Originally Posted by itsatdm
Pretend it is a 500lb KLR and ride faster. I thought mine was a grown up KLX, until I rode it. It does not tolerate timid riders.
All my laydowns have occured because I was apprehensive about the weight. Gas and go applies, because it generally goes where you point it.
Once you got the basics, riding is more mental than physical.
If you watch that Touratech video with the pro rider and the sand tyre, watch it in slow motion and you'll see he hits the throttle just prior to turning, and he tends to hold the bike a little more upright and actually "steer" until the front end starts to bite. Once he has the traction he starts to tip in more. Sort of "body in, bike out" style.
Reminds me of MX and slippery berms a little.
It seems to work with the weight and balance of the F800.
I notice far less instances of the front wheel seeming to push out from under me.
Technique is everything, and everything is technique. At least that's what one of my Warrant Officers used to yell at me while throwing grenade simulators at me.