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Don Dagg

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Don Dagg last won the day on October 22 2018

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  1. I forgot to mention that I have been using the proper tire pressure for this bike. 29 psi front and 36 psi rear.
  2. I put Micheline Power RS tires on my R3 and this is how they look after 3500 km (around 2000 miles). The front tire on the left side almost blew today. It looked fine when I headed out. I have been working on cornering and trail braking over and over which I know will lead to wear but this seems like something else maybe wrong (Maybe technique or suspension). Any advice would be appreciated. I did change my preload from the standard 3 to 5 for full disclosure.
  3. In a full full tuck it is challenging for me to see far forward no matter where the position of my bars are. But being stretched out is more comfortable. I have a few helmets and they all seem like they could use more upper vertical visibility. I usually ride three quarter tuck and try and drop to the inside during cornering.
  4. The first photo is stock position and second is with the clip ons rotated forward. Am I on the right track?
  5. It is an R3. I looked up Dave Moss and his ergo videos. I actually e-mailed him some photos of me on my bike in the rider position. Maybe I will get a reply with some advice. Thanks for the info Jaybird.
  6. The offset bridge idea sounds interesting as well but I might need a description of what it would be like. Cheers
  7. Thank you both for the replies. I am not 100% sure of the position I would like to have permanently so I guess that is where the Apex and Woodcraft would make sense. I do like the idea of drilling my own hole though when I know for sure and bolting it through. This makes sense to me and not super complicated.
  8. I have been fortunate to get the answers I need using this forum. I hope someone can help me once again as I trust the advice given here and not so much elsewhere. I want to adjust my clip ons by simply pushing them out a bit so I can stretch out more on the bike and not feel so cramped. This will also keep my elbows from being behind my knees when seated on the bike. My question is: Is it okay not to use the bolt that goes into the triple clamp as shown in photo 1 as long as I tighten the bolt and clamp attached to the fork (photo 2)? Obviously when I push the clip ons forward the hole is no longer aligned and the bolt cannot be used. Would just like to know if I am safe not using it?
  9. Thank you so much for this explanation coach. I really do appreciate it. I will take your advice and keep practicing. Cheers
  10. I wanted to add that I have always maintained proper tire pressure for both the front and rear tire.
  11. I ride a Yamaha R3. I am on my second set of Micheline Pilot street tires. I changed my first set after 13,000 km. The rear tire was very worn and the front not so much. My problem is that now after 8000km the front tire is almost bald and the rear still has life in it. So what has changed? Two things that I can think of. One I adjusted my preload to reduce rear sag. I went from 3 (stock setting) to 5 which feels right to me. The second thing I have been doing different is working more on trail braking. Actually corner after corner for hours on end. Also many hours of the quick flick drill back and forth. I thought it might be a suspension problem causing the front to wear faster but I have to say that the bike feels great the way it is set up. I just want to know if this is normal wear on the front tire considering what I have been doing. I am hoping that someone can share their expertise with me so that I can understand. Thank you
  12. Thanks Andrew for your reply. Your comments are appreciated as this is something we all have in common.
  13. That is a great quote. I will remember that. Cheers
  14. I have never been to the California Superbike School but I have read and watched Twist Of The Wrist 2 so many times it is engrained in my brain. Keith Code's instruction on the 2 Step Vision Technique is by far what has improved my riding the most. Everything has slowed down for me in my mind resulting in the bike going faster. I live in Banff National Park (Canada) and there is a one way mountain road which is very track like. I have ridden this hundreds of times not worrying about oncoming traffic. I use this road to work on body position, trail braking, flick rates, throttle control and of course VISION. Yesterday I ran off the road at a good speed. I do wear all the gear including an Air Bag vest which worked very well. Just like a Moto GP rider I was more mad at myself than hurt and was worried about my bikes condition. I have been going over the incident in my head all night and all day today trying to figure out what I did wrong. I now know what it was. On this particular corner I did not 2 step properly (look ahead into the turn early enough) and all my survival reactions took over. I panicked because of my speed and hit the brakes bringing the bike up. I then target fixated on the side of the road and I froze on the bars. Nothing could help me now as I flipped the bike in the ditch. This could make someone not want to ride for a while but when you can identify why things went wrong it makes it much better. I owe this confidence to Keith Code and his teachings. It is important to note that even after doing something hundreds if not thousands of times we can still fall victim to our survival reactions. They can creep in any time but as long as you know what the causes are you can deal with them and learn. I must confess that I really don't feel like riding right now at all but hope that changes soon. Thanks Keith and to the female truck driver who helped me pick my bike up. Don Dagg
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