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Old 08-19-2018, 09:13 PM
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Bought my first bike in 2017, been learning to ride it since.....I still have to slow down on a left hand curve. Why?! Itís driving me nuts!
 
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Being from Oklahoma, you may be a natural conservative and going left to the liberal side is difficult. Seriously though, a left hand turn is wider, and should be easier, since you are on the outside lane. Just slow down and practice and remember to turn your head and look at where you want to go. I have heard that a lot of people have a problem turning to one side or another. Be safe and have fun. JD
 
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Being from Oklahoma, you may be a natural conservative and going left to the liberal side is difficult. Seriously though, a left hand turn is wider, and should be easier, since you are on the outside lane. Just slow down and practice and remember to turn your head and look at where you want to go. I have heard that a lot of people have a problem turning to one side or another. Be safe and have fun. JD
Iím trying!! Something feels off still!!
 
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Its you. You are fighting it subconsciously. Look, and turn. It isnt any harder than that.
I used to have the hardest time in the world, taking a hard turn from a dead stop. I had dumped it a couple times, and that made me gun shy. I made myself do it every single time I came to a stop. Just to overcome the mental hurdle. I dont even think about it anymore.
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I do fight it! I can do it from a stop but a 70 mph curve I am still slowing down, I donít want to lean to the left. I need a road with a million lefts!!! 😬
 
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I’m a noob, got about 2000 miles under my belt and have similar issue. Going right, if I tighten the turn it takes me closer to the shoulder. Going left tightening risks coming close to oncoming traffic. FWIW, I am experimenting with looking less far through the turn to remain on the outside of the lane. Good luck.
 

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Just push the handlebar away from you. Go left? Push left bar away. Opposite for right. No leaning required, the bike will turn.
 
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Are you left handed by any chance? If so it's normal to be reluctant to turn left. You subconsciously want to protect your strong side.

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I want to ride the mustard, feel better there, but the lefts I almost feel crazy on that bike. Rode my first poker run yesterday and had little to no issues, but want badly to speed up my lefts. I may take the long way to work and find a circle! That is true about the push.....I used to steer it! (Donít repeat that.)
 
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I do fight it! I can do it from a stop but a 70 mph curve I am still slowing down, I donít want to lean to the left. I need a road with a million lefts!!! 😬
If it feels right to slow down, then slow down. Stay inside your comfort zone.

Couple of other thoughts. As mentioned, be sure to consciously look well ahead in the curve. Also, (traffic permitting), try slowing down before the curve, then accelerating smoothly through it.
 
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