Problem with Wide Right Hand Turns

by lori

Hi all. I got my license memorial day weekend and went right out and bought a Sportster 1200 low. I'm getting used to it and logged 267 road miles but I still have trouble with wide right turns after a full stop. Does anyone have any suggestions? One thing I try to remember is to line my bike up with the turn that helps some but I think I'm a little nervous to lean the bike. Any suggestions? Thanks

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Aug 01, 2010
Right Turns
by: Robin C

I had the same problem, and then a friend I ride with pointed out that when I came to a stop I was already too far into the intersection to have any hope of turning into the right lane! I stopped a little sooner, problem solved. Not sure if that will help you or not, but it sure worked for me!

Jun 29, 2010
Keep your eyes and your head up.
by: Molly

I had trouble with left turns. I figured out I was looking at the road right in front of my bike - not where I wanted to go. Keep your eyes up and keep your head up. Huge difference.

Have someone you trust watch you make some turns. See if they notice anything you're doing differently when you turn right.

Jun 29, 2010
All of your comments are great - thank you!
by: Anonymous

Thanks everyone for your comments. From a stop I don't get too much speed up in the right turn so for me its more about properly maneuvering the bike so I don't hit oncoming traffic (scary). I'm also quickly learning about hills and taking off. I'm in NH and we have so many uneven road surfaces its crazy. It was really challenging to get to the end of my friends driveway which is uphill and have to stop and check traffic before giving it enough gas to move without going backwards. All of these little things are tough but practice helps a lot.

Jun 29, 2010
Practice, Practice, Practice and More Practice!
by: Sassy2731

All you need is more time and practice. I've been riding awhile and still have a problem with right turns from a stop from time to time. It does start to get easier the more you ride. I find that if I haven't ridden for a few weeks is when I tend to have more trouble. Just don't give up because of something so simple.

Jun 29, 2010
Need More!
by: Carey

What exactly are you having problems with in the turn? Do you feel you go to wide out into the road? Give us more details! I feel that way when I turn right. I think the throttle does have a lot to do with it. I like to ease up on the throttle and that's what gets me. I did that on my hubby's FZ6, before he adjusted the clutch, and I basically fell right on over from a stand still. Lining up with the turn does help a lot. I see my husband doing that when we ride 2UP. Just keep practicing and don't worry about not feeling comfortable...that just means one day you'll finally tackle it!

Jun 29, 2010
by: Anonymous

I think riders forget to throttle into the turn. The right speed is what keeps the bike up.

Jun 29, 2010
Wide R/H Turns
by: Jenny FL

Look where you want to go. It is easy to say, challenging to do. Find a parking lot and practice making right hand turns from a stop. This is what I did right after I bought my first bike, and I try to get back to a parking lot and practice on a regular basis. Practice, Practice, Practice! Oh, and relax.

Jun 29, 2010
wide turns
by: Anonymous

Take your time,You will get into it. It's just a matter of time. Great bike.

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