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Oh boy! A countersteering thread!

I MAKE the bike go where I want by applying a HARD input to the handlebars. If you don't know how to force the bike to go where you want it to go you just haven't figured out how to ride yet.

That's all,
Russ
 

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Hey Randy - we are here to lean on the counter not leaRn about it!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Methinks it is a worthy General Discussion topic tho' :wink:

Now it must be Randy's turn to get the ale in! 8)
 

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I'll act real dumb and ask the question: How many members actually got their motorcycle driver's license by taking the practical test on the Burgman? How does one keep the clutch engaged, feather the brake, and lean to manuever the cone swerve?
I'm not discouraged, yet I'm nearly ready to buy a 20 year old Honda scooter to take the test and turn around and sell it.
PM me if embarrassed to tell me publicly how easy it was for you.
Help me save some sense of dignity.
 

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First off I did not take the test, officially, but I have done it a few times. at first , with out a clutch it was strange but you soon learn to compensate, you can't give control over to the engine.
By that I mean you set an RPM a little faster then you could make the cones and hold it, from then on you control the speed with the brake, just like you would slipping the clutch--
sure it takes a little practice but is is well worth the time to learn.
The same thing works when your trying to go real slow. 8)
 

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I took and passed the test on my 650 and my wife passed on the 400. I went to an empty parking lot first and made my own course to practice on.
It was actually pretty easy to pass the test with the 650.
 

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I passed mine on a standard 500cc motorsickle.
However, doing the test on a Burgman (400 or 650) will be no problem IF you get some parking lot time in.
I can certainly 'throw' the 400 around in a much more accomplished fashion than the motorsickle BUT only after parking lot time.
You do not need to make it inot a religious activity, I used to factor it inot my rides a sort of before and after session. Practicing tight U turns without dabbing the foot down and interspersed with emergency stops and some avoidance (swerve) practice.
I guess (I say that advisedly :wink: ) that the 400 is much easier than the 650 for low speed tight manoeuvres - once I get onboard with th 650 the parking lot will become a regular feature of my ride until I feel comfortable that I now my bike and my limitations.
 
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