For me, the steering seems actually quite good. I'm used to sport bikes, though. Turns quickly and predictably. I believe you are merely feeling the difference of a steeper steering angle.
Alright, thanks for that. Just what I wanted to hear.In a slow speed turn, it is natural for the handlebars to want to turn into the turn, this is just a matter of physics.
There is too much tire resistance (opposing force) in the road compared to the slow speed, along with the lean in the turn (weight of the front fork/bars), the front wheel will naturally turn in.
Take a regular bicycle for instance, when you push it slow (ie from the seat) without holding the bars, and lean the bike over, the handlebars will automatically turn into the turn.
The difference that you're feeling on the FZ09 is that the handlebars are much wider, so you have a lot more leverage to stop the bars from turning in.
I went from a supermotard to this sport bike and I felt the difference as well, but it's normal.
She should be counterbalancing with her weight in slow speed turns, this is so that the bike is not leaning too much. Too much lean, and then the front fork/wheel will naturally turn, then the weight of the bike can cause her to drop.That sucks, I will probably have to trade in the R3 when the FZ03 is released down the road since my wife is too weak to consistently fight the turning forces at low speed which is what I'm going to blame for her dropping her R3 four times now when she does a turn from a stop.
Agreed. Most new riders always forget counter balance and throttle / clutch work. Said lady in question is probably not on the gas and slipping the clutch in her turn (no power to wheel equals gravity effect [falls]). Also I've notice some people get into a low speed turn and when they think the bike is going to drop, they instinctively straighten the handlebars. This only induces more drop as the bike is in a lean. If she is making a left, and she feels this dropping affect, you must turn harder left to bring the bike back to an upright position (with more gas or more properly, letting off the clutch more as the gas should already be on).She should be counterbalancing with her weight in slow speed turns, this is so that the bike is not leaning too much. Too much lean, and then the front fork/wheel will naturally turn, then the weight of the bike can cause her to drop.
In slow maneuvering, also can maintain a higher rpm, use the friction zone and rear brake. With engine rpm higher, the bike will want to fight against the lean. It is the gyroscopic effect.