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SteveS
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Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Harley-Davidson

FLHTK 2012

Posted - 12/25/2015 :  9:44 AM                       Like
I found this a bit confusing. What do others think of this method?

https://youtu.be/8ZFdxEWpefI

greywolf
Male Moderator
1495 Posts
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Evanston, IL
USA

Suzuki

DL650AL2

Posted - 12/25/2015 :  12:10 PM
Body weight shifting is slower and less precise than counter steering. It's easier and more natural to get the bike to go where the rider is looking. Sure, weight shift steering and not turning the head where you want to go is possible, but it isn't optimal and gets even harder at higher speeds.
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commonground
Male Standard Member
155 Posts


Windsor, PA
USA

Yamaha

V Star 1300

Posted - 12/26/2015 :  4:45 AM
It was fun to watch but, I wasn't impressed. I wouldn't offer it up to someone as a good video. I didn't take much away from it.

When taking a safety class I asked, "why the "Turns in the box" weren't weighted as heavily as some of the other exercises." The answer was, "At low speeds you are more likely to suffer more from embarrassment than from physical injury."

I still practice low speed turns but, they have a lower priority.
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SteveS
Male Advanced Member
1208 Posts
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Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Harley-Davidson

FLHTK 2012

Posted - 12/27/2015 :  8:12 AM
quote:
Originally posted by commonground

It was fun to watch but, I wasn't impressed. I wouldn't offer it up to someone as a good video. I didn't take much away from it.

When taking a safety class I asked, "why the "Turns in the box" weren't weighted as heavily as some of the other exercises." The answer was, "At low speeds you are more likely to suffer more from embarrassment than from physical injury."

I still practice low speed turns but, they have a lower priority.



What are you saying is/are higher priorities? FMI.

Thanks
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commonground
Male Standard Member
155 Posts


Windsor, PA
USA

Yamaha

V Star 1300

Posted - 12/27/2015 :  6:37 PM
quote:
Originally posted by SteveS

quote:
Originally posted by commonground

It was fun to watch but, I wasn't impressed. I wouldn't offer it up to someone as a good video. I didn't take much away from it.

When taking a safety class I asked, "why the "Turns in the box" weren't weighted as heavily as some of the other exercises." The answer was, "At low speeds you are more likely to suffer more from embarrassment than from physical injury."

I still practice low speed turns but, they have a lower priority.



What are you saying is/are higher priorities? FMI.

Thanks



Nothing in learning the skills for safe riding should be considered a low priority. Some should be considered higher than others just as the MSF does. The higher risk activities should, as with anything else, demand a higher priority. There are far too many higher risk activities to list them all. Here are a couple: Negotiating an emergency stop from highway speed safely, negotiating a tight blind curve safely, .................................
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