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Old 12-14-2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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Question about the Corners

So... I really enjoy attacking sharp corners and such, but I'm always open for improvement. I think my biggest problem is the ability to lean further into the corner. My question is, when you're already leaning low, but you wonder if you can lean further to improve the cornerning, how do you know when not to lean any more when you're leaning pretty low already? I've been told that it is normal to have your rear tire weave a bit when you're leaning a lot. I just feel that if I lean anymore, I'd low-side the bike.

Basically, how do you know how much to lean before it's too late and your bike lays down?
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Pretty sure there is a helluva lot more than just too much lean angle that contributes to low sides.

Try out one of our track orgs to learn.
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Hopefully your not trying to do this on the street.

Take it to the track and learn!
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:51 PM   #4
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Hopefully your not trying to do this on the street.

Take it to the track and learn!
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:03 PM   #5
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take it to the track im pretty sure if youe past th point of dragging fairing then your screwed
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Basically, how do you know how much to lean before it's too late and your bike lays down?
It all relates to feel and experience. Over time, you'll start to understand the characteristics of your bike and it's tires, and what it feels like when you start to lose traction.

Basically, with tires, edge grip is influenced by several factors, mostly speed, suspension, and body position. You must learn to harmonize with all of those factors in order to learn what your cornering limits are.

As mentioned, you should not be doing this on the street. There are many track days to choose from, some are better that others. Our's boasts the most experienced and knowledgeable staff of instructors anywhere around here, in addition to being the most organized and efficient.

What ever you choose to do though, keep that stuff off the streets. You never know what the pavement is going to be like, what's on the other side of the corner (like people pulling out in front of you), and if you crash out in the backroads somewhere, you never know when help is going to get to you (hopefully in time). With track days, those variables, among others, are known.
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Pick up Keith Code's "Twist of the Wrist: Volume Two"
and Nick Ienatsch's "Sport Riding Techniques".

These books will explain lines, body position, throttle control, and other things you didn't know existed. I read both through a couple times before attempting my first track day. You have plenty of time before next season, so get started!
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:41 PM   #10
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if you find yourself sliding across the pavement wondering what the fukk just happened, you have leaned to far.
definitely take it to the track.
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