A lot seems to depend on conditions/variables. When it gets up to a certain temperature they can get pretty greasy. I talked to the guy/Executive Director of ABATE of IN today and mentioned that i also feel like certain bikes lean more than others and depending on the tire and conditions, that could exacerbate the issue. He seems to have a theory that its how the tar is applied and to what thickness. Gotta agree and am gonna guess that applying it too thick so it sits above the road surface could possibly be an issue. Seems like they always get me at slow to moderate (within speed limits) speeds while cranked over, now if im doing 60mph, whether thats the speed limit or not, it seems to have less of a effect. Maybe because of the speed and recovery time/overall balance of the bike if that makes sense. The "squirm" seems to be less at high speeds although im sure in the right conditions a tar snake on a hot day or something could easily lay the bike down at 140+, certainly.
Ive never had a huge problem with them but ive had many times where they give just enough of a problem to make my ass pucker more-so than other times im riding. Im probably equally as aware of tar snakes as i am of everything else on the road, thats how much thought i put into them - not simply a forgotten thing but a very conscious awareness.
There are certain places that are bad too. I have a stop light near me where i sometimes have to pull a Lefty (I SO avoid those!). From a dead stop, light turns green, let the clutch out as im turning/leaning left over those evil tar snakes and the front gets squirmy nearly every time unless things are just perfect. Ive had full on slips with the front before on tar snakes where i damn near have to swallow my heart afterwards...now if the back squirms out or kicks out a little, thats controllable and easily so for most of us, the front - i really feel like you need some miles under yer belt to really get the feel of that weirdness when it slips. Most of us should be good if/when the rear slips but the front is a whole nuther deal.
But yea, seems like painted lines are just as bad if not worse at times - really scares me if its wet!! - Tar snakes can also be nasty when its wet! I feel like if the temp drops to around 60 they seem to harden a bit then if they're wet - whoa!!!
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