Originally Posted by rrbarna
Just be careful man... I took my GS500 out 2 weeks ago and crashed it on black ice and now I have $900 in repairs before I can sell it and pick up my 929 in March.
I could, but I will not ride when the outside temp is < 40 F for this very reason. The temp is an arbitrary number, I've ridden below freezing temps before when I was stupid.
Black ice, for you warm weather folks who don't know, is a very, very thin coating of ice on the road that is totally INVISIBLE. In other words, the road looks perfectly normal. Ambient air temp may be above freezing, but if the road temp is below freezing, and there is enough humidity, such as fog or a light mist, it will freeze on the road surface turning it into a skating rink.
My one and only accident with black ice was just outside Peoria one year. On a divided four lane highway I was being passed by a small truck. He was one of those *slow* passers that I hate so much only going 1mph faster, so we were in passing mode for a good while. Eh, so what, I think?
The road was clear. We had only a slight mist of rain, and had been that way for several miles. Suddenly, just when Mr. Truck was nose to nose with me, we both started spinning. He went clockwise, and I went counterclockwise. As he had greater momentum, he passed me and went up the embankment on the right, and I crossed behind him into the center median. Neither car touched each other.
Wife, driving her car a little further behind us, watched it all happen and naturally hit the brakes so as not to join us. She had ABS and that pulled her safely to a stop.
The truck guy came over to see if I was okay. Since I was, and he could get his truck down and back on the highway, he left. I, on the other hand needed to be towed out of the median. Before he left I asked, and found out neither of us had touched our brakes. It was sudden, unexpected loss of control. The scariest thing I've ever done with a car.
So, that's why I won't take the Fireblade (or any other TWO wheel vehicle) on the road when it gets close to freezing temps.