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Ventodue last won the day on July 7 2017

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  1. And Keith goes on to say this: "In real time and space, each 0.1-second that you stay away from the gas is over one bikelength of distance in a 60mph turn. In fact, it is 8.8 feet". (Page 26). That's a scary amount to lose, added up over the turns. You'll never gain it back. Me, I'm a terror for delaying getting back on the gas. But I'm trying to get better, I'm really am ..
  2. First off, all my sympathies for the crash. Never good, but let's try and pull some positive out of it. Well ... it's always so much easier to criticise someone's else's riding . But seeing as you asked .. How do you rate your throttle control? For me, I hear very little, or a much delayed, roll-on after you initiate your turns. Which, if it's true, means you're asking a lot from that front tire - and it's your front that lets go. To my mind, you're charging your turns. Cracking it down the straight is all very fine (altho' personally I make a point of slowing down on the s
  3. I find much depends on the tire, its make and its condition. I've been low-sided by a worn front Bridgestone with no warning at all (except that I damn well knew it was worn, but decided to give it one last outing. How stupid was that?). But a decent tire, properly warmed up, will squirm and wimper, twitch and wobble. Not much, but normally enuf ... I can't say for chassis respnse/feedback.
  4. 'nuff said ... "Over the past 48 hours my riding craft has easily tripled. My turn-point and line sighting happens more fluently, my throttle control is more intuitive, and my body position is honed in. I’ve moved from fairly competent on the street to a capable rider on the track, in two days."
  5. That's an interesting comment, ktk-ace. Never really thought of it before, but ... Me, I'm a 7 stone weakling and yes, I've noticed that a number of my 'stockier' road-riding buddies enter corners faster than I do. However, by mid-corner, I'm already up their exhaust pipes (if I'm not careful) and before the corner unwinds, I'm long gone. (Like I said, I've never thought of it before), but maybe suspension set-ups this is part of the reason ...
  6. Well done, Laura - many congratulations! I can well appreciate the amount of dedication it must have taken. Inspirational - as well as a fine advertisement for the CSS approach! And thanks too for your commitment to this Forum. I make a point of reading your postings, always well reasoned and clear (the one above on 'Winning by Not Crashing' is a typical example ). Much appreciated - please 'Keep on Keeping On ... Craig
  7. 'Like others before me ..' I see problems with your corner entry speeds. For me, those problems are arising because a) you're not confident about your brakes; (possibly/largely?) as a result, you're not paying enuf attention to both fixing your turn points and seeing your apexes. Put it another way, you're spending too much of Keith's, '$10 worth of attention' on something which shouldn't be costing much at all, leaving you insufficient funds to spend on more important stuff. You've got to get to love your brakes. Because if they don't inspire full confidence, you will always start
  8. That's an awesome article. Thanks for posting the link! Ditto. I particularly like this 'Keith-ism': "You can't steer effectively with the front wheel off the ground ..." No argument there ... Back to topic: FWIW, I asked Lnewqban's question when I did one of my CSS days. Andy Ibbott's reply was exactly as Tyler's, i.e. "Yes, in theory, no in practice." Craig
  9. It has to fit = be comfortable. It should be as quite as possible. Weight bothers me less - hey, you can't have it all. Price? Well, how many heads did you come with? Appearance? Who cares? = Schuberth S1.
  10. Just on the speed and risk thing ... When I attended my first CSS school, the Instructor blithely tossed out to the audience, "Well, no-one came here to ride slower, did they?!?" Ha!Ha!Ha! Big guffaws of manly laughter ... And true, of course. But until that moment, I hadn't even thought about being there to ride quicker. I was there to learn to ride better. Which for me meant - and still means - with more control, with more consciousness of what I was doing or should be doing. So, in fact, actually reducing the risks inherent in motorcycling. So I'm with Eric. Motorcycling
  11. Many thanks to both Hotfoot (posts 29 & 30) and Mugget (post 26) - clearest explanations I've ever read . (Inspired by this Forum, I'm currently working hard on getting my braking and turning co-ordination better. Curiously with 'No Brakes', I seem to get it about right. But when I go back to using the brakes, I still have to fight over-braking and entering too slow ... Damn! Bad habits are hard to break! But it ain't gonna beat me ... )
  12. I'm with ktk-ace on this one, i.e. ... so just to throw something new into the mix. Now, I don't know whether these really qualify as 'skills', but: 1. A desire to get better. 2. A positive attitude towards learning. You can't get very far without those ... . And I'm sure we all know plenty of riders who don't seem to have much of either
  13. Thanks for those precisions, Hotfoot. Very accurate, very useful ...
  14. Well, not really by my reading. I suggest that what Keith is talking about being smooth at ALL times, not just when picking up speed or just during turns. But that said .. Well, short sharp ones always risk being a bit 'snatchy' simply 'cos the time available to do everything is a bit tight. But here's a question which may help get to the bottom of this: What exactly do you feel is not smooth? Is it you, the rider? Or are your actions on the controls super smooth, but the reaction of the bike isn't? If you're not sure which it is, one way to try and pin it down is to run t
  15. Thanks for the explanation, ScrmnDuc. OK, I see where you're coming from. That said, my only caution would be to avoid the trap which I see a lot of riders fall into. They stop using their brakes all together when approaching turns! Indeed, for some, it becomes a sign of good riding to NOT use the brakes! Which is crazy ... Instead, they rely on excessively early roll-offs to set their corner entry speeds. And, unsurprisingly, those corner entry speeds don't go up... I leave it for an instructor to say otherwise. But unless I'm mistaken, the benefit - and indeed, purpose - of
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