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post #1 of 32 Old 12-10-2014, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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I will explain a riding technique problem I have experienced twice now and ask if someone with a lot more skill or experience than me can explain what I should be doing.
Approached a corner at about 70 or 80 Kms as I tip it in suddenly realize this is a bit too quick (for my ability)first reaction back off, probably too much, get the wobbles up .
I have read some suggestions that a heap of back brake will correct the situation My thinking is back off a little, a bit of back brake and maybe more pressure on the inside peg.
Am I on the right path here ?

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post #2 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 12:18 AM
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A heap of back brake will most likely end up in a hi-side....
A little bit of trail brake on the rear will stablise the bike, but the best bit of advise I have been given is to "just push the inside bar down further, and you'll be surprised on how quick you can actually go round the corner", "worst case is a low side which is far better than a hi-side"
This from a very experienced road racer.
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post #3 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 12:33 AM
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Slow down to begin with. Add power through the curve. It's better to learn and practice the correct procedure. If you get is trouble anyway and aren't dragging a footpeg, you can push the inside bar forward to increase the learn and turn sharper. You can also shift your body weight inward which will also work even if you are dragging a footpeg.

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post #4 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 01:13 AM
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Sounds like you could use a fork stabilizer, too. also, make sure your tire pressures are not too high compared to the recommended. Also check your pivot head bearings by getting the front wheel in the air (not popping a wheelie) like on your center stand and weight on the back of the bike or a rope holding the front end up or something that doesn't mess with the forks. Then try pulling up and forward on the front wheel to see if the bearings are loose. There should be no play in there. Good luck.Bob
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post #5 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 01:13 AM
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Braking in a corner can stand up and straighten the bike, taking you to the outside even quicker. As counter-intuitive as it seems, just a little throttle can help you tighen up the corner. Super cheesy production, but, even after decades of riding, I found value in Keith Code's old "Twist of the Wrist" video. It's on YouTube. Sorry, this site won't let me post a link yet.
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post #6 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 01:50 AM
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Turn your head and look where you want to go.

Don't look where you don't want to go.

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post #7 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 02:08 AM
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Look as far ahead as possible and slow down before the corner.
Slow in and fast out is the technique I use, ie accelerating through the corner nothing makes a bike go wide as easy as no throttle in the corner.
Keep your head level and as said before, look where you want to go.
Hope this helps, take it easy and enjoy it.
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post #9 of 32 Old 12-11-2014, 05:27 AM
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Great suggestions, especially looking through the corner at where you want to go.

I found a couple of years ago I was out braking myself into the corner on a regular basis. So I headed to my favourite 20km of twistys, by myself. First run was fairly slow, trying not to use any brakes at all, just getting speed right and accelerating out. Each run got a bit quicker until probably 5 runs later and my confidence was back and I've enjoyed the twistys more ever since.
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post #10 of 32 Old 12-12-2014, 05:29 PM
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Every one has a tendency to initiate the turn early. That's because we are "scanners", but going into a turn you should narrow your focus as well as look as far ahead as possible. The goal is to get to a comfortable speed at a late apex.
Once you initiate the turn, add throttle. Avoid large throttle/braking inputs which destabilize the suspension. That's the goal anyway.. Conscious practice is definitely required.

I'm lucky to hit half my turns the way I want..

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