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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Beach Riding

I'm headed off for a week of surfing at the end of the month and plan to bring the bike. Anyone around here ever ride around sand? Any tips? I know I'll have to be extra cautious, especially turning into lots and all... I had one hell of a slide over the weekend for the first time. There was a big patch of fine gravel and sand in a corner shaded by a tree. I don't really know what I did, to be honest but I was able to regain traction. My partner said it looked like I was trying to steer thru it by the way my bars were going back and forth. I think I let off the gas some but I shouldn't do that, right?

Also, I was wondering to what extent can I soak the bike down with a hose? Can I spray up and under it? I'm worried about the sea salt in the air eating away at my baby... I plan to keep her covered but you know how there's like a mist that coats everything at the beach... Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 08:46 AM
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A full hose down won't hurt anything. Since this is a limited engagement you shouldn't have to worry about significant rusting. Just wash it throroughly on the exposed parts, maybe over the top of the engine. The only place I'd probably not be too keen on getting under/behind is the dash since there's lots of instrumentation in there and few metal mechanical parts (so it shouldn't really matter).

As for sand, as with snow, steadiness and smoothness are key. The bike will catch its own grip once it finds sufficient friction on a cleaner surface so in a corner, keep looking and steering where you want to go, making any adjustment that might avoid less than favorable road now in your view.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-05-2008, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Kan, helpful as always.

The little main road down there gets pretty sandy this time of year.. Time to work on my traction management skills.
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