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Leaves are slippery!!!

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:44 am



I was out yesterday after we had a fair amount of wind and rain blowing leaves down over the past few days. There were a LOT of wet leaves on the road, and you know where they collect - the same place as pea gravel, on the insides of corners. Wet leaves are extremely slippery, and riding over them while in a turn is a sure way to find yourself kissing pavement in a hurry. Be careful out there!

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Re: Leaves are slippery!!!

Postby golden highway » Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:32 pm

The other obstacle I found is the walnuts that are dropping from the trees. Bad if they hit you and bad if you hit them.

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Re: Leaves are slippery!!!

Postby FM-USA » Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:54 pm

golden highway wrote:The other obstacle I found is the walnuts that are dropping from the trees. Bad if they hit you and bad if you hit them.

I found that perplexing.
A walnut falls from the tree and smacks you in the forehead. Does it hit you or did you hit it?
On one hand the falling walnut was doing what it does naturally, you came along and hit it.
On the other hand, did that walnut wait to fall so it can hit you?
We may have to ask both Newton and Einstein on this dilemma. :shock:
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Re: Leaves are slippery!!!

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:18 am

I live on a tree lined street and the trees are sick-a-more trees, we deal with leaves starting in july. because there are so few most neighbors don't bother to clean them up until they are way pass the point where it make a problem for someone on a motorcycle
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Re: Leaves are slippery!!!

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:14 pm

almost dropped the mighty ST 1300 while backing down my driveway, my foot slipped on a dry leaf
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Re: Leaves are slippery!!!

Postby FM-USA » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:05 pm

detdrbuzzard wrote:almost dropped the mighty ST 1300 while backing down my driveway, my foot slipped on a dry leaf

Dry leaf maybe dry on the 2 outer surfaces but still wet inside. Once compressed said internal water oozes out and is the "slip".
An absolute dry leaf can be just as bad. Stepping on it at 90 degree to what it's on has grip but once you pass that 90 degrees that dry leaf becomes (in essence) powder. This powder is a dry lubricant, thus slip.

How do you tell which is more slippery? Step on said leaf[s] and turn around on the ball of your foot. I found the dry leaf has a little more friction but once grip is lost on a tire... you can/will go down.

As for me, I treat all leaves as if they were a layer of snow.

Couple of my invented/dreamed up definitions.
"Tootsie Rollers": Near invisible small twigs. They roll under your toes while stopped.
"Toe Coasters": Layers of wet leaves under your toes while stopped.
"Pavement Sliders" : Layers of wet leaves under your tires while riding.


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