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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by JenniferD View Post
I own a 2010 thunderbird and love it but are having trouble handling the bike in low speed and parking due to the weight, just woundering if any one has any ideas that would help or know of any machanical aid thats not over the top on price but effective and safe.
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As long as you keep it vertical, the weight will be a non issue. Keep your eyes up and look into the distance. Relax, breathe, enjoy!
I agree with Sub. If you are looking at the front of the bike handling feels like you are wrestling with a bear. Look where you want to go and the bike will handle like a charm.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 07:23 PM
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You guys scared Jennifer, she hasn't been back since her one and only post.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 08:13 PM
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Come back Jennifer, I have just bought a new storm & i'am loving it but & i'am not new to bikes having ridden for over 30 years I have a small annoying problem that Ive never had before, when slowing to a stop for red light or just parking as I put my foot down I tend to veer in that direction for the last couple of feet untill stationary. I must be shifting my weight ie leg weight to cause this, it kinder feels like having a pillion move , I have other bikes that I ride & have never had this happen, the Tbird is a very well balanced bike & as was mentioned before both Jennifer & myself probably just need some more slow speed practice.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-11-2011, 12:48 PM
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The key to keeping the bike upright is to have the clutch about half engaged and have your right foot dragging the rear brake and giving the bike light throttle.... then turn your head in the direction of where you want to end up and never look down!! Works every time.... but takes lots of practice. Same when coming to a stop. Do it right and you can almost stand the bike up with your feet up at a dead stop.

I too used the ride like a pro videos. I think every new biker should watch and practice the techniques taught in those videos. I bought some cones at Lowes and had my son watch the videos then we headed out to the school parking lot. It took him awhile to learn to keep his head up but the exercise quickly taught him what happens when you don't. My son-in-law learned this the hard way. He was a new rider and was riding with friends and was trying to keep up and wasn't skilled enough at that point and failed to keep his head up in a turn and off the road he went. Fortunately he was ok but it scared him enought to sell his bike. He is back to riding now

I have a Yamaha FJR1300 and that bike while a tad lighter makes the Storm feel like a lightweight. I think the Strom is an amazingly great handling bike for being so big.


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