No,not the sort you get down the local for gobbing off....but corners...
I have no problems going round left hand bends at any speed from slow 1st gear tight slow ones to legal limit open road ones. Right handers on the other hand (no pun intended) are a pain, once the speed gets up (open road speeds) I have little bother with the right hand bends but slow speed (through town) right handers I just can't seem to do properly. I have no problem banging the bike on its ear in slow lefties, but I shit myself every time I need to do it to the right...I just cant make my body do it. What am I doing wrong?
Dimebag do a "rapid track" day at Rockingham and you will emerge a reformed rider.
"rapid track"days are advanced training days organised on track and as you are prob aware most tracks run clockwise therefore mostly righthanders.
Look here www.rapidtraining.co.uk
or Martin Hopp does similar day's at Cadwell
Look here www.hoppridertraining.co.uk
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I have no problem banging the bike on its ear in slow lefties, but I shit myself every time I need to do it to the right...I just cant make my body do it. What am I doing wrong?
You need to work out why one gives you the shits and the other doesn't.
What are you worried about? What do you think could happen?
FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
Dimebag wrote (see) I have no problem banging the bike on its ear in slow lefties, but I shit myself every time I need to do it to the right...I just cant make my body do it. What am I doing wrong?You need to work out why one gives you the shits and the other doesn't.What are you worried about? What do you think could happen?
Better to have a bad day on the bike,than a good day at work.........
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Just guessing here,but" Falling off".hth
davemax wrote (see)Just guessing here,but" Falling off".hthWhy just one way and not the other then?
That is the question the OP asked.
I have to say I'm never all that comfortable with slow right handers either, fast right or left, slow left, fine but slow rights. At least that is the case after I've had a period when I've not ridden for a while.
That was my question :lol
Take a straight road for instance, you then come across a standard side roundabout that you have to take at about 15-20mph...so, I am in 2nd gear with all braking done before I have to steer...all good so far, I get to the roundabout and it is clear so I bang the bike on its left ear then pick it up and go to bang it to the right but my body/mind wont let me stick it over as far with the result that I always run wide and end up having to roll off the throttle to get round the turn. It is the same with sharp right kinks and turns going through (mostly) 30 limits, right handers just do not feel right. Not scared of falling off per-se, if it happens, it happens: If I thought about that all the time, I would not be able to concentrate on my riding. I just concentrate on being safe and riding smoothly. I think I will have to get an instructor to do an assesed ride and tell me what is wrong.
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"Force has no place where there is need of skill" Herodotus 450BC :burnout:
my guess would be either: - posture related or - target fixation.
Thanks Spin...slow down? that is the problem mate, it is the slow speed turns that have me stumped. By banging it on its ear, I mean leaning the bike down into the turn. I do understand and apply countersteering and do not hang off as I am not a GP rider knee scraping show off I do lean my upper body into the turn to get weight on the inside and I weight the outside peg which makes the bike feel more stable. Target fixation is not a problem, I always look at where I want to be, not what I want to avoid.
FJSRider, not sure what you are getting at or who that was aimed at but while my bike is only a bandit 650s, it is far from a PoS and the chain is carefully adjusted and maintained so I doubt that would be the problem. In fact, the whole bike is serviced and maintained stringently as I do a hell of a lot of miles I cant afford for it to be off the road.
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the chain is carefully adjusted and maintained so I doubt that would be the problem. In fact, the whole bike is serviced and maintained stringently as I do a hell of a lot of miles I cant afford for it to be off the road.
Who does the maintainence?
I've a theory on this one.
I used to think that it was the thought of getting too close to a kerb, until we did a knee down day on a large square of tarmac. Most got left knee down but not right.
The theory concludes:
Throttle hand, causes right arm to stiffen, causing limitation to steering.
The answer is to ride like a rag doll (totally relaxed top half), do not use bars as leaning bars (take weight onto you legs), drop right shoulder and throttle on with the lightest of girly touches.
Does anybody know of any research into the correlation of whether you are left handed or right handed as to which corners one prefers?
Able Blade wrote (see)
I used to think that it was the thought of getting too close to a kerb...
If I had to choose I'd rather not get too close to oncoming traffic.....
Able Blade wrote (see)I used to think that it was the thought of getting too close to a kerb...If I had to choose I'd rather not get too close to oncoming traffic.....
FJSRider, I do the running maintenance oil changes, chain adjustment etc and the big stuff is done by my local Suzuki dealer (Steve Jordan Motorcycles).
Before you suggest it, yes I am competent to do this with 18 years as a fully qualified mechanic fixing everything from chainsaws to tanks
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