One of the tips we saw was to wrap the crash bars with cloth or something similar just in case of a fall… We did that. I tried all that I’d seen and found I got much more confidence with the bike. I felt more balanced. Using the rear brake with this bike is really essential, the turning arc is so huge that when it’s in full turn I’m pretty off balance, in fact I’m doing a huge stretch to reach the furthest hand grip. No front braking in that situation.
The rear brake on this bike is a big pedal, on my deuce it was a lever, so that was a big change, also my feet rest on a foot plate, again on my deuce had pegs. Seems like small changes but my feet are in different positions and angles and it takes some getting used to. The biggest skill I learnt was to look at where I’m heading, actually turn my head, and if balanced enough, turn my body too. This really helps. I guess I used to do al lot of this stuff on my Deuce, but it didn’t matter if I didn’t. With the Road King, I need to make these changes.
I did four carpark sessions and practiced until I just couldnt hold that clutch in for another second! My confidence has improved considerably. Time to head out on the open road.