Perfecting Motorcycle Riding – U-turns
Ashley had already ridden a BMW motorcycle from Connecticut to California. She was a small woman on a heavy bike but she handled the machine well until she dropped her bike doing a low speed u-turn and couldn't get the bike upright again. While she had plenty of riding experience, she hadn't developed her low speed handling skills like doing a u-turn.
Find an empty parking lot without much debris and practice feathering the clutch. You need to get a feel for when the clutch is and isn't engaging the engine. Start with the bike idling on a level surface, pull the clutch in and put the bike in gear. Without touching the throttle, ease out the clutch until the bike is operating under it's own power. If you ease the clutch out slowly enough the bike will continue forward without stalling the engine and you will learn at what point the clutch is engaging the engine. Repeat this exercise ten times or until you get a hang of easing out the clutch slowly. Now, mount the bike and proceed to ride a large circle. Body positioning is extremely important at low speeds so slide your butt to the outside of the seat, in the opposite direction of the turn, and look over your shoulder at the road behind you.