Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Use only the rear brake when moving very slowly. The front brake can cause the front wheel to tuck under, and...crunch. Practice this many times until it becomes automatic.
When coming to a stop, concentrate on getting stopped and one or two feet down, then look around at traffic. Right foot on the rear brake pedal, coming to a stop, give your waist a side kink that moves your shoulders to the right and your hips & bike to the left. Put your left foot on the ground, and you're stable. If the road drops away to the left, then you need to put your right foot down after you straighten the steering and stop with the front brake.
When making slow tight turns, try just a sliver more speed. If you're falling to the inside, you don't have enough centrifugal force holding you up. Centrifugal force comes from speed. Not much, just a bit. On a slow straight run, maybe along a painted line in an empty parking lot, go slow, very slow, slow, very very slow, slow. Use your clutch let out just the smallest amount to increase speed, then squeeze it in a very small amount and a bit of rear brake to slow. Feel wobbly...let the clutch out a very small bit to stabilize the bike. This is to get the feel for very small clutch movements that stabilize the bike.
Now, try easy circles, maybe 3 parking slots wide, or 3-1/2 slots wide. Let your clutch out just a little bit to stand the bike up and the rear brake and a bit less clutch to drop into the turn. Fine control with your left fingers on the clutch lever is the goal. Reverse directions of your circles. Left is usually easier, I think because the clutch hand is stretched away on right turns. Practice both directions. Next make left, right, left, right U turns across 4 parking slot lines, then 3-1/2 slots wide, then 3, then 2-1/2, eventually two slots wide. Practice, practice, practice.
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Last edited by PTRider; 10-12-2014 at 06:50 PM.