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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-06-2019, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Gravel Road Handling

How does your Wing handle on gravel and/or dirt roads?

I have the Bridgestone tires that are almost new and my Wing feels like a death trap. It's all over the place no matter what speed and/or gear I'm in. Gives you a REAL Pucker Factor!!


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How does your Wing handle on gravel and/or dirt roads?

I have the Bridgestone tires that are almost new and my Wing feels like a death trap. It's all over the place no matter what speed and/or gear I'm in. Gives you a REAL Pucker Factor!!
I can agree there. Just ask Steve and his 5 mile (200 Yards) gravel drive way which he loosens every year with a blade.

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Have done hundreds of miles on dirt/gravel roads and still pucker up when I first hit them. The wing will handle them just fine . You just have to learn to relax and not fight it.
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A car tire can increase the pucker factor by 2. You would think it would be the opposite having a broader surface of contact .

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As Lee noted I have a good stretch of loose gravel to negotiate to get out of my house and on to pavement. It does well to wake you up to make sure you're alert before you hit any traffic.

There are so many different types of gravel roads. The worse are like my road that has a couple of inches of loose gravel on a hard packed surface. I've found that going about 10 MPH with little to no throttle and keeping a loose grip on the steering helps a lot. If you find the sweet spot between giving the bike some room to move without too much room to move you'll be fine.

What scares me more is the loose gravel on hard pavement where a gravel road meets a paved road. It's like hitting a bunch of marbles on the road.

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I hated gravel roads and metal bridges you could see through. I will say the Vette handles the bridges better and it never goes on gravel roads. LOL
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Like many things riding related, operations on gravel are directly proportional to the amount of practice by the rider. As mentioned, don't use a "death grip" on the bars and let the bike do it's thing. They are almost always more adept than we are.

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I will agree riding a large bike on gravel is a bit unnerving but does improve with practice. Obviously I now ride trikes so gravel have become my main mode of riding. I have come across so many interesting areas and sights that can only be experienced via these gravel and dirt roads. Fact is the trike idea was a direct result of my obsession with backroads. Normally I do 8-10k on gravel every year mostly on my Valkyrie but also on wings.

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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-06-2019, 10:37 AM
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A car tire can increase the pucker factor by 2.
Yes, that was very true with my Yokohama tire, the Hankook that I am now running really is not too bad on the gravel. Still don't like the real loose stuff.

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Yes, that was very true with my Yokohama tire, the Hankook that I am now running really is not too bad on the gravel. Still don't like the real loose stuff.
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