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  1. #1
    Ditch Magnet
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    How far can you lean on a big cruiser

    Not that I am ready to try aggressive cornering yet. But I was wondering on the large cruisers can you really lean far enough to scrape the floorboards, without losing it. I was reading about the m50's and the people needing to get forward controls and such because of scraping. It seems unlikely to a newbie like me that the tires could hold that much of a lean on my 1600 Vulcan. (The bike and I weigh in at about 1000 lbs.). Just curious.

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  3. #2
    In Training
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    They'll lean to the boards, no problem. The lower the boards the sooner they scrape.The tires can handle and hold no problem. I wouldn't recommend a new rider trying though

    The key is to corner without scraping your boards ......
    Last edited by PNW rider; 06-09-2007 at 12:28 AM.
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  4. #3
    Puddle Runner
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    Try leaning with slow speed manuvers in a non-traffic area first.

    Cruisers aren't really meant to be ridden aggressively.
    Pleez be very careful.

    jim

    Older maybe not wiser...


  5. #4
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    It only takes a very mild lean to scrape floorboards on a cruiser. If you "lose it" while doing so, you're doing something terribly wrong.
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    I, for one, can lean an M50 completely parallel to the road. Whether or not I can continue riding it is another matter.
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    Just Won't Go Away !
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    Your Vulcan will lean well past the point of scraping the floorboards before the tires slip out from under you.
    You MUST obey the pug dog!


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    I ride a sport bike and not a cruiser, so insert standard disclaimer here.

    Your tires, unless they're bad, will hold far more lean angle than you expect. Many cruisers have very little lean angle before they start scraping the floorboards; to the tires, they're barely leaned over at all. I've had sport touring tires on my bike (I've currently got much more aggressive rubber on it), and even with those you can get pretty silly lean angles (scraping footpegs level, which I don't recommend), so the comparatively mild lean angles needed on a cruiser to scrape floorboards is generally well within the capabilities of a reasonable set of tires.

  10. #9
    Ditch Magnet
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    Thanks to all. As I first stated I am no where near to trying this manuver. I was just curious as to how mush lean the tires could handle.

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    You must not be turning at all, then. I've seen floorboards scrape leaving a parking lot.
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  12. #11
    Puddle Runner
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    My bike is two inches lower than stock.

    I scrape the little nubs under the foot boards all the time.
    Once the sound doesn't scare you, you'll do it quite often.

    I get pretty close to touching the MC bars on the ground.
    Probably leaning 30 maybe 34 degrees around corners.

    Older maybe not wiser...


  13. #12
    Wants Better Weather
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    I am on the second set of the sliders that go on the end of the footpegs, on my M50.

    But now I have learned to corner properly with my bodyweight, I don't drag the footpegs any where near as often!.

    Tip No 1. get Titanium sliders, they spark up in the dark. You can have so much fun on roundabouts at night!

  14. #13
    Ditch Magnet
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    Quote Originally Posted by RowdyRed94 View Post
    You must not be turning at all, then. I've seen floorboards scrape leaving a parking lot.
    What turning are you crazy. This month is straight lines. July is left turns then if all goes well August is right turns.
    Lets take it slow folks.

  15. #14
    U.B's LoveChild
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    Quote Originally Posted by RowdyRed94 View Post
    You must not be turning at all, then. I've seen floorboards scrape leaving a parking lot.

    I don't know about other bikes but mine scrapes easier on the slow turns than high speed bends. I can get mine leaning at some pretty serious angles when go at a good rate and without scraping the pegs then [I] will scrape just going slowly around a bend on my residential street.
    Ride Safe
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    U.B's LoveChild
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    I ride with a guy who is a pretty big dude to say the least and he rides a Harley Road Glide very hard on the twisties.
    Ride Safe
    Hammersfan


 

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