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  1. Today I rode 160 miles non stop. Nothing fancy, just trying to get a feel for the handling, and the best way to sit on the bike. I was on the I-10 towards San Antonio. When negotiating curves the handling is more responsive if my back is against the cowl. It also helps to lean inside the fairing to cut the wind. Now it has one major draw back. I am six feet tall, and my legs are locked underneath my body when I crouch, so if I want to do a quick change of trajectory, it is difficult to lean out of the bike. If I seat directly behind the tank, it is easier to lean out to negotiate the curves and to sweep left and right. My legs are not locked, but the bike is less maneuverable that way. I have not yet tried tighter curves. The Le Mans is very stable at speed while curving, but it is not really agile or easy to get out of the initial angle. I went briefly up to 6000 rpm, and did some quick changes to check. It is like a rail, but you can't really move it from its chosen glide slope. Is this more or less the consensus here?
  2. In my quest to learn more about how to go around corners quickly, I thought it's time I admit to my novice status & ask some questions; First up. What is 'Trail braking' and how does it help set the bike up through a corner ? Humbly, Grasshopper (For those of us old enough to remember the reference)
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