Picking up the bike is a lot easier and takes less practice than doing tight turns.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.
True, but... The rear brake shouldn't be required. Which Jerry points out in his shows while doing the same maneuvers kneeling on the seat. If you get too dependent on the rear brake you'll end up learning clutch/throttle mistakes, while chewing up a lot of clutch/brake material.I thought he did a good job of further explaining the point of using your rear brake in this video. It makes a world of difference in slow riding. Practicing the slow speed in a straight line builds the confidence to use the rear brake drag in your turns.