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  1. I haven't watched the video but I HAVE experienced noticeable changes in handling as a result of changing tires (brand or size), and after a few of those experiences I now pick a brand and size of tire and set up the bike for THOSE tires and stay with them. If I need to change to a different brand or size of tires, I am prepared to start all over on suspension settings and bike setup. Changing to a different model or size of tires can change how the suspension feels - is the tire stiffer than the prior one? Does it have a different profile shape that affects the turn in and steering chara
  2. Ready to ride? I just found out there are a few spots still available for the March 18-19 2 Day Camp at Streets of Willow. It's a rare opportunity to jump in last-minute, schools normally sell out far in advance. I'll be there, I can hardly wait! Sign up, come on out, tell your friends.
  3. Ha ha, looking forward to seeing you again!
  4. Less rake and less trail would make the motorcycle easier to steer into the corner, the front wheel will respond more quickly to steering change. "More stable" generally refers to straight-line stability - the bike is less reactive to accidental steering inputs, steering from wind buffeting or rider movement, less prone to head-shake or over-reactions to bumps. It is more resistant to initial turn-in, takes more steering pressure to start the turn. Referring to "stable" IN a corner would usually just mean the bike holds a line (doesn't drift wide or fall in), the term "stable" would
  5. I look forward to seeing you guys at Barber!
  6. In general, lowering the front will make the bike easier to turn into the corner, and cause it to hold a tighter line. It can also make the bike less stable - more steering response can make the bike feel "twitchy" and lowering the front too much can cause the front end to shake or wobble entering a corner. John (above) is correct that the rear shock or ride height can affect this also - is your rear suspension set much stiffer (or higher) than the front? You may also want to take a look at the profile of your tires, and the pressures. A cold race tire can feel (and is) very stiff; when l
  7. I can try to answer you but I'm not sure what exactly you are asking. If you are asking about whether to do single day schools versus a 2-day camp, there is info on the website about the differences but some of the major points are: 2 day camp gives you 7 riding sessions versus 5, there is a 2:1 student to coach ratio at 2 day camps versus 3:1 for single day schools, and there are fewer riders on track. For a 2 day camp you must use a school S1000rr, so if you want to bring your own bike you'll need to do the single-day format. If your question was "what level(s)" should I take, the
  8. Wow, thread resurrection! A nice reminder that even threads that are years old, on this site, are a great resource for information. Yes, whether you push or pull or do both is a personal preference and perfectly ok- as long as you know which way is the correct way to turn the bars for countersteering - and assuming you are not fighting yourself by pushing/pulling with one hand and resisting with the other, which is a surprisingly common thing that riders do, especially if tense or if they have some fear of leaning the bike over. Many of us have had the experience of riding one-hand
  9. Very nice! Where do you plan to do Level 2?
  10. A benefit of Streets of Willow (aside from the interesting and challenges technical aspects that Yakaru mentioned) is that due to the layout and the schedule flexibility of the track, coaches tend to get a little more time with students, both on and off the track, compared to some other larger tracks, and also the weather is generally good - rarely rains, etc. If you are doing a 2-day camp, though, which I imagine you probably are, there will be plenty of coaching time no matter where you ride. Sonoma is a lovely area and the track has a lot of variety and is a longer track with more plac
  11. Welcome to the forum!
  12. Glad to hear that, I look forward to seeing you there! I had fun riding with you in Vegas.
  13. FWIW, I don't try to see the tank in my peripheral vision ( I probably can on the BMW, but not on my little bike), but my outside arm is on it so I have a very good sense of where it is without having to see it.
  14. One drill we commonly use in Level 4 is "knee over curb". The idea is to find a point of reference other than your head/eyes to use, to judge distance to the inside edge of the corner. If you approach the corner with the idea that you are going to try to put your knee over the curb instead of positioning your head over it, you can see (looking at your photo) that your tires would be at least a foot closer to the inside, probably more. Another advantage of using your knee as your reference is that most riders can SEE their knee in their peripheral vision, which helps to judge position over the
  15. Good gracious, what a story. I spent in summer in Wisconsin and couldn't believe the number of deer there and they certainly can jump out very suddenly. Sounds like you have a good plan for really serious protective gear for future, which is great.... but is there a way you can find a place to do some track riding, where conditions are a little more controlled? Local track days, or riding schools? Have you ever considered getting into a mini-moto or super-moto bike that you could ride at local go-kart tracks? They really are a lot of fun and you can ride at a high level (performance wise
  16. Ah, this makes more sense, now I'm with ya. Yes, that is EXACTLY what a rider would have to do, if they were not strong enough to get a good lock on with the lower body, and not strong enough to support their upper body with their core muscles, they would be forced to use their arms to support themselves under straight line braking, then do their best to get off the bars when it is time to steer. What else could one do, other than trying to add tank grip or other anchoring devices to make it easier to lock on to the bike?
  17. A rider cannot change the location of the COM within their body, no. However they CAN change the position of their body. Do we agree that when a rider hangs off the inside of the bike, their COM is moved farther to the inside of the corner?
  18. What IS the purpose of the discussion, if you are not interested in handling issues? If this is a purely theoretical discussion and not directly related to real world riding, this is probably not the right forum for that sort of discussion.
  19. Do we agree that if a rider sits up high, that the rider's COM is higher than that of the bike, producing a rotational "moment" that wants to make the bike rotate around the front tire's contact patch and create a "stoppie"? If we agree on this point, then the remaining questions is: does that situation cause more fork compression? My thinking is that yes, it would, because the "moment" created is a new force, in addition to the normal braking/deceleration force from mass of bike & rider. (The farther apart vertically the COM are, the bigger that "moment" becomes.) That rotational for
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