Uneven Lanes On The Interstate?

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Uneven Lanes On The Interstate?

Postby WFox93 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:47 am

OK Gentlemen (and Ladies),

Its summer and time for St. Louis to take on its name of highway construction central (yes I know every city gets it but that's not the point here). What this means is they are finally repaving I-270 which is my most traveled interstate and also one of the primaries in my area. This is fantastic news, nothing makes me happier than new pavement. But the process they take to get there involves removing old pavement or paving on top of the old pavement, which of course leads to those "Uneven Lanes" signs and lanes that have about a 2-4 (maybe more. It's hard to tell) inch difference in height. Bad enough for cars, primarily for tires but its not a huge deal. On my motorcycle however, These things seem like death sentences. I've been able to remember which lanes are impacted and avoid them for the most part but I have had to deal with changing lanes across these things and it aint fun to say the least. So my question...

What is the best was to attack these lane changes that involve a 2-4 inch height difference?
So far I've been going from the far track and cutting across at the sharpest angle I can manage (whilst closing my eyes and praying).
Obviously the best option would be to treat them like rail road tracks but that isn't exactly possible at a 60+ MPH lane change situation.
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Re: Uneven Lanes On The Interstate?

Postby Riceburner » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:04 am

If you must go thru them, not much to worry about getting into them as it's a drop. Just be light on the bar grip and let the bike wander a little as it needs. Getting out of them, I get off the seat a bit and give it a bit of throttle to give the front a chance to lift a bit. Crossing out of them when they are parallel to you, get as much of an angle you can and do the same to get the front a bit lighter.
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Re: Uneven Lanes On The Interstate?

Postby Reserector » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:38 am

I change lanes on bridges when possible. Avoid riding up onto a higher lane. Dropping down is no problem as long as you do it rather abruptly.
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Re: Uneven Lanes On The Interstate?

Postby WFox93 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:08 am

Good to know I'm not missing any secret as to handle those things.
Avoid if possible. If you must hit them use the sharpest and most direct angle feasible and let the bike wobble a bit underneath instead of fighting it.
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Re: Uneven Lanes On The Interstate?

Postby tdah73 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:19 pm

I think you're doing it right - when going up a height change, I also try to do it at a steep angle (as perpendicular to the ridge as possible).
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