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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Top Heavy Bike Question

I am a newbie with such a top heavy motorcycle. I do not know how far I can lean the bike to the side before I cannot hold it up when not moving. Is there a chart or other information that shows how much weight you are holding for each degree you lean the bike?

If not, does anyone have anecdotal data or experience to give some guidance of when the average person will have difficult keeping the bike up?

I am riding a 2017 FLTRU.

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post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:58 PM
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Don't lean more than you can hold.....
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Seriously, why would you do that?

Get the "Ride like a Pro" video series, then practice. Good stuff.
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I have never seen a chart or anything to describe the amount of weight involved. How far it can go over and still be able to bring it back up is dependent on your strength and footing at the time. Anecdotally, I have heard that you don't want to go much past 15 degrees off of center. Straight front wheel whenever your stop.

I have a 2017 FLTRU, as well. The small friction zone on this bike makes my cheeks pucker more often than I would like for fear the bike will cut off and then go over.
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You have 900 lbs of bike under you so try your best to stay upright! Once you start to go over... all kidding aside these beasts are best handled by engine control combined with balance, anytime I ever dropped my bike was by going too slow.
Strength has little to do with it, I've seen a 100 lb woman ride a Heritage with Apes.
Balance and engine control - and a good set of crash bars.


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I found out that, going slow, if you hit the front brakes while the front wheel is turned, your probably going to go over, unless you are "Thor". I hate having to do anything with this bike going slow. I'm always worried to death i'm going to drop it. Once i am moving, it is about the best handling bike i have owned so far. Very nimble.


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You have to multiply your weight divided by the angle of the bike. You cant guess the angle accurately. I would get the Harley angel protractor that will calculate it for you.


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These bikes aren't top heavy, they're heavy period. I don't know why you would want to lean the bike while standing still, but if you're doing slow speed, (parking lot) maneuvers, the bike is very agile. Just remember no front brake, look where you want to go and keep power to the rear wheel. Use the rear brake and clutch to control your speed try to keep throttle steady.
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Bruh.....This is why you NEVER skip Leg Day in the gym!

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I can tell you this, if your RG was a pile of sand, the angle of repose is roughly 35 degrees. What's angle of repose you ask? It is the max angle a granular material can be stacked before it starts sliding down itself. But, your Road Glide is not a pile of sand, therefore the angle at which you'll start to lose control of balance and/or gravity is anywhere from 89-80 degrees depending on your ability to hold the weight of the bike with drastic increases for each degree of lean. The moral is, keep your bike as close to 90 degrees as possible when momentum isn't an option..

This consultation was free of charge, as I am in no way, shape or form, an engineer or material scientist.. good luck.


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