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This question is for Cobie or any other instructor.

I've taken Levels 1-3 at Streets and I just started racing at WSMC last month.

Please let me know what I need to do to actually hang off the bike more. I am always barely hanging off. I know this must be hurting my lap times.

In level 3 shifting your body weight and moving left to right was covered.

Is there something I can practice to accomplish my goal?

 

Thanks,

 

Ara

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This question is for Cobie or any other instructor.

I've taken Levels 1-3 at Streets and I just started racing at WSMC last month.

Please let me know what I need to do to actually hang off the bike more. I am always barely hanging off. I know this must be hurting my lap times.

In level 3 shifting your body weight and moving left to right was covered.

Is there something I can practice to accomplish my goal?

 

Thanks,

 

Ara

 

Hi Ara,

 

Just now back, sorry for the delay :)

 

First question: are you dragging hard parts on the ground? What kind of bike are you riding?

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This question is for Cobie or any other instructor.

I've taken Levels 1-3 at Streets and I just started racing at WSMC last month.

Please let me know what I need to do to actually hang off the bike more. I am always barely hanging off. I know this must be hurting my lap times.

In level 3 shifting your body weight and moving left to right was covered.

Is there something I can practice to accomplish my goal?

 

Thanks,

 

Ara

 

Hi Ara,

 

Just now back, sorry for the delay :)

 

First question: are you dragging hard parts on the ground? What kind of bike are you riding?

No hard parts Cobie.

'08 CBR1000

Dunlop D211's. Definate wear all the way to the edges.

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No hard parts Cobie.

'08 CBR1000

Dunlop D211's. Definate wear all the way to the edges.

 

The material in Level 3 will point you in the right direction, particularly the first one (hook turn). Most riders hang off too much with the lower body, creating problems with the upper.

 

If you have stock pegs, good tires and they are warm, you should be able to drag a peg before you run out of ground clearance. You of course don't want to drag hard parts, engine covers, etc. It would be good to get your knee down before the peg hits though.

 

If your technique is really good, good throttle control, steering the bike well, you won't use as much lean angle as someone else, thus have more potential ultimately--does that make sense?

 

One other factor can be how long are your legs, and what are you doing with them in the turns (can't really comment on this unless we could see you).

 

This can turn into a big discussion, there are a few small pieces. I'm off to the track, won't be back on this until sometime on Monday likely.

 

Best,

CF

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Thanks Cobie,

 

I still need to take Level 4 with you guys, so we'll definately cover my dilema then.

 

Ara

 

Good. Just bring it up to your coach or the Level 4 Consultant, he'll get you sorted out.

 

CF

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