Pay attention to loose gravel.
I have never ridden on the road at this time of year up north. There is A LOT more gravel than normal in certain areas.
2 errors were made:
1.) I failed to adjust my front brake lever on my vulcan 900, coupled with super thick gloves, I chose to have my fingers UNDER the lever instead of over. This delayed the reponse time making stopping too late. I corrected by changing the dial on the brake lever to be on highest setting thus making the lever closer to the grip, making it impossible to put my fingers under it.....
2.) I had been riding on this road long enough to observe gravel, and decreased speed properly around prior turns, but failed to decrease speed properly on approach to this 4 way intersection. Thankfully there was no other cars on the road, and the intersection could be seen very far away. The back tire skidded and the lazyness of not grabbing the front brake together with the rear brake could be been disasterous.
Per our motorcycle safety course, they instuct the use of BOTH brakes together every single time. I usually do this with exception to having frozen fingers inside thick gloves. I tend to favor the rear brake. BAD idea......
Friends of mine with over 30 yrs of riding also get tripped up over gravel. I have sure learned my lesson..............
-2006 Yamaha Stratoliner XV1900, 13k miles.
-2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900, 14k miles, Blue Collar Bobber Build.
-1976 Kawasaki KT250 trials - all original.
-1975 Kawasaki KT250 trials - beater.
-1975 2x Suzuki RL250 trials bikes.