Full Lock? Do You Have Complete Control of Your Motorcycle?

Can anyone out there ride full lock? I can’t! I hate that I can’t! If you can, do you think it has to do with the model of motorcycle you ride? Is it all mental? Does it just take practice? 

Diana and I will be taking the Ride Like A Pro course offered in Mechanicsville, MD soon. There is also a class available in Mountainside, NJ. I saw this on the FAQ page of the Ride Like A Pro New Jersey website:

If you can take your motorcycle, turn the handlebars full-lock and scrape a perfect circle in the ground with your pegs or floorboards without dropping your bike or putting a foot down, you’re in complete control of your motorcycle.

6 Responses to “Full Lock? Do You Have Complete Control of Your Motorcycle?”

  1. As one who trains motor officers I can tell you that it depends on some measure to the amount of rake and trail a bike has. Cruisers tend to make it a little easier. The caveat is that, with training and practice, a skilled rider can do it on pretty much any bike.

  2. I think that is something you’d want to practice BEFORE you get the new paint job.

  3. Have seen these folks at a HOG rally – what they do is impressive! Would love to ride like they do…

  4. I can almost get there but don’t feel comfortable at full lock. I’m stuck just shy of full lock. Not sure if it’s how my bike handles and I have it at the perfect turning point or if I am scared that if I go to full lock there is no more room for correction. Still working on it.

  5. Canajun, I have been having a heck of a time trying to get an engine guard on ebay for my bike in time for this class I’m taking. Hoping I won’t need new paint.

  6. When I had a bike I made sure I went to parking lots with tennis balls cut in half to practice my keyholes, emergency braking, and other techniques. I couldn’t stand how other bikers didn’t take the time or effort to learn something like that.

    I think it took a hell of a lot of practice (if your self learning, or youtube taught). Practice that gave experience as to how far the bike can lean, clutch and gas control, etc. But of course there’s a mental part, you’re constantly fighting to not fall down and also not to stare in the wrong place.

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