Originally Posted by DanDiver
My guess is that most felt the way you do in the beginning. My experience was the same for the first 5,000 miles. I did take a class a while back, Ride like a Pro, and that helped.
I'm about 5-11 / 150# wet and with the correct technique, can fairly easily pick up the bike. It always helps though if someone is available to assist.
Just a hint, don't grab the front brake, especially if the wheel is slightly turned. She will take a nap!
Thank you to everyone who gave valuable advice to me.
For Dan, I really don't know how you can pick up that bike by yourself. I've seen the Youtube videos of the techniques to pick up the bike with the legs and back.
I've been doing Martial arts for 20 yrs & used to race bicycles before that, so I have strong legs but was never able to pick up the bike alone, nor was I able to put it on the center stand and I've used the technique recommended by BMW. In fact myself and another guy who is smaller and shorter than me were not able to put the bike on the center stand last time when I wanted to change the Oil. But myself and another bigger guy were able to put it up on the center stand before.
One time I tried to stop the bike from falling over & gave myself a Hernia (at least it felt like it) luckly I called a guy on the street over and he helped me stop it from hitting the ground.
I did do the parking lot practices but I maybe dropped the bike a total of 8 times or so since February when I bought it.
And sometimes you ride & ride looking for a "Safe" place to turn but you find nothing and you try to do the best you can.
I am now thinking it is better to do the slow turns in tight spaces with the engine off, and using the legs..walking the bike. With the engine on the right hand ends up reving the engine (when I lose control of the bike) and makes it harder to control it.
Had a Kawasaki 550 LTD and rode it on some long rides and never dropped it. The LT is a different story.
I keep thinking why did they have to make it so dammn heavy. The GT is about half the weight and has all the bells & whistles of the LT and even bigger engine.
The steering is pretty much useless at slow speed or in turning.
And the back brakes don't seem to have the same grip as the front ones, maybe it is just my bike.
I guess what I am getting here is to turn using the engine always, don't turn using my legs....walking the bike. I do that sometimes ( like yesterday) in very tight spaces. And maybe some riding boots would help giving me a better grip on the ground.
I don't know.