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  1. What I find is that the helmet fits just fine, however if I drop my head too much I end up having to strain my eyes up to see ahead of me and also lift my neck up at the same time. My helmets not being restricted by my leathers or anything like that though and I have gotten a larger pinlock so that I'm not looking at my pinlock when I'm looking up.
  2. Really enjoying this thread guys and appreciate all the advice so far. I think the advice about sorting out my body position before I start using excessive lean angle is spot on. A few of the members have pointed out that I should be turning my hips into the corners, ensuring my shoulder line and head position are correct and also check out my foot position (as sometimes my boot does scrape around the corner). Weather gods being kind I'm back on track on the 18th August so I'll attempt to address these issues and report back. My one problem with dropping my head down though is that I seem to really be straining my eyes and my neck to keep myself looking ahead. Either way, what I'll concentrate on addressing on the 18th is: 1. Turning my hips into the corner 2. Keeping my head and shoulders in line with my back line 3. Keeping my foot up and in on the pegs a bit more I'll report back once done and let you know how I get on..... (unless it's hammering down with rain like it usually does in the UK).
  3. Cheers for the responses guys - really appreciate it. Definitely a few things for me to try there and I will make a mental note to check my hip position. This is the best photo I could find to demonstrate my point (I know I need to work on my head position and this may be half my problem). This is one of the corners at Silverstone that I feel I should definitely be able to get my knee down on. Whether I was actually really trying on this particular shot I can't be sure, but let me know if this helps with regards to body position etc?
  4. Hi all, Here’s one that I’ve been struggling with. Well I say struggling, however pondering is probably more the correct term. I’ve been doing trackdays for a few years now and I currently ride at the top of inters or bottom of fast group pace on my ZX6R. In that time, I have NEVER gotten my knee down. I do seem to pass a lot of riders who do though. Most days I always seem to go around someone on a corner who has their bum way off and dragging their knee. Part of me thinks that I should be getting my knee down by now, but in order to do so I need to hang so much of my bum off the seat that I just don’t feel locked on anymore and end up going slower, which to me seems to defeat the purpose of the exercise. I believe that knee down is a gauge only really and not a requirement, but does anyone else have this predicament?
  5. Hi guys, I've completed level 3 at CSS in the UK a few years back, and have always found that anything more than one cheek off the seat I lose connection with the bike (especially my outside leg off the tank) and I start to feel not in control as much anymore. Just been over to Spain and I managed to get some track time with Neil Hodgson and Steve Parrish. Both of them told me "I need to get more weight off the bike, almost double what I'm doing now", eg almost my whole bum off the bike. I did this for most of the day at Cartagena, and while both Neil and Steve tell me what I was doing was now more correct, I did at times feel like I was going to fall off because so much of my weight is off the bike. I also found it really difficult to change gears coming in/out of right handed turns. I think going forward I'll stick to my old ways and the CSS ways of staying as connected with the bike as possible, but just wondering why the BSB/WSB guys have the different style and what the benefits for them are? Cheers Dave
  6. Thanks for ther reponses all - I'll ceratinly keep in mind to try and "kiss" the mirrors @Cobie - The lean bike wasn't available at Silverstone when I did my training at Silverstone @Carey - Rearsets sound like something worth trying in any case. Were they easy enough to fit? Cheers Dave
  7. Hi all, Something that has been bugging me with regards to the "knee down" utopia that we all strive to achieve. I've seen some riders, in their attempt to get a knee down, hang so far off the bike, that there is no way their outside leg can be maintaining proper contact with the tank and they must be using the bars to hang on. However, for all intesive purposes they are getting their knee down, albeit, negatively affecting their speed and stabilty. I've chosen not to go down this road to try and get a knee down. I've been through levels 1,2 and 3 at CSS (really enjoyed it), and one thing I remember being told was one cheek off the seat was plenty, as anymore than that and you would start to lose contact with the outside leg on the tank and find it difficult to use the lower body to maintain contact with the bike and be locked in using only the legs. I remember when I did try on the static bike to be completely off the seat I wasn't locked in at all and had to rely on weight on the bars to not fall off (which we all know is a no-no). So my question is this, with just the one cheek off the bike, my footpegs or my toes seem to hit the tarmac before my knee does (both on an upright bike and a supersport). Am I doing something completely incorrect, or have I mis-interpreted something? I've put in a photo of myself at Silverstone recently which kind of shows what I mean, both on the Z1000 (my main bike), and a BMW (which I hired). Any comments would be appreciated! Cheers
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