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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Almost lost it!

Had the Wing out to run down to the autoparts store and was driving down a city street with a 35 MPH limit. I live in a city that is on the Missouri River and there are many boats in town. Many times, the boat owners will take out their drain plug as they drive home and you will see a streak of water in the middle of the road.


I saw this very same thing and thought nothing of it. As I was driving around the 'S' curve here in town, I drifted over into the 'water'. Suddenly the bike slid violently to the right as I was turning left into the curve. The skid stopped once I got out of the slick and I had to use my left leg to catch my balance. OUCH! I recovered but hit the slick again as the curve turned to the right and repeated the process over again. Thankfully I kept her upright but my heart sure worked double time.


I followed the trail of wet and about 10 blocks down the road, it turned into a fast food parking lot where I found an old mid 70's Chevy LUV pickup that someone was driving. Underneath was a large puddle of oil and the owner was looking at it.


Ends up he rebuilt the truck and motor and didn't use a gasket on the oil plug. It came loose and dump its content while he was driving down the road. I discovered that what I thought was water was 10-30W oil. And boy was it slick. Thankfully I didn't hurt the Wing and my sore leg is feeling better. However, I learned my lesson and will always steer clear of any fluids when ever possible.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 02:51 PM
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Well that is never a good feeling. Sounds like you pulled it off with just a few sore muscles and a rapid heart beat.

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I'm all ways leery of any dark spots on the road surface especially if it is a long trail.
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I've never done a skid on the road, but had a similar experience parking in a spot at an auto parts store.
I guess they don't worry about the oil leaks in the middle of the spaces.
I learned my lesson there and will definitely watch out for streaks in the road after reading about yours.

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When I was 16 I dumped my Honda 80cc scooter on a patch of diesel, as I passed by the city bus maintenance building.

That got my attention!

I'm glad you're okay from what was otherwise a certain spill.

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I have at times had the front tire slide out sideways just as I pulled up to an auto-parts store...

just took once to remind me to stay away from the oil pan area at those places.

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Back in Summer 1996 a buddy and I went for a few days ride to Mid Ohio for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, I was in lead on the 1200, he behind on his FLHTC ..... over on Rt 60 in West Virginia near Rupert or Rainelle as I recall. Roadway ran in a right hander which straightened and then went into a left hander. It seems there a slight rise there.

I slowed (maybe 40) as we enter the first right hand turn. I straighten up to set up for left and as I do so ..... here comes a flat bed wood truck around that next curve which is a left to us .... and as he is maybe mid curve ..... I see something white slide off the bed and land in the roadway in my lane in the curve .... it's a big plastic jug of OIL (looked like a 2.5 gallon jug like Rotella comes in) .... and it busted and splattered all over the right lane .... and there's still this truck in the oncoming lane .... and no other lanes .... and this is right there in front of me ..... too close for me to stop.

All I could see to do was tighten my line towards the center line in a snap and then just before entering the oil .... stand the bike up straight and ride straight through hoping I had enough room and traction left afterwards to finish my turn to stay on the roadway. I felt the rear wiggled a hair as I exited the oil splash, I was concentrating on staying off brakes and feeling the front for slip as I gently leaned to finish my turn .... ending up all the way over on the far right hand edge of US Rt 60 almost in the dirt .... whew!
I looked in the mirror only then to see my buddy looked stopped .... but he was just "tip toeing" through the oil in a coast .... and when I saw he was actually moving I continued to the very next place for coffee. He told me over coffee that he was amazed I didn't go down .... he too had seen that jug come off the bed and just had more distance to brake.
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