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  1. That’s excellent to hear – and thanks for letting me know! šŸ™‚

    Posted by Kevin Williams / Survival Skills | February 7, 2017, 11:26 am
  2. Hello Thank you for the information, my turns are improving and it is practice, practice and moe practice. I have also adjusted my clutch to accommodate my small hands and this has helped as well.

    Thank You

    Posted by Smita Gray | February 7, 2017, 11:05 am
  3. Yes, do let me know how you get on. Remember, don’t try to ride TOO slowly when you’re trying to ride slowly! It’s worth riding trying this in a straight line, progressively slowing down. You’ll find that down to about 10-12mph, most bikes are reasonably stable, but once the speed gets down to single figures, you start having to fight it. Once you start turning, this makes it very difficult to follow anything like a smooth line. So the best way to make tight turns is to keep the speed up to double figures then lean the bike. It takes a little confidence and some practice, but this way your turns will become far smoother and controlled.

    Posted by Kevin Williams / Survival Skills | May 30, 2016, 9:46 am
  4. Thank you for a detailed break down for making my right turns smoother. I will be trying this and will let you know. Best regards, Smita

    Posted by smita Gray | May 23, 2016, 9:05 pm
  5. Hi Smita,

    Sorry not to reply sooner. The key points are:

    1) Look at where you want to go when you pull away – it’s easy to end up looking at a kerb or parked car, so try to spot something like a discoloured patch on the road surface that you can aim for and make a mental note to use this as a ‘reference point’ to aim for
    2) Try to pull away in a straight line – this gets the bike balanced straight away
    3) Get the bike rolling fast enough to be stable – too slow and the bike will wobble and make it difficult to turn smoothly
    4) Control the speed by using the rear brake rather than by opening and closing the throttle
    5) Once moving counter-steer to get the bike leaning
    6) Make sure you’re looking where you want to go – look at that reference point on the road surface
    7) Make sure you don’t try to ‘power out’ of the turn – this will just push the bike wide, so just keep the throttle steady so that the speed stays steady until the bike is upright and pointed where you want to go next. THEN you can turn the throttle and accelerate away from the turn.

    The best way to practice is in a nice empty car park. The markings make for ‘turns’ that you can practice on, just be sure to keep away from cars. Then try this on nice easy turns.

    If you need any more help, get back to me.

    If you’re anywhere near one of my training areas, I offer an inexpensive two hour Slow Control course which will help you with exactly this technique.

    Posted by Kevin Williams / Survival Skills | May 22, 2016, 10:12 pm
  6. I struggle to make a smooth right hand turn from a stop. Please could you explain how I could improve, how should my bike be positioned.

    Posted by smita Gray | May 16, 2016, 9:54 pm

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