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    I don't know if they do this in your area but in recent years instead of repaving local side streets, they lay a thick layer of pea gravel on the road and let the residents work that in. I have ran across it unexpectedly and for that first week or so, it is super unstable to ride in, especially turning. We live in a cul du sac and there are only a handful of residents here so not a lot of traffic to work that gravel in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MN-Winger View Post
    I don't know if they do this in your area but in recent years instead of repaving local side streets, they lay a thick layer of pea gravel on the road and let the residents work that in. I have ran across it unexpectedly and for that first week or so, it is super unstable to ride in, especially turning. We live in a cul du sac and there are only a handful of residents here so not a lot of traffic to work that gravel in.
    They do the tar and chip treatment on many roads down here. Spray a coating of asphalt down, then a layer of crushed granite. The crushed rock has sharp edges that is tough on tires, and even after it is run in and all the loose stuff is off the road, it is still rough and noisy to ride on. Depending on traffic it can take a month or more until there is no loose stuff on the road. Overall a real PITA.
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    They don't use pea gravel in my neck of the woods, they used to do the chip seal. As was stated above, sharp edges and hard on tires. The last couple years the state of California has been doing alot of capping with asphalt. I'm sure not complaining about the roads that they repave, very nice. Paying for it with all that printed money though.
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    It will be a little tricky for awhile, but in the long run is cost effective.
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    The do it here in Arkansas as well...People won't slow down in the temp posted zones and it's hell on windshields. Be careful and watch the turns for a month or so.
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    I don't know what's worse, chip sealing or streets whose condition is like the Road of Bones. That seems to be the choice in my neighborhood once the frost heaves have done their damage (i.e., some are too bad to chip seal but not enough money to fix properly).

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    It's even worse here, there leaving the road alone and taking away my meadow and gonna build houses... bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jburd View Post
    It will be a little tricky for awhile, but in the long run is cost effective.
    Yes, it's COST EFFECTIVE for the state, local jurisdiction or who's ever in charge of that operation. They really don't give a rats a$$ about the people, the tires, the floating gravel pieces that get picked up and lodged in tires only to be thrown out at higher speeds into windshields and chip up the paint on hood edges and grill, bumpers etc. They "The government" states that it's a "longevity" thing. It lasts a lot longer than standard paving does. The reason, you're driving on "Rocks" not sand and oil with a glue in it.

    Well, we too live on a cul-de-sac and, there was no reason in hell that they needed to do it. The pavement was flawless that was already there. But, after a few phone calls, I finally got to a high enough supervisor who stated that the "computer" said it was time for a coating on the road and that no one had actually sent an inspector out to see what condition the existing pavement was in. They simply ordered up the "Crap" coating based on the computer telling them to. Great system huh? They hadn't started just yet and that supervisor came out for a look. He was a bit embarrassed. He said there's no way our road needed any coating or maintenance but, THE GEARS WERE IN MOTION and there was nothing he could do about the install of the chip coat.

    Our neighbors were so pissed. They had kids falling off bikes, kids running and slipping and falling because the "glue" did not hold the chips. We all called again and, they came out and re-coated the entire street again.

    Since that coating, our street has been recoated with a rubber/asphalt/micro chip high tech coating that, while seriously better, is not the smooth pavement it was when we moved in 19 years ago. Oh well. That's our government for you.
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    Find out what agency is doing the gravel. Explain your situation and see if they can make some passes with a rubber tire roller or even better a vibrating roller and this will go a long way to improving your motorcycle travels. If all else fails a case of beer to the site foreman may get you what you need!

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    In my area they use to tar and chip, now they tar and use ground mill slag. you wouldn't want to go down on it, roads are like 00 grit sand paper. The mill slag edges are very sharp and never round over.

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    chip seal seems to work very good around here
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    Near me is a 1/4 mile stretch that has crushed glass in it. Man does that make the tires sing. And it sparkles in the head lights.

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    We have a 80-90 degree bend, marked at 40 mph (most folks are going faster) in the road I take to work. There is a gravel quarry nearby and the dump trucks always seem to leave stuff in that corner. In the early morning it blends in and you don't see it until you are slipping around on it. I did that one day with the wife on the back and she mentioned she noticed the loss in traction (usually she doesn't complain about my riding style).

    I have learned to come up on that corner on the inside (at the apex as they say) which gives me room to slip to the outside if necessary. I also take it rather upright so I don't low side.

    This company leaves this pea gravel in the road about 2-3 times a month...unacceptable!

    As for the roads in Florida they used crushed sea shell. Since it is a living organism it still gets slimy when it rains and that is some slip sliding fun too so be aware when visiting near our coastal cities. Cheap stuff for the road crews to get however.
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    Here they lay down tar strips (tar snakes) to keep us on our toes until it gets really bad then "chip seal" or resurface with the grinder. All so much fun.


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    They did that to all of the side roads in my area several years back. After it is all worked in, we have some pretty nice roads.
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    They just started a new type of crack sealing in our area. They fill the cracks with a tar type sealant and then spread "black beauty silica" over it. It is very slippery when first applied. I complained to the DPW and it was swept up the next day. Apparently they had planned on leaving it down a few more days. Glad they were responsive and swept it up.
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    Gravel and tar snakes suck!!! ride safe out there kiddos

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    Quote Originally Posted by MN-Winger View Post
    I don't know if they do this in your area but in recent years instead of repaving local side streets, they lay a thick layer of pea gravel on the road and let the residents work that in. I have ran across it unexpectedly and for that first week or so, it is super unstable to ride in, especially turning. We live in a cul du sac and there are only a handful of residents here so not a lot of traffic to work that gravel in.
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    Chip and seal has been used in our area for quite some time with great results. I didn't see it mentioned in any of the previous posts but when the town does it here the company that does the chip and seal uses small limestone on top of the tar and then they roll it in using a large heavy pavement roller. When they are done which is rather quickly, there isn't any loose stone, no tar or anything to cause concern for drivers, bike or cage.
    I think it's a wise use of my tax dollars - imho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hummingbird View Post
    Chip and seal has been used in our area for quite some time with great results. I didn't see it mentioned in any of the previous posts but when the town does it here the company that does the chip and seal uses small limestone on top of the tar and then they roll it in using a large heavy pavement roller. When they are done which is rather quickly, there isn't any loose stone, no tar or anything to cause concern for drivers, bike or cage.
    I think it's a wise use of my tax dollars - imho

    The process you mention above seems like it makes sense, but most places don't roll it with a pavement roller, they just let it sit until cars work it in, and rain and wind washes the rest of it to the shoulder. It's terrible when it first gets laid down. Here in MD, it's only done in really rural areas that I've seen, and they put up signs that say "Fresh Oil".
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    I hate the crap when I'm out riding and turn into a road with pea gravel for miles.

    Also you guys that have it on your road/street in front of your homes, it gets into your lawn and settles in your grass.

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