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Old 11-08-2005, 11:49 PM   #41
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o, one more piece of advice, if you have access to a parking lot, why don't you try big circles and then get smaller, a u turn is basically a 65% of a circle
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:27 AM   #42
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Thanks for all the advice.
I've taken the MSF course already. Just because I've been riding for a while doesn't mean I'm perfect. I admit - I'm not the fastest learner but atleast I try. To some of you that means , but to me it's something. I practiced on my street last weekend to force myselft to stay within a space. If i don't go on the driveway then I'm doing the 2 point turn. I live near a school, so I use their parking lot to practice too. I do realize that the clutch plays a big part and no, I don't look down. Just like my turns, I look into my turn to see what's ahead. just seeking additional advice to make my u-turns easier.

thanks for being a steve o chap, but you're a good .
thanks pete for offering to help.
thanks to everyone else too!
oh man she gave me a special thanks
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Old 11-09-2005, 01:11 AM   #44
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:35 AM   #48
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^ Thats up.

Racer X and his mad skills never left me wondering how to do a U-turn. I just bust them.

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Old 11-09-2005, 05:26 AM   #49
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alright guys stop making fun of her, shes a friend of mines and a new member and we all didnt start off pro's, i feel bad shes asking for help and some guys acting mean to her, do ME a favor and just help her out and keep smart comments to urself
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Old 11-09-2005, 08:05 AM   #50
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I'm really surprised in all these posts that no one has told this little lady to use the back brake when turning. It will tighten up your turn significantly. Also, just before you begin your turn, look at where you want to end up, and don't take your eyes off of it. That's where you'll be when your U-turn is complete and you wont believe how tight you got it. If you feel yourself going wide, apply a little back brake!!!!

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Old 11-09-2005, 09:36 AM   #51
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but if you apply too much back brake with low speed it can tighten up your turn right into the pavement. counterweighting is easier to manage, learn that and you can move on to backing into turns with the rear brake.
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Old 11-09-2005, 09:38 AM   #52
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well most people cant take a u turn well cause they are afraid of the weight of the bike... i suggest u go practice power walking the bike in the parking lot to build up ur legs muscles and get used to the weight, u will be surprised how u will get comfortable with the weight and how more confidence u get....
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:00 AM   #53
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just like at the frat house!!!!

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srry, i dont know where i come up with this ...but its too funny not to share...
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:19 AM   #54
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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?
MSF course give you basic.
Practice make real life situation perfect.
regard of whom give you advises, practice what you are comfore with even if you did the wrong way but if it is turn the way you are confore with then keep practice that way. remember no one perfect we are all make mistake and atlease one time we all drop our bike. so keep practice and practice you will get it.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:29 AM   #55
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We did some really tight u-turns in the MSF class. In like a figure 8. We never used the gas or the clutch either. All we did was look over your shoulder, this makes your handle bars and you weight do the turning without really thinking too much about it.

I never do u-turns that tight anymore. (without my feet down)
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:38 AM   #56
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If it means anything at all to you beings you don't know me,

I have been riding for many years and I still get kinda leary (sp)
of making a u turn, exspecially a right handed one.

JUST A THOUGHT: I think that you should have more with your boyfriend,
That will make you better at whatever riding skills you need to gain...
...Trust me on this one, don't listen to all the better advice about taking
a course and all that other stuff...more period.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:51 AM   #57
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oh, hey... like i said i still have a couple problems with u-turns. one of them is that i always end up crushing a thumb between the tank and bars.
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I'm with Godsuki and others, in a slow speed u-turn I drag the rear brake and load the motor against it. It's worked for me for years. Practice in an empty parking lot doing progressively smaller figure 8's. Try 2 or 3 in a row and then straighten out. Repeat until you feel comfortable.

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For me counterweighting works best, and practice.

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Old 11-09-2005, 11:50 AM   #60
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MSF? counterweighting?
yap that s right..that would be what i just learnt...counterweight...look where you want your bike to go dont look down..look far back where you are going...(well at least that is what they say at msf....)
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