So, nearly took my bike for a slide the other day, and it leaves me curious what I may or may not have done wrong.
I'm a new rider....been riding about 4 months, and never felt something like this on a corner yet, so I'm a bit perplexed.
Last week I was riding, with my girlfriend on the back. We crossed Lions Gate Bridge, heading to West Van area. After crossing the bridge as you may know you encounter the circular off-ramp that connects you onto the road that goes past Park Royal. I approached this and leaned the bike in, at a moderately slow speed (I always ride cautiously with my lady on the back). This off-ramp goes nearly a full 360 degrees.
I circled most of the way no problem, as I've ridden plenty of these since starting riding. About 3/4 of the way around, I felt the bike suddenly drop, like it was gonna lay right down on its side. I managed to catch it, but my heart jumped into my throat and it gave my girlfriend a good scare too. She gave me the 'tap' to pull over once we were right-side up again.
I pulled over as soon as we were over the bridge into West Van to reassure her. Anyhow, I was really not going quickly...not sure on my actual speed, but I'd estimate 40-50 km/h.
My initial thoughts are that i was going *TOO* slow for the amount I was leaned over, especially with the extra weight of a passenger on there? Not sure about that though...thought maybe this might be a known phenomenon that had an answer. Just wanted to get people's thoughts on this...I've noticed it have an effect on my own confidence even when riding alone, I'm tippy-toeing around bends, keeping the bike as upright as I can.