with no dampening I have no idea how firm it should be?

Gotta say I cannot remember how to do the 600, my memory does not stretch that far back very well I am afraid! :(
 

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cant be too different form 650 alp:eek:.

remove battery box and side pannel forst exposing spring and locking top nut,
then with suitable drift [large screw driver] tap top locknut anti clockwise to losen then nock bottom nut clockwise about 10mm towards bottom of shock then tighten locknut and replace other bits . [compression]

This will raise the rear suspension a little:D so get your high heals out, and wind preload up to nearly full .
 

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I agree with winding the rear shock up :thumbright: mine was a pig until I sorted the suspension out, the slightest side wind and I felt like the front was going to be blown from under me :eek: now Catherine and I fully loaded will be going to the Alps in August and did Ireland last year no problems at all :thumbright:
 

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On the two occasions I have done it, I have responded quick as a flash by falling off.

:thumbup: Seems straighforward enough! :confused::confused::confused:

Note the cunning use of the elbow.
He must have sliders there as well.
 
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