Managed to get away to the coast over the weekend which, from where I live involves a two fantastic mountain roads, both listed in the top Australian motorcycle roads. Coming up the Snowy Mountains Highway over Brown Mountain I had a rather scary moment.
The road was empty of traffic, it was cold but not icy, the road surface was dry and it wasn’t raining. Tipped nicely around a tight left hand bend (ok at about twice the advisory speed, 70+ kmh) I hit some evenly spaced corrugations in the tarmac. Only a few inches high, they very effectively robbed me of rear wheel traction and pushed the bike into a pretty unusual corner geometry. The rear was suddenly trying to overtake the front...
I’m still not sure how I recovered it, but I do remember actually saying ‘F#$k’. The following corner was a not so tight right hander and, apart from being a little out of position for the line I was soon back in the groove.
I’ve not seen corrugated tarmac that bad before, especially radiating out like spokes on the apex of a tight corner. Definitely scared me. I’m giving all the credit to the bikes traction control and electronic wizardry, I’m sure all I did was hold on!
This road is prone to landslides and wash aways, I wonder if that was the genesis of these corrugations.
Anyway that speed test of the Illium rear guards will have to wait a little longer