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I am 5 feet tall and love this article. As a new rider, the one topic I am struggling with is maneuvering the bike around the garage. I have a two car garage that I have kicked my car out of and I am on a slope so I want to ride straight out of garage. When trying to turn around in the garage, I have huge challenges turning it. I am not strong enough to duck walk it in circles and I haven't figured out how to keep control when walking beside it. Any advice?

Linda Wishart
Fayetteville, NY
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Editor Response
Hi Linda,
You ask a great question! There are motorcycle "dollies" out there with castors that will slide under your bike and lift them up slightly so you can then carefully turn the bike around. Do a google search for "Motorcycle Dolly" and you'll see what I'm talking about. Thanks for the idea for a future product review! I think there are lots of riders who would be interested in something like this, regardless of their riding experience.
Tricia Szulewski, Editor
Hi! Really good article and I agree completely about confidence. I don't have much experience so I would need explanation about the left foot. I really don't understand why you need to put your left foot on the ground at stops? I practice to put my right foot on the ground so I can shift immediately with my left foot if necessary. Which is the reason to put my right feet and change it later. In my opinion it makes the thing more complicated. But there must be a reason I don't know if all of you do it. Please advise me. Thank you.

Ieva
Riga, Latvia
Monday, August 10, 2020
Editor Response
Hi Ieva,
The reason for putting the left foot down first, is because the right foot is busy using the rear brake. Most bikes are set up with the rear brake pedal on the right side. You want to be in the proper gear (first gear at a stop) before you put your feet down, so that you are ready to take off again, so being able to shift is not an issue at a stop. But controlling that rear brake is very important. And you want to always practice using both brakes to stop so that in an emergency, you have the muscle memory so you use both without even thinking about it.
Hope this helps! Good luck.
Szulewski Tricia
This article really hit home. At 5 foot 3 inches I have always been vertically challenged. With several decades of riding, the only time I have ever dropped a bike is coming to a stop on uneven ground. I am super careful, but at times it can't be avoided, unfortunately, and once you are more than a smidge out of perpendicular, it is going over. What I need is longer legs! Great article.


Heather Bashow
Odessa, ON, Canada
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Great article. I recently traded my 750 Honda Shadow Spirit for a 1600 Victory Cross Country. It's the small things that I have issues with such as parking lots and returning to home to go up a short drive with a slight incline.

LaVita Jones
Louisville, KY
Thursday, August 1, 2019
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