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PittsDriver last won the day on September 1 2019

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  1. Big thanks to Dylan and Hotfoot! That kind of knowledge is priceless to us casual track day riders.
  2. Hmmm, I would think that I can visualize being in the situation where I need to activate my anti-fixate antidote without engraining the judgement error that got me there You would know better than most the value of chair flying!
  3. Good point. That's why I think Hotfoot's advice about her trigger/response seems like the best in this thread. Whenever I catch myself being compelled to brake for something (like a corner) harder than I anticipated, use that as the trigger for a LOOK, GO reaction. I think the main point of my question is to discuss how to make a good response like this something I can do without thinking about it. When that "oh @#$%" moment happens, your thinking isn't going to suddenly catch up and get ahead of the action - just the opposite. In aerobatics we call that brain freeze. Hence my poin
  4. SRod321, I like it that you seem to have had enough survival reaction experience (or more to the point, constant reenforcement ) that you seem to have a proper reaction spring loaded in your reptilian brain. Wouldn't it be great if there were some training opportunities to get more riders where you are without the risk on the street. I can't remember if I mentioned this in my OP but the slide bike option at CSS was a great way to work on my SR from locking up the front or just panic braking. That's a great laboratory for demonstrating how I do exactly what I don't want to do in that
  5. I can't remember if I've posted this hear before - probably not. I have front/rear video running on my Super Duke and got this video last year when out in the hills of Virginia. A buddy was following me when this knucklehead came at me near the centerline. He then proceeded to get target fixated on my buddy and ended up passing him ON THE RIGHT! My apologies for the quality of the video which is about as good as the Zapruder film but you can get the idea of how dangerous it can be to target fixate. This guy had plenty of margin left to get leaned over and make the turn if he would have ju
  6. Thanks 53Driver. All those things you posted are great advice for how to properly set up and execute a corner in a way that keeps you mentally ahead (slows down the action) and having proper vision and a LOOK - GO mantra. If you train and engrain those habits I'm absolutely convinced you'll be a safer and better prepared rider. However, none of that addresses an antidote for your survival reaction of target fixating when you do find yourself in a completely unexpected situation. Doing all that proper stuff you covered helps reduce those incidents but sooner or later everyone finds th
  7. I've wondered about this as well that they can brake hard enough to lift the rear tire without putting stress on the bars and with one leg dangling. My presumption is that they're locked on well enough with the outside leg and that throwing out the inside leg still allows for them to further shift the CG in to the turn without further shifting around on the bike. It seems like there would be no way for them to have any front end feel if they were bracing with the arms.
  8. Yeah, I was so brain locked that when asked for airspeed I kept giving him our altitude.
  9. If you think spins can't induce some brain freeze, let's go do some cross-over spins where we'll go from upright spinning to inverted before recovering. The first time I did those with my acro instructor he told me just to fly straight and level after and say airspeed. As I was just trying to keep the wings level I said, we're at 3500 feet. Yep, I was that confuzzled. But the point is well taken that it'll be difficult to set up a target fixation SR to work on an antidote like the one Hotfoot suggested - when compelled to brake, look in at where I want to go.
  10. That's the best explanation I've ever heard about how the front should feel riding near the limit. I think I've spent a lot of my track time assuming traction rather than discovering it and I can see how that's holding me back from getting nearer to the limit. Thanks Cobie!
  11. It's personally comforting to me that there's more margin in the front than the rear - that's just how I like it.
  12. For riding at the track, the skill (or lack of) that's holding me back from advancing is feeling front end grip and riding near the limit. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's fear of a low side that's keeping me from riding near the limit? The one and only time I've ever put a bike on the ground was a low side in an off-camber decreasing radius where I felt like I had everything working just right until I was sliding on my back. I blame that incident on my stupidity of pushing cold tires but it's put a road block in my advancement and I wish there was a way to get past that to develop finer feel
  13. Another skill for street riders would be developing your spidey-sense for danger from other vehicles on the road. Unlike the track where you can put almost all your attention into looking where you want to go and how you get there, if you do that on the street that's when someone is going to pull out in front of you because you didn't notice that they hadn't made eye contact with you and were looking the other way. I guess in CSS terms, that would maybe be the wide view? Maybe that's still vision but with a different emphasis on detecting potential dangers.
  14. I think visual skills are far more important than the others listed. I think your school thinks so too You teach that and throttle control first because it's the foundation of all the other skills in that those two things keep you mentally ahead of the action unfolding in front of you. The only other thing I would add as a skill is being smooth and steady on the controls. If your vision and throttle control are good, I think you'll find that those quick reflexes, bravery, and other skills will get tested less often!!
  15. That came through in your original post and I just paraphrased it poorly. Thank again for all your (and Cobie's) insights on this! Wes
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