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Old 04-18-2012, 01:43 AM   #1
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Why put the knee down?

I know it looks bad , but what does it do for your riding? Is it to tell you when you'd leaned too far? If you had, you couldn't actually use your knee to push off the tarmac and add vertical force to get it back up, can you?
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It's a result of lean angle and body position, and also a curb feeler to let you know before the hard parts grind.

Getting the knee down is a result, not a "goal".

And no, you won't be pushing the bike up with your knee.. whole lot easier to use a little steering input...
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:57 AM   #3
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I use it as a guage on how far I am leaning, I know where my knee is in relation to the ground and know how much more I can lean before I am to far over. But, once my knee touches I lift it a little. Use to be cool to drag a knee but I was wearing out a set of knee pucks in a weekend. Once I realized how expensive they are I stopped that quick LOL.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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I don't want to be slowed down by the slider-road friction, so I don't do it
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oh yeah.. and if you stick your knee out at 150, it helps turn the bike quicker... wind drag...
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:42 AM   #6
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It's a result of lean angle and body position, and also a curb feeler to let you know before the hard parts grind.

Getting the knee down is a result, not a "goal".

And no, you won't be pushing the bike up with your knee.. whole lot easier to use a little steering input...
This.

Though I've heard MotoGP racers do use their knee to push against the ground and straighten out when they slip the rear too much, mostly in those fast sweeping corners. if I know though.. Haven't been to a track yet, and not trying it on public roads.
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I read about Carl Fogarty before he went to the Ducati when he was still on the Honda, he would use his knee to sort the bikes handling issues.

"The RC30 was as fast as anything out there in 1989 and 1990, but very difficult to ride. It didn't suit my style but I was able to ride round the problems with the front end of the bike, by holding it up with my knee. Jamie couldn't do that and, whenever he tried to get anywhere near me, he came off"

So apparently, if you're a badass you can push off with your knee.
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So apparently, if you're a badass you can push off with your knee.
He wasn't pushing up anything.. he was using his knee as an outrigger to take weight off the front end...
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I use my knee as a guide too, but as soon a it touches I pull it back in so as not to waste money buying more knee sliders.


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Perfect picture example (even tho it is a repost X kazillion)

Note where his foot and peg are, and related to the slider position..

Touch knee, know that you are about to grind hard parts.

Note that there is also no exaggerated "hanging off like an ape JUST to get the knee down" body position either.




















Even more impressive that his actual speed at the time was all of 20 mph...
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Even more impressive that his actual speed at the time was all of 20 mph...
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He wasn't pushing up anything.. he was using his knee as an outrigger to take weight off the front end...
Yeah same thing, taking weight off front end would imply a force is exerted from knee to ground.
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scary the 1st time my knee touched the grown.... but after been cool dragging knee now I just bring it back up once it hits!.

once you drag your knee with out trying, you'll know you're doing something right.. lol
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