Find a vacant parking lot and start putting in a lot of Slow Speed practice.
Full stops w/o wavering to either side.
. opinions abound on left foot only down, to always put both feet down. I do both.
Practice straight ahead starts until you have NO wavering of the front wheel.
Practice starts to the left until you can do them w/o feeling like you will fall down. This one is helped a bunch by using foot brake to modulate forward speed, throttle at about 2500 rpm, and slipping the clutch. It is an oil bath clutch, it won't hurt it.
Practice starts turning to the right. Theoretically use the same exact procedure as the start off to the left, but it will take A LOT of practice to being to keep that right foot on the brake modulating forward speed while you are turning to the right. We all want to have that right foot free to put on the ground... but just remember IF you are moving forward, you can't put that foot on the ground anyway.
Nothing can take the place of a tremendous amount of practice at honing your skils.
I personally make every single stop a practice stop.
1) if straight ahead behind a vehicle, I slow it down 3 or 4 vehicles back and then creep up so slow to my stopping point, most folks would exclaim the bike is not moving.
2) Always have an Escape Route planned.
.... this is where you want to have a preplanned escape route to evade that cager on a cellphone behind you who is NOT going to stop. You WILL always have your hand on the throttle, the clutch held firmly to the handlebar, and always have the tranny in 1st gear.
_____ IF that cager don't stop, you will hit the throttle while releasing the clutch handle and BECAUSE your bike is already pointed at your Escape Route you will zoom away from that cager....
Okay, off my podium, but I have zoomed away from at least 2 cagers in recent experience.
I always say that I am driving/riding for 5 people.
. the guy in front
. the guy to the right
. the guy to the left
. the guy to the rear,
oh, and me..... I want to stay alive.
Find an empty parking lot, try straddling the lines or make up your own games.Im curious, I bought my first Goldwing a couple weeks ago now, a 98 SE. I'm learning to ride it, its quite a different animal from my Intruder. Any tips on learning how to manage the size/weight, or other aspects of a Goldwing?
My 2cents:Im curious, I bought my first Goldwing a couple weeks ago now, a 98 SE. I'm learning to ride it, its quite a different animal from my Intruder. Any tips on learning how to manage the size/weight, or other aspects of a Goldwing?