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post #1 of 19 Old 08-01-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Grabbing the tank w your knees...

I went to grab the tank w my knees while riding some gravel today and it all just slid. Are there pads to mount on the inside of the legs or other ideas to allow us to grip the bike w our knees while we ride..??

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I went to grab the tank w my knees while riding some gravel today and it all just slid. Are there pads to mount on the inside of the legs or other ideas to allow us to grip the bike w our knees while we ride..??
That was your first mistake. :blink:

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That was your first mistake. :blink:
LOL ..you must have been talking w my wife...apparently the list is long..

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You want the bike to be able to move under you on a loose surface. Stay loose, not tight.

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Lots of tank grip pads floating around... I got a set from ebay for my FZ6 a couple of years ago....

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Arms loose, don't tense up, "do not squeeze tank with legs" look where you want to go, standing on pegs many times works very well. Practice....practice....

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I bought a couple of large cellphone dashboard mount sticky vinyl pads from Amazon. Amazon.com: AMERICAN COVERS 13820 Sticky Pad: MP3 Players & Accessories

and put one on each side of the tank. They work a treat and stay in place. They also protect the paint in addition to improving my grip.

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Thanks, gents. I can use all the help I can get - riding on gravel and dirt yesterday was essentially the first time that I've ever tried it for a substantial length of time..WHAT A BLAST!!

I've dropped the pegs and put wider cleats on, but having some issues moving fore and aft while standing and riding over "whoops" (hence the query about gripping it w my knees, much like a horse). Pretty funny to watch me as the throttle went uP Down uP Down at the same time.

I did pick up Wicks&Baker's Adv Riding Techniques and the tutorial on standing in this section is a help, too.

Now for the fun part and off to practice some more. All suggestions appreciated.

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Keep your weight on your feet (knees bent slightly) and just rest your hands on the grips, letting your arms float along with your body. That will keep your throttle more steady. Fingers covering clutch always.


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You do want to stay loose, but there are many times you might like more grip. I have Techspec Tank grips. They also protect your tank from zippers and buckles.

http://bruceatkinson.com/mc/vstrom/t...tankgrips.html

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