Got back from a 1400 mile motorcycle trip and ran into something, and I'm wondering if it's a 'thing'. (Well, 'ran into' is a poor choice of words)
I've got a BMW K1200LT and it's a beastly machine. Folks here have gotten them to lean far enough that the pedals scrape, then the center-stand, then the fairing(!). I'm not that talented.
I'm deep into a segment of the trip and everything's just peachy. The speedlimit is such that 10-15 over is ideal for the corners, the music's great, the temperature is great, everything is perfect. Then we must have crossed over into the next county, or the guy laying out the roads had a bad morning or something. I find myself leaning tighter and tighter into the turn and it keeps getting sharper and sharper (decreasing radius), and I'm clearly entering it too hot. I'm talking to myself saying "dig it in, dig it in", and I manage to get through the turn, leaning the bike over farther than I probably ever have before.
You can see the lean level on the photo I took the next day:
, on Flickr
Anyway, I spent the rest of the trip with an uneasy feeling due to the scare. If I powered through the feeling, I could hit the curves and do okay, but it still really wierded me out.
I've also found that there are certain conditions (down hill, right turn, so you can't see what happens, it's obscured by the mountain) really freak the crap out of me.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Tell me to 'Man up and move on!'?