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For the larger forum members, what is your riding position. Do you hug the tank with your knees, or sprawl out?

For some reason, sometimes when I am riding, usually all sprawled out on the bike it feels like it wants to lean to the right and flop over no matter how fast I am going. I think I just need to modify my position on the bike and not try to wiggle around when I am riding. If I move around the least little bit, the bike will try to turn sideways, but I think that's just because I am so big and its not the bikes fault.

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If I move around the least little bit, the bike will try to turn sideways, but I think that's just because I am so big and its not the bikes fault.
I'm not your size, but it sounds to me like you may be accidentally initiating a countersteer while you're moving around. But like I said, hard to know unless I'm in your shoes.

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For the larger forum members, what is your riding position. Do you hug the tank with your knees, or sprawl out?

For some reason, sometimes when I am riding, usually all sprawled out on the bike it feels like it wants to lean to the right and flop over no matter how fast I am going. I think I just need to modify my position on the bike and not try to wiggle around when I am riding. If I move around the least little bit, the bike will try to turn sideways, but I think that's just because I am so big and its not the bikes fault.
I'm heavy duty too and I make mine squirm when I move around too,normal behavior for old springs and shocks being asked to do more than they were designed for when new




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For the larger forum members, what is your riding position. Do you hug the tank with your knees, or sprawl out?

For some reason, sometimes when I am riding, usually all sprawled out on the bike it feels like it wants to lean to the right and flop over no matter how fast I am going. I think I just need to modify my position on the bike and not try to wiggle around when I am riding. If I move around the least little bit, the bike will try to turn sideways, but I think that's just because I am so big and its not the bikes fault.
Check your tire and shock pressure.

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Yup..she had some big potatoes. Put the shock pump on your shocks and see what pressure they have and if they are equal. I kind of pinch the tank with my knees but only because the dam tank bag gets blown of at 70mph on a windy day. It cant be trusted. Othewise i would just relax and be ergonomic as best as possible.

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http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...ed=0CH4QhggoAw
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Would this work to check the air in my shocks?


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I"m 6'3" and mighty fat. I always hug the tank with my knees. Its what I was taught in moto safety class and have always rode hugging the tank. It also gives me better balance when riding.


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KwisatzHaderach, don't get one of those that go to 300-400 psi, they tend to not work good (accurate) at the lower pressures of motorcycle shocks and forks...
More for bicycle forks I think...
Maybe a 60 psi guage, thats what I have and wish I had got a 30 psi one instead...
[Edit] But on my Sportster I only run 5 psi in my forks and 10 psi in my shocks...[End Edit]
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Thanks for the tips. I might drive down to the HD shop this weekend and see what they have. I have a feeling, my wallet will not like what I find.

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I hug the tank when it's a bit cool or even down right cold and when navigating tight turns(i.e. when riding the winding roads in the mountains and so forth). Otherwise, particularly on hot days, I sprawl out and get comfortable.


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