Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
As with a lot of movements, the timing isn't what we think it is. An early start to the movement likely finishes at the right time. A start when we think the timing is right likely ends up late.
It is easy to practice. On a straight, safe, 25 mph road, lightly put your weight on the pegs and shift your weight to the side of the seat, to the left to practice for a left turn. Lean your body to the left of the windscreen. Keep your eyes level. The bike is now running straight but canted to the right. It'll want to turn right, so a light pull on the left grip is needed to keep running straight. If you were making a left curve now, you'd just push on the left grip, and around you go. Re-center, repeat getting over to the left. Re-center and repeat several times. Now try to the right several times. Easy. When you're feeling good about moving on the bike and use it in curves, it'll feel really smooth with the bike in more control than ever.
The bike corners better when it is more upright. Aside from avoiding scraping hard parts or your boots, the suspension reacts better to bumps in the road (bumps are up & down; the suspension moves at the angle of the bike), and the tires have a more symmetrical contact patch the more upright they are.
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