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Old 04-08-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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Feel like my riding is bad on a cruiser

I am currently riding my dads 98 Honda VT1100 shadow while he gives my Super Tenere a couple days worth of riding.

So this may sound weird but I feel terrible in low speed maneuvers, especially coming to a stop on a cruiser. I have had sport bikes and now my Tenere and I have never had this issue.

The handlebars on this particular cruiser are the kind where the grips are parallel to the tank, could this be the issue, not being use to that particular setup?

Cause it's embarrassing being wobbly coming to a complete stop at the slow speeds
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:34 PM   #2
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They all do that.
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:36 PM   #3
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They all do that.

Just the nature of a cruiser?
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:41 PM   #4
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Just the nature of a cruiser?
No. It might be the bars bugging you as you are used to a wider stance. More leverage out makes it easier to stabilize.
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:42 PM   #5
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No. It might be the bars bugging you as you are used to a wider stance. More leverage out makes it easier to stabilize.
It's definitely a weird, tighter stance. I love the bike, its nice to just cruise but the wobbly at coming to a stop was embarrassing
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:44 PM   #6
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I think so. I have not been on many but the ones I have ridden feel awkward as hell.
Front wheel pushed out, too much rake.
Feet out in front of me instead of under me where I can use my weight to help control the bike.

Handlebars more of an exercise in fashion instead of what is comfortable or practical.

I have a Super Ten, Super Duke and LC4. They all feel natural when I sit on them, balanced. Especially the Super Duke.

A cruiser, not so much.
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:44 PM   #7
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The thing that always gets me is having my feet so far forward. I feel like I'm laying down and get comfortable and put them down way late. Probably just me.
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:46 PM   #8
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The handle bars are so tight, parallel to the tank that you hit your knee trying to do a tight low speed turn.

On the super ten, tight turns are inside a parking space tight, not with this thing
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:49 PM   #9
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The Suzuki M50 I bought to 'try out' cruisers lasted 1500 miles before I got rid of it. Everything felt so off.

On sportier bikes, I feel like I'm part of the bike just like the engine or brakes are. Like we work as one unit to navigate the world.

On the cruiser I felt like I was trying to control an animal that was never fully tamed. Sure, I could ride it fine, but it often felt like it didn't want to do what I wanted it to do.
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:55 PM   #10
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No weight on the pegs = top heavy
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:01 PM   #11
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Probably two main things causing your wobbly feeling, the handlebars and the increased rake compared to what you're used to. Wider handlebars with a more natural angle to the grips would probably work wonders.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:21 PM   #12
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I had a Kawasaki Vulcan for about a year, I had a similar problem.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:22 PM   #13
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Probably two main things causing your wobbly feeling, the handlebars and the increased rake compared to what you're used to. Wider handlebars with a more natural angle to the grips would probably work wonders.
Appreciate it, I assumed it was the bars but wanted to make sure.

Cruisers are great, dont get me wrong

It's funny though, when you're riding down the highway, the exhaust note blaring it reminds you of the seen from T2 Judgement day when Arnold is on the cruiser, BUT when you come to a stop your first couple of times, it's like flash backs to the msf course, in your half face helmets on an under powered 250 trying to do a wobbly 360 degree turn in the box
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:51 PM   #14
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They all do that.
No they don't the Honda Cruisers I've seen and ridden have a sort of raked out chopper front end. This is not conducive to good low speed handling. Some Harleys (Wide Glides, V-Rods, etc.) are like this as well. I didn't care for Valkyrie's low speed manners either. Try low speed maneuvers on a standard Sportster or Road King. Completely different experience.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:06 PM   #15
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My cousin and a few buddies are hardcore Harley guys.
I've been on a few of their bikes, they feel awkward.
Too many low parts to drag, too much shiny stuff that wants polished.

Just not for me, not on the roads I frequent.
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