Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Overland Park, KS, USA
I'm having trouble making left and right turns....
Any advice on where to look for assistance? Online videos, tutorials, recommended books? I took the basic MSF class and now I'm thinking about taking the next class.
Basically it's very difficult to make low- to medium-speed turns such as 90 degree angles at an intersection or rolling up to a left protected arrowed. Harder to make right turns than left turns for me. I don't have problems if I come to a complete stop first. And I don't have problems if I am at [higher] speed and countersteer, corner, lean, etc around moderate bends and twisties. It's when I have to approach at speed, slow down with the brakes, downshift, and turn without some to a craw or crossing the line swinging wide.
I've only been riding for a 1.5 years and I had a fall early on last year while making a right turn (hit some gravel while downshifting and braking). I need to practice and that's all I do mostly everyday but I don't seem to be improving much. I need to better understand the role (while turning) of the rear brake vs front brake, leaning and countersteering, and why I always end up in 1st gear. The good news is I'm looking ahead of the turn so I got that down, the bad news is I'm still getting that rear tire sometimes breaking away on me and I have to stand up.
Any help would be appreciated.