Down the serpentine

Practice example in the meadow

Naturally there are here several variants. I shall describe next the most unspectacular and strength-saving variant.

The problem with narrow serpentines is the fact that the bend radius is smaller than the turn radius of the bike and that one cannot or can hardly reach the ground with the feet in order to keep the balance. For the amateur this means: off the saddle! Instead of pulling now at the rear I proceed the following way:

1

Go or push the front wheel into the bend as far as the path allows you. Engine in neutral.

2

Look for a good hold for the front tire. If necessary locate a small groove or a stone having a good grip.

3

Off the saddle.

4

Stand on the outside of the bend. Hold the handlebar with both hands. By pressing the completely turned handlebar downward and in the direction of the bend you can ease the pressure on the back tire until it loses contact with the ground (you can increase the pressure on the handlebar also by leaning against it with the chest).

5

By slightly positioning the motorcycle obliquely in the direction of the body you let it fall on your hip.

6

While doing this support the rear with your hips until the motorcycle stands in the direction you want to drive next.

7

Get on the bike and drive on

Problem: No place to stand on the outside of the bend.

In some situations you can proceed as described before, nevertheless you must bring the bike - which isn't supported any longer by the back tire - with the hips into the desired position. This manouever can be really difficult.

If you cannot handle the bike in order to relieve the pressure on the rear (I am also only 175 cm tall), then you have the following possibility:

Standing on the inside of the left turn:

1

Drive or push the bike as far as possible into the bend. Engine in neutral.

2

As there is no elevation for me to put my foot down I prefer to dismount.

3

Roll front wheel with brakes put on to a spot that has a good grip.

4

Keep bike in balance, switching the hand on the handlebar, with the left hand keep on holding the front brake put on.

5

Lift back part with the right hand at the rocker or rear (the steeper the easier) and haul into the desired position. If necessary use knee to help out.

6

Important: Take your time and check the balance.

7

Put back wheel on the ground when the desired direction is reached. Switch hands.

8

Get on and on it goes.

Standing on the inside of the right turn:

1

Better dismount before the bend (engine in neutral), because when one comes into the bend one can in the majority of cases get off only on the left side and must then dance around the bike without letting the brakes off.

2

Tall persons can now hold the handlebar normally and push, I make it easier on myself by stabilizing the bike with the left hand at the rear or saddle and steering and braking with the right hand.

3

Roll front wheel to a spot that has a good grip.

4

Right hand remains further on on the brake and with the left hand I lift the motorcycle up by the rocker.

5

Bring rear into desired position.

6

Put down.

7

Get on and on it goes.

Have fun while practicing, after the fifth time it works with minimal effort almost by itself.

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