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  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 ve
  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 ge
  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 benef
  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!
  16. Ok - so we did it! Pics below. The stand works brilliantly. Once the axle bar is in place, there's a pin that goes in to prevent it pulling out. The bike is then totally stable and can easily be slid into position. Sliding the stand under the rear wheel is a little more tricky and I needed to get 2 helpful people to assist. One to hold the bike and front brake/bike, the other to slot the stand under the rear wheel, while I levered the rear wheel up with a bit of wood. Once that obstacle was cleared and the pin in place, we just slid the stand into position and secured it in place
  17. Very true. Probably not the most cost efficient way of learning, but it has certainly sunk in now! I will be sure to make my roll on very gentle until pick up....and picking RP's that limit time spent at that lean .
  18. Well what an interesting day! Night before I was up til midnight trying to squeeze my newly trackified bike into a ridiculously small van. Managed it and then up at 0430 the drive to school. Arrived there and instantly felt at home. Bit of banter with the girls at registration and then caught up with bullet at kit check. Always nice to relax and feel 'at home'. The pre-track coach briefing for level 4 allowed me to explain to killswitch (the liaison officer), where i wanted to improve. I thought I needed to work on my quick turn and Reference points (RP's) but as it turned ou
  19. looking really good there steve! I wish I looked that stylish on the hairpin. Top stuff and I'm sure the later levels will take you even further.
  20. Have a good one Steve. I'm there on Saturday for level 4 - can't wait
  21. Ok, just bought some steel....tomorrow I'm going to try and make front wheel grab and a crude version of the strapless stand. Wish me luck
  22. I agree, great post. That is pretty much what I thought I should be doing, but with a clear explaination as to why. That has helped me clear up a few pointa. Many thanks
  23. I love this question and will be very keen to find out what the more experienced think......The comparison is coasting into the corner, or timing everything to be be 'off' coincident to 'tippng in'. I'll have a bash, which will no doubt be misplaced I think biker A will for sure will have a comparatively relaxed time, but will perhaps not be realising his 'optimum' (assuming he wants to get around around a track as fast as possible). If biker B applied his brakes progressively, he shouldn't be making any abrupt movements and load will transfer to the front smoothly, keeping t
  24. Interesting. Thanks for the info. The handle bar straps I have borrowed do actually tighten with ratchets. We do have loads of ratchet straps of all different sizes though, so a triple clamp approach is possible.....Will perhaps need an experiment to see which feels most secure.
  25. Wow guys, cheers for the superb answers! I think we can make our own version of the strapless stand in time. Maybe not in time for saturday though. I managed to borrow some handle bar straps from a friend, no idea what make they are.....but he said they worked fine with his old bikes (R6 and Gixxer 6) and bike trailer. I'll head the warning and go easy on the tightening, I guess just enough to put a light load on the suspension is required? I should be able to modify the van to wedge the front wheel so it holds the bike vertical, plus a chock behind bolted to the floor. T
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