Crash106 Posted October 18, 2011 Report Share Posted October 18, 2011 I know that the rule for turning is one time, as quickly as possible, but ... it scares me! I don't feel I know the lean angle I'll need before I get into the turn. I don't like to THROW the bike at the ground. It feels like I have to SPLIT my attention to turn fast (very internal) and watch where I'm going (very external). I am VERY afraid of running out of road and crashing, and I DO know how fast the bike can turn, and as clumsy as I am, it scares the snot out of me! Soo, what to do? Lately, I've been thinking of turns as two steps (not the CSS Two Step visual drill): setting up the turn, then actually turning. In the first step, I pick a turn point and ease the bike over so I'm on a line that will probably take me around the outside of the curve even if I do nothing else. Ah! Suddenly I feel like I'm not going to run out of road and that half the "leaning" has been done and LOOK MA, I didn't fall down! Then I look deeper into the turn and find the apex or exit. If, at that point, I feel like I can use more lean angle or NEED more lean angle to make the apex, then I'll actually "make my turn." I'm not sure I'm expressing this very well, but you might know what I mean. It feels like I am: 1) Setting up my track position to make the turn, then 2) Actually turning more, if necessary. So, I feel more comfortable. I'm not running out of road before I turn. I'm not entering turns very slowly (a big problem for me in the past). I'm not running wide or having to add more lean angle at the exit. I'm not drifting in, slowing to a crawl and flopping the bike over for a quick apex and hard acceleration. I think that perhaps I am just turning as quickly as necessary (which for street riding is not very fast), but I wonder if I am getting into a bad habit. What do you think? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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