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    There are videos on you tube that might help Jerry Pallidino's Ride like a pro series are good . When maneuvering slowly to apply slight pressure to the back brake ,keep your clutch in the "friction zone " (slip the clutch), etc . He also states that you can try this with a bicycle (pressure on the back brake ) while moving slowly to test it out .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56982 View Post
    There are videos on you tube that might help Jerry Pallidino's Ride like a pro series are good . When maneuvering slowly to apply slight pressure to the back brake ,keep your clutch in the "friction zone " (slip the clutch), etc . He also states that you can try this with a bicycle (pressure on the back brake ) while moving slowly to test it out .
    I have watched a lot of his videos and Moto jitsu and paying it forward and Dan the fireman etc. Since I am on an R1100S and have a 36" inseam I can't put counter balance pressure on the right foot peg(half cheek off) while turning left and still apply rear brake. I am just focusing on friction zone and did pretty well today. I will post if I pass or fail and thanks to all!

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    Riding a twenty foot diameter circle is pretty easy on an RT. A full circle is not "real world", but I do a U-turn on a two lane road fairly often. Or do a U through an empty parking spot to be headed out after parking in the adjoining space. My limit is currently a 16 foot diameter, and I'm not on the steering stops yet.

    I enjoy the tight turns. It's fun to just flip a quick U and then watch as my brother-in-law struggles do a three point turn, using his Gold Wings reverse and paddling to change direction.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JDpdfm5j7c

    Sometimes helps to know whats possible. I dropped my 1100 twice trying to do the tight turn deal in my driveway.

    This thread has me wanting to do an advanced skills class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mntngrown View Post
    I have watched a lot of his videos and Moto jitsu and paying it forward and Dan the fireman etc. Since I am on an R1100S and have a 36" inseam I can't put counter balance pressure on the right foot peg(half cheek off) while turning left and still apply rear brake. I am just focusing on friction zone and did pretty well today. I will post if I pass or fail and thanks to all!
    good luck with the test!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisinsc View Post
    That is impressive.

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    Yes but

    Quote Originally Posted by slowpokepete View Post
    That is impressive.

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    Wasn't he putting his foot down each time? They would flunk him at the CA DMV

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    Thanks Chris

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    good luck with the test!
    By the way, I used to live at the top of E. Canyon. I did not have a motor then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    Riding a twenty foot diameter circle is pretty easy on an RT. A full circle is not "real world", but I do a U-turn on a two lane road fairly often. Or do a U through an empty parking spot to be headed out after parking in the adjoining space. My limit is currently a 16 foot diameter, and I'm not on the steering stops yet.
    Hmmm - I may need to bust out the measuring tape and see what I can do... then compare that vs the GS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mntngrown View Post
    By the way, I used to live at the top of E. Canyon. I did not have a motor then.
    Cool. I still ride bicycles up and down that road and just last Sunday the 22 yo son and I did a motorcycle ride with sena comms as he practiced on the f650.

    It's wonderful you got to live up there. The road now though is even more of a wreck than ever. Keeps you on your toes regardless of motorized or not.
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    One of the key skills needed in riding slow and tight is being able to work the clutch properly. Learn its friction zone and get control of using the clutch at low speed manuvering.
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    The best way to get there is to start..........riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWeldin View Post
    One of the key skills needed in riding slow and tight is being able to work the clutch properly. Learn its friction zone and get control of using the clutch at low speed manuvering.
    Which on dry clutch bikes requires a different style than a slip away all you want wet clutch.

    We did a TX course with figure eights in a tight box... I was on a 1150R and another guy on a Duc Monster... he smelled up the place and the Goldwing riding instructor asked me to make it look a bit harder for the new riders and the Duc to do his best : laugh
    We all passed

    And real world u turns on crowned roads is another skill to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Turn your head that way and the bike will follow....
    Amazing how that works, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Amazing how that works, eh?
    Until you don’t follow through
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Amazing how that works, eh?
    Took me a long to time to "habitually" switch from looking at the brick in the road so to speak to looking at the road I wanted to travel on one side or another.
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