MSF Night 3 – Cornering, stopping, figure 8’s
July 29, 2008 at 4:17 am #1807AndrewParticipant
3rd night and another night of riding in the Sun. We did exercise 6 again in the day light this time and it was a little easier than before. Getting a good head turn in helps with the staggered sharp turns.
We then went on to do some cornering in 2nd gear in a big oval. That was fun. Its much easier to corner at speed than when going too slow. If your fast enough you can get a nice lean in and if you roll on the throttle and trust the bike all will be fine. After that was a shifting exercise of going up to 3rd in a turn before coming back to 2nd.
We got to do the emergency stop exercise and I was apprehensive about it but it wasn’t too bad, The bike will stop pretty quickly compared to a car. Instructors did warn us that this is one of the exercises on the test and that it’s one that can fail the entire test if you get it wrong. Good to know.
Last exercise was the figure 8, double u- turns, in the box. Found this one a little harder. Trying to counterbalance didn’t actually help. I found what helped was to not think about it too much. Seriously the one time I was thinking about everything I should be doing I messed up and had to put a foot down. I found the head turn and using both the clutch to trim speed helped a lot.
Rode a Nighthawk tonight and it seemed easier than the Rebel. Turning seemed easier but maybe I was just more comfortable my second time on a bike. I could get both feet down and it’s good to know I can deal with the seat height of the Nighthawk. I’ll consider one as a first bike but I haven’t seen many 250 Nighthawks used and a new one is out of my range. The 29.3 ” seat is the same as the older Ninja 250’s.July 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm #9513canstaettParticipant
That double u turn is a rough one- I never did get it. But I’ve also found that a lot of the things that made me nervous in class aren’t an issue out on the road because I relax a LOT more and trust the bike. And things really do get easier the faster you go- once you get a bike, find a nice low traffic road where you can open it up and really get a feel for how it gets steadier the faster you go.July 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm #9514eonParticipant
In my class there was one Nighthawk and the rest were cruiser types. The guy on the Nighthawk was pretty bad, he looked low in confidence and we were always queuing up behind him to complete the exercises. But come the figure eight, he breezed it and the rest of us struggled!!!July 29, 2008 at 4:49 pm #9515AndrewParticipant
I’m really wondering if I was cornering better on the Nighthawk because it is a standard and not a cruiser like the Rebel I had on the first night. I think it was easier to turn on the slow turns than the Rebel was. Could just be in my head though. I might have just been more confident the 2nd time around. The Nighthawk was more comfortable than the Rebel though.
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