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How to Ride a Heavy Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle

Posted By: Crow River H-D®
Post Date: 07/24/2018

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Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are a beast of a machine - down to the speed found on predators and the roar of its engine. This raw power makes for an incredible ride, but it's heavier build than other motorcycles does require more precise handling ability. Some riders shy away from Harley-Davidson® motorcycles due to their heavier weight, but this is an unnecessary approach! Anyone can learn to tame these beasts armed with the proper knowledge, which we provide below! When you are ready to check out some models in person, visit Crow River H-D®. We are located near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Your Posture

It's no big surprise that your posture affects how your Harley-Davidson® bike handles. You'll see a different riding experience if you slouch than you will if you sit straight up. Just like you were told growing up, you want to sit with shoulders back, head up, and eyes forward. This does more than build a confident posture. A straight-forward gaze promotes better balance. You'll need to tilt the bike (and not your head and body) to make those turns. When you use the correct posture, it lets motorcycles do the leg work.

Another key aspect of posture is your elbows. Some riders naturally want to tuck them in, but try to resist that urge. It's better to keep them pointed out. This gives you improved control when you take turns. You can get even better control if you accentuate the lift on the elbow opposite of your turn.

When taking a tight turn, you'll want to put down the foot on the side you are going to turn. Simply, put down your right foot for right turns and your left foot for left turns. Then you'll point the foot where you want to go. This is a simple strategy that helps you adjust your posture and tackle that turn with ease.

Controlling the Motorcycle

The heavier the motorcycle, the harder it will be to control. But harder doesn't mean impossible! You may need to put in a little more effort, but you'll be rewarded with a better ride experience! After all, there's a reason experienced riders opt for heavier motorcycles.

There are a few ways you can optimize your Harley-Davidson® ride. Aim for a steady ride. Take care to adjust your brakes, throttle, and steering in as smooth as possible. If you attempt a sudden turn, acceleration, or slow down, it could result in a jerky ride.

Limit your use of the front brake when you ride your motorcycle at slow speeds. It could result in the front wheel tucking due to the weight, which will cause you to fall over. Focus on using the rear brake as smoothly as possible, using the front brake in tandem with it as needed.

Parking the Motorcycle

A heavier motorcycle means more machine to park. Look for parking spots on flat ground. Parking on a slope is difficult with a heavy motorcycle, since those are more prone to leaning or sliding. Be intentional when you pull it off the side stand. You'll want to turn the bars to the right until they lock. Then you'll want to grab the right handle while grabbing the brake lever.

We hope you found our guide helpful! When you're ready to experience firsthand the difference a heavy motorcycle makes, visit Crow River H-D®. Schedule a test ride and hop aboard one of the many Harley-Davidson® models. We offer new and used motorcycles so you can find the right one in your budget range. We proudly serve those in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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How to Ride a Heavy Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle

Posted By: Crow River H-D®
Post Date: 07/24/2018

Blog thumbnail 07-24-18-9

Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are a beast of a machine - down to the speed found on predators and the roar of its engine. This raw power makes for an incredible ride, but it's heavier build than other motorcycles does require more precise handling ability. Some riders shy away from Harley-Davidson® motorcycles due to their heavier weight, but this is an unnecessary approach! Anyone can learn to tame these beasts armed with the proper knowledge, which we provide below! When you are ready to check out some models in person, visit Crow River H-D®. We are located near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Your Posture

It's no big surprise that your posture affects how your Harley-Davidson® bike handles. You'll see a different riding experience if you slouch than you will if you sit straight up. Just like you were told growing up, you want to sit with shoulders back, head up, and eyes forward. This does more than build a confident posture. A straight-forward gaze promotes better balance. You'll need to tilt the bike (and not your head and body) to make those turns. When you use the correct posture, it lets motorcycles do the leg work.

Another key aspect of posture is your elbows. Some riders naturally want to tuck them in, but try to resist that urge. It's better to keep them pointed out. This gives you improved control when you take turns. You can get even better control if you accentuate the lift on the elbow opposite of your turn.

When taking a tight turn, you'll want to put down the foot on the side you are going to turn. Simply, put down your right foot for right turns and your left foot for left turns. Then you'll point the foot where you want to go. This is a simple strategy that helps you adjust your posture and tackle that turn with ease.

Controlling the Motorcycle

The heavier the motorcycle, the harder it will be to control. But harder doesn't mean impossible! You may need to put in a little more effort, but you'll be rewarded with a better ride experience! After all, there's a reason experienced riders opt for heavier motorcycles.

There are a few ways you can optimize your Harley-Davidson® ride. Aim for a steady ride. Take care to adjust your brakes, throttle, and steering in as smooth as possible. If you attempt a sudden turn, acceleration, or slow down, it could result in a jerky ride.

Limit your use of the front brake when you ride your motorcycle at slow speeds. It could result in the front wheel tucking due to the weight, which will cause you to fall over. Focus on using the rear brake as smoothly as possible, using the front brake in tandem with it as needed.

Parking the Motorcycle

A heavier motorcycle means more machine to park. Look for parking spots on flat ground. Parking on a slope is difficult with a heavy motorcycle, since those are more prone to leaning or sliding. Be intentional when you pull it off the side stand. You'll want to turn the bars to the right until they lock. Then you'll want to grab the right handle while grabbing the brake lever.

We hope you found our guide helpful! When you're ready to experience firsthand the difference a heavy motorcycle makes, visit Crow River H-D®. Schedule a test ride and hop aboard one of the many Harley-Davidson® models. We offer new and used motorcycles so you can find the right one in your budget range. We proudly serve those in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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