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Dragging Knee - Is It Effective?


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Looks like Rabbit on his Interstate Valkyre at VIR last month biggrin.gif .

 

Great post Jaybird.

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Who thinks you can influence the handling of a bike hanging off?

Jay;

Timing the GL from the first cone entering T3 (he's at Loudon) he's doing about a 1:54 lap so he's a bit off the track record. Clearly he can ride so I would have loved to see what his lap time would have been had he attacked the course on the second full lap instead of working to drag his knee; that would be a cool comparison. I think many here might agree that dragging a knee per say doesn't indicate much more than dragging a knee.

 

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Haha. Well a bit of showboating never hurt anyone. (Unless they're riding beyond their abilities...)

 

Probably about as useful as this guy getting his knee down though:

 

 

 

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Haha. Well a bit of showboating never hurt anyone. (Unless they're riding beyond their abilities...)

 

Probably about as useful as this guy getting his knee down though:

 

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Love the headlights!

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Felt unnatural to watch a track movie where there is virtually no acceleration or braking, but traffic ahead seemed similarly relaxed. The cornering speed was pretty decent for a barge like that!

 

 

I guess I don't understand the geometry of how one gets their knee on the tarmac with, like, 20° of lean angle. Low footpegs? Long legs? Me not get.

 

Pretty nice riding, especially once he started hitting the lines.

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its a two edged sword imho

 

 

 

 

be smooth and not upset the bikes suspension + geometry, and you clear corners with less lean angle

 

 

 

 

be clunky and its worse off than normal non hanging off riding.

 

 

 

 

Good technique to use on rainy/cold/slippery surface roads thou.

 

 

 

 

IMHO its useful only for a very narrow band of performance increase (but in racing, every % helps.)

 

 

 

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I guess I don't understand the geometry of how one gets their knee on the tarmac with, like, 20° of lean angle. Low footpegs? Long legs? Me not get.

 

Pretty nice riding, especially once he started hitting the lines.

 

You and me both! laugh.gif

 

But riding with the goal of getting a knee down (like in the above video) is a very different thing to riding with good technique when knee down is a result of that, rather than a goal of it's own. You can see in the video that the bike is bobbling around almost every time the rider changes body position, also he is not quick steering (at least not to a very high level), which to me is a dead giveaway that all that effort is just for show. I've got to think that a bike like that is better off being ridding as designed - just planting your backside and not moving.

 

 

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