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Everything posted by Hotfoot

  1. I was waiting for the sight picture to come into view - the 'waiting' part was the problem, instead of actively observing the changing perspective coming into the corner, I was a bit stuck visually on the apex as I waited to see the right moment to turn. It only happened when I was consciously "trying" to use apex orientation versus doing it automatically or using a chosen turn point reference point. I was trying too hard, too much effort, on a certain corner and couldn't seem to make the technique work there. But with some good coaching - Connor on track and Keith as my L4 consultant - it got sorted out.
  2. 2017 Fleet Break In

    And then I got a Green Machine, I was the most bad-ass little pig-tailed girl on the block.
  3. Ok Mr. Chief Riding Coach Worldwide, nut sure how long you wanted to run the contest, but I choose this as the most interesting new topic, lots of opportunities for discussion on this one.
  4. I thought I understood apex orientation, but in a school not long ago, my L4 consultant used one of the new iPad visual aid tools and I discovered an aspect of the technique I wasnt using and it allowed me to enter AO corners faster and with more confidence.
  5. 2017 Fleet Break In

    Yeah.... I was feeling the wind in my hair in the 70's, cruising on the sidewalk in front of my house on my BigWheel.
  6. Intro To Css

    I'd say Twist II book. Tons of information in it, very useful to a rider at ANY level, and you can refer to it again and again. The DVD is great too and the visual/video clips and CG graphics really add a lot, but personally I find it easier using the book when I am going back to review something or find some info so my book gets used much more often than the DVD.
  7. 2017 Fleet Break In

    They are a brand of slip-on canvas shoes. Very California.
  8. 2017 Fleet Break In

    I think that sounds more like spring break in Daytona Beach. California does have a helmet law. Florida doesn't, though, if you are 21 or over. Seems like the fashion in LA now is shorts, T-shirt, back protector, helmet, and Vans. I guess that is a little bit of progress...
  9. Cota 2017

    That is an awesome idea!
  10. FWIW I bought one of those mesh armored undershirts for my son to wear for dirt riding. He finds it very comfortable and a whole lot less work to put on compared to various regular pads, and it includes shoulder, chest, back and elbow protection. It breathes well and most of the pads are removable so the thing can be washed in a machine.
  11. How Agressive Can The Throttle Be Rolled On?

    Sounds like you got it down cold.
  12. My husband swears by the Moto-Ds. He had a day where he came to CSS and forgot to bring boot socks so he bought some Moto-Ds from the school. He really liked them and has since bought 2 more pairs and that is all he uses with riding boots now.
  13. How Agressive Can The Throttle Be Rolled On?

    This is not saying that you need to GET from 4000 RPM to 6000 RPM. It is saying that if you do a smooth roll-on in fifth gear and your RPM is somewhere around 4-6000 RPM the bike will GIVE you the about the right amount of acceleration to hit the desired 0.1 to 0.2 G. Keith is just giving an example of what an approximate 0.1 G to 0.2 G acceleration force FEELS like to the rider, so the rider has a simple way to try it, experience it, and know what it feels like. (As a comparison, think of how the bike would feel if you rolled on the gas in second gear at 12,000 RPM - it would launch forward much more aggressively, producing MORE acceleration and weight shift than the desired 40/60. The fifth gear 4-6000 RPM roll is a much gentler acceleration and is automatically in the approximate 0.1-0.2 range.) What RESULT are you looking for, when you have excellent throttle control? How you YOU judge for yourself if you got your throttle control right in a corner?
  14. My AlpineStar roadrace boots are very comfortable. Therefore regular thin regular everyday cotton socks are fine for me most days, and thicker wool blend socks in cold weather for warmth. Dirt bike boots are a different story - my heavy Fox boots require tall socks that are thick and cushioned all over. My lighter weight boots (I bought a pair of boys youth boots - they are Sidis and really nice, much lighter weight than my old Fox boots) fit more comfortably so for those I wear CoolMax socks that are tall enough to cover the scratchy Velcro on my knee pads. On really cold days I like to put those chemical warmer packs in the soles of my boots, up near my toes, keeps my feet toasty warm all day.
  15. Cobie's Deadly Sin

    I'll give you a bigger hint. The quote is in Twist of the Wrist II, Chapter 25, and no it wasn't Keith that said it.
  16. Cobie's Deadly Sin

    When you get to a point where you are adding enough throttle to start sliding the rear, that changes the dynamics but fortunately THAT scenario is covered in TOTWII Chapter Three in Rear Suspension and Gas, and also in Chapter Ten: RIder Input, Riding and Sliding. Who can identify who said this, and where the quote can be found? "Some guys slide the front and some the back. I like to get both ends going and play with traction at the end of the turn. To me that's the most fun. But sliding isn't bravery, its an extension of your skill and ability to control the bike with throttle."
  17. 2017 Fleet Break In

    I'm not sure what the advantage would be of breaking in a bike on a test stand or dyno? You'd probably need to put fans on it to keep it cool, and dyno time is expensive, and wouldn't it be more fun just to ride the bike? For sure it would take a LOOOONG time to break in the whole fleet that way. Much more fun to do a group break in day and just rent a track, as long as you can find a large crew of responsible riders.
  18. 2017 Fleet Break In

    Jaybird, I changed the font size on your last sentence of your last post, it was very tiny for some reason, if you actually wanted it that way let me know and I'll change it back. My rough understanding is that you can break in an engine more quickly (as you might have to do in racing), and it might even be a little faster as a result (looser) but not likely to ultimately last as long as a properly broken-in engine. Longevity might not be a priority for a race engine but probably would be for a street bike. I've done both types of break in and the ones I broke in faster did fine and made good power but I didn't keep them long enough to speak to how well they held up over time. For a brand new street bike I planned to keep for a long time, I'd play it safe and follow the manufacturer recommendation, I imagine their procedure is based on minimizing any warranty issues. I've noticed that the shifting loosens up as the bike breaks in, too - to me they feel a little clunky to shift at first then smooth out pretty quickly. I'm not sure if that is internal to the transmission or external in the shift lever and connections.
  19. Women In Wsbk Racing

    Giving her a RING seems like a drastic step, don't you think?
  20. Women In Wsbk Racing

    The article is easy to find, here is a link: http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/elena-myers-unable-to-secure-funding-to-go-racing-in-2016/ She doesn't say she is retiring but does say she needs to find a way to make a living. Here is a quote from the article: “I’m going to try to pursue a career in the industry, but it’s certainly not the end of my racing career. It’s just, I guess a little break to pay bills.” .
  21. An Extraordinary Level Of Control

    It's fun to watch the suspension on the bike in that video, I gotta believe a good, well set-up suspension is a key part of winning a competition like that.
  22. Women In Wsbk Racing

    The most recent thing I heard was that she was having trouble raising the funding to race in 2016. It's tough to make a living as a racer. Melissa Paris is another one to watch, not sure what she has lined up for 2017.
  23. Cobie's Deadly Sin

    I do follow your path of logic, but where are you seeing the statement in Twist II that the radius of your arc should be constant? It talks about getting the bike to hold a "predictable line" and says that "line follows gas" but I do not see anything that says you must maintain a constant radius arc.
  24. Video & Data

    There is also a new device called Push that is really worth a look: https://www.pushthelimit.net/ It's easy to mount, relatively inexpensive and pushes data right to your phone, very quickly. It also generates drone views of your ride which are the best thing I've seen for showing friends, especially non-riders, it's entertaining to watch the drone views and you get useful info, too. The Push device gets lean angle, speed, acceleration/deceleration and line, can compare to a pro rider on the same track, and probably does more things that I don't even know about. It cannot pull the vast amount of data you could get from the BMW data logger - which tracks practically everything except the rider's heart rate (and that's probably next!) - but for the cost, ease of use and fun factor it's worth checking out. You don't have to add any sensors on the bike, just mount the Push device.
  25. Cobie's Deadly Sin

    Hm, I read it differently. Have a look at TOTWII, Chapter 4 Throttle Control: Everyman's Ideal Line, the section called "Line Follows Gas", and also at Chapter 14, Steering:The Rules, particularly the section "Off/On + Lean". To me, these sections recommend NOT adding any more lean angle once the initial steering is completed.