They should make one to fit the Strom - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
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post #1 of 20 Old 10-05-2009, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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They should make one to fit the Strom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbfe2_2DDc0

Although Suzuki's sales of turn signals will dry up.

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-05-2009, 09:25 PM
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You'll never see one on a HD.

They wouldn't be able to "lay 'er down" incase something went wrong.

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That is slick right there

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too bad it only comes in a 12" - I want a 19"!
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You can get the same thing on your strom without batteries. Instead of balancing your tires with Dynabeads, balance with ball bearings.

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The Scotts Steering Stabilizer people will have to buy that product and quietly take it off the market. That's the American way, right?

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Please allow me to rant about this "product" for just a moment.

In a younger life, I spent 5 years working in a bicycle shop. In 5 years, i never once failed to train a child how to become proficient at riding a bicycle, without training wheels, in under 15 minutes.

Buffy and Kyle would stroll into the shop looking for a ride for their little darling. I treated them with tough love. The parents, that is. "Put training wheels on my child's new bike."

"No. Allow me a few moments of time out in the parking lot with your kid and his/her new bike. You stay in here and watch through the window, and don't come out until I say so."

"But... but... but..."

"I said shut your pie hole and stay inside. Little Johnny/Janie will be just fine."

And lo and behold, little Johnny/Janie was just fine, and once they discovered how their sense of balance worked, which takes less than a couple minutes with young kids, they were cruising around, looking at where they wanted to go (sound familiar, all you motorcyclists?), starting, stopping, and handling their new machine like a little Lance Armstrong. It was a beautiful thing. Then I'd tell Mom and Dad to drive immediately to the biggest quiet parking lot in their neighborhood and spend the afternoon reinforcing and practicing the new skills the kid just learned, so the muscle memory aspects of the training would take hold fast and stay in place.

If a child needs training wheels, the child is not yet physically developed to the point of safely being on a bicycle. Such is life, come back next summer and we'll try again. We'd like to make sure your child is not needlessly put in danger if we can help it. If a parent came into the shop for a second set of training wheels because the first pair was worn out, then I called the cops and child protective services at had the parent charged for the crime of being unable to teach a child anything. (Ever see a kid slowly riding a bike down a sidewalk, leaning to the side, riding on 3 wheels? That's not what they are for. A sign of an incompetent parent.) By the way, regardless of how big or strong or smart a child is, I never felt that kids younger than about 6-7 years old truly had what it takes to safely ride a bicycle, and my experience supported this theory every time the parents of a 4-5 year old brought their kids in to try out a bike. The mental maturity just wasn't there. (By the way, never, ever get a bicycle for young kids that have hand brakes or multiple gears that need shifting- they simply don't have the hand size, strength or coordination to operate such things. And those parts are usually of such low quality even an adult has trouble actuating those controls.) With kids younger than that age (~6-7), the concepts and skills necessary to successfully operate a piece of mechanized equipment is just a bit beyond their developed skill level, not to mention the maturity needed to take care of it, and by that I mean not laying it on the ground behind Mom's car, etc.

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-06-2009, 03:26 AM
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Still, this doesn't teach bad habits, it simply lowers the bar by increasing the resistance to falling over, and you can transition off it gradually.

Seems like a no-brainer to me if its not too expensive.

Technology is awesome!

Still waiting forever for my barely legal asian triplet femmebots/holo-sluts though, but I'm rooting on the Japanese for that one!

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Keith Code

As Keith Code says in his book, the problem we all have is that our first introduction to operating a two wheeled vehicle was a bicycle. The problem is, motorcycle counter-steer. When you add training wheels, you introduce that horrible notion that pointing the bars left makes you go left and vice versa.

Lucikly for me, my dad never let me have training wheels. He put me in a parking stall and said "ride around in circles. I'll come back in half an hour." When I had that down, he said, "okay, now coast down the hill." After that day, I could ride a bike. Now when panic situations come up in my motorcycle, I never steer the wrong way under duress. I might brake too hard, but I intuitively know how to move on a bike.

So, if this product doesn't screw up the counter steering effect, it'll make for good future BMW S1000RR owners.
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-06-2009, 08:56 AM
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The way to experience this same phenomenon on a mc is to ride it faster than a few mph.
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