Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
I love slow-speed practice and have done a lot of it on a lot of bikes (I had a problem keeping a bike for a long time..... I'm on the road to recovery right now)....
Empty parking lot. For me, I usually pick something like a bank after 1700 (lord knows those workers are NOT going to stay late...) and there's usually a separate area from where the drive through ATM is. Also, school parking lots on the weekend are fantastic. Yes technically a cop could ask you to leave... but I've yet to meet the cop who is mad that you're practicing being safer on a motorcycle, in a safe environment.
Take a piece of plywood, place it up against your tires, and then start lifting the other side. Whatever it touches first will be the first things that scrape. After that, raise it more and more (it'll skid out away from the tires) and you'll have an idea of what will hit first and what sticks out the most if the bike tips over.
After you figure that out, get some cheap dense foam, and duct tape that *&^% around the parts that are likely to touch down first. It'll look silly as hell. But you're not leaving it on there permanently, only for the few hours you're going to practice.