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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 08:41 AM
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Ya a freshly graded road is fun but having to drive down one after a rain is all kinds of fun. I don't wish that on anybody but I get caught out sometimes and the only way in is down that 3 1/2 mile slip and slide the county calls a road.
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 09:00 AM
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I run into this now and again, goes with the territory of riding back roads. I don't like gravel, but if you keep your head, think of it as being unpredictable its not all that bad. Biggest things I hate are cleaning the bike, because of the dust and of course finding those rock dents. You will find the bike has more traction than you, just stay off the front brake... I hit a 4 way stop, did a coast through, because the gravel was so loose, my boots kept slipping, bike was fine. Done it on the Sporty as well as this RK.

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take your time not to fast or slow use the back brake have done this lots for many miles rode the alcan where some places were 20 miles of gravel might help to practice the back brake a lil deep mud is worse or deep soft gravel
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Go slow take your time
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 10:39 AM
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The speed depends on the road surface. My dads ultra responds like this,
Lots of soft, loose stuff: you have to get the speed up a bit to get the bike to track straight as stop squirling around, like 35-40.
Smooth, hard tire tracks: you can go cautiously 20 or rip it up 50.
Its the soft stuff thats more of an issue.

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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Kentor1701 View Post

...I want to ride the Harley up there, but they live 2 miles down a rock road.

Some have said no way keep the bike at home do not ride on the gravel, ....
I think it is pretty funny there are Harley Riders saying Oh no Not on gravel

Wonder how much of the roads going coast to coast in 1915 were gravel and mud

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In September of 1915, The Harley-Davidson Dealer magazine reported that the team faced "bad roads, heat, cold, rain, floods, and all such things with a shrug of their shoulders." They had crossed the San Marcos pass in California, enduring temperatures in excess of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The Hotchkisses claimed in The Harley-Davidson Dealer that, while in New Mexico, they had run out of spare inner tubes. Having thought ahead for this predicament, the women cut a blanket down to inner tube length, rolled and shaped it into a doughnut, and stuffed it into the tire. This got the bike through to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they were able to re-supply inner tubes.

In August, the team dipped their wheels in the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco. By just making the trip one way, Avis and Effie Hotchkiss became the first women to cross the United States on a motorcycle. They immediately began the return leg, which included crossing the deserts of Nevada and Utah, and the cities of Reno, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Davenport, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

Avis and Effie Hotchkiss finally returned to their home in Brooklyn in October of 1915. Although they were looking forward to their next trips, they had already ridden their way into the record books and earned themselves a place in motorcycling history.

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Hey stone crab Ya you learn a few things riding dirt bikes...
ha ha ha yea that's right man. ^^^ over 40 years meself. I don't wanna let em pass me if I can help it, i hate eating dust but some of these kids around here play Bo or Luke Duke on these back roads, I'll let them go by. Hmmm tasty. thinking about little Daisy Duke now in them short shorts. anyway what was the topic. ADD kicked in

I'm with Nathang on this. Folks were riding these big heavy sleds in all sorts of weather and all sorts of terrain back in their day. No choice...

What harleybeach sez "Go slow take your time"

Pick yer path so ya don't get surprised.
OP truth is taint nuttin to it an if ya don't know to lightly use the front brake at the right time, stay off of it, especially going down hill.
Pickin tiny gravel out yer legs an arms weeks later is just weird...

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post #18 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 05:21 PM
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Like previous post say gravel is a not a big deal, Earler this year had to ride through 5 miles of mud due to road construction and a thunderstorm I was too scared to stop or try a u turn so I kept on trucking.

One thing from my prehistoric racing days is speed tends to stabilize you ie, do not try to go through heavy gravel at 2-5 mph 15 to 20 is a lot more stable. Also of you do feal like you are getting out of shape roll on the power, not enought to run the back wheel out from under you but enough to straighten the bike out.

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Should be ok as long as you don't get carried away.

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post #20 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Kentor1701 View Post
I even rolled my first car on it.
Just how many cars have you rolled??

Gravel has been no problem for me. About 3/4 mile in and out of the campground probably 50 times a summer. Let the bike track itself. Let it float. Don't try and reign it in.

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