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Old 04-23-2012, 07:18 PM   #41
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You did exactly what you should have if you exited the corner safely and didn't hit anything. Don't doubt yourself, and remember this is the exact kind of experience you were talking about not having before the skid! Overthinking it next time is probably more dangerous than using your reflexes. Your reflexes were spot on, and you probably countersteered without realizing because it felt natural and your brain is an AMAZING physics calculator. Kudos!
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:11 PM   #42
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Hi. New here. Wanna cough up a point.

In the MSF class they teach you to stand the bike up straight before decelerating/braking. The reason, they said, is that those things disrupt the leaned-over physics of a bike.

So at the very least, not interrupting your turn with braking or decelerating gives the back tire a chance to re-grab. Whatever upset it could be temporary: a patch of oil, sand, or paint stripe. Likewise, gunning the throttle could also let the tire take advantage of the break of traction to continue to spin, spin, spin.

On a dirt bike I've saved my ass many times by rolling the throttle back. I think that's a different beast, though. A dirt bike is always in some state of broken traction that you're constantly correcting.

So ultimately, if the break of traction is temporary then the best thing to do is stay the course. Correct steering as need be but keep your output as constant as possible in hopes that it locks back up.

But like many said, it's different in every situation.

Tell ya this: it was 20F and my old-ass tires were hard as rocks. I stopped, made a right turn, when my 90 degree turn was 89 degrees finished I rolled on the accelerator and that crazy old back tire decided it wanted to lead. Happened in a flash. I have never heard a sound worse than the side of a bike grinding down the road.

So when it broke traction the best choice for me would have been to throttle down, had there been time. So... it's different in every situation.

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Old 07-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #43
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something similar happened to me; I had my back tire go over what felt like a rock while on an angle. The bike skipped, I panicked and roll on the throttle. The bike straighten out.
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:22 AM   #44
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The macadam doesn't have very good traction to begin with. The age of the tire is not such a huge deal - I used a 20 year old metzeler for a long time and it only became a problem when it started cracking between the tread blocks and sidewalls When it started to leak through a crack I retired it - still with some rubber left.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:57 AM   #45
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The macadam doesn't have very good traction to begin with. The age of the tire is not such a huge deal - I used a 20 year old metzeler for a long time and it only became a problem when it started cracking between the tread blocks and sidewalls When it started to leak through a crack I retired it - still with some rubber left.





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Old 09-28-2013, 08:41 AM   #46
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:17 AM   #47
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Yep, hot and humid has some advantages.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:10 AM   #48
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Yep, hot and humid has some advantages.
That is just irresponsibly dangerous, to the rider and traffic around them. A 20year old tire, that only gets replaced when it falls apart. Weather has a minimal effect on tire life.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:50 AM   #49
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