Your going to have to get out and ride to learn. Stay on 2 lane back roads with little traffic. Your problem is fear and if you can't overcome the fear, stop riding. You have got to get the feel of riding, get into the groove. There are days when I ride that I'm not in the groove. Those days I don't hit the curves hard because I'm just not feeling it. Other days I'll take a 50 mph S curve at 75. Time and Practice...….....I have no problems when riding stop light to stop light.
But when I get on the highway something changes.
One thing I wish they taught in the class was how to battle cross winds.
I get pushed all over the road some times.
I don't think anyone is ribbing you in any malicious way about riding a Harley. A joke or two, perhaps, but I think everyone here's right on board with helping you figure out what's up .MAN!!! I knew once I said I rode a HD this would blow up.
till now .. now you guys are burning me for riding a HD
Not being able to hold a line during a long banking turn on the highway.
Can I blame it on the bars or is it me?
I don't blame you there. Try riding with one buddy. That's a big enough group for you to get help if you get ran over, and small enough group to minimize riding into others or being crashed into.
Whoever steered you away from Victory did you a big disfavor. Victory as a manufacturer is dead, but the bikes are alive and will likely live very long and happy lives.... I joined here because at one time I was going to trade the HD in for a Vic. XR
but you guys talked me out of it because Vic. is dead company ...
First of all, I asked you about posting here, rather than on an HD forum, simply because I was just curious. That's all, no hidden agenda, nothing against Harleys, no dumping intended. Really, just a little puzzled and curious.
As @IndyVictory pointed out (post #55), yeah, don't put your foot down. Clip the ground with your toes, and at a minimum you'll wind up with a broken ankle. Remember, they talked in class (or they should have) how steering changes from walking speed (for example, paddling around, to park the bike) to a riding pace (where counter-steering comes into play ... but don't get your mind fixed on theories, it's the same thing everyone does riding a bicycle). At riding pace, feet on the pegs or floorboards, period. And nearly all pegs and floorboards have feeler bolts on the bottom, to let you know -- by scraping them -- that you're close to a max lean angle.You guys are asking some good stuff and
I am trying to recall everything.
It was a Friday, Saturday, Sunday class.
Friday was class room, Saturday was riding, Sunday was a riding test and the afternoon was a book test.
I do remember having to ride a S in a box that was outlined in the parking lot.
Also how to make your self more visible on the road, riding over a broomstick and
It was all 1st gear riding
I do remember throwing my leg out in a turn and got yelled at... I got yelled at few times now that I think about it.
"that's a good way to break that off"
When it comes to the group ride they told us the new guy rides up front with the leader.
Personally I think that's the worst spot because the new guy could take out everyone.
They even told us where we can find the schedule for group rides online.
When you guys are in a turn or twisty do you find your self getting up on top of the bars
or staying stretched out?
Nice chicks man