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 Post subject: Putting foot down?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:04 pm 
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All of a sudden I'm putting my foot down on the ground when I feel like I'm falling but I'm still moving. Why is that?


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 Post subject: Re: Putting foot down?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:31 am 
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Hard to say. Get lots more low speed (circles, figure 8) practice. Are you controlling your speed at low speeds with the throttle, or with the clutch? You should be, at very low speeds, using your clutch slippage to control your speed.
When you get to the course, mention this to the instructor so he/she can watch for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Putting foot down?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:56 am 
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Lack of confidence makes the feet come down when there's no real need. Practice riding slowly will build your ability and confidence. With few exceptions, when the bike is moving, the feet should be on the pegs.

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 Post subject: Re: Putting foot down?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:10 pm 
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As Duckster said, a lot of it is confidence. I used to constantly feel like I needed to put a foot down. These days I very rarely do, and usually it's when I've failed to feather the clutch while turning at parking lot speeds.

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