How to survive harsh conditions? So driving on roads imperfect ...

HOG spring 2010 (roughing it)

HOG spring 2010 (roughing it)

Imagine riding his motorcycle in ideal conditions: no rain, no snowy, your roads do not cross railroad tracks, or any slippery gratings, in addition, do not cover the surface greasy oil stains, left there by other cars and trucks. It sounds too good, does not it? Well, because such conditions remain only in the realm of our dreams. The real world, after which we move, it is not perfect. Dangers lie in wait for us at every step, regardless of whether they are predictable or not. But aware of their security motorcyclists not only aware of unexpected events that may occur on the road, but they can also advance to prepare for them.

Anticipate events on the road

We will start to share with you a few proposals of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's SEE in terms of predicting potentially dangerous situations on the road. They can be summed up in three words: search, rate, and perform.

Search: While driving, always examine the area stretching before you. Only in this way you can detect in advance lurking somewhere in the distance danger.

Rate: If you like what you see in front of you, for you can be a potential danger, twice Think twice before you decide what to do.

Do this: When you have decided how to act, then do it firmly, be confident and do not hesitate.

It may happen, and so that you do not wait too long to identify some potentially dangerous changes on the surface of the road, before they arrive. Then it may be too late to respond properly. But there are ways that will allow you to cope in such specific situations.

The roads covered with mud and gravel

The bikers who rode past on a motorcycle sportsmen do not generally have much of a problem getting around on roads covered with mud and gravel. Well, unless as a result of their experience feel too confident, bear their bravado and then completely forget about basic safety rules.

The technique required to drive on such roads no different than that which should be used during normal driving in difficult conditions. You must then first of all to close the throttle and reduced speeds. You should also avoid any sudden movements: braking, cornering or throttle control. It is important also that you looked straight ahead and not down the road, which stretches in front of you. Finally, you must firmly, though not too firmly, hold the handlebars and you can not panic when the engine a little crumbles. In this case, you have to adjust to the movements of his motorcycle, in a word, let him pay.

Use extreme caution when cornering. Maintain a minimum speed and twist as you normally do. During the turning keep the throttle in a fixed position, and when you straighten the bike, accelerate gently.

Of course, mud and gravel roads there are only mud and gravel. You can also be seen on paved roads, especially around corners where the materials brought them when turning vehicles.

Wet pavement

You have to remember that the surface becomes the most slippery and the most dangerous in the first few minutes of rain. And this is particularly true of the roads, which long ago no rain toiled. This is because different substances covering road, sand, dirt, oily goo become slippery, so that the motor loses traction. The worst in this case is left by the vehicles oil, which was previously absorbed by the surface, and now again flows to the surface. Therefore, you need to take special attention to the very beginning of the rain, before the rain does not wash away the road a variety of hazardous residues. Reduce speed and avoid sudden movements: braking, acceleration and sudden steering movements. One of the best ways to drive on wet roads to go through the trail left by the tires of other vehicles. At the point at which just passed another vehicle, there is less water, thus driving behind another car reduces the risk of skidding.

However, if you have no other choice but to drive through puddles of water, then close the throttle to reduce speed, press the clutch and literally Turn away through it. Avoid or make any sudden movements.

If you think necessary, you can also wait out the rain. However, if you decide to go further, it is especially careful at intersections where vehicles, during the execution of turns, generally leak more oil. Also, be careful when you stop and you put his foot on the ground because you can afford to turn ankle on the slippery surface.

Also you need to pay attention to smooth surfaces, such as road signs, railroad tracks, etc. metal plates. Unfortunately, even wet white lines on the road can be quite slippery, so be particularly careful when changing lanes or when cornering.

Snow and ice

Well, the best way to snow and ice is simply to stay at home when snowy and cold. However, if you can not afford it, the first thing, which you absolutely need to realize is that the surface may have a lower temperature than the air, especially if it is in the shade. If during the night the air temperature drops below zero, the next morning, the motorcyclist can be particularly burdensome. If you set out on the road and you can not steer clear of slippery places, then treat them in the same way as puddles. Close the throttle to reduce speed, press the clutch and literally Turn away through it. But remember to look straight ahead and not down the road.

Bumps and cracks

Most of the holes and cracks on roads that are not affected in a significant way on the ride because they are simply too small. However, it happens that they may take the larger size and then may be a problem. If you are unable to evade a larger cracks or unevenness is treat them like railroad tracks, which will be discussed in the next section.

Cracks and holes can also be a problem when they are patched with tar. When it's wet or hot tar can become slippery. So do not underestimate the obstacles and in case of rainy weather treat holes covered with tar-like lumps of gravel or mud. But when it's hot, the most important thing is that you kept a cool head and not afraid when you move to the straw-covered hole and gently slips on it.

Rain water drainage ditches

Rainwater drainage ditches are thin, elongated grooves in the surface, often crossing it across. Their task is to drain excess water from the roadway and providing them with better grip. But while the trenches are such good cars and other vehicles with four wheels, that are not necessarily good for motorcycles. Tires cars or trucks are flat, while motorcycle tires are round, and that means that ditches in some sense they "catch", ie. Abstain. .

Hovering on the trench may not constitute any great danger, but the feeling of "catching" tire may unsettle you and cause it to perform some unnecessary, violent movement. And in this case you rather gently loosen the grip the steering wheel and even if you feel that criticizes your front wheel, then you should adapt to the movements of his motorcycle, not the strength to fight him. You also need to let your hands and arms absorb part of the vibration and absolutely should be looking all the time ahead. If you will remember these few principles, it should be fine.

Railroad tracks

Railroad tracks rather not make too much of a problem when they are dry. Well, unless the journey is neglected, then inequality may be an obstacle. If you managed to hit on just such a sloppy passing it treat it like any other obstacle, release, and tilt the motorcycle so that the wheels entered the track at an angle of 90 degrees. Then, gently lift the buttocks, bend your legs, hold the steering wheel tighter and just before your front wheel touches the tracks, gently open the throttle. Close it while crossing the tracks and look straight ahead.

When the tracks are wet, the angle at which you pass on it is even more important. So you have to try to tilt the motorcycle so that the wheels moving as much as possible perpendicular to the road surface, and you must be careful not to make any sudden and additional moves: braking, turns the steering wheel or throttle control. In those rare cases where the tracks run along the roadway (for example in the city) it is best to avoid them at all. If possible, you just change lanes. On the other hand, if you need to cross the tracks during a turn, then try to not invade at an angle of at least 45 degrees, and the turn do quickly and decisively.

Dear convex

The danger associated with moving the convex surface (above is in the middle lane, and lower on the sides) is that it increases your angle of tilt during turns. So when you move your way convex and you're going to take a turn, then slow down or change lane to make sure that you keep traction. In addition, when it is wet, the water can accumulate in depressions on the road, and this increases the likelihood of slipping. Watch out for these situations and adjusting its position in the lane in such a way to avoid depressions filled with water.

Grating on the bridge

Steel grating on the bridge does not have the same grip as concrete or asphalt, especially when it is wet. So you have to carefully navigate through them. Every time when we are approaching a bridge or a footbridge gently slow down and avoid any sudden steering movements and sudden changes in speed. Just as rainwater drainage ditches, grids can sometimes "catch" your front wheel and accuse the engine. In this case, the most important is that you avoid any sudden reaction. In return, loosen the grip the steering wheel and let your hands and arms absorb part of the vibration.

Mud and spills

Until that on the road there is a danger not need leakage from overturned tanker. The threat of the motorcyclist may be even an ordinary bag filled with a layer of farmland, which fell out of a car or a truck. If you encounter similar obstacles treat her like a lump of mud on the road. If you can not make her get past, then close the throttle, press the clutch, brake and not simply Turn away by it. All the time look straight and avoid performing any additional, sudden steering movements. Let your hands and arms absorb vibrations.

If you come across a large lump of mud or disputes spill, and transit through, could you slow (or even stop), then treat these obstacles such as roads covered with mud or gravel.

In conclusion…

Remember that driving in difficult conditions and an uneven surface boils down to following a few basic rules. Always look carefully at what is happening on the road and possibly predict what might happen. Do not make any sudden movements (not brake, do not open or do not close the throttle, do not turn the wheel sharply), do not panic when you encounter any noise or vibration, and finally look straight ahead and not down the road.

If you remember these basic principles, even imperfect way will you seem more friendly.

REMEMBER! Safety first [ed. Steffek]

[This article was published in "The magazine of the HOG experience" / spring 2010 with the original title: "Roughing it" - inspired translation]

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