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Old 11-08-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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U-turns... HELP!!!

4 days after I bought my bike, I laid it down in a sharp u-turn incline at the walgreens parking log. how embarrassing!! some guy walked up to me and asked if i need help picking up the bike. i said no thanks i got it.. so he walked away!! how rude, doesn't matter if a girl says no, he shouldn't have walked away. (when a girl says no, it doesn't always mean no.. hehe) he must have felt bad so he came back and helped me anyway.

give me 3 lanes and i can u-turn. give me 2 lanes and i'm stuck. i've been trying to u-turn on my street in front of my house but it's not looking good. i'll start on the far right of the street.. try to make a U.. but somehow go up one driveway, along the sidewalk, and down the next driveway... yes, that's MY u-turn (hahaha.. i know you're laughing right now). I got on my cuz vulcan 750 and can u-turn on that easily, but cruisers are so much easier. any advice?
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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ill show u next time we go out riding, its easy, just gotta know how to handle the handlebars
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:43 PM   #3
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lucky u dont got a scotts. makes uturns even harder.
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goes as far as you can, then turn the handlebar the other way and back up. then turn it back again the right way and then go. most of my u-turns are like 2 point u-turns.
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:50 PM   #5
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i lean with my you turns, but when i was first learning, what i do is i just kick my left foot out incase i lose balance and lay over the bike and just go like 1-2 MPH and turn the handlebars to the left and walk my bike thru
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:56 PM   #7
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It's all clutch... don't even think about touching the throttle while doing a Uturn. Unlike highspeed manuevers, you will not countersteer while pulling a Uturn. You will need to actually turn the handlebars. The biggest problem that most noobs have is that they look down... don't do that! Look towards your shoulder, you will go where you look.

I'm not trying to be a d!ck, but it's pretty obvious you have no formal motorcycle training. I know nobody ever follows the more experienced riders advice, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say it... put your bike away. Hide the keys. Don't touch it again until you've taken the MSF course. THEN... go get the keys and practice in parking lots.

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BTW... the only thing that could make a cruiser easier to Uturn is the lower CoG. A sportbike is inherently more nimble, thus it can make tighter Uturns with less effort.
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It's all clutch... don't even think about touching the throttle while doing a Uturn. Unlike highspeed manuevers, you will not countersteer while pulling a Uturn. You will need to actually turn the handlebars. The biggest problem that most noobs have is that they look down... don't do that! Look towards your shoulder, you will go where you look.

I'm not trying to be a d!ck, but it's pretty obvious you have no formal motorcycle training. I know nobody ever follows the more experienced riders advice, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say it... put your bike away. Hide the keys. Don't touch it again until you've taken the MSF course. THEN... go get the keys and practice in parking lots.

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yeah that helps a little but i still couldnt do the figure 8 too well. especially now on the sport bike.

sometimes when i turn real sharp my hand kind of gets pinned by the gas tank :eh:
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yeah that helps a little but i still couldnt do the figure 8 too well. especially now on the sport bike.

sometimes when i turn real sharp my hand kind of gets pinned by the gas tank :eh:
actually it helps alot.........


and as steve-o said, it's about throttle/clutch and weight transfer
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For some reason i thought you had been riding for a while jen.... O well ya probably need to park it b4 its gone and take the class....

or just throw your bike on the kickstand and turn it like that...
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its tough. keep practicing. im not bad, but have a long way to go before perfect.
what helped me was to go to a huge parking lot, and just practice tight circles. you dont want to make yourself dizzy, so i do a few one way, then switch to the other way. practice something else, then come back to the circles again. if you do it enough, you get used to how much you can lean it over, and how fast you can go at the same time. the idea is to make the circles as tight as you can. just takes repitition, thats all in my opinion.

speaking of the sidewalk, i used to get up on this one sidewalk all the time. this was cause my lightweight could never make light turn green (weight sensored intersection)... i used to roll up on the sidewalk to push the pedestian "walk" button, that would change the light...then one day i bike cop rolled up when i was doing that. he didnt stop me, just gave me one ** of a look, so i quit doing that, lol.

srry no real point, but a funny story so i had to share...lol
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hope you wear gear while ur praticing.
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That's funny cause that's how I first dropped my bike, learning U-Turns. This was before I took the MSF though, made a right U-Turn in front of my driveway and hit the little curb, an bam, bike went down. No scratches or anything though good thing. Like a few people said, just practice around parking lots...good luck
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its tough. keep practicing. im not bad, but have a long way to go before perfect.
what helped me was to go to a huge parking lot, and just practice tight circles. you dont want to make yourself dizzy, so i do a few one way, then switch to the other way. practice something else, then come back to the circles again. if you do it enough, you get used to how much you can lean it over, and how fast you can go at the same time. the idea is to make the circles as tight as you can. just takes repitition, thats all in my opinion.

speaking of the sidewalk, i used to get up on this one sidewalk all the time. this was cause my lightweight could never make light turn green (weight sensored intersection)... i used to roll up on the sidewalk to push the pedestian "walk" button, that would change the light...then one day i bike cop rolled up when i was doing that. he didnt stop me, just gave me one ** of a look, so i quit doing that, lol.

srry no real point, but a funny story so i had to share...lol
I used to think they where weight senor in there as well but it is actually a lack of maetal or somethign like that you can buy this thingy that you put on your bike that fixes that like 15 bucks i think...


like its not weight its magnits or something i dunno...

BUt yet on the toll way they see you but they cant see you at red lights stupid .... I dont see why they dont use those nice new cameras that give you tickets when you run the light to turn green for our bikes...
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LoL i never had any of these problems i got my bike turned it around in the parking lot road off in the rain then got on the freeway.... arived at my house... I think yall just try to hard...
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