As mori55 said, I think it has a lot to do with being right-handed (your are, right?). I also notice the same thing on a bicycle and snowmobile... even jogging. It's really not more difficult, it's just that right turns feel wrong.txhawg said:Why is it harder to mke a sharp right turn than a sharp left? I have had this problem with every bike I have ever owned.
True, but I even feel the same way on long sweeping curves.Rock_Steady said:I think it has to do with sharpness of the turn. Right turns are usually 90 degrees where left turns go across the street and are more of an obtuse angle. But then again if you drive on the other side of the street. There goes that theory.
You know...based upon the direction that the Earth is spinning. And the torque it generates due to it's massive size. Perhaps turning left is easier because..ehhh...well i'll just stop the *TIBS* right here. Even I wasn't believing me.Finch said:Do kids still power slide their bikes to the left?
I have seen this thoughtout many years of teaching (coaching)... when I first start with students, I have them go left first. With their arm farther from their body they are able the obtain smoother throttle control... an therefore gain a greater comfort level with left turns vice right....Finch said:The other theory is that it's easier to control the throttle when it's out and away from you vs. jammed into you in a right turn..
However, an expereiced rider is able to continue to develop those skills and become comfortable in either direction.Finch said:On a quad, I feel like I can anchor myself better on the throttle in a left turn compared to a right turn, probably because I can just grip the inside (left) bar as hard as I want without having to manipulate a throttle that's tucked inside.
Perhaps I wasn't as far off as I thought with the below post. Ever notice which way the water goes down the sink at your house. Depends on what side the equator your on as to whether it's right or left. For us Nothern Hemisphere folk it's always to the left. We need someone from Australia or South America to speak up on this one.ToddM said:Come to think of it.... even race tracks are set up for left turns. There's got to be something scientific about this. I'm just not sure what it is. :blink:
Rock_Steady said:You know...based upon the direction that the Earth is spinning. And the torque it generates due to it's massive size. Perhaps turning left is easier because..ehhh...well i'll just stop the *TIBS* right here. Even I wasn't believing me.
Interesting. I might have to try that. We've never taught that method in our training courses.Nazzdak said:When the motor starts to move, pick your left foot up, put it on the floor board, and physically TURN the handle bars.
Todd-ToddM said:Interesting. I might have to try that. We've never taught that method in our training courses.
I do have a question though.... are you riding an electric fan or a bench grinder? Those are the "motors" that come to mind at the moment. I think I'd prefer to ride my motorcycle through that course, instead. :roflback:
Hey David - thanks for the info! I sure wish I had a second bike to practice with that I wouldn't care about dropping... But I do have an engine guard, so maybe if I wrap it as described and take off the bags I can try this, as well as Harris' lessons. The info from these type of threads has been really helpful to me, and made me realize I need to brush up on some things.Nazzdak said:I've taken both the BRC and the ERC course, and this exercise is not included. I'm confident that it is included, in some form, in the Harley Davidson motor school, for law enforcement officers, but certainly not the MSF/Rider's Edge classes.
Again, if you're going to practice the sharp left/right hand turn exercise, know in advance that it is difficult, and that a lack of concentration and preparation, will most likely lead to a dropped, and/or damaged, motorcycle.