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post #1 of 26 Old 09-23-2019, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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tank slapper in the wet!!!!!!

I nearly wiped out when returning from recent trip up north of Scotland the inevitable rain came on.....I would call it light rain after a dry period so roads were slippy.

Under very light acceleration at around 60mph the back wheel span up and back end fished tailed with handlebars slapping side to side....I rolled off throttle eventually bike corrected itself as speed dropped.....I only just managed to stay on bike.


traction was set at 2......i would have thought it would have kicked in anyone else experienced this?


tyres are slightly squared off as I recently bought the bike and was my first decent trip around 500 miles.

also maybe just me but I couldn't get much confidence in the handling of the bike in the dry either the other bikes I've owned (bmw R9T and r1200gs) are much easier to ride fast and inspire confidence……...have to say I'm not feeling the love for this bike at the moment
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Glad you recovered but maybe the suspension setting are off regarding your last paragraph?

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cheers Lou.....I will have a look at suspension settings......maybe just down to the tyres being a bit square
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when my stock tire squared off, took effort to get into a lean and hold it there tire can spin up pretty fast in 2 in the wet
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Leaveitstock that's exactly how it was feeling....reluctant to lean and then want to fall as it went past the edge
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There you go, check suspension, replace tires, bet it's a whole new bike afterwards.
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Tires and wet conditions is what I'd attribute it to. I accidentally fishtailed my GSXR600 leaving work one early dewy morning. I felt like a badass but only because I saved it.

Also, I know some people feel like the GSXS doesn't need a steering damper but it can only help, especially considering how much power it has. I have a Toby Racing steering damper on mine which was simple enough to install. I think someone linked one here recently (from Japan?) for like half the cost.

I saw a video of some guy tank slap his GSXS after a failed wheelie attempt. Vaguely topic related but any excuse to post it:
https://youtu.be/7jxkgnGOvQk

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If the tyres are the original Dunlops I'm not surprised. Exact same thing happened to me in the wet. I'd take a worn Michelin over a new Dunlop. TC didn't kick in for me either

When life throws you curves, lean into them.
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Tires and wet conditions is what I'd attribute it to. I accidentally fishtailed my GSXR600 leaving work one early dewy morning. I felt like a badass but only because I saved it.

Also, I know some people feel like the GSXS doesn't need a steering damper but it can only help, especially considering how much power it has. I have a Toby Racing steering damper on mine which was simple enough to install. I think someone linked one here recently (from Japan?) for like half the cost.

I saw a video of some guy tank slap his GSXS after a failed wheelie attempt. Vaguely topic related but any excuse to post it:
https://youtu.be/7jxkgnGOvQk

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What a ****! Note to self, if you’re going to wheelie at least be ready for it and don’t let your hand slip off the grip

Seriously though, Dunlop’s have never been my favourite when half worn, especially now when the temperatures are starting to drop. I’ve never had a moment when using the R7’s and the Michelin road 5 are even better in the wet and colder conditions.
A new set of rubber, get your suspension base settings set and you’ll feel a lot better


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Feed in a little rear brake, gently. It will pull it into line. No need to slow down.
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