Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums banner

Rain + Oil + Sudden Stops = bad!

2309 Views 22 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  ispeed77
I was riding around last night in north San Antonio in the rain. The wet roads really arent that bad, it is more the fact that San Antonio has terrible drainage and that every time it rains, alot of the roads flood like you wouldnt believe. For example, the moron city engineers built a major road, on a dry creek bed. Now what exactly do they think will happen to it every time it rains?

Well anyways...back to the point. I was riding around on a fairly long road that has quite a few businesses as well as very few puddles. Because it was raining I decided to swing by an Auto Zone to buy a shammy or some kind of cloth to dry off my mask which was covered in little tiny dropplets that are too small to be blown away by wind. As I am going along, I realize that I almost missed my turn, so I pull on the brakes and change into the left lane to turn. Ok, I didnt really pull on the brakes...the more accurate term would be grabbed. My rear wheel locked up due to the slick roads and I began fish tailing. This caused my to panic slightly and I just released the front and rear brake....and the clutch. (WHOOPS!) I almost was flung into oncoming traffic because my rear wheel began spinning and the bike was pointed in a different direction than I was headed!!!

Moral / Cliffnotes: When your rear tire locks up, make sure the clutch is pulled in before you let out the brake!
1 - 5 of 23 Posts
Yeah, I am always careful with my speed and angle if I need to ride over wet concrete or wet railroad tracks. I have actually felt my rear tire skid a little when turning onto a street with a wet concrete crosswalk. That was pretty scary (first day riding).
If I do find myself in trouble due to construction ineptitude, then I would be really pissed too. Especially because all of the construction in San Antonio is politically tied, it ends up taking forever and nothing is ever done. For example, one of the access roads in town goes to a T intersection. At this intersection, they closed off an ENTIRE LANE FOR TWO YEARS. Just in the past month they opened the second lane in one direction. I believe they are doing it because a few of the businesses in that area can only be accessed through that road, and one of the businesses there pissed off an entire neighborhood.

Either way, construction sucks and I hate it.
At the time I was trying to slow down AND change lanes (it had a turn only lane...which was thoroughly covered in oil and grime because people actually stop there and wait). Im not quite sure how safe it would be to lock up the front tire, because that might cause me to Stoppie and if I come down off of that at an angle, pain would definitely ensue.
You may have enough experience, but I have only been riding for a few weeks now, so my skills are not quite that good yet.
1 - 5 of 23 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.