Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Re: Top Heavy
OK So I'm 5'8" with a 28" inseam. A little over 200 pounds and I have never been accused of having a muscular sinewy build. I have gently laid the bike down from a full stop on several occasions. Here is what I've learned:
The bike is extremely stable when it isn't fully stopped. As soon as you leave the starting line you can put both feet on the pegs in complete confidence. When it is stopped it likes to throw its weight around and will look for any excuse to fall over.
Scan your landing site carefully for sand, gravel, wet leaves, stray animals, tree limbs, dirt clods, discarded shoes etc. Anything looks like it could cause you problems go around. Find another landing site. When you find a suitable site plan your full stop landing so that when the bike comes to a full stop you can plant your foot square on the ground. Don't put your foot on the ground until the bike is fully stopped.
If it starts to go over, let it go. Whether you are blessed with sinewy muscles or not so sinewy blubber you will get hurt if you try to stop it.
Two last observations. Don't be afraid of it. You will get to the point where you don't even think about her being "bottom light".
I use the front brake when I stop primarily because I use it way more than the rear brake because of the BMW factory pad squeal feature. Just be light on the brake. It doesn't need a heavy hand.
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