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Hi,

i just purchase my first bike...1983 Godwing Interstate. I love her! I hvae a good friend who is working with and helping me into the Bike world. One of the things he said is my bike has to be "told" where to go, especially at slows speeds where other bikes are not a difficult to turn and move.

is this normal for Godwing or heavy bikes? If it is, i was wondering why? is it the weight alone, the angel of the forks or does anyone know?

When i drive her she does have to be told where to turn. Any thoughts?
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jkgoldwing
 

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Welcome to the GW forum!
Yeah, in a sense, any bike has to be "told" where to go...they don't drive themselves. You'll find that using your weight to lean/turn a Wing is a bit harder than a smaller bike, for sure....unless you're a big guy, that is. You need to guide the bike with the handlebars, and slow-speed maneuvers require some weight shifting finesse...
You might want to check into a New Riders Course for motorcycles, also. You'd be amazed at what they can teach you. I rode a bike every day for several years back in the '80s, and never had any problems. When I bought my Wing earlier this year, I went ahead and took a Rider's course, because I hadn't been on two wheels for a LONG time...I glad I did take the course. I learned how to handle the weight of the bigger bike in slow speed situations. That alone was worth the cost of the course. ;)
 

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thanks! i am working on getting into the course. this was something i promised to myself i would do before i go crazy and take her out on the street...i love texas! i have a client in Texas City. maybe one day i will bring the bike down!

thanks again,

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like aapple stated please take a msf course. thats a good looking wing you have and big heavy bikes like wings do take a little more effort on your part to turn but once you become comfortable on your wing it won't seem so big. one day you will look back and laugh about it
 

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I had always been told to push on the bars to turn. I never really knew what they meant until I got the 82' Interstate. It is an odd thing...you push the right handle bar left to go right and vice versa. It really works and makes maneuvering the wing at speed and in the twisties much easier and it just "feels" more in control.

Having said that - I have felt that my 82' could use a fork stabilizer clamp. Has anyone experimented with one? Are they even available?

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I have been riding a 86 Interstate for a few months and used to fear handling the bike because of the weight and a fear of dropping it. I am now much more comfortable riding it and have noticed that while turning or to keep good control of it, I use the foot brake with light pressure and use the friction zone to really control the bike and keep it straight up. It is a must to slow down before a turn and to use the front brake, friction zone with a bit of throttle applied through the turn. This helps a lot in having good control through the turn and keeps the motorcycle standing up. I am in the New York city area with lots of traffic and there are often pedestrians crossing over while I make a turn. That's why, excellent control of the bike is crucial to ride safe without any mishaps, Hope you find this useful. Good luck !
Get habituated to using the foot brake and the friction zone while turning this Monster bike.
 

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Some bikes handle better than others, but you are in control and once you get comfortable with your bike it will handle better. There are other things that make handling easier, such as front fork springs, tire brand and air pressure, your position on the seat. etc. Once you feel comfortable you will be taking the twisties easily
 
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