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    Reminder - winter sand and gravel

    Many on this forum have decades of riding experience, but for those of you who are semi-new to riding and live in cold climates, just a reminder to be VERY careful when riding in the spring. Your local highway department has spent the better part of 4 months spreading sand and gravel on those roads and it collects where you'd least expect it. My son just learned this as he went to make a left hand turn. His speed would have been fine any other time, but he hit a patch of sand left over from winter and the bike went down. God was with him and he ended up with only a minor rash on his forearm and a bruise on his thigh (he was wearing all the correct gear, which saved him from much greater injury). The bike is none-the-worse for it, with only some scratching on the header pipe, engine guard, and footrest. I am thankful he's ok, but also thankful this happened the way it did. I suspect he'll be ever vigilant from now on and the lesson was learned pretty painlessly.

    So, not to put too fine a point on it, if you're a new(er) rider living in the snow belt and are heading out for the first time after the winter - BE ON YOUR GUARD - sand likes to collect in strange places, especially at intersections, so slow down and take it carefully. You'll save yourself a lot of grief.

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    A heady reminder Ron. Thanks. Glad he's okay.
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    That is exactly how I low-sided my first bike so many years ago.
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    well said!
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    Due to a very mild winter, and no measurable snow, SE Ohio roads are cleaner than usual . . . thank gawd!
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    Might give a heads up to West Coast Riders.

    Lots of falling/fallen rocks in canyons.

    Sand Gravel limbs leaves etc.from storms.

    Still getting runoff in some low lying areas.

    And crossings/usually dry creeks.

    Let's all live to ride............ again.
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    Today was a great day to ride with 15 dig. C. Only a bit windy with up to 25 km/h. I couldn't hold back, filled up the tank and rode around 100 km. It was a real treat. It was also the first anniversary that I got my bike.
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