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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-23-2020, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Practicing cone courses

Has anyone else used your FJR to practice cone courses? Has anyone been so crazy to get a 100-pack of soccer cones off Amazon to set up and practice your own courses? I might know someone that did that today...


I found an awesome collection of course setups at ConePatterns.com. For the first time at practicing this, I didn't do too horribly. At least I didn't drop the bike! On one course (Bow Tie), I was pretty reliably locking the bars as I made turns. But even doing that, it surprised me how hard it was to do some of the other courses were (the 9' cone weave doing U-turns, and the 12' slow cone weave). Maybe it's because I set up the cones in a cul-de-sac instead of a parking lot. And I know I'm at a disadvantage by trying to learn this myself from online videos instead of an in-person class. Maybe I'll find a decent class nearby later.



The twisty mountain roads are a little too far from me to hit every weekend. And I love munching miles around town, but this is another aspect of riding that requires skills I don't think a lot of riders want to master. I'm excited to practice something new!


Oh, and in retrospect, I probably should have removed my top box to do this. I'm sure that raised my center of gravity quite a bit!


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Good idea, I gotta admit, I am afraid of dropping my fjr doing this. I go out, now and then and practice slow speed maneuvers, and find a place almost every time I ride, to practice emergency braking, but I would LOVE to try this.

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As soon as I started considering doing this, I ordered T-Rex engine and luggage guards. I'm totally expecting to drop it, but am hopeful I won't.
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I vote to keep the top box on. If you are not doing it for competition and want to improve your skills... practice with the configuration you ride it in. It will behave differently otherwise and would defeat the purpose.

I'll practice steering locked corners in a figure 8 in a parking lot as I'm waiting for other riders to show up before a ride. But, I think it is a great idea!

I would expect to drop it sooner or later. Hopefully not... but realistically the more you push yourself the higher the chances go up.

The nice thing is that your street riding will advance quickly. The balance and handling of slower speed maneuvers is where most riders fail. I say keep it up... and invite others to join!

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That is a awesome idea!!! That is absolutely where I need the most work, slow speed maneuvering. And it's funny for me, when I am in the zone I do everything correct and am confident. Other times I am so far in my head I forget everything I know and make every mistake possible. Anyone that knows how to ride a pedal bike can ride a motorcycle once its moving, the slow speed turns and emergency situations in store parking lots that come up is where the real challenge comes in. That and keeping any FJR below triple digits that is!!!

One other thing came to mind just now that I have never seen touched on before.......the transition from hours of freeway speeds and then pulling over for gas or whatever. There is certainly an adjustment there that for myself at least I need to be aware of. I have a tendency to come in either too hot on the off ramp or way too slow.
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An empty or lightly loaded topcase makes little to no difference. One heavily laden will swing a little during low speed maneuvers. I’ve done a fair amount of tight course work with bikes and four wheeled vehicles. Maneuvering is fun, and not hard once you squint through the sea of cones and discern the pattern and different problems they are intended to create. I am a certified law enforcement driving instructor, and now you’ve put this crazy idea in my head to play with cones. At home. You and I will be trading some PM’s
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Has anyone else used your FJR to practice cone courses? Has anyone been so crazy to get a 100-pack of soccer cones off Amazon to set up and practice your own courses? I might know someone that did that today...


I found an awesome collection of course setups at ConePatterns.com. For the first time at practicing this, I didn't do too horribly. At least I didn't drop the bike! On one course (Bow Tie), I was pretty reliably locking the bars as I made turns. But even doing that, it surprised me how hard it was to do some of the other courses were (the 9' cone weave doing U-turns, and the 12' slow cone weave). Maybe it's because I set up the cones in a cul-de-sac instead of a parking lot. And I know I'm at a disadvantage by trying to learn this myself from online videos instead of an in-person class. Maybe I'll find a decent class nearby later.



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Oh, and in retrospect, I probably should have removed my top box to do this. I'm sure that raised my center of gravity quite a bit!

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I vote to keep the top box on. If you are not doing it for competition and want to improve your skills.

Put a 110lb weight set (boxed of course) in the passenger seat too.

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See if there's a Ride Like a Pro course near you. I've taken it a couple times and it's always a nice refresher. The FJR handles it just fine, even with a loaded top box.
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I bought some cones to do this as well. I had read to be careful of some of the cheaper plastic cones (like the thin plastic disk type) as they can get slick if you drive over them. YMMV

<Apparently I can't post links yet.> I grabbed "Juvale Indoor Outdoor Agility Mini Sports Cones for Kids Pack of 50 Orange" from Amazon. So far so good.
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I use tennis balls cut in half which work really well.
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