Everybody seems to enjoy a heavy Harley cruiser motorcycle. But, when it comes to maneuvering the motorcycle or slow-riding on a cruiser, it’s a whole different thing. At high-speed, riding any bike doesn’t feel much. But, when you ride at slow speeds and in tight spots then riding a heavy bike is very difficult. Not all riders have those skills to do it without a sweat.
Have you ever seen cruiser riders passing through slow traffic or taking a turn by paddling with their feet on the ground?
I bet you didn’t. Because it is not as easy as we expect. Especially, when you own a sports bike. However, there are few riders who have those skills and have no trouble doing this. But, not all riders have same skills.
It takes a plenty of patience and skills to do that. That’s why we are today to give you some top tips to handle a heavy motorcycle.
Top Tips to Handle a Heavy Motorcycle
Parking a heavy bike can be the first lesson to handle big heavy Harley’s. When you picking a place to park your motorcycle, make sure it is a flat surface with no inclination. But, if it does then it better be an uphill chamber. Otherwise, you will feel your motorcycle a lot heavier while putting off the stand.
Remember, to use the side stand instead of center stand.
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When you are riding slowly in a traffic then don’t look down. Always see straight with head upfront to understand the nearby traffic and where you want to go.
Handle Brakes, Clutch, and Throttle Smoothly
Cruiser bikes are recognized for power, however, sport bikes for transmission. So, don’t put so much pressure on throttle and clutch. Moving smoothly give you better control over handling and speed. Plus, at low speeds, you don’t need to use front brakes.
Because, if you do then it will cause all weight on front suspension which may result in an imbalance of motorcycle. Use rear brakes to slow down the motorcycle and at zero put your left feet on the ground for full control. Only use front brake when you need to stop immediately.
“Use left foot for left turns and right foot for right turns.”
This technique will help you to take turns without any difficulty. I know it sounds strange but if you put your foot on the side where you are executing sharp turn then it will adjust your riding posture and will work in taking turn easily.
Tilt and Sit up Straight
Tight turns require steering and leaning the motorcycle. While taking a tight turn, lean your motorcycle on the side of the foot to start turning and extend your leg in the direction of the turn. This leaning motorcycle trick will help you to turn straight away.
One more thing, while turning the motorcycle, sit straight. This will give you control over the turn and lean bike.
Hope, these tips, and hints will help you to manage tight turns on heavy motorcycles and give you a general idea of how to ride a heavy motorcycle. If you have anything to add in this list then don’t forget to mention in the comment section below.