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yakaru

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  1. Could definitely work, I found my main concern was accuracy at the second apex and so I tended to err on the side of letting the bike come around to it. I actually did that a few times, as sometimes it wasn't a full close but just a slight roll off or pause -- depending on how my line plotting and on point my visuals were guiding me to give me the confidence I'd hit that second apex for that line.
  2. For CodeRACE earlier this week I tended to come into turn 3 with a quite deep (though light) brake trail in -- I barely got a squirt in around the first apex before closing it for a beat and then rolling on to drive onto and through the second apex, standing the bike up for a very short straight towards 4.
  3. Pretty much this. The only alternative is that sometimes you can 'make a single apex out of a double' which puts it back on the basic throttle control rules. Turn 8 at the Ridge has this as an increasingly popular line choice, though I'm still not convinced of it myself. The main thing is 'pause or roll off' -- not chop. You want the roll off to be deliberate and smooth to keep the bike stable.
  4. So I did Vegas with CSS last October and then this Feb. My laptimes by the end of the second day were ~5 seconds slower than my laptimes on the second day last year. Since I'm intending to start racing this year I thought that was definitely a notable drop, though obviously I will likely recover the time very quickly if I were to go again after getting some more track days in this year to knock the rust off. What I thought I'd ask is, especially for anyone who's in a place without a full year riding climate, how you prevent that kind of rust from building up, or shake it off as quickly as possible?
  5. Weighting the outside peg isn't for any benefit with regard to lean angle or body position from a technical point of view of the bike; it is to help ensure the rider is locked on and stable on the bike. If you have your body leaning into the turn no muscle force down on the peg is going to counter act that significantly, not to mention the fact that since your body is supported by the frame of the bike you won't really be changing forces as mentioned in the previous parts regarding Newton's laws.
  6. Have you looked into/considered TV streaming options? I know via my Fire TV I get enough that I don't miss cable tv.
  7. Sorry that's sort of what I meant -- if I'm on the 'edge of a penny' for contact patch then to lose traction I only need that edge of a penny to hit something without friction (and the keying/adhesion etc); with a larger contact patch then you have more of an area which would need to be disrupted in order for the maximum grip to be reduced.
  8. If this has already been stated I apologize -- but I want to go back to the 'tug of war' example. Let's make it a bit more of a "water ski" example where you're being drug along on a rope and resisting by putting your heels into the ground. In isolation it shouldn't matter if one or two heels are dug in, however, if something in the scenario happens where the grip of one heel is jostled loose then you immediately face plant. With both feet any scenario on one can have the 'load' taken up by the other during recovery. In a similar way, a larger contact patch allows the friction to be applied in more places should there be any disruption in another?
  9. Dunno if anyone else has been seeing the articles about this one. Looks relatively close to the HP4R, spec sheet alone a little better but also even more expensive. Would be interesting to do a side by side but my instincts are saying I'd still prefer the HP given that the trial rides I did of the Ducatis at the track didn't really jive with me.
  10. Haven't ridden an electric bike yet but just to chime in some thoughts I've had before: There will definitely be some big advantages -- low end torque and no need to handle gearing lets you focus on the other skills more and gets performance wins. Given race scenarios the battery requirements also will lead to some really light track-oriented electrics at some point. But there's something about handling shifts that just feels like such a part of riding; I adore the BMW shifter blip but I still am making the trade off calls on when or if to shift (At CodeRACE last October I placed second by .002 because I shifted to 2nd while 3rd made the call to stay in 1st to avoid the risk of losing speed in the shift). I'm sure I'll eventually get over it as they spread but still
  11. Can I ask what the most common reasons for the 39 people that don't make it tend to be?
  12. I can't find the source but I remember reading something that seemed quite reasonable to help explain at least some of it: 1. The spanish 'program' for young racers is much more competitive than the others. This gives the drive early to develop the skills et al at a level most other locales don't. I remember mentioning the way Marquez tends to 'run away' with races and never backing off even with a comfortable lead in first as a sign of this because in that program you could never give an inch. 2. his ability to 'read' his tires is apparently beyond that of most other GP riders. I remember hearing that other riders would report in kind of vague 'better' 'worse' feedback while he would be able to describe the behavior and limits in very nuanced ways. I actually find this part fascinating, as I have the opposite problem (I hear many track riders/racers with concerns about their tire grip, and while I've had incidents with a few slides (and thanks to relax and other drills, always let the bike sort them out and came out fine), I've never really had a read on how much I'm pushing the tire/what it's doing.
  13. For sure. I'm trying to get back to the gym more -- get back to my 'normal' weight that my suspension is prepped for plus the endurance factor!
  14. I do know that I've seen a shop (name slips my mind) show at Streets of Willow schools that will help sort out these sort of issues but it may have only been a one time thing; otherwise I agree with Hotfoot's assessment, especially for 2 day classes (since everyone will be on a school BMW and sharing)
  15. Thanks Hotfoot, that makes sense -- maybe I'll run my 300 for a some of the pre-CodeRACE school days and then bump up. If I'm trailering down one bike from the PNW I might as well bring 2.
  16. Debating which bike to bring to CodeRACE this year -- as a tight technical track one of my super lights (Ninja 250/300) has some advantages and would force the best technique but I'm not sure it would be 'competitive' against the superbikes which might make it less applicable for club race preparation. Anyone done this before? Any thoughts?
  17. What would you say is the skill/thought process/etc. you get the biggest benefit from focusing on -- either for training/practice or in/around a race?
  18. The Ridge: Shelton Inn is minimal but comfortable and close. The Little Creek casino is a bit farther but not much, I don't know their room rates but their trailer rate was very fair (it's also where the staff usually stays). If you're willing to drive a bit more Olympia isn't unreasonably far and gives you a lot more options and thus better odds of a good price. Laguna Seca: I try to stay at Hiltons where I can, since that's what I use for business travel. I usually pick the Hampton Inn over by Monterey. Barber: the Hampton Inn Birmingham/Leeds is basically in WALKING DISTANCE of Barber. (Hampton Inn is one of the more affordable options in the Hilton portfolio, so their prices are generally reasonable without a gross room)
  19. BTW: I see you're flagged as in BC -- The Ridge is nearby and one of my top 3 tracks (the others are Barber and VIR); Laguna Seca is probably in the top 5 though, and of course is super historic. (haha, just realized you're over in the track suggestions thread already. I'll bounce over there :P)
  20. I wonder if getting one of the largest curved monitors would enhance this effect, as it would let you actively keep your wideview a bit better than something that your macular vision can't cover the majority of the space.
  21. I want to move to using two fingers but honestly it's been a challenge, and it's hard to hit the point where focusing on that is the best drill to focus on!
  22. I don't think you'll have much luck -- I asked for a "school pack" since I've done a ton of schools the last two years and was told no dice. Good luck though. (You'll probably get a faster response pinging Ginny or Whitney directly than asking here, btw)
  23. I mean, at some point I think you 'have to' take some weight in the arms, but this should be at the onset of the brakes when you're still straight up and down -- as little as possible & they should relax before the turn in starts. (Reference "on fast, off slow" part of the brake lecture). Or am I wrong?
  24. When I am at the track discussing technique one of the things I hear from a lot of people when I discuss holding your position by squeezing the tank while on the brakes is that the 'Rossi Leg Dangle' is somehow demonstrative that this is in error. I've not really found this convincing myself, but it is certainly at least getting popular in a lot of circles if for no reason except imitation. I've read up on a few theories (extra drag, for example) but nothing that sounded really grounded in data. Has anyone done some real analysis on the technique to see what value there is to doing it or if it might just be some psychological benefit?
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