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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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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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Welcome aboard.

PM user:KRAZDI. She also rides a 2010 Thunderbird and may be able to give you some insight.

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Jennifer,just a suggestion give it a little more gas at slow speed it will make it more managable. I had the same problem with my rocket 3t at 1st that bike weighs 889lbs just twist the grip alittle it will make all the differance in the world.i hope this helps..............sandman
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Welcome aboard... The Tbird is a very heavy bike compared to most, it is like 750 lbs dry. There are a few things to consider. If you are able to stand flat footed then the bike does not need to be lowered. Lowering can be done buy changing out the shock. If you have trouble getting both feet flat, then consider lowering.

Also know that the longer you own the bird the easier it will be to handle. Don't feel you have to be an expert all the time. And don't give in to peer pressure, just because someone can do it...

If you are an experienced rider then this my not apply but if not, then consider rider training. I've been riding for decades, and still take the advanced course every few years. Our advanced course teaches handling in tight places. Try a figure eight in a 20'x30' box... lol

Hang in there... handling comes with experience!

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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!
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Jennifer: I highly recommend this series of DVD's to watch and practice, practice, practice low speed bike handling.

http://www.ridelikeapro.com/

Once you learn to control the rear brake & clutch friction zone better you will find the bike responds and your confidence level will go up.

Some people re-take a MSF course as well.
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Jennifer: I highly recommend this series of DVD's to watch and practice, practice, practice low speed bike handling.

http://www.ridelikeapro.com/

Once you learn to control the rear brake & clutch friction zone better you will find the bike responds and your confidence level will go up.

Some people re-take a MSF course as well.
I second this advise, get the DVD's and then go practice in a flat deserted parking lot. Looking were you want the bike to go is key (at any speed). Then brake and clutch control to help in slow maneuvers. Many inexperienced riders look at the ground or just in front of the wheel in slow maneuvers. The weight of the bike is not the real problem for you, that's just your perception. I see ladies riding 1000lb full dressers all the time.
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I have that DVD but I'm more of a book learner and reccommend this book-http://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Control-Mastering-Your-Heavyweight/dp/0760336741

The main thing to keep the Bird upright is clutch slipping control and minute amounts of weight balance and rear brake.

keep off the front brake when going slow-keep off the front brake when going slow

It gets easier with practice but that said

If you don't have them already get front (and rear) dresser (read crash) bars. Everyone will drop their bike one day or another.

Also it does not need to be said but dress properly in tank top, shorts and flip flops if your in Florida. Just kidding you know how to dress properly.
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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.

I am not a big person and have no trouble at low speed. Its all about balance and just plenty of riding at low speeds.

I would hazard a guess that you dont have long legs and this could be a problem with parking.....

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