Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Was it the shocks or the speed??
Some tires are horrible on Tar Snakes, others not as bad. In my experience on SoCal mountain roads, Michelin 880s, when about half worn, are really dicey on them. The BT-020 radials much better, even those will wake you up on bad tar snakes. I used to ride Sunshine Highway near San Diego a lot, and parts of it had really bad tar snakes. First time, it really scared me, after that I learned to avoid the worst ones, but just let the bike do it's thing. Kinda like riding on dirt. Of course if it is wet, all bets are off. Tar snakes are absolutely SLICK when wet!
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.