Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Calabasas, CA, USA
Motocross experience comes in handy...
The other day I come around a curve... rather tight curve... almost a horse shoe.
Just out of sight from entering the curve there is a pile of big dry slippery as hell oleander leaves blow out there by some idiot gardeners.
I was not going very fast, but ended up doing a two wheel drift.
Two things saved me. First I had shifted my weight, both hips and shoulders, despite not really needing to for the speed I was at. Second I had dropped gear, even though I did not really need to as the K1200gt pulls nicely even at 2,000 rpm to come out of a curve when driving on the slow side.
So I pointed the front wheel in the direction I was drifting and opened up the throttle just enough to avoid the bike high siding when it grabbed the asphalt again. As soon as I felt it bight I opened up the throttle and doing a little burn out I reengaged grip to the road without getting flipped high side.
So all that drifting on track and asphalt lots with my dirt bikes paid off.
That said I don't ever what to play this sort of game with a K1200GT.
I pulled over right away and charged over to the idiot gardeners ..... I felt like slugging on on the back of the head, but did not need to... he run ff and slipped on the very same leaves landing flat on his ass.
TIP OF THE DAY.
On twisty roads, even if you are riding moderately slow shift your weight, both hips and shoulder. It's good for your back and it will give you an extra safety margin if there are surprises around the corner.