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Being a new rider, I'm fascinated by the slow maneuvers and general handling that riders have mastered with their bikes. I'd looove to see some vids of Vstrom riders executing these maneuvers on the Vee or Wee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PERJTHu1Od0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWaq0zOaAVU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjseW3ga1Qo&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvzlJF38C_g&feature=related



Does the Vstrom handle this well. Seem like most bikes in these exhibitions are cruisers. Maybe I see a Concourse as well. Can Wee do these maneuvers?
 

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The high COG of the VStrom DL650 and DL1000 (and other adventure style bikes) is not all that conducive for those type of manuevers. Still, it can be done with enough training and experience.

There is a video of a VStrom doing some parking lot manuevers. Figure eights, tight circles, etc. I'll look for it later sometime.

Edit: Here is that video I mentioned.

 

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They suck, they weren't even dragging a knee!
 

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They suck, they weren't even dragging a knee!
Ha! I've seen some profile pics with some great leans. Just wish I could see some GREAT riders pushing the Vstroms to their limits. Knee dragging , slow cornering and such. But- dare I say, a bit more extreme.

I know. The Vstrom aren't made for that but Im curious how our bikes handle under riders who can handle the bike the best. Where's the VstroM
meetup, tricks skills competition?

My other interest is to make sure I don't exceed my bike foolishly. My skills are growing fast but I don't know the bikes limit. I keep reading about guys giving the sportsbikers hell in the twisties. Just wish I could see some great footage. Most footage I see is somewhat midtempo, a few wheelies, playing in the water type, touring and some dirt roads riding. I prefer the long windy country roads. Be cool to see the extreme pavement and dirt limits of the bikes. Thanks for the post.

By the way I was dragging my knee- along the van while I was backing the bike outta the garage. Not high speed but I was doing it.

Glad we are all being safe, just interested.
 

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Does the Vstrom handle this well. Seem like most bikes in these exhibitions are cruisers. Maybe I see a Concourse as well. Can Wee do these maneuvers?
I don't think the point is can a Vee or a Wee do this or that.

It's a matter of rider skill no more no less. You can wheelie or drag knees on Goldwings and you can stunt on a Sportster.
 

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Some of those cop bike maneuvers are not being performed on two wheels. They are being performed on two wheels and crash bars.

If you look closely you'll see that in many instances those insane leans at low speeds are possible because they are leaned over onto and sometimes pivoting around the crashbars.

BTW--don't try these maneuvers at home on your Strom unless you've got a nice stash of extra levers, turn signals and tupperware....










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Edit: Here is that video I mentioned.

Lol.

The strom is a lot more maneuvrable than that...

Whoever shot that vido is doing whole lot of useless counter-leaning. he/she's got their body way off the bike on the opposite side of the turn.
That's not going to turn too well. For best results, stay straight up on the bike (or low down and to the inside, but that's not necessary at low speeds), look far 180 degrees opposite of where you are in the turn, and just lean it.

Practice slow wide circles first, then you'll find yourself gainind speed, confidence and lean angle. Before you know it, you'll tighten the radius and drag the centrestand.

In slow, sharp turns, I don't counterlean, I just modulate the clutch and throttle. if the bike is going to fall over, I just accelerate a bit or steer to straighten it up.

You can lean the bike more by counterleaning, but if you go fast enough, the bike will not fall over due to momentum.

I'll admit that I'm not too comfy turning tightly to the right on my wee (left is ok), and that previous lower bikes were easier to u-turn in the width of one lane (my wee kinda needs two).
 
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