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Folks,
Yesterday my wife and I went to the fair. the only place to park was in a gravel parking lot. Holy [email protected], that was an experience. It was very difficult to keep traction with my boots as we were inching along.
Any tricks for this type of lot, or just hope you do not dump the bike and [email protected] your pants.
 

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DO NOT use your front brake! Rear brake only and get all of your downshifting done before entering the gravel. By doing this you'll find that gravel isn't that big of a deal.
 

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I keep a small piece of plywood 4"x4" for my kickstand..and I use reverse in gravel..........I avoid gravel if it is avoidable !!!!
 

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Gravel and gold wingers do not mix. If anybody ever wanted to rob the wingerville bank, all they have to do is just take a gravel road as their escape route... nobody will follow you! :wink:
 

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Gravel ? no big deal, ride on it everytime i leave home, at least 1 mile
 
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Avoid sharp turns, use your rear break when breaking is
needed and keep a kick stand coaster with you for gravel
and loose packed soil.

Learned the hard way to have a little more respect for
riding situations involving gravel. Layed one down about
20 yrs. ago. Hurt my pride more than my bike but it did
leave me with several scratches and a new lesson from
the school of hard knocks. :lol:


Peace,

Gold Finger
 
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Ed, were's the fair in the state with the gravel parking.

Got'a make a note to stay away.

Cheer's !
 

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DGM said:
DO NOT use your front brake!
You sir are correct. I put my Kawasaki VN2000 down in a rock parking
lot because I used my front brake doing a turn. I was only going about
2 MPH and I received no damage except for my pride as there was
onlookers. :oops: Several weeks ago, I almost did the same thing. I am
having a problem with either swing my right leg out for balance, therefor
I can't rear brake, or just reprogramming my brain not to use the front
brake?

Just sand is scary too.

Herb
 

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slow down
gradual turns
rear brake only
do this-and no problemo senor
 

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USE the 2nd gear. You have more feathering control with the clutch than in 1st.

After taking the ERC course this year I was subjected to a U-turn while group riding over a gravel backroad. That training proved invaluable!

Feather the clutch, don't use the front brake, avoid sharp turning radius, AND maintain a straight forward eye contact NOT looking at the ground.
 

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one more thing...relax your grip on the handle bars. No need to put a death grip on them. Relax your shoulders. Kind of like riding on the steel grating some bridges are made of. Also, if you can, stop as you enter the gravel parking lot and let your co rider off the bike. She can walk to where you park.
 

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Ride it like a dirt bike, lots of gas and fishtailing...show them people what a gold wing can do....But do stay off the front brake.
 

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No Biggie . 3/4 mile each way anytime the 'Wing leaves our property. I think being comfortable on gravel makes one more accomplished as a rider.

Bradford
 

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hennigm4 said:
Ride it like a dirt bike, lots of gas and fishtailing...show them people what a gold wing can do....But do stay off the front brake.
Keep the 110hp powerslide going and pop the clutch in 4th and wheelie over the gravel soon as you hit the pavement grab the front brake and do a stoppie
 

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I never have a problem with gravel...
 

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not to be smart with my answer,but if you can not get thru a gravel parking lot on your wing,then I recommend you never try to ride it to Alaska.I also use 2nd gear but I keep the speed up as high as I think it can stand,If you start losing control back off throttle until you regain it,then accelerate a little.To me this uses the bike to help keep it up.I also think it is good to do some limited riding on dirt,sand and gravel to prepare you for the day you may have to leave the pavement.JMHO.John
 

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I don't see the problem with gravel...

 

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George Lewis said:
I never have a problem with gravel...
I am not going to call you a cheater, because I like what you have done
adding that 3rd wheel. :lol:


Texas Black Bird said:
I don't see the problem with gravel...
Hey, you got dirt holding those rocks together. My gravel was 2" of rocks
over old asphalt. It was like when they throw the marbles under the bad
guys in the cartoons.
 
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