pantablo Posted October 15, 2004 Report Share Posted October 15, 2004 A few weeks ago I had a 'pucker' moment on one of my canyon rides. I've been trying to understand one aspect of what happened. I was riding at a good pace on a deserted canyon road. It was my usual Angeles Crest ride but this was a new canyon road for me, that I usually dont do nor would I probably do again (due to logistics). I was going about 70mph in a left hand bend. I was hanging off a bit, looking through the turn, etc. Then the front end washed out and the front of the bike felt like it went to the right, having lost traction. It chattered a bunch, feeling like the front tire was trying to regain traction (The road was slightly rippled here on further inspection later). Then IT happened. The handlebars quickly went to the left stop ( I mean they felt like they snapped to the left hard). Thats the part I dont understand-what caused it to do this? I quickly saved it and kept riding. I just dont understand that left stop business...When it did this I thought to myself-thats it, Ive done it and I'm about to crash... Anyone know what the front was doing that caused this? In hindsight, I dont think I did ANYTHING like tensing up or "trying" to recover it. That probably saved me. It all happened so fast I didnt realize what it was doing or what was happening until it was over. Its possible I rolled off the throttle but I doubt it. I definitely didnt TOUCH the brakes. I was loose on the bars as far as I know, always am very conscious of that. That probably helped save it too. I dont recall if it fell into the corner more when the bars went left but it definitely didnt stand up. A little background on me might help too. I've been riding now for 2 years. I currently have a 2004 600RR that I have owned for about 5 months, and 4300 miles. Previous to this I learned to ride on a gs500, putting 9000 miles on it. My riding consists (and has always consisted) almost entirely of canyons. No commuting or much street riding, except to get to the canyons. I currently have been riding friday and sundays up at Angeles Crest Hwy in the Los Angeles area and have been for quite some time. I am doing my first track day at Willow Springs in a couple of weeks and look forward to doing several track schools, in order to give me a bigger safety margin on the road. This is my first post but I've been lurking here a bit, off and on. Thanks in advance... pablo- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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