Leftlaner Posted June 12, 2008 Report Share Posted June 12, 2008 OK, so I just finished reading TWIST2, and I've also watched the TWIST1 DVD. I'm all fired up and inspired to improve my riding skills. There aren't any good racetracks nearby, so I'm practicing my riding technique on the street at SENSIBLE SPEEDS!. Like Keith says, if you can't master the basics at a slower speed, you won't magically master them once you go full racetrack pace either. Anyway, I notice that my Survival Reactions (SR's) are kicking in quite often, and I'm hoping that you guys could point me in the right direction as to what I should focus the most on. This is what's going through my head as I ride (I keep reminding myself about this stuff all the time): Basic riding technique: 1. Relaxed on the bars (the "death grip" will/may cause headshakes and all sorts of bad things) 2. Distribute some weight onto the pegs (as an "extra suspension", helps keeping the bike stabilized) 3. Torso leaned forward, loose elbows, forearms parallell with the street (reduces wind drag, helps staying relaxed on the bars, more leverage for steering) 4. "Widescreen" attention. Continously scanning the environment, yet trying not to narrow my attention by "hunting" with my vision. Cornering technique: (the 4 points mentioned above still apply) 1. Get the body into position (my butt partly off the saddle, upper body parallell with tank, more weight transferred onto the pegs) 2. Identify the corner entry point and point the bike in it's direction. 3. Roll off throttle and start braking (smooth transitions). Make sure I'm in the correct gear for the corner. 4. I look further into the corner and decide on a line (and the apex, if it's visible from where I'm at). 5. I get off the brakes in time to get allow the suspension/chassis to stabilize before the turn-in (coasting towards the entry point) 6. As my front wheel passes the turn entry point, I steer the bike (as quickly as I can) to get it pointed to where I'm looking (line/apex), using my outside peg as the main pivot point, and locking my outside knee/thigh against the tank. Inside knee is poining slightly outwards. (I try not to overdo the "hanging off" style on the street) 7. Crack open the throttle as quickly as possible and get as close to a 60rear/40front weight distribution as I can. (WOW, this really makes the bike work!) 8. Relax. Breathe. 9. As I approach the apex, I look further ahead and find my exit point. 10. Gradually increase throttle as the bike stands up. Look towards the next turn and get ready start over again. To sum it up, I'm working on getting that "hook turn" and "two step" technique working to the point where I don't need to spend too much attention on it. Am I forgetting something? Am I concentrating on too many things at once? Am I going too fast? Is the bike unsuitable for this riding style (CBR1100XX)? Or should I just keep on practicing the same way? My problem: I keep blowing corner entries, and I keep triggering those SR's (in too fast? too much lean? good enough traction? going wide?), which mainly result in several mid turn corrections (both throttle and steering inputs). It's not like I toatlly panic or anything (I'm going too slow for that), but my instincts are telling me to slow down or stare at that manhole I want to avoid, allthough the rational part of my brain tells me that I should stay on the throttle and look where I want the bike to go - and 8 times out of 10, my instincts win the battle. Everytime I blow an entry (and most likely the entire corner), I just want to bitchslap myself.. My background: I've been riding on the street for 7 years, but I'm a total noob as far as racing and racing techniques go. I believe that if I become a fairly skilled "racer", I'll also be a safer, more skilled and more confident street rider as well. I'll reduce the chances of a crash, and I'll be able to enjoy riding even more - and THAT is my primary objective. I will attend to a CSS Level 1 next summer (can't fint the time this year), but in the meantime I just want to be somewhat prepared for it by working on the basics..! Looking forward to your feedback on this, guys.. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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