Help, I ride off-center

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by michelsavage, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. erkmania

    erkmania Still Adventuring

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    While riding around 20 mph, stand up, get yourself comfortable on the pegs/bars and then sit down without looking down. Chances are your crack will land in the center of the seat. Get used to that feeling...cured! :D

    Your legs are within an inch or two of each other, right?
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  2. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    anybody think it could be do to the crown in the road ? i have ridden some roads that are pretty tall in the middle and find my self leaning into it a little
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  3. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    To toss another theory into the mix: are you right-handed? Do you work at a computer all day? Do you "slouch with the mouse"?

    You can develop a left-lean *quite* quickly (and frustratingly, persistently) this way. Ask me how I know. :D
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  4. DJFlowe

    DJFlowe Ginger

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    I had the same problem early on... Ended up I was stiff-arming the throttle, and it was pushing me off to the left. Relax your grip, bend your elbows and keep your eyes up and ahead.

    And not to ask the obvious question, but have you taken an MSF class? Good opportunity to ride another bike and have a very knowledgeable person watch you ride.
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  5. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    Sold the F650GS and went to Thailand. Rode Honda Phantom and Honda CBR b250 and Honda CGR 500 and Kawa Ninja perfectly centered. Go figure,,,
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  6. PalePhase

    PalePhase Humour Noir

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    That's neither here nor there
    +1. Actually, $750, which is that it cost me to have my first bike checked out for frame alignment after I stripped it down to a rolling frame, only to find that getting the tiny bit of actual misalignment corrected did not solve my problem, which became readily apparent after seeing an X-ray of my spine. :bluduh

    P.S. The X-ray was covered under insurance. The trip to the alignment shop was not. Take the clue on this.
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  7. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    my bars are always bent

    left arm shorter than the right

    due to accident early 80's

    oh ex wife was driving not a scratch on her
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  8. ErikDK

    ErikDK Been here awhile

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    I'm in the market for an adjustable set of handlebars that can have different heigth, reach and angle left and right.

    If I close my eyes and stretch out my arms, all of the above measurements are different between left and right.

    I don't care if it will look like the bars have been in an accident, because i beleive it will be very comfortable.

    Every bike I've ever owned felt like it had bent handlebars, but in fact it's me thats bent.
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  9. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    laverda adjusrable bars

    cheers
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  10. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    I've been told that I sit off to one side when I ride. Apparently, I'm the only one riding the right way. Fuck those other guys, they're obviously queer or something.
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  11. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    How on earth can someone named "michaelsavage" lean LEFT?
    Weird.
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  12. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    My name is Michel (French), not Michael. And, I lean left left, far left. Ex professor of Humanities, convinced hippie, cannabis adept, bass player, writer and novelist, and, finally, full time sailor for 14 years. Completely anti-clerical, I beleive in the politics of stars and galaxies, oceans and beaches. My gilrfriend is Thai. I love Obama. I chose freedom over money, a long time ago.

    May I assure you that Michael Savage, and moi-même - Michel Savage, are not related in any way. Peace.

    Good joke though!!!
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  13. Parkcomm

    Parkcomm Adventurer

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    Ride anti-clockwise.
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  14. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    As the Brits would put it, try "dressing" on the other side.

    In Burberry's, London, I was buying a very expensive pair of wool trousers:

    "Which side do you dress on, Sir, right or the left?"

    "Excuse me, I'm not sure I understand?"

    The tailor, more through gesture than anything (no contact!) was asking what side my Bad Thing liked to ride on!

    "Just make the knees extra baggy, thanks!"
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  15. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    In much of SE Asia females on motorcycles sit sidesaddle.


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    In the western world this practice has been uncommon for more than 75 years (or so).


    Indonesia city to ban women 'straddling motorbikes'

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