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Figure 8's

I've been trying to master figure 8's to take my test. But for the life of me i cant do them. I've also heard alot of people say that 8's are impossible on a sportbike. Are they really that hard to do, or do they just require practice?

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Re: Figure 8's

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I've been trying to master figure 8's to take my test. But for the life of me i cant do them. I've also heard alot of people say that 8's are impossible on a sportbike. Are they really that hard to do, or do they just require practice?
Practiceóand a few tricks:
  • keep a light touch on the bars
  • control speed with the clutch
  • look where you want to go, not where you are
  • counterweightólean your upper body opposite the direction of the turn
Start by doing circles. To make a tight one (two parking spaces, 20ft or 6m diameter), you must be going slowly enough that you'll be slipping the clutch and controlling speed by modulating the clutch around the friction point. Keep your upper body loose and your grip on the bars relaxed. Turn your head and look across the circle you're following.

When you hit the steering stop, you must increase speed to keep from low-siding by letting out the clutch. Get comfortable making circles right on the steering stop and adjusting attitude with speed.

To tighten the circle, lean your upper body opposite the direction of the turn. This allows the motorcycle to lean over further, increasing the effective steering angle.

When you get comfortable with circles in each direction, try figure-8s. As you approach the transition, look across to the opposite side of the next circle, shift your body weight, and turn.
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Are they really that hard to do, or do they just require practice?
The rear brake is your friend.

They just require practice - nothing too nasty otherwise. No magic tricks, just control.

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counter-ballance and a controlled modulation of brake and clutch.
oh yea, and practice, practice, practice!! They aren't easy on a sportbike unless you've done them alot, thats why they throw them into the test. Good Luck!!!

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try practicing on a dirtbike or a moped..
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yeah like what they said.. counter-balance.. clutch/throttle control.. start big-go small..

now try doing it on Etch-a-Sketch.. thats harder
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now try doing it on Etch-a-Sketch.. thats harder [/B]
man, now thats tough!!! LOL!!!
left hand is turning right, right hands turning left!!!ahhhhhhh!!!! apex!apex!apex!!!!

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counterweighting is definitely important in order to get the fig8 in the small area they want you to do it. but i had trouble with it at first because i was focusing so much on getting my weight to the outside. when i did it for my test, i just thought less about the counterweighting, and i aced it. clutch control is also very important, use second gear.
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What everyone has said, plus, look where you want to go(over your shoulder). If you look at the boundary line, you will almost always go over it.

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