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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpot View Post
    I checked again and no mention of a mc specific tag. I dropped an inquiry to them so I'll see what they respond...
    They don't mention it on the PA EZPass website at all. But when I called to add the bike tag to my account they asked "Would you like a motorcycle specific transponder?" and I said "Why, yes, thank you!"

    Unfortunately no break on toll cost in PA, MCs just fall into "Class I" with cars.
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    Yay for riding in to work!

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpot View Post
    I am a bit nervous for the ride home. The entrance I for the PA Turnpike I go on has construction. The on ramp is almost a full circle. At the tightest curve near the end of the ramp it is all grated up. Then once on the TP the right lane is lower than the center lane. At some point I need to move over because it becomes an exit only lane for the next exit about 8 miles down. Hitting that scraped up ramp and changing lanes over the lip is what I'm thinking about.
    Keith already addressed the lane change, but as far as the grates... if they're the metal ones, they're slippery. But then you said "scraped up" so it sounds more like it's just rough/rutted?

    Either way, try to be as upright as possible with low revs to avoid applying excess power to the rear wheel. (The video in the BRC says to squeeze the clutch so you have no power at all going to the rear wheel if it's actually slippery.) Relax your arms/shoulders but keep a firm grip on the bars, squeeze with your knees and let the bike do it's thing. No sudden/abrupt inputs from you.

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    Helen, the pavement is all ground down to accept new asphalt there. It looks like you took an industrial grade cheese grater to it, which, is essentially what they do! It tends to move the bike around a bit but it has great traction and isn't an issue as long as you don't get into the "death grip."

    The bigger issue is that they tend to do this to one lane at a time here, so you have one lane 2 to 3 inches lower than the adjacent lane, hence the potential edge trap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpot View Post
    Keith,
    Thank you for the advice on handling the lane change. As far as my Ezpass goes, I have it mounted on my crossbar which is unobstructed. That is why I was so baffled. I was riding through to the left of the slick. Maybe KZ-Rob has it right. Maybe I should mount it on my right bar if there is room so it's closer to the center (I seem to favor going through the booth on the left of the slick).
    That is your problem right there. The antenna is not picking up your pass. Mine is mounted inside the fairing, like on a car windshield, I go down the center just like a car. Works every time. I also do what Tina does and slow up under the antenna, it's a white square on the ceiling of the booth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KACinPA View Post
    Helen, the pavement is all ground down to accept new asphalt there. It looks like you took an industrial grade cheese grater to it, which, is essentially what they do! It tends to move the bike around a bit but it has great traction and isn't an issue as long as you don't get into the "death grip."

    The bigger issue is that they tend to do this to one lane at a time here, so you have one lane 2 to 3 inches lower than the adjacent lane, hence the potential edge trap.
    Like Helen said, loosen up over the cheese grater and let the bike do it's thing. The uneven pavement can be bad. If you are on the higher side going lower, that's easy, going to higher pavement is bad. We ran into that coming home from Ohio. I just waited until it was even again to change lanes. It can be done, but requires a tighter angle of attack. I wouldn't try it at 65 mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KACinPA View Post
    Helen, the pavement is all ground down to accept new asphalt there. It looks like you took an industrial grade cheese grater to it, which, is essentially what they do! It tends to move the bike around a bit but it has great traction and isn't an issue as long as you don't get into the "death grip."

    The bigger issue is that they tend to do this to one lane at a time here, so you have one lane 2 to 3 inches lower than the adjacent lane, hence the potential edge trap.
    Keith nailed it. I have gone over the grated asphalt before and It didn't bother me. I let the front wheel do its its thing relaxed. I just don't know how different it is leaned over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KZ-Rob View Post
    Like Helen said, loosen up over the cheese grater and let the bike do it's thing. The uneven pavement can be bad. If you are on the higher side going lower, that's easy, going to higher pavement is bad. We ran into that coming home from Ohio. I just waited until it was even again to change lanes. It can be done, but requires a tighter angle of attack. I wouldn't try it at 65 mph.
    Yesterday I saw that they had laid new asphalt down. However the center lane is still a little higher but not the 3 inches it was. I'll get through it and will be a better rider for it LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by KACinPA View Post
    They don't mention it on the PA EZPass website at all. But when I called to add the bike tag to my account they asked "Would you like a motorcycle specific transponder?" and I said "Why, yes, thank you!"

    Unfortunately no break on toll cost in PA, MCs just fall into "Class I" with cars.
    I called and they do have a motorcycle class tag. It's a normal car tag, it's just coded for the motorcycle class. I'll receive it within a week. Thanks for the heads up Keith and Rob
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    Boo! NY gives bikes a break on tolls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speeddemon View Post
    Boo! NY gives bikes a break on tolls.
    I believe NJ does too so at least half my commute will be discounted. Oh and thank you Speeddemon for bringing it up about the mc tag. Thank you all for all the great help!
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