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post #1 of 12 Old 05-24-2008, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Do you find...

...that you can turn one way easier than the other? Left hand turns are a dream to do, I am as graceful as a ballet dancer. Right hand turns make me feel like the elephant man... is this common?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-24-2008, 07:42 PM
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Its ok, a lot of people aren't ambi-turners... you know we're gunna call you Zoolander now!
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-24-2008, 07:51 PM
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...that you can turn one way easier than the other? Left hand turns are a dream to do, I am as graceful as a ballet dancer. Right hand turns make me feel like the elephant man... is this common?
Try driving on the right side of the road and that problem goes away.
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It's pretty common. There was a long post about that on the VFR forum a while back. Most people can turn left better than right because they unconsciously think about running over into the oncoming lane on right turns. I'm the opposite for some reason. Right-handers are easy for me but I don't handle left-handers as well.

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Guess I've got it really bad. Sometimes it's left turns, some times it right. Tends to happen to me when I'm really pushing hard and approaching the edge of my comfort zone. I start to look ahead too far and over think the turn. Usually goes away if I back off just a tad.

I would probably benefit from some high speed track time to work through my issues.


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In the USA Left is easier because often the sight lines are better. In countries where the lanes are reversed, Right is easier. It's simple, if you can see more things are easier. If the sight lines on a twisty road are equal and wide open, you are on a very cool road.

There's a lot of difference between a blind left and a blind right. The blind rights are a lot more difficult, there's just not as much space and time to react. There's a minor effect from having the throttle on the right hand but that doesn't change anything.

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post #7 of 12 Old 05-24-2008, 08:45 PM
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Left turn = larger radius
Right turn = smaller radius
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Smile Left, Right, Whatever...

Dunno. I go both ways.











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I recently took the New Riders Edge Course in Bloomington, IN. During the two days of classroom they went over all the common problems, one of them was 'asymmetrical turning'.

Their statistics (gathered god knows where) show that more then half of all riders have more difficulty following a marked path to the right then to the left. But only a small number had any difficulty at all following the path to the left.

Their conclusion was throttle side steering. The inside hand of the turn does ‘most’ of the steering. Controlling the throttle while ‘pushing / pulling’ with the right hand takes plenty of practice.

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-25-2008, 04:17 AM
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I have the same left turn favoritism, but I don't think it has anything to do with lanes, sight lines or throttles. I've had this problem since I was a kid, whether it was riding my bicycle or my dirtbike. I think it has more to do with being left or right handed, left brain/right brain functions and an inner balance/equilibrium thing. Just like when I was in Martial Arts, I could do kicks with right leg with more power and finess, with the left it was just ackward.

WTF am I talking about? I don't know, but I am right.

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