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post #1 of 43 Old 04-29-2014, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I have an 2011 560 VStrom, i ride with a few BMW owners. like the GS, RT's ect, i normally ride the back of the bunch, when we get into some big turns ect, seems like they can corner sharper than the Wee, is this normal

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PS my suspension is stock with the front forks raised in the triple clamps approx 5/16"
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I'd consider myself an average rider, nothing great, but I think the Wee handles pretty well. I am not exactly sure what you are asking about big turns. The Wee seems pretty flickable. The original owner of my Wee said he could keep up with most any sport rider (Ducatis excepted, according to him) on the Dragon where he worked for a summer.

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Well it is a 560 that you own, so that must be the issue. Nah the bike is more than capable of spanking or keeping up with many far more expensive machines, must be something about the rider in this case. :mrgreen:

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No offense, and please do not take this personally, but it's not "the bike", true story.
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I'm new to vstroms and love the way they handle. Coming from cruisers, this thing is like a sport bike to me.

That said, I think keeping up to a group is way over rated, regardless of what they ride or what you do. Ride your own pace, have fun and don't worry about being at the back of the pack - I sure never have.
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My personal experience is the BWW is very forgiving and it is easier to hit a corner with confidence on one than on my wee

If you spened too much time watching them corner you will find yourself out of position and find cornering hader, spend more time on your own position and you won't fall too far behind.

Have a play with your tyre pressures, you could gain some extra speed through the corners, I added 3psi to the front and it helped me heaps.

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I have a C14, and a Vee. I can actually ride the Vee faster in the twisties. Your Wee should be able to keep up. Here are a few thoughts.
1. Are your tire pressures correct? Minor detail, but this is a big factor in handling.
2. Tire condition and type? Are your tires worn, pitted or squared off?
3. How is your technique? Are you comfortable with counter steering and swerving?
4. Ride your bike, not theirs. You have to pay attention to riding at your level, not the group.

Ride safe...
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I have a C14, and a Vee. I can actually ride the Vee faster in the twisties. Your Wee should be able to keep up. Here are a few thoughts.
1. Are your tire pressures correct? Minor detail, but this is a big factor in handling.
2. Tire condition and type? Are your tires worn, pitted or squared off?
3. How is your technique? Are you comfortable with counter steering and swerving?
4. Ride your bike, not theirs. You have to pay attention to riding at your level, not the group.

Ride safe...
Dave
+ 1 All great advice from sycamoredave.
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I like your comparison of the Vstrom to a classical composer's work - the music coming from my wee's orchestra at @ 7000 rpm is stirring for the soul .

Don't be tempted to ride beyond your abilities , but watch your fellow riders as they set up for a corner for clues , especially watch for downshifts . Don't be afraid to wring that motor out - she sings ! ( perhaps more like Wagner than Handel , though . )

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