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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-21-2015, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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From parking lots to neighborhoods to city streets, I've probably logged about an hour and a half on a few different motorcycles. (the most prominent being the 91 ninja 500 I learned on.)

And yet, all of my turns tighter than a gentle curve in the road result in a shaky 10 mph manuever trying to find a balance between holding the bike up and turning tight enough.

How do I make turning more comfortable, and how can I just get used to it? Is this going to be like most things where I just have to do it enough?
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Go to a clover leaf during a really slow traffic time, maybe 7-8am on Sunday morn. Go around it a few times, that should help with the right turns

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From parking lots to neighborhoods to city streets, I've probably logged about an hour and a half on a few different motorcycles. (the most prominent being the 91 ninja 500 I learned on.)

And yet, all of my turns tighter than a gentle curve in the road result in a shaky 10 mph manuever trying to find a balance between holding the bike up and turning tight enough.

How do I make turning more comfortable, and how can I just get used to it? Is this going to be like most things where I just have to do it enough?
furryous,, yor trying to ride yor bike instead of learning to Fly yor ride..
Numero Uno: Get your head up and and your Eyes out in front looking deep into the corner, NOT down at where you presently are and what is eminently in front of you..
Dos: You Fly with your Brain as your Eyes take in what is coming and your Body will automatically execute what it needs to do to take you there..
Tres: Quit trying to ride your bike 10ft at a time, you should be Flying it anywhere from a 100ft to 100yards out in front of you ALL the time..
Four: Relax! it will come very natural..
Cinco: TRUST yourself and Trust your bike.. it will do exactly what you want it to do.
Last: Have Fun and Enjoy it.. once you let go of yor Fear and Trust youself, you will be hooked for life. nothing is as therapeutic as long ride on a bike... thru the tite twisty benders! poncho




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If you haven't done so already, you might want to consider taking an MSF class. During the 2 day course you will get some excellent training on how to make turns, stops, swerves, etc. the skills they teach are great and might one day save your life.

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If you haven't done so already, you might want to consider taking an MSF class. During the 2 day course you will get some excellent training on how to make turns, stops, swerves, etc. the skills they teach are great and might one day save your life.

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Heed Logan's advice, Fury. Best investment there is in building your confidence.
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furryous,, yor trying to ride yor bike instead of learning to Fly yor ride..
Numero Uno: Get your head up and and your Eyes out in front looking deep into the corner, NOT down at where you presently are and what is eminently in front of you..
Dos: You Fly with your Brain as your Eyes take in what is coming and your Body will automatically execute what it needs to do to take you there..
Tres: Quit trying to ride your bike 10ft at a time, you should be Flying it anywhere from a 100ft to 100yards out in front of you ALL the time..
Four: Relax! it will come very natural..
Cinco: TRUST yourself and Trust your bike.. it will do exactly what you want it to do.
Last: Have Fun and Enjoy it.. once you let go of yor Fear and Trust youself, you will be hooked for life. nothing is as therapeutic as long ride on a bike... thru the tite twisty benders! poncho
+1 on "Numero Uno". I was always taught to look ahead, about 100 ft or so, more if possible, in turns. Slow, fast, doesn't matter. It's pretty amazing how the bike does and goes where it needs to when you master this simple technique. In slower turns, if you feel like you're leaning a little too much and afeared you'll tip over, a little blip of the throttle will bring it back up more vertical, provided you aren't laying on the ground at that point.

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+1 on the MSF course as soon as possible.

"I've probably logged about an hour and a half on a few different motorcycles." 1 1/2 hours is not much time in the saddle especially if it has been broken up over multiple sessions and on different bikes. That's not even one good practice session. But if you are doing it wrong, you can quickly develop bad habits (like looking at the road instead of looking thru the turns) that will be hard to break.

I read a study once that concluded that you need to ride a minimum 10 hours a month just to maintain a comfortable skill level. Less than that and you spend the first few hours back on the bike getting comfortable again. So, yeah, it is one of those things that will take some time.

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-26-2015, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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I'm taking an MSF course as soon as possible, but unfortunately, the way budgeting works out for that, I won't have the money until... Next spring? I have college and stuff to pay for. But you all brought up very helpful and useful points that I'll try to implement and work on going forward.
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