An ode to learning how to deal with a loose rear end gradually on wet oily roads.
So I leave Spanish Fly and the crew in squish to turn around for home. (They went up farther north).
OMW down the S2S, cruising down a passing lane (area where there is a divider between me and on coming) when with no signal a guy decides to pass the motor home he has been sitting behind for the whole length of the passing stretch. I could see him sitting there behind the thing for the whole down hill stretch, at one point i though he was being towed behind it.
I'm prob going 40-50k faster than he is and we are just about at an right hand corner. Sadly not fast enough to get by him before he cuts me off. So I break which stands me up a bit in what is now the corner. I go way wider than I wanted, but think I'm ok until I see it. Gravel all of over the shoulder (yeah I went that wide).
Bike gets looser but "hey" i think to my self "this isn't that bad" as my rear wiggles a little I relax on the bars and try not to let the wiggle amplify to the back of the bike. WEEEEE! I'm out of the corner and on my way shaking my fist at the guy in the green Ford.
moral of the story
there are many things to may never wish to feel your bike do
when you have a safe time and place its often a good idea to make it do some of them
so its not so bad when it happens for real
for me my rear tire getting a little loose on slick corners on marine drive on my commute everyday saved my ass
loose at 60km on wet road is not much diff from loose at 110-20 on gravel i just had to be faster