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  1. Julian, Thanks for the reply. I think the mistake I was making was that I was raising my foot and flexing my thigh to lock on to the tank, for every turn, and I never relaxed my thigh muscle after making a steering input. This led to my thighs being shot by the third drill and to a lack of focus. Robert Hi Robert. There are two muscles at play; you raise your heel to push your knee into the tank - this is the 'locking-on' part, and that's what you keep doing throughout the turn. Personally I don't think gravity does enough, if you want a stable lower body you need to be locked on solidly. The other muscle - and the one I assume Keith is referring to - is your thigh muscle, which you flex whilst you're steering so that you're using more of your body, and pushing across your body (ie right leg, left arm). Do you recall practicing this on the bike? Once the steering input is complete and you're at your chosen lean angle, you don't need to keep flexing your thigh muscle (when you relax your steering arm, you relax your thigh). However, if the turn has some bumps you might still want to, just toremain light in the saddle and allow the bike to move under you.
  2. After attending Level 3 at VIR last week I am still not sure about the first two drills and how they interact. I think my primary conflict is with the pivot steering drill. The first part of the hook turn drill was to lock your leg into the fuel tank. I assumed that you would do this for any turn and that your leg remained in this locked position until you are out of the turn. Based on these assumptions it seemed to me that you were always pivot steering. After searching the forum I found a comment from Keith on this topic stating that your leg was flexed at the same moment that an input was put into the bars to turn the bike and then relaxed once the lean angle was obtained. I did not pick this up from the pivot steering lecture. But, if you relax the tension in your leg how do you remain stable on the bike? Robert
  3. I should have posted the question as "what is the advantage of blipping the throttle between each gear change", because you certainly could do either way. After reading the replies and thinking about the question as a system I have to agree with RocketPunch. By blipping the throttle between each shift you are making small step changes to the system which should result in better matching of the engine/trasmission RPMs. With a slipper cluth you have more room for error but I would assume that things will be smoother if you do not rely on the clutch breaking loose.
  4. In the DVD, A Twist of The Wrist II, it is recommended to blip the throttle between each gear change. If you know you need to drop 3 gears before a turn could you not just keep the clutch disengaged while you drop the gears down and just blip the throttle once?
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