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Old 05-04-2007, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Tight circles and turns..HELP

OK, so some of you know i had my roadtest tuesday and failed on the circles. I need some tips on do circles in a street, lines you would pick, posture, speed, how much lean. I simply cant do it in a space the size of a road. How tight is it possible to do? I would just barely hit the curb if i try and do it. No idea how i almost did it on my road test, just didnt quite make it.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:36 PM
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slide your butt way over to the OUTSIDE of the saddle. A little more. really exagerate it. Weight on the outside peg. Lean the bike WAY over. Further. Now you're getting it. don't touch the clutch, just drag the rear brake a bit to control speed. With the KLR a proficient rider could probably circle in, don't know, maybe a 12 foot circle.? I practice in a parking lot, but never measured it. I know within one lane.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:36 PM
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Like Joe says!! You need to go to a parking lot, make that an
parking lot, then figure it out.

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Old 05-04-2007, 09:40 PM
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OK GET A GRIP ! well i mean your tires your bike will hold a tite slow turn balance it the KEY!!! you should be well balanced, and when makeing that tight turn on a dime. use power and brake's to told your space.... this move is not hard .... but like Daddyjoe says Practice...
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Old 05-04-2007, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, ecspecially hayduke, it was the sliding of the butt that i dont normally do that probably causes my troubles. 1 lane sounds reasonable, my dad was arguing with me saying its a limitation of the bike not me. I knew that it couldnt be me, i've seen bigger bikes do the test. I've got a big vacant parking lot a mile down the road so i'll work on it there. Im still wondering though how much i can turn the handlebars before i shouldfear loss of control? I know on a bicycle if you go to far it will throw you off in the opposite direction.
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Old 05-04-2007, 11:15 PM
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no worries- you can do full lock turns. I practice this on my ST1100, too, and don't take up a whole lot more space- definitely full lock on that bike, and the sliding the butt off works on that one too. Really exagerate how far you lean the bike and slide off- it will help.

The other key is where you look. If you are doing a U turn turn your head and look all the way behind you before you turn. Same in a circle- turn your head way around.

my wife has only been riding a few months, but she's getting it. Notice how her right cheek is not even on the saddle.... But she could exagerate the lean more and turn her head further around (and keep her head up)...

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Old 05-05-2007, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, a picture really is worth a thousand words, 3 is even better, lol. Good info, i'll try this tommorow and report back as to how many times i fall(hopefully 0 right?). Goodnight all. Thanks again hayduke.
BTW: maybe its just me but your wife looks small even on that xt. Was she the one who started off on a small 100cc trail bike? Either way, if she can do the turns like that i can too(you had to go off showing me a picture of a girl doing it, makes me feel sooooo much better, lol).
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:24 AM
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Heyduke (love that book) says:
"don't touch the clutch"
If that doesn't work then do use the clutch. MSF instructs that way. slipping the clutch and riding the rear brake is the only way I can do it but I can do figure eights at full lock. Practice frequently in everyday riding.
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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I like slipping the clutch, besides they last a long time. I gotta get over the front brake, thats what makes me fall. Probably a habit from my mountain biking days, the front didnt hurt so much because normal bikes are so light that they wont fall over.
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