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About slobdog

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
  1. I understood fine And no I don't ever feel awkward when hanging off! I used to sometiimes, but not after undertaking level 3 of the CSS school. Maybe I'm wrong with my suspicion, but please humour me and answer my three questions ;o)
  2. This sounds good and it's amazing how a good body position can help bring things together However, this rings a slight alarm bell. With a good body position you should feel relaxed. How tense does your upper body feel when you hang off like this? How are you supporting your weight now that your butt is not planted on the seat? Do you think this could add any unwanted input into your steering?
  3. I'm listening with the sound off (at work ) but looking at the speedo needle, he's adding too much throttle while at full lean and I reckon the rear stepped out a little in him and he chopped off.....bike sits up and he gets lucky and just stays on the road.
  4. Since becoming a father, I have given up road riding. My CBR is in permanent track mode now. I may get another road bike at some point in the future, but it won't be a sports bike. The reason is prettty much given in all the above posts. It's too much fun going round corners and when you get caught up in that loop you stop thinking about the tractor/oncoming lorry combination that may be round the next bend. As my riding has progressed, so has my corner exit speed. I know that it's unlikely that I will be faced with a worst case scenario, but the nature of UK roads is that they are very twisty/hedge lined, relatively narrow and quite often have tractors / lorries on them! So as time goes on the percentages suggest that I will experience that worst case scenario at some point. I have a lot to consider now, and I'm not prepared to disadvantage my daughter and wife when it is avoidable. Yes it is low to medium risk, but I don't want to take that risk anymore. If I knew I could keep myself in acceptable limits, I would ride on the road. But unless I restricted it to commuting (on a non sport bike) I know I would not hold back enough. With regard to bad drivers.... I am ok with putting myself in this unpredictable world as I believe I can foresee most bad behaviour: expect that they will do the stupidest thing when presented with the opportunity and you will not go far wrong. But that requires a lot of attention! Bottom line is, outside the commuting environment, I don't trust myself to hone it back to account for the worst case. So, a track rider I will be for now. Ah well, never mind
  5. Not sure why you would want to do it, as he clearly destabilises the bike getting back up from it......looks like he knew the limits though. Blooming impressive leg/core strength to do that! Great quick turn too :oD
  6. Fantastic news. I have a suspicion the poor girl will have to run the mother of all marathons!
  7. This is pretty awesome Not that I'd recommend trying it!
  8. For me the top skill will keep changing as I develop. For all my 3 crashes (all after evel 1) I'd say that correct throttle control (rule number 1) would have been the solution to at least 2. First 2 were front end losses, first was caused by opening the throttle (albeit smoothly) before fully completing turning. The second crash was a chicane and knee to knee would have certainly helped, but throttling whilst flicking right to left caused a lack of weight on the front and to me was the main culprit. By my 3rd crash, I had got my turn in whilst off throttle sorted, started going generally faster and lost the rear whilst rolling on. You could say TC was the issue, too much before picking up the bike....but it was really a lack of RP's as I didn't have a set place / order to commence pick up (drill) and I was a bit lost. So right now RP's are the top thing that I need to focus on, but only because it will help me to finally accomplish correct TC. So, in a round about way I'm saying TC has been the most important to date, but with time it seems to change, as your success in one drill highlights a weakness in another...which then becomes important to you at that particular moment in your development.
  9. Ditto. Even though I had never met him,through watching every race and avidly following weekly developments on the web, you felt as though you 'knew him'. I felt that he was a charasmatic force of energy, fun and excitement, which came across in his brilliantly aggresive riding. So exciting. Motogp has lost a 'proper racer' and it won't be the same without his 'crazy legs'. It was a very sad day.
  10. Yup, figures. Something to bear in mind.... This guy I know had an off at about 70mph due to a toot peg scraping incident. He had his body position all wrong and his pegs were often scraping. This was fine until the camber of the track changed. The footpeg dug in and literally caused the bike to rotate around it. Made a right mess of his bike and helmet. Probaly his underpants too. He was fine though and learnt a valuable BP lesson.
  11. Cool pic :oD Whilst I'm no expert, it looks like you have pretty well maxed out the bikes lean and although your body is more off than it was....there is definately scope for more. At least it looks to me like that's your foot is pretty well scraping the floor, whereas your knee slider is not quite on the deck. With a 'better' (more hang off) body position your knee would hit the deck earlier and your foot pegs would have more clearance, hence the bike would be carrying less lean and you wouldn't be running at 98% so much ;oD Whilst this probably goes without saying, you would benefit a tremendous amount from level 3, where the focus is all on body position. When I did level 3, I had the opposite problem to you, I was hanging off too much, which as well as being crossed up, in chicanes it was making me inadvertantly use the bars to heave myself up and over (definately don't try that it doesn't end well!). Level 3 will teach you to use your outside knee to take your weight and give you confidence to hang off without weighting the bars In the interim before L3, another thing to bear in mind is that your head is a considerably heavy part of your body and should join your body in hanging off. Your head should definately not remain over the tank whilst the rest of your body is hung off, this is called being crossed up. If you use your body and head to transer weight to the inside of the turn, you don't actually need to hang off to the extremes that you might initially think are required. One butt cheek out the seat is all it takes to realise some real benefits.
  12. Hey bullet, sorry to hear you're leaving, but life doesn't stand still, so neither will it's participants and I hope whatever you move on to next brings you happiness and exciting challenges. Thanks for all your excellent coaching both in person and on here. You can be confident that you have helped hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of riders improve over 5years. Best of luck mate.
  13. I'm not really certain how many fingers, not something I've actually thought about too hard. I think 3 - index, middle and ring. I don't think my body position is particularly bad (?) but could maybe do with getting my head further off the bike on lefts? All three of my crashes have been on lefts.
  14. I would love a big american pick up CSS is uncanny - crossing international borders with the minimum of sweat!
  15. Hey Crash, I have actually quit street riding - for the time being any way. I would say the one lesson I would apply to my street riding would be the amount of turn. I have seen how precarious full lean can be and would not want to be finely balancing throttle control in a limit run off environment. Oh and I'm absolutely fine, thanks for checking. After the repairs made by the CSS mechanics, the bike is good for the next track session too - I'm not worried about a bit of duct tape and zip ties. It adds to that authentic track bike look!
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