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About Rishi

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  1. Thanks Hotfoot! I will give your ideas a go on my local forum and see what response it gets.
  2. I've recently been in a "discussion" with some friends about what actually happens to the rear under acceleration. It started like this: A discussion about trail braking included this line: So I replied, as per the advice in the Twist DVD: Well, that created a furore. Here were some of the responses: It is beyond my knowledge to refute or judge any of these claims. And with a wealth of mis-information on the web I won't be using Google to answer the question. Can any of the coaches or engineers comment on the claims above?
  3. It's interesting that you think there are safety reasons for adhering to arbitrary speed limits. There are financial ones though, absolutely. for some roads , esp straights with intersections, i think its a good idea , the reaction time buffer for unexpected incidents is pretty ok of you are in the legal limit. for some corners, nah... Knowing how many km/h you're travelling is not useful information. That buffer you're talking about is a vision skill that needs to be learnt. Simply travelling at the number shown on the sign tells you nothing. This false sense of security is one of the fatal flaws with speed limits in general.
  4. It's interesting that you think there are safety reasons for adhering to arbitrary speed limits. There are financial ones though, absolutely.
  5. That's interesting, as I've done Level 3 and there was no mention of trail braking. All five CSS days I've done have been "brake-free" unless we felt like using them in later sessions; even then there was no specific drill on braking.
  6. I've run off twice (Eastern Creek Turn 1, Wakefield Park Turn 2) and have been able to work out at least a couple of things that went wrong. I'm practising lots to iron such things out of my game! The crash in which my leg got snapped however was due to other riders crashing into each other and then sliding down the track into me, so there isn't much to be learned from that other than sometimes the completely unexpected actually does happen
  7. Quick/Pivot steering slows the bike down. A lot. This fact finally *really* dawned on my at my last (5th) CSS course a few weeks ago and allowed me to get through the day in 4th gear with no brakes (bar a couple of stuff-ups) even at the two hairpins at Eastern Creek. By reminding myself that steering quickly would wipe lots of speed off most of my entry speed panic simply vanished. Now I have this with me on every corner everywhere I ride.
  8. Mea culpa. I didn't think that through properly. Of course a gentle throttle off will have a different impact than chopping the throttle. I now agree (and disagree with former me) that a nice, controlled throttle roll-off with some body hook technique will help, so too then rolling on the throttle back on after sorting out your line and speed.
  9. I'd say 2 years at least. Even Lorenzo only came 4th (?) in his first year. MM will be competitive and maybe snag a win or two in 2013, but I think a championship against the calibre of rider currently in MotoGP is beyond a rookie, even one as obviously gifted as him.
  10. Hello all, I'm a Sydney-sider who is very interested in most things motorcycling, especially riding faster. Well faster *and* making it through to the next turn. I've done Levels 1-4 and 4 again, and will almost certainly head out for more school time in 2013. Current ride is a VFR800 - one of the good ol' ones with gear driven cams. I started racing a Hyosung GT650 locally this year, only to suffer a pretty badly broken leg in a race. Before the break I was inquiring about the process for becoming an instructor with CSS. Now I'm focussing on getting back onto the bike and track successfully, and taking my bike-craft seriously enough to start that process again! I should be racing again in November at the final round of the season. Part of that process will be reading and where appropriate (!) taking part in the conversations on here. Be sure to let me know if I'm saying something patently wrong at any point! Rishi PS Hi there Mugget! Any other 2wf folk posting in there that you know about?
  11. At the start of the year I'd just completed L4 and spoke to my coach (hi Jason!) about potentially becoming an instructor. Then I broke my leg pretty badly in a race. So my goal is to spend the next 12 months (or how ever long it takes) to get back to that level and well beyond to legitimately start the process for becoming an instructor with CSS here in Australia.
  12. I believe a slight roll off of the throttle would result in a slight weight transfer forward, which is effectively the same thing you are achieving with the hook turn technique, shifting weight forward, compressing the fork's which results in a shorter wheelbase, netting you a tighter turning radius or line. now completely chopping the throttle will probably not get you the same results Eventually. But that is after some other undesirable things might happen, including running wide. As someone else pointed out it violates Rule #1 of throttle control and isn't in the list of exceptions. Check out Twist II the DVD - it gives the science behind why you'll initially run wide if you close the throttle mid-turn, and also why eventually your line will tighten. Despite the shortening of the wheelbase there is initially a change in the contact patch of the front tyre and an unintentionally induced countersteer the wrong way. Eventually the bike slows down etc. and your line will tighten. But the DVD explains it a lot better than my few sentences do!
  13. Are you sure about that? Rolling off the throttle will initially make the bike run wide, right?
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