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post #1 of 41 Old 11-05-2014, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Leg out, Knee out, sit up and beg...HOW DO YOU RIDE THIS DAMN THING???

I can ride my new (to me) Wee just fine (and fast, thank you!:rolleyes1: ) but I am having a tough time picking a riding style. While chasing some of my riding buddies on sport bikes (what Ive ridden all my life) I noticed from a buddy's gopro footage that I am riding the Wee in this strange combination of every riding style I know.

Fast sweepers: I'm butt off the seat, knee out, head and shoulders off to the inside of the turn, smooooooth...just like a sport bike.
Slow, decreasing or very tight corners: I'm riding it like a dirt bike...jewels up on the tank, elbows out, weight on the outside peg, inside foot out and bike cranked way over with heavy counter steering and very aggressive throttle input to get the back end around and bike stood up.
Medium speed turns: I cant even be bothered to move in my cushy seat.lol just lean in with my head and let the bike do the rest

I use to pride myself on perfect technique and smooth, precise inputs. On my sport bikes, my friends joke that I pull out my brake bulbs because they never see me braking... What is this thing doing to me? Could it be a result of trying anything I can to get this big old girl around corners on pace with sportbikes, or is this bike ruining me? lol

How do you guys find your riding style?

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Ok so not really serious, I can ride my new (to me) Wee just fine (and fast, thank you!:rolleyes1: ) but I am having a tough time picking a riding style. While chasing some of my riding buddies on sport bikes (what Ive ridden all my life) I noticed from a buddy's gopro footage that I am riding the Wee in this strange combination of every riding style I know.
Fast sweepers: I'm butt off the seat, knee out, head and shoulders off to the inside of the turn, smooooooth...just like a sport bike.
Slow, decreasing or very tight corners: I'm riding it like a dirt bike...jewels up on the tank, elbows out, weight on the outside peg, inside foot out and bike cranked way over with heavy counter steering and very aggressive throttle input to get the back end around and bike stood up.
Medium speed turns: I cant even be bothered to move in my cushy seat.lol just lean in with my head and let the bike do the rest

I use to pride myself on perfect technique and smooth, precise inputs. My friends joke that I pull out my brake bulbs because they never seem me braking... What is this thing doing to me? Could it be a result of trying anything I can to get this big old girl around corners on pace with sportbikes, or is this bike ruining me? lol

How do you guys find your riding style?
Umm, sit on bike. Turn handle. Go.

Is there something I'm missing here?

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Medium speed turns: I cant even be bothered to move in my cushy seat.lol just lean in with my head and let the bike do the rest
That's me 99% of the time! Enjoying the ride.

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I can ride my new (to me) Wee just fine (and fast, thank you!:rolleyes1: ) but I am having a tough time picking a riding style. While chasing some of my riding buddies on sport bikes (what Ive ridden all my life) I noticed from a buddy's gopro footage that I am riding the Wee in this strange combination of every riding style I know.

Fast sweepers: I'm butt off the seat, knee out, head and shoulders off to the inside of the turn, smooooooth...just like a sport bike.
Slow, decreasing or very tight corners: I'm riding it like a dirt bike...jewels up on the tank, elbows out, weight on the outside peg, inside foot out and bike cranked way over with heavy counter steering and very aggressive throttle input to get the back end around and bike stood up.
Medium speed turns: I cant even be bothered to move in my cushy seat.lol just lean in with my head and let the bike do the rest

How do you guys find your riding style?

my style sounds pretty much exactly like you described.... cool eh? :beatnik:

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that's my style too just get it done we rule all those others suck
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that's my style too just get it done we rule all those others suck
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I can ride my new (to me) Wee just fine (and fast, thank you!:rolleyes1: ) but I am having a tough time picking a riding style. While chasing some of my riding buddies on sport bikes (what Ive ridden all my life) I noticed from a buddy's gopro footage that I am riding the Wee in this strange combination of every riding style I know.

Fast sweepers: I'm butt off the seat, knee out, head and shoulders off to the inside of the turn, smooooooth...just like a sport bike.
Slow, decreasing or very tight corners: I'm riding it like a dirt bike...jewels up on the tank, elbows out, weight on the outside peg, inside foot out and bike cranked way over with heavy counter steering and very aggressive throttle input to get the back end around and bike stood up.
Medium speed turns: I cant even be bothered to move in my cushy seat.lol just lean in with my head and let the bike do the rest

I use to pride myself on perfect technique and smooth, precise inputs. On my sport bikes, my friends joke that I pull out my brake bulbs because they never see me braking... What is this thing doing to me? Could it be a result of trying anything I can to get this big old girl around corners on pace with sportbikes, or is this bike ruining me? lol

How do you guys find your riding style?

my .02 there's no reason to hang off on the street. You're going way too fast if you have to. Also attracts LEO attention.

The street is not the track. Ride "The Pace" it makes riding sane speeds fun. Read David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling might keep you alive longer.

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I ride one of two ways, Sitting on the seat going around corners at the exact lean angle of the bike so i cannot feel any force on either side. Just part of the bike.

The other way is to ride it like a Motocross bike, push the bike down on corners so you are standing on the outside peg, head level. It is really fun to go around corners like this.

I have never had any training on knee dragging, maybe if i did i would have a third way.
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V-Stroms don't have the extra cornering clearance to do the silly supermoto leg out thing on pavement.

Gotta get your arse off the seat and your (m)ass inside and low to create extra cornering clearance.

It does take a while to get the hang of moving around smoothly from one side to the other on a V-Strom, because your leverage points are so different than a sportybike. It's easy to start yanking yourself around with your hands and arms too much and upsetting the bike. Use your knees, legs, and feet more.

The biggest thing is to get your body position set BEFORE you swoop gracefully into the corner.

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Here's Lee hisself aboard a borrowed Wee. This right here is how it's done.

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General riding I don't move around too much (maybe a knee out here and there) but on a great road and in the right frame of mind that photo sums it up pretty well, probably not dragging the knee because I don't have sliders on my Kevlar jeans......
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