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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-12-2017, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Motorman 18' Turns on Harley Road Glide

Watched this video of Jerry Palladino making these U-Turns on a Road Glide and thought others would enjoy it as well

Motorman 18' Turns on Harley Road Glide
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To be honest with you, I would hope everybody could do that. I practice that exact thing regularly when I go to parking lots. I am a former motor cop myself so the cone riding and tight turns are something I enjoy practicing but really, everybody should be able to turn within two parking spaces, or if not, damn close to it.

I'm definitely a little rustier than I was when I was doing it for a living and taking the risks on the employer-owned bike. Something about scratching up your own paint job and breaking off your own levers will take a bit of the fun about pushing the envelope :-)

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Turns on a road glide

Very nicely done, I'd like to practice on my bike but I don't want to drop my bike and have to pay for the repairs.

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Drag the rear brake, slip the clutch, keep the rpms up, and listen for the board to drag.

That first time you get it over that far is an act of faith. But after that it's not bad.

Long as I can get it done on a two lane road, I'm pretty happy.
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Last year, I had it down to a 20 ft turn on the '13 Ultra Limited, couldn't quite get to 18' though. I'd love to be able to do it. I've dropped the 13 numerous times practicing and found that the engine/bag guards do a fine job of protecting the bike. Only problem, damage wise, was that I had to readjust the highway pegs.

A bigger issue for me, is that I'm unable to pick the bike up by myself. If I could, I'd practice much more often. The folks that have been teaching me, have appeared in some of Motorman's videos. I'm not always aware of when they get together to practice though.
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I saw his video a few weeks ago and went out to try it. Can't do it. Closest I can get is a little less than 2 and a half spaces. That was on my 13RGU. Just traded for a new to me 15CVORGU. I ain't about to chance dropping it!!
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I can do it in reverse.
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Actually very doable and not to complicated. You shouldn't drop your bike unless you try a tighter circle, another important thing to remember, No Front Brake..........
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+1 on no front brake. Not long after I got my Shark I was in a parking lot doing some low speed drills and lost my mind for about half a second.

I had the bars cranked over to the left doing next to nothing speed wise and tapped the front brake. Like magic the ground became a Shark magnet.

Needless to say, as my finger was going towards the brake lever, my brain was yellin NOOOOOOOOOO. Oppppps, too late, over she goes. I had not put the bag bars on yet due to them being backordered, so of course, snap went the ball of the clutch lever and a slight bit of rash on the left bag and a bit of wounded ego.

I stepped out of the now down bike, chuckling to myself, BIKE DOWN,BIKE DOWN! I mean at that point, getting mad would have done no good, hell it was my own dumb fault.

After looking at my baby lying there for a minute or so, I thought I was going to cry! WHAHHH, my 30k mistress is down!!! WHAHHHHH.

Instead I backed up to her, grabbed the left grip and the frame near the shock and walked her up, put the jiffy stand down and then cried at the sight of the bag. LOL


I look at the rash on the bag as a poignant reminder of something I learned years ago, and forgot for a fleeting moment. And that friends is why it is so important to practice these things often. I hope that I never need to use these things in an emergency, but I sure want to know how if I find myself in an ugly situation.

BTW, nice job by Motorman to do the dead stop in about 16 feet. Wheeling that Shark like a BOSS!


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After running across one of Motorman's shows in Leesburg a few years back, I friggin love doing U-turns. That and squaring off turns to touch the floor boards. Roll out till front wheel is almost center of lane, come to dead stop, then lay over into turn until floorboard touches down. After almost 30 years, the wife is quite used to my antics and always does an exceptional job of sitting still for these maneuvers.

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