Apollo

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About Apollo

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  • Birthday 07/25/1987

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  1. I'll take a stab now that I'm just sitting on the sofa after leftover turkey. If the rider is wide at the apex and wide on the exit while upright, I'd think that they probably are keeping pressure on the handlebars. Probably would be worthwhile to see if the rider is getting a good lock on the tank with the lower body, as the bad interfacing might be the reason for the residual pressure on the handlebar. Possibly might be too close to the tank, causing their knees to be open away from the tank, relating back to the lock on. If they're pulling away right after the turn point and then getting closer on the back side, I would think they're too aggressive on the throttle after turn in. Maybe they feel uncomfortable with gauging corner entry, so they think they were too slow at tip in, and rolled on the gas to try and get back up to speed. With the aggressive roll on and potential bar pressure, the bike then runs wide. They then probably rolled off the gas as they found themselves drifting out wider than the intended line.
  2. What lens are you using? I am only running an intermediate group pace, but have had this issue. The specific type of lens does seem to have an effect on the severity. My Acuvue two week lenses rarely have this issue. However, my Acuvue daily lenses, which are softer and more flexible, will occasionally have this happen (maybe twice in a day). Mine seem to unseat more easily when my eyes are dry. I haven't had it enough of a problem to really look for a solution, but artificial tears before each session might help?
  3. Missed responding to this. When you say your inner knee wraps around the tank, how are you moving your body across the seat to preposition? Are you pulling yourself across the seat either through your arms or by standing up on the pegs? Have you done level 3 at CSS yet? Maybe other people will disagree with my method, but I do not have this knee problem. When I pre-position, I am using my inside knee to pull my body across the bike. Since it is the contact patch of my knee and thigh that are pulling me across the bike, my inner knee does not move. It is basically the babystep, or foundation, for the knee-to-knee drill in level 3.
  4. Like Hotfoot said, I keep both of my knees against the tank under braking. I preposition on the side of the bike, but keep both knees planted until tip-in. I feel like helped to reduce unwanted bar pressure under braking. Interesting that Troy talks about using the arch and heel rather than the ball of the foot on the outside leg to lock in. I've tried both, and am currently still on the balls of my feet as I am too slow transitioning side to side from heel to ball. Funny enough, I do feel a better lock on the tank with the heel, even though my contact point is lower on the tank. I've seen Marquez start while the rear is still off the ground when watching videos. This is the best that I could find from a google image search.
  5. Noice! You'll love L3 and L4. I felt like L1-L3 were great and really informative, but then L4 took it to a whole new level. It was like moving from high school to college.
  6. Just wanted to share my woohoo/a-ha moment from this weekend! A bit long. I still need to actually hook-turn and work on getting my head more down and outboard. But for now, I'm psyched about the progress made. I started doing trackdays again this year, after years away from bikes for grad school and work. This time around, I went with a Ninja 300 instead of another 600. (Side note: it is ridiculous that used 600s are the same price now as they were 6 years ago). The differences in bike design, especially the low footpeg position, have highlighted my issues with body position. I found myself dragging my toes before touching down my knees. The fear of touching down my toes and potentially pegs before getting my knee down was a huge hindrance for me. In August, I repeated level 3 and did level 4 at VIR. I also convinced a friend to join me for his first time on track. Gerry, Ash, Jon, Dylan, and Cobie had to put up with my constant questions about body position for two days. In particular, Jon and Dylan spent a bit of time working with me on my interfacing with the bike. From review with the coaches, I was trying too hard to hang off. This resulted in poor contact with the tank and my rotating around the tank. By hanging off less and not getting rotated around the tank, I could still get my knee to the same position, if not better. Then, I adjusted my inside foot position after talking with Dylan so that my foot is in line with the bike instead of sticking out at a 45 angle. At the time, I felt like my body position was improving, but I still didn't trust my positioning. Cobie also got me to change up my riding fairly significantly with switching to index/middle braking instead of middle/ring, as well as going clutchless. Needless to say, I felt like a duck out of water with all these changes and had some missteps while reaching for the shift after prepositioning. Still, I made huge gains in smoothing out my rider inputs. After CSS, I did two days at Pitt Race where I was able to get more comfortable with prepositioning. The flowing back section of the track also helped build up my confidence, and I was finally able to confidently get my knee down without worrying about my toes! Still, the best was yet to come with this past weekend at NCBike with EvolveGT. The long constant radius turns proved to be the perfect practice grounds for playing with my body position. The prepositioning, the right-hander clutchless downshifts, and the knee position just all clicked. It was two perfect days of riding. The changes to my riding position completely revamped my riding style. I was confident in using my knee as a lean angle gauge, and didn't have to worry at all about dragging my feet or pegs. Separately, I also loved the WVLS level 4 drill, and have left the stars on my helmet for the past 4 trackdays. I don't even think I want to remove them. They're a nice reminder to not get tunnel vision, and have actually helped with looking through the corner instead of focusing on the rider in front. Photo from this weekend to end:
  7. Cool. I'm arriving in the afternoon the day before, and wasn't sure if the trailers would already be there. And definitely agree on VIR. It is by far the fanciest track I've been to in terms of amenities.
  8. Nice! The 250s and 300s are so much fun! And they're much better on the wallet than the big bikes. The Honda should be bulletproof. I had an 07 600RR before moving, and loved that bike. I did levels 1-3 on the Best Coast between '07 and '10 when the school was still on Kawasakis. This time around, I'm exploring the East Coast. If you're ever at VIR, NYST, or Summit Point, there's usually a pretty good turn out for 250/300s.
  9. Awesome. Thanks, Hotfoot! That will be super helpful come this weekend. I'll be doing levels 3 and 4. I wanted to get some refresher training as the last time I rode with CSS was level 3 in 2010.
  10. Hi everyone, I'm Allard. I'm getting back into riding after a few years away due to moving cross-country, grad school, and settling into a new job. My first day at the track was with CSS at Laguna back in 2007 on the 600s. This time around, I have gone smaller with a Ninja 300 in the hopes of improving my riding skills. In case anyone else is going, I'll be at VIR on Monday (8/8) and Tuesday (8/9) with my primer grey 300.
  11. What khp said. The suits in MotoGP (I haven't been following WSBK) have internal airbags instead of the giant external collarbone airbag like in previous seasons. Also, I would assume that the settings for deployment on their airbags is set to a much higher threshold so the bike can move around. Although the airbags don't deploy in every instance, Marquez definitely had his deploy in practice at Assen.
  12. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how CSS sets up in the North Paddock for VIR. I will be heading down there Sunday, and I want to try to park as close as possible to where the trailers and bikes will be set up. I am bringing my own bike, so I just want to make sure my tools and the what-not will be close by. Does CSS set up on the West side (by the suites) or the East side (by the showers and food)? Since I will be arriving Sunday, I am hoping I can just find a prime parking spot to leave the van in. Also, anyone else here going? My buddy and I will be heading down from DC for Monday and Tuesday. He'll be using the school bikes for his first time on track. I'll be on a primer grey Ninja 300. Thanks!
  13. Hope you're healing well and fast! Definitely the fear of most sane riders at trackdays. Sorry to hear the rider hasn't made any attempt to do right from an honor standpoint, regardless of the liability waivers. At best, a ban by the trackday provider may be possible. Unfortunately, I can't see any way for the front rider to prevent incidents like that. It looked just like the Guintoli Brookes crash in British Superbikes. The video seems to show he was abreast of you at impact (pretty fuzzy video)? The only very slight possibility I can see for prevention in a similar case would be if one could see that flash of red in peripheral vision right before impact and could stand the bike up enough for a glancing blow instead of the T-bone. With the closure rate though, I doubt anyone has quick enough reaction time or bike movement time to have prevented this accident.
  14. Depending on your body type, it could be indicative of lean angle. This is what I've been told and personally found true. The rider is likely "reaching" if the slider wears on the front side of the slider. In this case, the bike isn't leaned over as far, but the rider stretches the knee out to make contact with the ground. By pushing the knee out, they rotate the puck such that the first part to contact is the leading edge. For the same person, at a greater lean angle, the knee does not stick out as much and there is more even wear on the puck. This is all dependent on body type and leg length, but is a general approximation. If two riders of different leg lengths are knee down at a given lean angle with the longer-leg's slider flat on the ground, the shorter-legged person would have to stick their knee out more to contact the road, thereby contacting with the forward edge of the puck. That's how I see it.
  15. I would tape. The first time I went out on my own bike, I found myself looking at the speedo when I would glance down. I told myself "tach only," but still looked at the speedo quite a bit. Tape or better self control is my way.