RobZA Posted January 20, 2004 Report Share Posted January 20, 2004 In the spirit of Silvrluc's knee dragging post, herewith- my experience with entry speed. We've done lean angle and exits, so it's a matter of time. Once again, probably not too much here for the heroes. Most of us get "stuck" with corner speed at some time. You find yourself with lean angle to spare mid corner or track to spare on the exit, or you're getting passed, but your SR's won't let you turn in faster. Keith tells us to change one thing at a time. So firstly I pick a corner to work on, but I keep my speed up for the whole lap to maintain focus. This will either be my worst corner, or the fastest corner, because Keith says go fast in the fast corners. Now one day when I finally achieve my goal of all this extra entry speed and carry it all the way through the corner, chances are (assuming a peaky motor and a close ratio gearbox) I'll be taking this corner in the next higher gear, so that's where I start. But I'm still a wuss so now I'm turning in at the same (slow) speed, and I'm probably below the power band in my new gear. This is good- for now. It prevents me from "buying" exit speed with the right wrist because it won't go, and this now leaves me with 1/2 the track unused for the exit. At this point my entry and mid corner speed are unchanged, but I'm not getting drive at the exit. So now I start to ease up the entry speed to get into the power band in this new higher gear. This isn't threatening any more because now I know I've got 1/2 the track width to play with on the exit. Eventually I'll get to a point where I'm in the power band and I'm happy with my mid turn speed, but still have space to start the drive at the right time. Success Move on to the next corner and repeat. Now the fun bit: In doing this I found one slow corner where the spacing betwen the gear ratios was just too much to get away with this. If I entered in the power band in the higher gear, I ended up going too fast with too little track to exit. So just after the apex I have 3 choices: do nothing or drive out and run off, chop the throttle and blow the lap, or re-read Soft Science where Keith tells is sliding the rear is good (M'kay) I get off max lean, make sure I'm loose on the bike, and dip the clutch. The rear breaks traction briefly, oversteer ensues, and I can pick it up onto the meat of the tyre and nail it without going onto the green stuff. It's now part of my plan for that corner, and I'm experimenting with it in other slow corners. Comments, suggestions, etc? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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