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Yesterday I finished up some work on my bike, I was in the garage about 4 hours, when I went in it was cold, windy, and dry out.

I finished up what I was doing, took the bike down off the lift, and on a whim decided to take a ride to make sure that all was well. I figured I'd turn the bike around, roll out the door and take a quick ride around the block the way I was dressed, then if all was well come back and get dressed for real ride. I always wear at least a helmet, jacket and boots, but I was only going around the block, it's a quiet neighborhood, right? So I could ride 4 blocks at 20mph in sneakers, Tshirt, and no helmet. right? I should be fine, right? What could possibly go wrong?

I hit the garage door open button on the wall, got on the bike as the door went up, and spent the next 2 minutes making a broken U turn in the garage, by the time I was facing the door it was open, the bike was warmed up, and I was ready to roll. As I rolled out the door I noticed that the ground was wet, oh I guess it must have rained a bit while I was in the garage. No big deal. As I started down the slightly sloped, very smooth, well sealed pavement of my driveway, headed for the street I noticed a few more things in quick succession...

1) I noticed that there was no traffic on the road so I sped up slightly
2) I noticed that the roofs across the street looked sort of funny, almost white and glistening a bit.
3) I noticed that the hedges across the street looked funny, sort of shiny, almost like they were coated with something.
4) I noticed that the driveway looked VERY shiny, almost like it was coated with something...like ICE!
5) I noticed that when I tried to slow down and stop my wheels started sliding, and when I tried to put down my sneakered feet they slipped on the BLACK ICE that was coating my driveway!
6) I noticed that I was in immanent danger of falling down, riding a 900 pound touring motorcycle on ice, wearing only a tshirt, sneakers, and no helmet.

Since stopping on the downhill, smooth driveway wasn't an option I gently kept going, hoping that the rougher street pavement and maybe the passage of some traffic would make for a better surface. I skidded again as I hit the street but the road was better and I gently rode around the block, only skidding a bit when I hit a manhole cover before realizing that I had better avoid them like the plague. As I came around the last corner I started to wonder if I'd make it back up the driveway, I wasn't sure but I figured I might as well give it a shot, the alternative was leaving the bike out in the ice storm. I kept a bit of speed on, made a nice wide turn, hit the driveway as close to 90 degrees as I could and coasted up into the waiting open garage door and dry, warm concrete floor.

If you can't be good, at least be a good example of what not to do :)
 
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Man, your story made my hands sweat. Glad you made it.

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From your title I could kind of guess what was coming but reading the story still sent a chill down my spine. Lots of experience and quick thinking saved you.
 

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I had just put the pipes back on the XS400 and adjusted the chain.
My test ride went better than yours. A bit of drizzle, and the bike got dirty from road ****.
Even on a dirt bike with knobby type tyres, it is amazing how quickly they can fall over.

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Mike, you're nuts! The wise thing would have been not to leave the garage, but.....
...since you didn't see the ice 'til you were already outside.....
I would have turned around where the driveway hit the street!!
Today it's absolutely treacherous over here. Everything is a sheet
of ice....and I mean EVERYTHING!
 

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If you can't be good, at least be a good example of what not to do :)
I'd say you managed both that time! Well done, sir!
 
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Hmm, you have me thinking..and now that I finally got my welder wired and working ( it only took me a year) I can get back to some fabrication work.....
:cool:

I wonder about you Mike. I guess next you'll be clearing your commute route...
 

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Mike, you had me on the edge of my recliner and I was sure you were going down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you didn't my Friend. ATGATT
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