Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Hot Springs, SD
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
in the beginning. Did not end all that well. I decided to do a Black Hills outside loop ride. Hot Springs up Hwy 79 to I90 then west to Spearfish. Then south on Hwy85 through Deadwood/Lead to Newcastle, Wy. East to Custer and then south on 385 to Hot Springs.
Leaving Lead headed south climbing the pass into Wyoming I hit some small showers...........I was expecting them. Then it started raining heavy and changed to pea sized hail/slush balls. Took less than 20 seconds and the road was "white". I started slowing when it started raining hard but before I could get stopped (without using brakes) the road was covered in slush and the bike started sideways. No way to stop it or save it.............the nice thing about going down on/in slush it that you slide nicely. No harm to the body except for a cold/wet ass. The bike didn't fair as well. Broken right front turn signal with cracked fairing (I had removed that metal retaining plate), broken right hand guard, bent rear brake pedal, bent up right highway peg/bracket, and scraped the right saddlebag a bit. After picking the bike up (quite easy) and inspecting it I turned around and returned the way I had came. Rode it home with no problem. My insurance is $500 deductable so I think I'll just fix it myself. Everything is repairable (I have a plastic welder). Spring riding in SD....................I'll pay closer attention next time I see rain clouds.
Last edited by Duffy; 05-22-2017 at 04:01 PM.