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Everything posted by Jaybird180

  1. Keith, To your point: There was a rumor that Honda changed the RC-212V to suit Dani Pedrosa and because he and Nicky Hayden were so anthropomorphically different, it was a source of contention on the team and an added obstacle for him during the 2007 season to defend his World Title. Contact points and ergonomics matter. I have my own experiences with that and tried my best to avoid changing bikes. I interpreted some of your writing to mean that riders spend $$ covering a deficiency that should best be addressed with training and coaching. I still believe that but I felt that my Honda mini-moto racebike was murder on my body and I reluctantly had a Yamaha built. It's a bigger platform and I'm much more comfortable on it with my 6'1" bodytype. The Honda is still in my stable as a backup/ loaner/ test bike. Are there any easy tell-tale signs that would tell a rider who doesn't have the benefit of a trained coach to watch that a certain bike is a poor fit for that rider?
  2. In order to train a correction using chair riding you’d need to make the mental error just as real. Is that what you want to implant? I will continue to work the question to help find the right answer, but I don’t know for now.
  3. Thanks 53. I've also come to the conclusion that competent coaching can make or break any talent. Semper Fi Brother
  4. I wouldn't call myself a junkie but I do get most of my riding now on the mini-moto tracks. As a result of that and the craziness, my desire to street-ride is lowered quite a bit. Once in awhile I get the bug to commute but that's about it. I do miss the social aspects but all of my friends from a bygone era have moved on to either sell their bikes or ...(gulp) they all ride Harleys.
  5. One thing I’ve read about is that DOT certification is a manufacturer assertion.
  6. I love this topic. I too am focusing on my turning ability, specifically Quick Turning. There’s an article where Keith says that learning to QT solves all of the SRs. I’m striving to become a disciple of that.
  7. Good points in the video. I saw a video recently that examined the same riders on different bikes change their technique (Lorenzo was an example) and basically concluded that the technique is subordinate to the bike, rider, situation. This video misses being explicit on this point and it’s possible that someone may get the incorrect idea that they have to do things the way Rossi or Marquez does it. This person would struggle from the lack of a good grasp of the fundamentals and the technology of riding. I think the video blogger is going in that direction however and he himself clearly stands above average in his understanding.
  8. Clearly I read the OP too fast. And since RE-reading it, I see now how the answer totally FITS. Thank you.
  9. Are the product endorsers really buying advertising space on the bikes or are you guys actually using their products to win races? Like parts and Motor Oils? For example: there’s a rumor that Jardine put their badging on the Honda CBR600RR exhaust for the American Honda team’s Formula Extreme bike (about 2003-2005) but it was actually an Akrapovic exhaust. How much funding comes from products and how much from team owners? Does a team owner really see a financial Return on the Investment or do they do it for the love of the sport? For example: allegedly Michael Jordan got out of team ownership in racing because of the financial losses.
  10. You can certainly practice this off the bike first and then move to doing it on the bike statically. Work it into your riding when it feels comfortable. If you do the training right, you may notice you will begin doing it "automagically".
  11. It seems they have to deal with a poor reputation as well. Note that the article was published Nov 12, 2018 and I didn't find anything newer. https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/asma-bans-icon-helmets-citing-safety-concerns/
  12. Day 2 of having Xbox & Ride3 in the house. After persevering with getting the system setup (going to make some other changes later) we finally were able to actually play the game. During everyone's first ride, we all managed some creative ways to crash the Panigale at Laguna Seca. Once beyond that stage, a selection of bikes opens up as well as a selection of tracks. My son is now riding the Kawasaki KX450 Supermoto at Road America and doing quite well! With the suggested lines turned on, I hope that he gets some ideas about lines; it's a subject I've introduced thrice, but it may have been too early for him. We'll see if the game acts as the intended learning aid. I'm also over the idea of the controllers being too complicated, but that's also a factor of my doing some outside self-improvement work, not just game related. I'm less than $300 into this deal and if all fails, at least we have a streaming media and Blu Ray Player in the family room now to replace the devices I wasn't too happy about. And hopefully, Just Dance 2020 becomes another family fun activity...it's quite a workout!
  13. I remember when that happened. It was also shared on Social Media.
  14. The MM93 video was blocked by Dorna 😞
  15. Ever consider that Leg Danglers are using their arms to support themselves? I know...sounds "wrong", right? Well Keith Code found that even high level riders are making basic errors, which is why everyone starts CSS at Level 1.
  16. My small contribution (and a little bit of speculation) is that Rossi started doing it around the time he began using Mini-moto for training. It also appears that he uses it to block a passing rider.
  17. Do they offer the game as a PC download? What if I own the XBox version, do I get a discount on the PS4 or PC version? Sorry for the questions, it’s been A REALLY LONG TIME since I’ve done video games. I own a retro Atari and retro SNES (the updated ones released a couple years ago), just to put in context. Played a few times for nostalgia and now they’re on the shelf.
  18. The descriptions that I’ve read from others hint very strongly that it’s possible to make technical errors when it’s in the Sim mode. I expect that in Arcade mode you can get away with anything.
  19. In the last 17 hours, I've managed to narrow this down to ponying up with 350 $mackeroos to get the game and an XBox One S. I did find that with online stores selling the game at a discount and a few bundles available online, now it's a matter of deciding which bundle kit to go with and I believe I can beat that budget ALL DONE. I will need to pull the trigger soon on this, as my son's 7th birthday is in 2 weeks and the game is for him...I might play it once in awhile also (wink).
  20. It seems that some people are getting benefit out of using/ playing racing games. This is an area completely unknown to me and since it's Brrrrr cold here right now, it might be an opportunity to get some training in from the comfort of my living room. Anyone have any recommendations? I heard of Ride3. It has some mixed reviews, but is the game that got my attention to this idea. I have a Win10 laptop I can use to connect to my living room TV but I'm not opposed to buying a gaming platform for this use. If I use the PC what type of controllers should I buy?
  21. I saw something the other day that Brandon Paasch now is on an FIM Moto2 team and finished 12th in his first race! Go Brandon!
  22. Jaybird180

    2020 WSBK

    2020 is shaping up to be an awesome season. 5X (Consecutive) World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea will have his hands full. His closest competitor for 2019, Alvaro Bautista is changing factories, which is...interesting. I don't know what precipitated that but I thought Buatista on the Ducati was a match made-in-heaven, but I guess not. Honda is back with full factory support and hired Butista to pilot the all-new, homologation special CBR1000RR-R SP (yeah, that's a lot of letters) Fireblade. Let's see if Honda can get out of their racing slouch. BMW came to play, with a new 2020 model that is more than just an evolution of it's prior models. Yamaha made some tweaks to their bike from what I hear, squeezing more power from their engine for 2020. And.....(get this)....we now have an American rider in the series again! I've been a JR fan since his days on the Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR World Supersport, but I gotta root for my fellow country man, Garrett Gerloff. What do you guys think will happen this upcoming season?
  23. Nice video. He’s a good story teller...and I know what he went thru because I’m doing the same...thinking about it too much LoL.
  24. I am in need of better feel in my front braking system. Due to stock class rules, there are restrictions on what I can do to the bike. I can't change to Stainless Steel lines, upgrade calipers, master cylinder or rotors (I don't think), but it does appear that I can change the brake pads. I did some research into the various materials, but the articles I found only discuss costs, longevity and composition, but not much in the way of feedback and feel vs stopping power. My current setup (very likely OE Yamaha pads, but I'll have to verify - shame on me) feels spongy but has the capability to lift the back wheel off the ground with alacrity. Unfortunately I have experience with this, as it caught me off-guard when I had instead expected the front tire to slide on the cold pavement this Friday evening, but it never did. This is for my TT-R125 Minimoto trackbike. Which pad material could improve my feedback in what the brakes are doing and offer more progressive feel? Organic, Semi-Organic, Sintered, Metallic, etc.? I wasn't able to find out what the OE pad is made from, but I've put in an inquiry with a major parts distributor to see if they can help. UPDATE: The supplier says the pads “appear to be ceramic”.
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