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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Sequoia, Sep 15, 2011.
I turn mine foward.
On side stand, locked to the right. The "experts" say to the left, but the instructor at the BMW training center showed how it sits a bit lower, and therefore more stable, to the right. I think higher/lower depends on fork geometry.
On center stand, locked in whichever direction gets the bars out of the way best, depending on where it's parked.
Unless you're a Hand-Wringer and feel the need to use the lock, why bother turning the wheel? I've been parking mine with the wheel straight since '66. I've never had one fall over, even the overloaded GS. I don't think I've ever put a key into a fork lock.
When I'm parked it's always to the left so I can use the steering lock (and my cable and my alarm system) because I live where they'd steal a turd on the sidewalk.
When stoped, I usually have my bars/front wheel aimed at my escape route should someone forget to use their brakes as they're comming up on me from behind.:eek1
You must ride ugly and undesirable bikes. For those who bikes that others want it is smart to lock the bars so the asshat thieves can't push it around the corner and throw in it a truck.
It won't stop them all but why make it easy for them?
Any time my bikes are out of my sight the steering is locked.
:huh Well it depends... At the bottom line the whole thing is situational for me.
- Parked someplace in public and left unattended -- full left and locked.
- Parked anyplace else when out riding -- usually straight ahead if on asphalt. Bur when out in the dirt, however it feels most stable.
- Refueling -- full lock right.
- Parked in the garage at home -- straight ahead, or maybe full lock left, or maybe full lock right, depending on how I'm moving around in the available space.
And you must live around some pretty inept thieves... B/c a steering lock of a bike, and I'll go as far to even say most, are easy to break.
Tho it is a steering lock AND a caliper lock for me... most the time. I even want to run a Master through the rear sprocket & chain, so in order to move the bike it'd have to be picked up the entire way...
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I used to leave the wheel straight and just about threw a nice street bike on the ground when the kickstand started sinking into the gravel, the wheel flopped left and I barely got back to it in time.
I don't use fork locks, take it..I have more bikes.
Really paid off at work the other day, one of those mobile car washing outfits was going to wash a truck right next to the bike parking at work...you know, the kind that uses acid as the cleaning agent and dulls aluminum and paint. Security guard to the rescue, he moved 30 bikes that weren't locked, mine included!!
I was taught at the BMW riding school to have handlebars to left and right to mount and dismount so that is where I leave mine unless I actually lock the bars to the left.
Why worry? After all, you have more bikes...............
When I shortened the Vee side stand, full right worked best.