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Old 09-26-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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how am i doing?

how's my body position look? Anything I could do better? T10 at TWS (Texas World Speedway) btw.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:03 AM   #2
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looks good to me, maybe "open" your shoulders more...I dunno...I'm still new to the track scene and my body position doesn't look as good as yours.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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I like to get my inside elbow out more so that it give my chest more room to get it closer to the tank.

Chest on the tank, outside arm is touching the tank and coming across the top of it.


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Looks good though, see how it feels with your off more and your upper body lower.

Lots of personal preferance goes into body postition though.

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Old 09-26-2007, 11:16 AM   #4
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It looks good to me but everyone is different on body position on different bikes. I suggest to come off a little bit more.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:20 AM   #5
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Look'n good Mike! If you twist your hips into the turn a tad more it will automatically drop your upper body down more as already suggested.
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looks good to me. i would suggest maybe drop the inside elbow a bit more. lead in with the elbow...your upper body will follow.

otherwise......ur doing great!
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Look'n good Mike! If you twist your hips into the turn a tad more it will automatically drop your upper body down more as already suggested.
Although some very good riders do this (Doohan & Duhamel come to mind) I've always been told by instructors to never twist your hips, always keep them square...:dontknow:
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thanks! i'll be sure to try sticking my elbow out and lowering my body more. I almost always forget to twist my hips...
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Although some very good riders do this (Doohan & Duhamel come to mind) I've always been told by instructors to never twist your hips, always keep them square...:dontknow:
That is something I learned in the Ty's class a couple of years ago. :dontknow:
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That is something I learned in the Ty's class a couple of years ago. :dontknow:
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thanks! i'll be sure to try sticking my elbow out and lowering my body more. I almost always forget to twist my hips...
dont worry about lowering your upper body.....drop that elbow and lead in with it........the rest will follow.
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That is something I learned in the Ty's class a couple of years ago. :dontknow:

According to our local record holders Ty, he demonstrated his riding position and he twisted his upper, notice your lower/leg will automatic follows it. Try it in your chair.
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According to our local record holders Ty, he demonstrated his riding position and he twisted his upper, notice your lower/leg will automatic follows it. Try it in your chair.
I have been trying it on my bike for the last 2 years...
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According to our local record holders Ty, he demonstrated his riding position and he twisted his upper, notice your lower/leg will automatic follows it. Try it in your chair.
What works for Ty, may not work as well for you. What works for me, may not work for you either...

Like anything else, you take the basics, your experience, your instruction, and then you develop what does work well for you.

Race lines are the same way.

There are some awful fast guys, and some awful good instructors out there, but like any sport, you have to learn and adapt your "own" techniques through time.

Basically, if you're comfortable, you have the basic mechanics down, and you're having fun- that's all that really matters!

I think you look just fine.
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What works for Ty, may not work as well for you. What works for me, may not work for you either...

Like anything else, you take the basics, your experience, your instruction, and then you develop what does work well for you.

Race lines are the same way.

There are some awful fast guys, and some awful good instructors out there, but like any sport, you have to learn and adapt your "own" techniques through time.

Basically, if you're comfortable, you have the basic mechanics down, and you're having fun- that's all that really matters!

I think you look just fine.
Well said!
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During endurance races, I get to see all kinds of techniques- different body positions and lines. With hour + long stints, I get a lot of chances to try different things.

I've (tried) to follow lots of fast folks, watch their lines, try their lines and braking points. It's a cool way to learn... but you have to watch yourself and don't get sucked in to racing over your head too!

Of course, the most fun is dicing it up for several laps with someone in your class, and pushing your technique to the extreme. Some of my fastest laps were trying to keep Eric Falt, Luke Conlin, Chuck Ergle, and various other guys (who are way faster than me) in sight or keep them from passing me (so we don't go down a lap). Really lets you know where you can improve!
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What works for Ty, may not work as well for you. What works for me, may not work for you either...

Like anything else, you take the basics, your experience, your instruction, and then you develop what does work well for you.

Race lines are the same way.

There are some awful fast guys, and some awful good instructors out there, but like any sport, you have to learn and adapt your "own" techniques through time.

Basically, if you're comfortable, you have the basic mechanics down, and you're having fun- that's all that really matters!

I think you look just fine.
Yep, like any sport, when you first start learning, you learn the basic fundamentals, but after you reached that level, you begin to adapt the fundamentals... but also like most sports, you may have to force yourself to become comfortable to a style before you actually see if the style has benefits or not... for example, golf...you first have to learn how to use the akward grip before you can do the perfect swing! Same with riding, you may first have to learn to defy your natural sense of being upright before you lean....
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