Actually, I wrote you a long reply and then realized that I answered most of my questions myself.PacificShot327 wrote:Work those arms out then.
Most females are under the very very mistaken impression that because we are built smaller, we can never be as strong as a male. Not true! If you feel that you are lacking in upper body strength, start training those muscles. You will never grow to be as "big" as the guys, but that is a chemical difference. Men, on average, have about 16 times the testosterone that we do, and that accounts for the way their muscles grow. But we can work out muscles in the same way and get the results.
As far as upper body strength for riding... I'm not really following what you're saying. Try explaining in a different way, maybe?
A couple of confessions. Since I grew up with a bunch of boys and I'm just bigger than most of my lady friends, I've become sort of spoiled about just "doing" things that most women find hard to do physically. Also, since I never had any problem riding a Harley, I just got used to them at the expence of other bikes. So a lot of this was the cryings of a spoilt kid who wanted things all her own way.coffee_brake wrote:It definately sounds like you've just forgotten some basic stuff.
Heck at 5'6" I can ride the ST1300 (and I have) and it is effortless to steer, and very well-mannered at parking lot speeds too. I work out but I'm still not very strong in my upper body. Pushups are very hard for me (but I'm getting better, better than when I rode a ST1300).
I'm guessing if the top-heavy issue is affecting you then you are having trouble at slower speeds. You probably know know better than me that the basics still apply. You know in a tight tight turn going slow, to weight the outside peg, slide your butt to the outside, slip the clutch, and lightly ride the back brake to get it to lean in better. Try it in second gear, it may be easier depending on the bike's gearing. Most of all, look up, not down, and look all the way through the turn, even if that means swivelling your head around like an owl.
Sounds like you just need to talk yourself through the basics and then go practice them, in a safe emptly lot wearing all your gear.
You can do it! That's a smooth beautiful bike and worth the effort!
Sorry, what you take for granted was frightening me to death. All the glass the bike was wrapped in and that I might drop it was almost scaring me out of getting the bike. I know how to ride Harleys, so why take a chance on something I would have to make adjustments on. Rather expensive adjustments if I didn't do everything perfect. Yes, I know now that I need to remember the basics and just let the bike teach me how to handle it. But it was scary for a time. Kind of still is.MZ33 wrote:I'll just add my 2 cents. I found that I just had to get used to how my top-heavy bike handles when parking, manuevering it in the garage, etc. The Versys is only 450 lbs wet--a lot less than what you will be dealing with, I know--but it was harder to handle standing still than the Vstar 650, which is 550 lbs wet. All because of where the weight is distributed. I dropped it a lot for the first 2-3 weeks.
I suspect that handling your bike will in fact improve your upper arm strength--a workout in and of itself. But learning specific arm-strengthening exercises are a real help, as well as specifically stretching the upper body before & after riding. If you work out at a gym, ask a trainer for some pointers, or try looking online. Also: high reps of light weights are a better way to bring your joints up to speed, as opposed to shorter reps of heavy weights, which build muscle. For me, I wreak havoc on my joints (ligaments & tendons) far more than my muscles. And those stupid lightweight reps are boring. Pity I don't practice what I preach; I'd be in a lot less pain, a lot less often.
I am so waiting for it. I've got a while before the ST1300P gets here but I started assembling the red ST1300A bike this afternoon. Oh, Godess, when it's your bike you're putting together, you can get so picky. But it really needs all the TLC I can put into it because the bike will become family. It's like if kids were assembled instead of being born. I've torque wrenched every bolt so far. Even though it will take a couple of weeks before the police bike gets here and I get the rest of the money for it. No one is hassling me to get the work on mine done. But I'm in heaven!coffee_brake wrote:Ah, Alex, you're coming off of Harleys to this big Honda...I've been there too! The Harley has such a low center of gravity that it seems like everything, I mean EVERYTHING but a wheelbarrow is topheavy in comparison...but it's not. That ST1300 is going to handle very well. Just talk yourself through the basics and go practice with it.
No, I don't envy you the maintenance bill on that plastic beast. (I maintain my own and that's precisely why I don't own a faired Honda!) but wow what a sweet, strong machine! I have chased an ST1300 over hill and dale and the only time my Concours could catch it was in the super-tight twisties. Why? Because I practice the really tight turns every week at the gym parking lot before class!
You'll both love that bike.....don't be scared, go practice and then ride it....
Gina:Gina wrote: So, my bike is making me stronger. It's fun thinking about what I can go to next once I'm close to being my old self.