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Jaybird180 last won the day on September 6

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About Jaybird180

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  • Birthday May 8

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

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  1. Jaybird180

    timing of steering input and chassis attitude

    MaxMcAllister in his suspension clinic (can be found on YouTube) provides the info that all geometry changes have a side effect for every intended effect. He said it’s about 3:1 ratio of effect to side effect and many people chase setup issues because of missing information of knowing which end of the motorcycle to change. The cliff notes: he provides that front end changes effect corner entry to mid turn and rear end height changes effect mid turn to corner exit; being mindful of the side effect issue. My concern with prescribing a geometry change at this point is introducing another variable into the equation when rider input, vision, timing and throttle control haven’t been sorted, nor do we know if static sag and chassis balance have been baselined. My $.03 is aligned with the OP and Hotfoot’s process to establish what the rider is doing and how the bike is responding.
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    2018 Predictions- WSBK, MotoGP

    My DVR isn’t recording WSBK this year 😞 I’m behind on MotoAmerica and MotoGP watching, so I don’t know what’s happening and I delete the emails discussing race details to avoid spoilers.
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    There are defensive and offensive lines when racing. Tactical vs Strategic choices. Racecraft is the proper mixture of the two. I once witnessed a rider on a slower bike hold off a faster bike by altering exit lines (not weaving) and beating him to the line FOR THE WIN.
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    I watched for this tendency to get on the gas too soon and found I did that in a couple corners. Mind you: this is at a different track, but habits typically follow the rider until changed so it’s likely I’m doing this at other tracks and on other bikes. Also, I found in Endurance racing this weekend that I need a method of prioritizing needs, addressing them and then going down the list.
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    Okay. I’ll go out to specifically observe this. Thank you.
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    Thank you. I think Hotfoot was getting at that same idea. I'll have a go at it. Question: Are we saying that steering can be complete but yet the bike is not pointed in the desired direction?...there's a time delay between relaxing the steering input and bike on line???
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    That was a typo on my part. I meant to say: I leave some lean angle margin. Regarding my original issue: I think the solution could be: The Two Step Drill
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    I turn the gas on as soon as I'm done with the steering input. I do leave some turning margin. In this particular instance it was a new bike, new track and different tires so my confidence was low on knowing where where the roll limit was. I was conscious that I probably had lean angle reserve.
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    Yesterday I received in my email, a Keith Code article, Speed and Direction and I think the article struck a chord with regard to what I’m trying to solve. The article isn’t yet posted in the articles section, so it must be new. From it, this particular section seemed relevant and as I slept overnight I awoke with a different idea on how it applies to my current barrier ”Any rider's true skill level can only be measured by his ability to determine exactly WHERE to change or maintain speed and direction and execute the right AMOUNT of each. There are no other components to skill.“
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    Thanks for chiming in. Point #1 How do I know that I'm hitting my marks (or not) if I do not observe my results? Well to help solve the problem of diverted attention, I will mount my action camera to the bike and review the footage later that way I can focus more on what I'm doing IN THAT MOMENT. I agree that I'm still working on moving my vision further away. I'm also working on smoothing my visual flow after so many years of snapping my head and eyes to the next point of interest. After a recent school I "got it" about visual flow. Point #2: Once I'm in the turn, I don't fight it with many-mini inputs I just try to get it next time around.
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    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    I'd been working on my accuracy. It seems that the product of that has been consistency. This means that I tend to get consistent placement on where I want to be, just not as accurate as I would like. I'm a foot or less from where I want to place my wheels, and it seems that closing that distance to apex for example is a battle with self. Best I can come up with is that it's a vision deficiency but I don't know what to do to correct it. I latched onto a faster rider, but was just unable to duplicate the lines or keep enough pace to be able to follow for more than a few corners. But I did learn something by doing so. Looking for ideas of what I can try differently. Next trackday in 2 weeks.
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    When to upgrade

    My mechanic and I agreed that I will ride the stock suspension this weekend. The vendors that I talked with have assured me that the stock suspension will be bottomed during most of my ride. I hope that I don't break anything especially me. I've also decided that I should have bought a CRF125 instead just for the fact that it opens up an additional racing class. Maybe next year?
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    Anticipated 34 yrs ago, still not here

    Almost there https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2017/12/05/2018-kawasaki-ninja-zx-10r-se-electronic-suspension-model-usa/ 4. The forks and shock have built-in stroke sensors that provide real-time stroke speed and compression information. The sensor coils provide input to the KECS ECU every millisecond. This is complemented by information provided by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) every 10 milliseconds, and the FI ECU (vehicle speed) every 10 milliseconds. The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation.
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    Geometry and Handling Effect of Damaged Components

    I got lucky (fingers crossed) on a set of new lower tubes and plan to change them out tomorrow. He adapted to the bike's "eccentricity" without care. I'll make the correction and won't mention it to him except casually.
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    He cared nothing about going through the oil-dri.