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post #1 of 28 Old 09-09-2010, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Grip/Traction Pads Ė Anyone use them?

Iíve been working on my cornering technique (i.e. paved corners, fast pace). One area that Iím getting much better at is using my lower body to anchor me to the bike. Iíve found that I canít grip the bike very well with my legs, though, and want to get aftermarket Ďtractioní pads.

Has anyone done this yet? What did you use and how well did it work?

Note: Analyzing where my legs contact the bike, it seems that I need to have traction pads on the tank and plastic body pieces just below the tank.

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Rob

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There are at least 2 very different styles of riding through a corner.."hanging off" as practiced by Kenny Roberts...( dating myself..) and "not" - as in not hanging off...There is of course rather more to the art of cornering than simply managing the contact patch(s)..hanging off, shifting ones weight in any given direction in an effort to put more or less weight ie. pressure on that contact patch is something best practiced on a race track..Either way I'm not sure that friction pads are a great idea - what are you wearing that is so slippery?

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Either way I'm not sure that friction pads are a great idea
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what are you wearing that is so slippery?
Keen observation. It's worst when I wear windbreaker pants over my other pants, but even when I wear jeans, I want more grip.
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WTF is a traction pad?
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Lee Parks actually suggested this at the ARC II course. They're helpful under very heavy braking as well as cornering. It's harder to grip the tank on the V-Strom than a sport bike, and using your arms to hold yourself back isn't the hot setup.

Most of them can be trimmed to fit. Tank Tredz aren't very obvious and they have two "Universal" sizes. But they're all kind of pricey: I'm afraid I'll be walking the isles of Lowes, first.....

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Iíve been working on my cornering technique (i.e. paved corners, fast pace). One area that Iím getting much better at is using my lower body to anchor me to the bike. Iíve found that I canít grip the bike very well with my legs
I'm not sure why you want to grip the bike with both legs while street cornering. Try this...before the corner set up twist your hips on the seat facing into the oncoming corner. Put your weight on the inside peg. Get your body out and down with your head by the inside mirror. Use your outside leg against the tank for support and let the inside knee hang free. Keep your outside arm very relaxed and do all your countersteering and un-countersteering with the inside arm. Now, turn.

I can see the value of tank grip for aggressive braking. Our bikes don't have the hump of the tank that some sport bikes have...said hump can be pelvic shattering in case of a violent straight-ahead get-off.

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Iíve found that I canít grip the bike very well with my legs, though, and want to get aftermarket Ďtractioní pads.
Here y'go.
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I'm not sure why you want to grip the bike with both legs while street cornering. Try this...before the corner set up twist your hips on the seat facing into the oncoming corner. Put your weight on the inside peg. Get your body out and down with your head by the inside mirror. Use your outside leg against the tank for support and let the inside knee hang free. Keep your outside arm very relaxed and do all your countersteering and un-countersteering with the inside arm. Now, turn.
Thanks for the input. I think friction pads will help between the outside leg and tank.
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I'll be walking the isles of Lowes, first.....
Hmmm. There must be some generic solution out there - that won't ruin the paint. I'll have to look around too.
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