Rich and MJW are right about this. But let me elaborate on the problem, and add to their solution.gnrharleygirl said:Picked up my V-Rod a few weeks ago and have dropped it twice when turning right from a complete stop.
Good advise but it does not apply to you as you drive on the lefthand side of the road. One other major contribution to your problem is that the exhaust weighs a ton and makes the bike automatically off balanced. Practise and awareness of the offset weight will eventually prevail. Good Luck.vroddrew said:Rich and MJW are right about this. But let me elaborate on the problem, and add to their solution.
The problem with right hand turns is twofold. Firstly, they are much tighter radius than left hand turns (where we cross the other lane of traffic); and secondly most highways are crowned in the middle, sloping down towards the curb or shoulder. This means that right hand turns you are trying to do (at least) three things at once. You need to 1) keep the bike upright against the slope of the pavement 2) get the bike moving from stopped and 3) initiate a tight turn in the opposite direction. All the time watching for traffic, pedestrians, etc. Tricky, huh?
The first thing you need to do is master the art of always bringing the bike to a stop so that it is supported by only your left foot. The best way to do this is by giving a very slight turn of the handlebars to the right just as the bike stops. This does two things - it causes the bike to lean slightly to the left. And it sets your wheel pointed slightly to the right. This will come in handy later.
For tight right hand turns it can also be helpful so that you stop the bike so that it is pointing at a slight angle to the direction you were travelling in - if you were riding towards 12 o'clock - end up with the bike pointing at 1.30 PM. This means you've already done part of the turn you are going to do when the light turns green, and means that turn will be somewhat less tight. You may also want to position the bike as close as you reasonably can to the right curb.
Remember how I suggested slightly turning your bars to the right when stopping? When you know you want to turn right from stopped - turn them slightly more to the right. This will help initiate that slow turn.
When you are ready to start the turn increase the throttle, and release the clutch. Lift your foot as the you pass the friction zone and the bike begins to move. Don't worry about trying to lean it - as you build speed you need to definitely "steer" the bike through the turn as the lean decreases. But since you have already turned your bars it begins to automatically go the way you want it to. You simply may need to add to the amount of "steering" input. MJW mentioned steer like a bicycle - I would modify this to "steer it like a tricycle", which doesn't lean or countersteer, when doing very slow turns.
Provided you have prepositioned the bike to make your turn, "steering" the bike through right turns from stopped simply becomes a matter of mastering your throttle control.
Try these techniques on an empty parking lot, etc. It helps if you can find an area with a light slope on it to simulate the camber of the roadway. Mastering the skill without worrying about traffic etc. can make it a lot less stressful.