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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 08:39 PM
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Hold the bike with the foot brake, frees the Right hand to work the throttle. a little throttle and slip the clutch.

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Hold the bike with the foot brake, frees the Right hand to work the throttle. a little throttle and slip the clutch.
(Foot Brake) That was my normal procedure with the Boulevard. That technique resulted in my first Wing-Drop. I don't like the one foot balance...I just hold the front break till time and slip the clutch to hold on the incline. I may try the foot brake now that I have more confidence.

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Sticky fingers!

I picked up this tip somewhere long ago and it made a major difference in my ride enjoyment.
Lay your fingers on the grips slightly wrapped around and do so as if your fingers had glue on the or were sticky. You don't need to wrap your fingers and hands tightly around the grips. Practice this and you will be surprised at how little effort is required to maintain control.

Of course if you are in city traffic, etc. you should slightly tighten up your grip to allow better control/adjustments to outside environment, cages, kids, car doors, etc.

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You might as well take the rest of your body with you when you're sliding towards the ravine. Why look to see where you wish you were.

This is what I am talking about.
Drop the elbow down into the corner and move the upper part of the body into the corner. Look through the corner to where you want to go. I think that is precisely what I was saying. And this rider is doing just that. The rest of my body will follow that line and not down a ravine.
When you start looking to the outside of the corner to where the ravine is, you may just end up there.
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This is what I am talking about.
Drop the elbow down into the corner and move the upper part of the body into the corner. Look through the corner to where you want to go. I think that is precisely what I was saying. And this rider is doing just that. The rest of my body will follow that line and not down a ravine.
When you start looking to the outside of the corner to where the ravine is, you may just end up there.
Personally I think you were fishing. Bated the hook, cast the line, got the bite. And landed me. Eric
I suppose it was the part of coming into the turn " too hot " . Your point is well taken and expresses one of the cardinal rules of riding: A motorcycle has a tendency to follow the riders eyes. For some this is intuitive, while for others it is a practiced skill. I think I fall into the practiced skill category. I still catch myself on occasions looking down in a tight turn rather than looking ahead to a point beyond the moment.

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Ref, here's a couple more things.

Be sure to stay Hydrated. This is more important in High temps & big mileage but important none the less. When you don't take on fluids you will get fatigued (you already know this from your sports background but it is easy to forget). This is more important for your Little Lady. Women have the tenancy to not take on fluids to avoid Potty breaks. What will happen is you will no doubt end up cutting your miles short to ice her down.

2ndly there are several good touring books out there that will offer many tips. I purchased Dale Coyner's - Essentials to Motorcycle Travel when we were planning our Cross Country & learned a lot. Another good author is Ron Ayers.

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Look into the turn ,do not use front break and depending on speed you may want to hold clutch just at friction point.
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Look into the turn ,do not use front break and depending on speed you may want to hold clutch just at friction point.
All good points Bill.
Turning from a Stop. RPM's up slightly, look through the turn, feather/work the clutch around the friction zone to control speed till the bike becomes stable. Stuff from the, Advanced Rider Course,

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Set it on cruise,take both hands off the bars, lean back onto the backrest and rest, (don't recommend this for everyone nor for very long). But seriously, beaded mats under your butt espically if it is hot and you are riding 300 miles or more (or at least a folded white towel underneath you).

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