I was in a hard right-hander today, and almost panicked when I saw a six-foot wide patch of thick gravel completely covering the road in front of me.
The way I saw it I had three options.
1. I could straighten out the bike, brake and slow, and cross the gravel as upright as possible.
2. I could keep my lean angle, stay toward the inside of the turn, then straighten the bike out to cross the gravel, and immediately go back into my lean to avoid crossing centerline.
3. I could do nothing and cross the gravel leaned over and hope I didn't wipe out. I'm not sure what the chanced were here, but they didn't look good.
Anyway, I went with option 1. I straightened out, braked and slowed to the point where I didn't have to lean much to cross the gravel, and the bike didn't slide out.
I wanted to know what you all thought, if you had other techniques, suggestions, experience, etc.