are you as incompetent as me? (can't ride slow)

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  1. armod

    armod New Member

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    so I've recently brought my 8th gen home and it's the biggest heaviest bike I've ever ridden.

    brief riding history
    • Vespa PX150 (first "bike" and how I was infected with the motorcyclists disease)
    • Honda CB125
    • Honda VTR 250 (fuel injected model)
    • Honda hornet 900
    • Kawasaki zx6r (friends bike I rode and was able to handle without any issues)
    my biggest concern right now is slow maneuvers. all the above bikes I was able to turn a 20ft figure-eight. the hornet took some practice as it was not only bigger but I was coming back to riding after 4 years away from bikes.

    right now I can even do a U-turn on a standard Australian street (7m wide which is about 23ft) which for me means that I still don't know how ride this bike.

    any advice on how to deal with the weight while riding slow?
    is it just a mental barrier?
    are you unable to do this simple riding task too?

    I'll keep practicing, of course.
    just wondering if others had this problem and how they worked it out.

    here's what's possible


    here's a video showing a practice drill
     
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    Dont take your feet of the pegs and look where you want to go.
    So if you're doing a 180, you should be looking over your shoulder.
    Start on really big circles, and work on getting tighter.
    Sometimes it's just a mental thing.
     
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    I'm pretty good with my feet and eyes.

    I usually counterbalance the bike but I just don't feel safe doing it with this weight.
     
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    The VFR is a bit top heavy, but nothing you won't get used to in time.
     
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    Whereabouts in Oz are you? If you're anywhere near Melbourne, I'm happy to help you improve your low-speed skills with some car-park drills & cone work. If you're not close by, my best advice is to find an open area that you can safely practice in, lay out some cornering markers, and just practice, practice, practice!!
     
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    I'm in perth.
    car park drills are exactly what I'll be doing. we've got a bit of rain over here so just waiting for it to clear up a bit. I like empty marina parking lots because they're always flat and have tons of room for boat trailers.
     
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    I have to make sharp maneuvers daily at work, I throttle up a bit and slip the clutch--
    Hope this helps


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    Take duccmann's advice, feather the clutch. Fuel injection makes engine very responsive, both as a brake when you back off and aggressive on the throttle. In doing tight turns , if you back off on the throttle with the clutch fully engaged, bike will immediately slow and tend to fall in, and with too much throttle bike will stand up and go straight. Try slipping clutch to soften speed control, even coast a bit.
     
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