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expatgirl

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expatgirl says:

Big Bike Wobbles

I have just bought myself a lovely new Ducati Monster M696.  It is fab and my dream bike, so very happy with it.

However, I have a couple of issues.  
I have dropped it twice already - just little ones - nothing major or in a dangerous situation.  
Is there anyway to assist keeping a bike from going over?  Build the strength in my legs etc?  Or is it unrealistic to think I could keep it up.
Also, my front brakes is very 'stabby'.  A small squeeze on the front brake when i'm coming to a stop is enough to give me a jolt (the reason I dropped it the first time).
Will the front brake ease off with use, or should I get it adjusted?
Appreciate any advice.  :smiley:

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SlowLearner

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SlowLearner says:

expatgirl:

There are a combination of errors which can cause you to drop a bike like this.  Nerves can make it worse.

Try putting only a single finger on the front brake (if you must use the front), and DO NOT grab it.  Let it ease to a gentle halt.  Look up, 1000-yard stare straight forward - do not look down at the ground.  Keep the handlebar straight, and your upper body more relaxed.

You'd be better off using the rear brake only, but some new riders don't like stopping with the rear, because they fear the bike will slam down on the right before they get a chance to put their foot down (it won't, by the way).   You can stop with the front only, but must be very gentle and gradual with the action.

You might consider a lowering kit for the bike too, makes a world of difference to get a foot solidly on the ground without leaning.

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flatspots

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flatspots says:

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If you've bought it from a dealer it may be worth getting them to have a quick look at the front brake just in case it's binding a little. If not, you have the peace of mind. As already said try the rear brake for the low speed stuff.

Being a new bigger bike the extra weight will take a little getting used to. Also, try to give yourself a little more time just before braking so that you are not rushed. That way you can keep the process smoother :smile   

  

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expatgirl

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expatgirl says:

Many thanks

Many thanks for all the positive advice.  

On both times I dropped the bike I was using the front brake so will concentrate on using the back brake more.  Also the 2 finger tip is a good one - never done that before but it makes sense.
Think I just need to get a few miles under my belt and get a bit of practice at slow speeds.
Cheers guys. :smile

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