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Two speeds, yeah, right, slow and fast. End of post? Not yet. The two speeds I refer to are on your two wheeler and they are both different.

The first is that speed where you whip the front wheel back and forth trying to keep your balance as you inch along the asphalt. Try to turn your bike by counter-steering and it's sure way to plop your poor bike on the ground. Don't brake while leaned over at this slow speed either. It'll plop again. The concept is easy to learn on a ordinary bicycle. Once you grasp the differences you can apply it to doing real slow practice in the parking lot. On slow turns, where you turn the wheel in the direction to go, like parking, put weight on the outside peg. Step on the peg or slide over to the outside. This acts as a counter-balance to keep the bike from falling inward due to plain old gravity. By putting weight on the outside and turning the wheel, less leaning is required. The tire does the turning. For example, you back into a parking spot. On leaving, you need to make a sharp right hander to exit the space and go in the direction of traffic. Cars are backed up and you cant do a 'lean and roll' exit. Slowly exit, turn the wheel, and step on the outside peg, then roll on slowly.

Use the same concept to do slow turn-around U-turns. Slow tight u-turns make you feel like the bike is going to plop down. Gravity pulls you, the curb begins to loom towards you, (even though you are looking down the road, right?) The bike just won't turn cause if you lean inside it will fall over. Sit upright and a bike will go straight (toward the curb) even as you try and turn the wheel. Step on the outside peg, turn your head and look down the road, then dab or lightly drag your rear brake as you friction zone your way around. Start with a lot of room and work on your technique. Both sides now, left and right. You have not doubt, seen many, many riders duck walk back and forth to do a three, our ,point u-turn. Sometimes in the middle of the road! Sitting at a dead stop, sideways, in the middle of the road, turning around is an option you would like to always avoid.

One word to figure this all out-practice. As the saying goes, practice like it's real and reality will be like practice.

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