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About Jaybird180

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    Maryland, USA
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    Motorcycle riding, Aviation, Taekwondo...and some other stuff.

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  1. IIRC there was a video of Rossi describing the techniques. Personally, I didn’t find the particular video credible as I believed Rossi was practicing his art of chicanery. YCRS instructors have been known to advocate the technique and they even have a drill where it makes it a proficiency goal. In theory it sounds reasonable...then you get to the practicality of it. With current engine management technology it is easier to make the transition smoother so as to keep a stable chassis- that is the goal, right? Isn’t this something we all practice in our riding, even when not specifically focusing on it?
  2. Of course, it’s an option. But then I’d be forced to confront other realities about my time commitments and I’m not quite ready to do that yet (LoL).
  3. The tires aren’t getting hot. I mitigate this by not street riding below 60F, which I violated in the above. I’ve read discussions on other boards about using a touring tire and I’m rethinking it but I don’t have a dedicated sport bike - double duty of track and street. Racing season (we do mini-moto) starts soon and at both ends of the season it’s cold enough to rethink the weekend...but we need the seat time and last year my son needed the points at the last event and it was coooooold. I worry about tire temps more than he does. A couple folks had suspected cold tire crashes but they were only the adults. The kids rode fine.
  4. I'm just getting back to running Dunlops, but these are close to the pressures I used to run on D208s on the street. Yes, they feel stiff but I've also got quality suspension underneath me. I know the conventional wisdom is to reduce pressure for more contact patch, but I like to make changes only after establishing a known baseline. Good seeing you online again Apollo. Now that you're over there in the land of year-round riding.
  5. One of the final things to-do from my bike build is the ECU tuning. Although my bike is "pretty old" its amazing what can be done with just ECU tuning. From the ECU, I'll have launch control, Quick Shifting, fuel and ignition curve mapping and to adjust engine braking I will be able to tune "fuel cut on decel", all of this on an "analog" bike. I've often felt that engine braking was masking my throttle control errors. My single-cylinder racebike makes them apparent again.
  6. Cobie, Here's a post that I was working on but decided not to publish it...that is until you asked (minor edits made). Hotfoot- Sorry for the short response above. I'd intended to PM you about it later and just forgot. I didn't want to go too much into an answer at the time because I still want to maintain a modicum of online privacy & anonymity and I was still raw about the embarrassment. Confession being "good for the soul" and all that jazz. I hope you understand the fountainhead of my tepidity. A lesson (story) and question on confidence This Friday morning I learned that 50F is still too cold to ride. I saw that we would have a break in the cold weather, I decided to commute to work. I had been watching the forecast a couple days and Thursday was warmer than forecast so I reasoned I could relax my 60F minimum. Data indicated that at 6a it was 50 at a local weather station and the forecast high for the day was 60F. Preparing for the day, I went online last week and renewed the registration sticker and verified my insurance policy’s coverage status: FULL COVERAGE. I’ve got a lot going on with 9 motorcycles and 4 riders in my household - it’s too much to keep it all in my head. Life and maintenance was simpler with one bike and one rider. Knowing that I purposely over-inflated the tires while garaged, I pressurized the pump and readjusted the tire pressures on the Q3+ to 34F/36R Thursday night. I hadn’t ridden my CBR1000RR in 2018 but about 100 miles or so, spending all year racing my stock XR100. And besides, just because I’d entered it into Bike of the Month doesn’t mean it’s a garage/trailer queen. It’s meant to be ridden, right? Right! Well, I didn’t make it off my street when the rear tire broke loose in the right turn about 15MPH. Too much lean angle and not enough Joules (heat) and I witnessed it sliding and rotating away from me in the intersection of my subdivision, coming to rest on the footpeg and frame slider. The distance of my trip was approximately 200 feet from my driveway. My post-accident review Sunday Morning revealed the effect of the rising slope of the adjoining street on the right side was adding lean angle. Plus, I also know that I began to crack the throttle a tad too early on the rev-happy I-4 engine. We have the kind of pavement that looks like pressed rocks with deeply visible gaps where water, sand, or what may have been present...salt granules like to hide. My heart sank. And I could feel my back already begin to tense up. I didn’t even feel like picking it up for fear that I would be in horrible back pain later and the horror of the damage to my baby. I mustered the courage to find that the crash protection on the bike did its job. <$50 and she’ll be good to go! However, I still needed to get to work. I went back home and changed my pants (LoL). I made the foolish decision to not wear my riding jeans and tore a hole in my corduroys and skinned my knee. So I bandaged my knee, changed into my riding jeans and back out I went. But it wasn’t the same. Something happened to my mojo... This isn’t my first experience putting a bike down. But it’s a different experience with this bike because it’s my favorite. I think it’s because I put a lot of time, energy and money into customizing it to make it uniquely mine. I have wanted this bike for years before I bought it- even denying that I wanted it, until when it was offered to me preowned at a price I couldn’t refuse. My commute to work was tentative. And I don’t like the way I felt about it. My ride home was at 10p was uneventful and it felt like I had good traction. I wanted to put the crash behind me more than I was able to at the moment. I'll address that later...
  7. I’ve done CornerSpeed. I’ve wanted to do Cornerspin as a family, just been challenging logistically.
  8. Cobie- did you jinx me or did I fail to heed the warning? Since I don’t believe in jinx there must be another explanation for my getoff this morning. LoL Now, just to regather my mojo (confidence).
  9. Who has done them? What do you think of them? Do it again and why? I’ll start: I did a trackride as passenger on the track about 2 years ago. My pilot was very experienced with it and from my vantage point may have forgotten the sheer terror that can be inflicted upon the passenger. We took off and immediately stood on a power wheelie down track entrance. Retrospectively, its entirely possible that he honestly believed that he was showing me a good time. When we got on track it was amazing how much I could feel what the tires were doing, after I accepted the very real possibility of eating asphalt and grass. We twisted and turned, and I felt G-Forces that I never knew were possible. He was on the brakes in places that I was trying to get more roll speed through. And the braking for T1 nearly caused my arms to give out under the stress of holding me from pushing into him using the provided handholds on the tank. Suffice to say: my brain and body was overwhelmed with sensations that I’d not felt before mainly because I knew I ASKED FOR THIS and I had surrendered all control. Did I learn something: you bet! What did I learn that I can apply to my own riding? The capability of the motorcycle is further than I thought. How do I apply it? Not sure. I’m having cognitive dissonance over the many approbations to “be smooth” vs what I experienced. I choose to mentally assign smooth as my ideal. Lastly, I’ve given many 2-up rides on the street. I strive to make it a good experience. The only passenger who’s ever declined a second ride is my mother who tells tall tales of swooping between cars at extra-legal speeds.
  10. Great option for someone who doesn’t own the DVD.
  11. The specific corner I had in mind is at NJMP Thinderbolt; T9/10 I believe is the number. Some riders break it into 2 turns, some 3. This right turn then leads into a DR and then a slower left at the end Dylan and I spoke about how Tony Elias negotiates this section; I wanted to see if I can try and replicate. From the TV vantage point, Tony takes this T9/10/-DR as a single turn; doesn’t change lean angle or body position and...I’m not sure if he uses the brakes to get into the DR! Dylan’s response is that Tony can do some amazing things that’s unique to him; and that was the end of that discussion. Part of my plan for improvement here is to increase my revs and get into the speed range I want, so my line selection becomes more important as a product of that speed shaped by the primary metric or consideration of TC1. My next time there, I plan to explore the left edge of that turn to improve my sense of space. When I left the school there my win that I posted about was feeling that I’d finally put the elements together in T8, which IMO has to happen to be able to get into the speed range for T9...I’m almost there. At least I know I can now put my literbike’s needle at or above the 12’ o’clock positon in 4th gear there. To be succinct: I have an idea of where I should be with respect to the track edges to setup for the DR and the preceding turn is negotiated with considerations for the DR’s apex and exit. I am obviously open to, and do try small changes. Last time there I still got drastically different results despite what I thought were small or in some cases, no changes there.
  12. I’m thinking that if I had certainty on what skills I need to use it would no longer be a tough corner. Until now, I’ve been trying different things and sensing the G-forces. I realize now that’s a poor measure of performance. Next season, I will have my laptimer up and after the session I’m hoping to be able to use the data to give me a quantifiable difference.
  13. Long sweeping corners; the ones where it looks like you can be anywhere and be almost right. Also turns that come back on themselves- 180 degree turns.
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