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post #1 of 12 Old 09-05-2019, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Any advice on how to get used to switching between bikes? I just about dumped the vstrom yesterday in a traffic circle after leaning it hard and slamming the feeler and then the centerstand into the pavement. Much more used to the capabilities of my other sportier bike and it felt natural.

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When I first started riding I had an Ariel 650 twin and a Honda 500/4. I was constantly stomping on the brake or the shifter until I got muscle memory for the bike I was riding at the time.
Switching between a later sidecar rig and a solo bike was curious too.
It can be done but one needs to pay attention.
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I switch between 3 very different bikes always and it just takes a bit of attention and a few minutes after starting all is well. I swapped a ninja 400, a 2019 wee, and a cbr1000RR in one day and it is a real treat tbh.

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At one time I had 8 bikes on the road. There were days where I'd ride one for a while come home and trad it out for another repeat 4 or 5 more times. I got used to riding multiple bikes so now there is no adjustment. Just get on stab the starter and ride away.
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Dragging hard parts on the street isnít cool. You should do some track days and learn better body position. These skills will help you regardless if youíre riding a sport bike, a Vstrom, or a Harley. Oh and itís a ton of fun.
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When I first started riding I had an Ariel 650 twin and a Honda 500/4. I was constantly stomping on the brake or the shifter until I got muscle memory for the bike I was riding at the time.
Switching between a later sidecar rig and a solo bike was curious too.
It can be done but one needs to pay attention.
went from BSA to HD. swapping shifter & brake sides takes getting used to. Time on the back roads before traffic helped.

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Yes, pulling up way too fast to a stop sign while feverishly shifting into fourth gear is a trip. 72 Norton Commando.

That's why my next Commando will be a 1975, right side shift, left brake.

But getting to the question, yes muscle memory. You just have to get your brain tuned in through repetitive exercise. In other words, it will come with time.

It may still take a few minutes for the body to adjust, even after getting some time on both bikes.
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" swapping shifter & brake sides takes getting used to"

Didn't some bikes have cross over rods for a while to comply with the industry standard for a while? Seems i saw that at one time...or a 0631 brain fart?
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Any advice on how to get used to switching between bikes? I just about dumped the vstrom yesterday in a traffic circle after leaning it hard and slamming the feeler and then the centerstand into the pavement. Much more used to the capabilities of my other sportier bike and it felt natural.
Sure. Ride them both more!
Seriously, I have 3 registered and it's a lot of work giving them a workout but someone's got to do it...
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My 1974 Kawasaki H1 has a suspicious shaft sticking out the right side that looks like a transmission shaft running through both sides.

Yep, I just went an checked it. It's a shaft for a right side shifter.
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