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Old 08-17-12, 01:36   #1
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So when I get sammiched between cars/motorcycle after parking, I leave and can't make a tight enough turn to stay in my lane as I leave my spot. Im not sure if it's my hand positioning, but when I have the tires pointing to the right I can only twist the throttle maybe 2% unless I put the back of my hand facing forward then gripping the throttle, which is hard because of gloves/brake lever getting in the way. Do you guys get what I'm saying? Maybe I'll try to make a video. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Basically I'm struggling to leave dedicated motorcycle parkings (when a bike is parked to my right) or in between cars when needing to make an immediate right. I don't wanna lean super hard to leave either, unless you guys do it all the time and come out fine (not low siding)


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Old 08-17-12, 01:48   #2
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im not sure what you are talking about. video would be helpful.
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Old 08-17-12, 02:29   #3
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I am going to guess this is your first sportbike?

If so take the weight off your wrist, use your core muscles and legs. Have you taken any type of basic riding class? If not do so they will teach you the basics to slow riding, going slow takes way more skill on a sportbike than going fast.
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Old 08-17-12, 02:39   #4
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Butt off the seat, stand on the pegs, weight on inside peg, practice in empty parking lot. You'll get it. At low speeds you have little to no gyroscopic stabilization like you have at speed, so you have to counterweight the bike to keep it up.

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My first bike was a zx6r, then a 650r, and now my new (to me) d675. I've taken the MSF course a while ago, and would like to go back. The issue is because the handle bars are so aggressively positioned, I cannot give it any gas when it's fully locked to the right when I'm leaving my parking spot from a dead stop, I just have no room to twist my wrist. I can't clutch out of there because I'm in San Francisco and a lot of spots I park are at slanted meaning its like a little hill, thus making clutching impossible to get out of a parking spot. I'm getting a little better at u-turns though. I think this makes much more sense. Picture below is how steep most of the parking is. At least them seem steep to me lol.


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Old 08-17-12, 07:14   #6
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I don't understand how this is a problem for you unless you just have huge hands. I do it constantly and never have a problem.
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So how do you get into the spot?
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Old 08-17-12, 08:25   #8
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Just adjust the angle of the clip-ons, as I've described here many times.
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I feel your pain... The same happens to me. I solved it like smoke says, you just adjust the clip on angle and also grab the throttle close the the end of the grip. My building's parking also has some tight manouvering spots that need throttle at full lock...
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flip your OEM clip ons or get some heli bars. Still wont solve the problem though.
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