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  1. Thank you for sharing your insight, Hotfoot. I've never thought about the bars moving when being hit by gusts, but since the bike is often blow off course that seems quite likely.
  2. The handlebars move a lot and quite violently. Not unusual per se, but quite strange for me to see it also in virtually straight line riding. The few times I've filmed myself, that doesn't happen to me, so I guess it's down to me being slow, but it would be interesting to hear why all the movement in the front.
  3. Better aerodynamics primarily.
  4. MOTORRAD tested a ZX-7R (so a long time ago) stock and with 4 inch riser. Eveybody went significantly faster through the slalom tests with the taller bars. The less experienced riders gained more than the experienced racer. After doing a ton of laps, pushing himself to his limits, the racer finally managed to set the fastest time around the race track with the stock bars - it was a pride thing for him - but it took a lot more effort to ride with the lower handlebars. Take a look at the handlebars used in the early Superbikes AMA days. Pretty tall and especially wide to gain leverage. Now look at the handlebars of Kenny Schwantz' RG500. That's a bike only 285 lb light, yet Kevin still had wide and tall bars compared to most of his competitors. In my humble opinion, you would love moving the handlebars up.
  5. This is the sort of weapon they use in the national competition
  6. This week the annual national shooting contest is taking place, and I see an analogy here towards modern racing bikes. I do not shoot, nor am I particularly interested in guns, but I noticed that two shooters had 249 points from a possible 250 during the pre-qualifications, while 15 shooters in total will go the the final tomorrow, all with 246 points or more. Throughout history, starting in 1893, nobody in Norway have managed a perfect 250 score during the qualifications - the woman who leads missed by just 2 mm on a 15 cm large "10". They shoot from 300 meters, on time, kneeling, standing and laying flat. While the task is simple enough (aim and pull the trigger) - like riding a motorcycle with lots of rider aids - but the execution is very difficult if you want to win, and the tiniest miss have big consequences.
  7. I agree with that, but this also makes it harder for a rider to make a difference, hence the rider must push closer to the edge of disaster. It was not possible to ride a 500GP bike to its limits every corner of a race because the bike wasn't predictable enough. But if a rider had a lucky day combined with enough bravery, he could win even if not the best rider. Today, you must be inch perfect and if you make a mistake you cannot just close your eyes and open the throttle to make up that time again - provided you didn't get tossed off in the process. Modern racing demand new qualites, but is in no way less challenging if the goal is to win.
  8. Eggsaggly! And I suspect it is harder to be at the front today than it was 40 years ago, when you could compensate for poor skills with big brass cojones. Take a look at Redding, who was instantly battling for the win riding a 500GP two-stroke for the first time. "I got a good start to lead through Eau Rouge, but this was my first time on the track on two wheels, on a bike I only slung a leg over ten minutes beforehand," revealed Redding. "The rest of the guys rode yesterday, so they had a bit of an advantage in the opening laps, but it didn't take me long to get a feel for the bike and to figure out the lines. "I managed to push my way back up into second and then had a great battle with Steve Plater over the last few laps. In the end I couldn't quite find a way past him before the chequered flag, but second place isn't too bad for my first outing on a 500GP bike!" http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/193303/1/redding-rides-exkevin-schwantz-500cc-suzuki.html
  9. Not sure if these links are helpful to you or not https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/lifestyle/use-your-rear-brake-motorcycle/ http://www.sportrider.com/riding-skills-series-using-rear-brake#page-2
  10. They will not lose skill with electronics, but they can now perfect it because the bike will be more predictable and easier to control. But that also means that they must ride consistently closer to the ragged edge to be competitive. If we go way back, the rider would have to shift gears with a hand operated lever, use his foot for clutching, had no front brake and the throttle was similar to a choke control and would not return when the rider let go and had to be manually adjusted both ways. In addition, the oil pump had to be manually operated by hand, and the same with the ignition timing, meaning the rider had to search for optimum performance without causing pinging. Suspension was at best some girder-like thing up front with friction damper and a sprung seat in the back. What we see today is just a natural progression that began with automatic oil pumps, automatic timing advancers, foot operated gears and hand operated clutches, front brakes, hydraulic suspension at both ends and continued to this day where we see lots of further aids to make the life of the rider easier so he can focus more on the road and his speed than keeping the bike rolling. That I'm no fan of throttle by wire and traction control and whatnot is just a sign I am outdated, intimidated by the complexity and also frustrated that my romantic view of heros trying to tame wild beasts is being broken. However, I am positive that you could give any bike ever raced and hand it to Marquez or Stoner and they would be able to hustle that thing faster around a track than any other human in history. The level of the current crop of riders is higher than ever before. Would Hailwood, had he been young today, still been at the front? No doubt. The best will always rise to the top. But he would have had to work a lot harder for it than back in the 60s. And so say he who really doesn't have a clue about what's he's rambling about
  11. Doing so will also overwhelm most humans - there's just too many things going on at once. I cannot even begin to contemplate what it would take to keep a bike in line when accelerating with 270 hp on tap while leaned way over and trying to modulate the power with exact use of the rear brake at the same time. Mind-boggling. Which is why I would be proud to get within 30 seconds of a gp-rider around a track. Very proud. Because I doubt I would be able to. Especially not with a gp bike - I'd most likely be faster on a CBR600 or something like that. But still very slow.
  12. Again, it could be due to poor wording on my part if you took this from the translation. But you can shove the bike more upright if you toss yourself into the corner - the force required to move your body will have a counter-force, and this can only go into to bike. So the bike goes one way and the body the other.
  13. If that's the case, it's an error of mine. Tried to find it, but couldn't. Rider in line with bike, bike and rider leaned 47 degrees. Bike leaned more than rider, bike 57 degrees, combined 51. Bike leaned less than rider, bike leaned 46 degrees, combined 51. Since it was late and the story very long, I simplified as much as I could to save myself time. No need for extra prose But I could no doubt have spent more time perfecting the English if I had been arsed
  14. "They are crazy" http://www.crash.net/motogp/interview/283337/1/exclusive-lorenzo-bortolozzo-brembo-interview.html
  15. Hope he will do better than the British crasher they brought in earlier in the season.