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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question on a riding scenario...

So Friday night took a cruise into the City from the Northern Burbs on 41/94 to see my brother. (works the bar at Sushi X on Diversey... tell em I sent you for a free drink!) (No I wasn't getting a free drink)
I’m chugging along at a 60 mph, nothing crazy and when I went to do a lane change I suddenly felt a slight dropping sensation?
I looked and realized that they are doing construction and putting down layers of black top so I had just “jumped” off a mini curb.

Basically from the left to right each lane has a drop/curb of about 2 inches or so and at that time of night I just didn’t see it.
It wasn’t just a little stretch either… it went on for a few miles.

I’m curious… at that speed or faster if I went to lane change the other way, would I be able to get up onto a 2 inch edge like that?
I just keep thinking I would have gotten slammed to the ground?
Oh.. and if that is the case, be careful riding 41/94 at night!

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you would have made it ok. it might have givein your a little suprise if you are hyper sensative to the ground. but 2" isnt bad at all. even if it had giveing you a bit of feedback you would have looked and noticed it and made a more agressive lane change compensateing for the resistance you would have encountered.

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Ideally, you would not want to gradually come upon it, you would want to do a slight swerve technique to hit the curb at as close to 90 degrees as possible...which is virtually impossible while traveling, but even hitting it at a 45 degree angle will drastically increase your chances of making it (especially if it's an even higher height difference beyond the 2" you encountered) ... just hold the bars tight and FORCE it when you go over it so the curb does not win and push you back off (causing you to run the risk of dumping it..)

basically, it's like if you are riding your bicycle on a sidewalk and 'fall off', you want to swing out and sharply back on, otherwise your wheel gets stuck and you dump it

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I was trying to avoid sounding like I was exaggerating..but I swear that bitch was at least 3 inches!! LOL…

But more or less if I wasn’t prepared for the transition since I didn’t see it at night… If I didn’t crash, I’m certain I would have at least pooped myself.

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otherwise your wheel gets stuck and you dump it
or you get that really bad wobble that forces you the other direction then you get all angry and plow over the "bump" satisfied by takeing an agressive action out on the road. lol

Willard: When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle.
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or you get that really bad wobble that forces you the other direction then you get all angry and plow over the "bump" satisfied by takeing an agressive action out on the road. lol
Same effect... Force it over

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2" isnt bad at all.
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I lean hard into it and force my way up the curb. Works for me.
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ive seen these and they are do-able, not fun though, its just like crossing a low center median to pull into a parking lot

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