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Small r18 bagger rider

Hutch

New member
Would it be easier to handle the bagger if i adjust the bar closer to me or away from me?

Sometimes, when making sharp slow u turn, the bike just wanna dip😬 and i feel unsafe and awkward…. Please advise, thanks y’all!
 

Alex-B

Member
Practice, practice, practice.

I was the same when I first rode a Street Glide, easy to ride but slow speed manoeuvres felt incredibly awkward. Rear brake and clutch control are your friend. There’s some good videos on YouTube that are worth a watch but as you spend more time with the bike you will become more comfortable with it, particularly if it’s your first bagger.
 

Hutch

New member
Practice, practice, practice.

I was the same when I first rode a Street Glide, easy to ride but slow speed manoeuvres felt incredibly awkward. Rear brake and clutch control are your friend. There’s some good videos on YouTube that are worth a watch but as you spend more time with the bike you will become more comfortable with it, particularly if it’s your first bagger.
Thanks!!! I definitely will practice throttle, clutch and rear brake control…. Currently i can only control throttle and clutch. I need to work on rear braking as well.
 

adamchandler

Active member
The Bagger & TC will dip on you. I tell everyone who rides my bike around to start with the bike off, feet FAR out from the bike planted and full lock left and right. Feel that big huge fairing that will try to take the bike down. Then I have them do it with the motor running then I say "don't do full lock turns during this test ride" and it works out. no one has dropped it yet at various rallies I've gone to. When I do full lock turns, I hang 80% off my butt off the opposite side of the turn for counter weight and it makes turning way easier.

The TC/B fairing weight is no joke. You have to always watch out for it. If you are trying to back into a spot and are on loose gravel pavement stuff and your shoes are just sneakers, you'll probably drop it. I almost have a few times.
 

motoring

Member
That is not user friendly. Reminds me of my old r1200clc, that front end was a hand full for certain. Hope the base R18 trim is ’better’ then the classic though they are probably the same I figure for low speed turns.
 

Hutch

New member
The Bagger & TC will dip on you. I tell everyone who rides my bike around to start with the bike off, feet FAR out from the bike planted and full lock left and right. Feel that big huge fairing that will try to take the bike down. Then I have them do it with the motor running then I say "don't do full lock turns during this test ride" and it works out. no one has dropped it yet at various rallies I've gone to. When I do full lock turns, I hang 80% off my butt off the opposite side of the turn for counter weight and it makes turning way easier.

The TC/B fairing weight is no joke. You have to always watch out for it. If you are trying to back into a spot and are on loose gravel pavement stuff and your shoes are just sneakers, you'll probably drop it. I almost have a few times.
Thank you Adam, it does really help me a lot when i counter weight it on a turn…. I currently cannot make a sharp u turn at the very slow speed. And also finding it more difficult to turn from a stop…. Sometimes i find myself turning so wide😂🤦‍♂️
 

Hutch

New member
That is not user friendly. Reminds me of my old r1200clc, that front end was a hand full for certain. Hope the base R18 trim is ’better’ then the classic though they are probably the same I figure for low speed turns.
I have heard that the Tac & is easier to turn because of a steeper fork rake compare to the r18 classic & r18. The fairing is just a lil heavy for me on the Bagger
 

adamchandler

Active member
Just for everyone in the side-lines, I've never owned a cruiser or glowing or driven a Harley so I just thought this was normal to full dresser bikes with full fork-mounted fairings. Not a complaint but coming from a GS, I've had to adjust but it's not a problem now that I'm used to it.
 

tommymck

Active member
I've just assumed it's a geometry thing. I consider myself proficient with slow speed maneuvering, and this is the first bike in quite some time that I had to go out of my way to master. I have the Classic, and I don't think it's a function of weight. The slow speed counter steer input required on this bike isn't typical in my experience. Having said that, it's manageable (for any size rider) but requires a bit of riding re-calibration to get the most out of it.
 

pbosik

Active member
I really don't seem to have a problem with low speed maneuvers on either the pure or the TC. I admit, it takes some practice.
 

Hutch

New member
Yes, all true statements….. i just need to really practice and master it! All in all i love the bagger! Just cruising on pacific coast highway with music is so RAD! The lines on this r18 B is flawless! Thanks y’all🙌
 
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