Join Date: May 2013
Location: West Linn, Oregon
If you're new to riding or new to the shadow, hills can be trouble as you found out. I'd avoid steep hills as much as possible until you've got some more miles under you seat. Maybe practice on smaller inclines. Also practice starting on an easy upslope before you get caught on a steep one and stall the bike. Work on the clutch/throttle blending to keep yourself from stalling and tipping. Once you get your confidence up, go back to where you fell and survey the corner, Once you are confident enough, ride it again, this time keeping enough throttle. Also maybe you need to downshift into that corner because a lower gear will give you quicker throttle response.
I live in Oregon so don't know any shops in LA>
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