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Lean Your Motorcycle Anywhere: The Bar-Stop Skill

Lean Your Motorcycle Anywhere: The Bar-Stop Skill


One of my absolute all time favorite classes
to teach is called Poser Skills. And one of the skills I teach during this
class is call the Bar Stop. I teach riders how to roll up to the tree
or some other fixed object, come to a complete stop, set your handlebar up against it, and
get off the bike and walk away. The goal of this is so that if you’re in a
situation where there;’s deep sand or mud or an off-camber where you can’t put the side
stand down, you can stop, leave the bike upright, dismount and go do what you have to do, and
you’re not going to risk dropping the bike, burning up energy, hurting yourself, breaking
equipment or anything like that. So the technique is actually pretty simple,
and it’s all about “timing”.As you roll up to a tree, or today I’m just using these yellow
columns, I’m carrying enough momentum to carry me all the way into the column… I pull in the clutch, and I very gently using
one to two fingers, apply the brake, until I end up exactly at the column. Let the bike lean up against it. When i’m ready to go i counterweight the bike
off the column and I gently add throttle and ease out the clutch to pull me over to
the next column.

67 comments on “Lean Your Motorcycle Anywhere: The Bar-Stop Skill

  1. But, what if the front wheel for some reason turns outward. Will the bike tip over?
    Or will the bike simply stay in place because it is locked in gear?

  2. Great video but…I thought a "Bar" stop for Bimmer riders was a Coffee "bar"…stop for a Caramel Mocha Latte with just a dash of distain for KTM riders and huge helping of poopoo for KLR riders. LOL.

  3. loving your vids, you make everything look so simple, it's great to know that one can get up to that skill level! 🙂 keep it going

  4. "it looks realllly good" more poser moves no doubt. If you don't already know how to do this you probably shouldn't be on a full size GS. And I can virtually guarantee if you park it like that at Starbucks someone will bump it and knock it over.

  5. We did this with our superbikes on the race tracks all the time, leaning them against pit walls as they didn't have side stands.

  6. Poser skills are essential for … impressing fellow bikers. I practice the full lock departure turn. Lock the bars, then pull away doing a 180 under 18 feet on a big cruiser. No duck walking and feet on the boards ASAP. I find this takes a lot of practice but when I do it, it appears like I have more skill than I actually do.
    Another is the poser departure. I place my feet on the boards then let out the clutch. The bike will stand on it's own for a split second thus I take advantage of that in getting my feet up then rolling out. Doing it smooth and legs moving slowly like I am in a movie. No jerky moves and no duckwalking. The same when coming to a stop. A nice smooth legs down when the bike comes to a stop. I know this sounds silly but I can tell the experience of a rider to a certain degree by the body language a rider uses.
    I have been riding for only 4 years but looking cool, as shallow as it takes sounds requires a lot of serious practice and effort in parking lots. I dropped my bike practicing tight turns more times than I can count but can turn the bike under 18 feet and still practice every week. I love practicing.
    I am very impressed with your riding skills and low speed handling so I am subscribed. Really enjoy the way you present and explain the information.

  7. Ok, that's very clever boys.  What a great idea.  Something else for me to practice.  Great roadcraft skill.

  8. You make it look awesome and easy, but I guess it's pretty difficult, judging from all the bikes on the ground in the forest?

  9. Aah, I thought the video is about how to tie the bike to a post, kick the swing doors open, shoot from the hip and shout: bartender, a whiskey! My bad.

  10. I didn’t realize this was actually a thing. I’m going to give a class on how to unscrew a gas cap with one hand.

  11. Could you please tell me which set of aux lights you’re using and any suggestions as well. I too ride a R1200GSA 2017

  12. Lots of gs riders in my country will cry if they scratched their ADVENTURE BIKES while riding in the business district wearing expensive touring jackets.

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