Well, okay.... how tight of a turn should I be able to make consistently with a V-Strom? 6 foot box? 5 foot box? 4 foot box?
You should be able to make a turn from a stoip at full steering lock.
There's really nothing to it. You just need to get out of your comfortable routing of picking speed up before turning.
Here's some good advice:
- the bike doesn't fall because it is going slow or turning, the bike falls because you let go of it.
- clutch slip and rear brake drag are your friends
- look where you want to go.
- practice starting in a straight line and putting your feet on the pegs before you start moving.
- slow way down and try to keep your feet on the pegs for as long as you can after you have stopped the bike (still in a straight line)
Here's what to do:
- with left foot on the ground, and right foor on the brake, turn your steering to where you want to go.
- raise the rpm a bit and start slipping the clutch (you will be slipping it until your turn is complete)
- look FAR through your turn
- release pressure on the rear brake so as to allow the bike to move
- immediately lean the bike into the turn, and accelerate while releasing more rear brake. (you must stay completely off the front brake while practicing this)
There you go. Not only can you make sharp turns, but you can make them pretty quickly too.