2017 Honda Rebel 300 CMX300a
Definitely working on counter-balance. I have 30+ years of mountain biking and skateboarding experience, so in general, I have pretty good balance. I just have to figure out the physics of the extra weight of the bike and I'm sure I'll be fine. I can do the low speed u-turns, but I dont feel 100% confident with them yet. Hence the desire to practice until I can do them without thinking about it. However, right now the heat index is over 100 and practicing in full gear in that heat when you're basically at or near a stand still is unbearable. Hopefully we'll get some cooler weather soon.Try counter-balancing for low speeds maneuvers! They've helped me out A TON, when making U-turns and riding at lower speeds. It's totally okay if you drop the bike, I understand your concern as I myself feel the same way in regards to preventing anything from being damaged however! If you aren't doing anything crazy and just happen to drop it you should be totally fine! I've saved my bike from being dropped 3 times then one day I just couldn't save it annnndd it happened lol! If it makes you feel better too, there's a load of other options you have as well such as frame sliders, bark busters, rearsets, etc.
I don't want to drop the bike cuz i dont want to have to fix what ever breaks when I do. LOL!