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Old 04-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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video....it does a rider good

Got to borrow Brian F's camera at TWS (Texas World Speedway) on sunday, and was able to see just how crossed up I really am. If a picture is worth 1k words.....video is worth 10k cuz this tells me a shitload more than any still ever has.

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:09 PM   #2
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you may have heard this before... get off the bike more! i am able to give this advice becuase when i ask the instructors what they think,t hey tell me the same fkn thing! you're getting your off, but your head is still in line with the bike. put your face where your mirrors would be and whammo, your body is "off the bike"

looks good though, i love that track

how many trackdays have you done?
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Lap2... T3 - turn in later, T4 - drift out farther, T5 - close the gap between the apex, T6 - drift out farther, T7 - turn in later & drift out a little farther, T8 - don't hug the approach, T8a - close the gap between the apex, T9 - apex the turn a little later, T10 - turn in later & drift out farther, T14 & T15 - take a little tighter, Straight - higher on the banking, T1 - stay up on the banking longer, T2 looks good. (souly my opinions...)

And relax... you look stiff on the bike, and it looks like you're moving so much, it's causing the bike itself to shift around prior to entering the turns.
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yeah, what he said.

You could cary alot more speed if you used a little more of the track.
I agree, you look a little tense. Gotta relax and get loosy goosy baby.
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All things I now know. Pictures of me don't accurately show just how crossed up I am. Now I know. That was an early-afternoon session. I was actually able to view this footage while at the track (Brian had his laptop) and made some corrections on my position later in the day.


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1....uh....yea. I need to slow down once and pick a turn in marker. As it is, I think I enter at a different place every time, and I've been working so much on body position (since it so bad) that I haven't taken the time to work on that turn.

3 I just can't seem to turn in later. I always tell myself I'm going to wait.....then I never do.

5-6 (really one turn as far as I'm concerned) I can't for the life of me find a line I like through it. Any line that allows me to go fast through 5 causes me to pucker in 6. Definetily a demon I'll have to chase.

I know I can carry a shitload more speed through 7, but the ripples right before turn in rattle my teeth and I tend to back off. I tried staying inside the ripples, but I don't like it
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I think they call that swiveling around the tank. There should be a triangle of light with your knee out, looking from behind. When ya swivel, you cant get your head out over your hand.

I know, cuz I have struggled tremendously in this area. Then when I thought I had it right, Ty Howard tells me 1/2 an is too much off the seat.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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What camera is that? Brian was talking about buying a POV.1 like mine. Is it that or a go-pro?
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how many trackdays have you done?

I think this is day 12? I'm quite possibly the slowest learner on a sportbike.............ever. Every single thing I do right has been a monumental struggle.......straight down to improperly fitting leathers that severely hampered my ability to move around on the bike. This was my first day out for the season, and with my new leathers (that actually fit my fat ) I was able to make more improvement in one day than the previous 10 days combined.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:41 PM   #9
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What camera is that? Brian was talking about buying a POV.1 like mine. Is it that or a go-pro?

its a go-pro wide angle. I'm pretty sure he already has a bullet cam from his racecar too.
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The video looks so smooth. I seem to transmit every bump and vibration in the road. Hmmmm..... maybe I need to rethink my mount. Either than, or back off on the front suspension. It seemed really harsh and bumpy out there.

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What camera is that? Brian was talking about buying a POV.1 like mine. Is it that or a go-pro?
Popo nailed it Curt. I still hadnt gotten around to fixing up the super legit camera stuff to the bike, so i wimped out and took the easy road for now with that little camera and no cords.


It will come Blake. it was the first outing of the season for ya, i'd be stiff out there too. I felt stiff the first few sessions. Ive watched my videos abunch Blake, and im doing the exact opposite. I dont get the lower off much, but like the feeling of leading with the upper off. Might work on my lower body more this friday after seeing my own vids.


Brandt, how did you like Ty's class? He said you were getting the lower body off to much???
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It's been said before, but come out and ride a mini for a weekend at TMGP. You"ll drop 20 seconds at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and finally feel "comfortable" on a big bike.
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The video looks so smooth. I seem to transmit every bump and vibration in the road. Hmmmm..... maybe I need to rethink my mount. Either than, or back off on the front suspension. It seemed really harsh and bumpy out there.

The camera was mounted directly to one of the stick-on mounts on the nose. Here's a pic for reference. Nothing special about the suspension on this bike: stock suzuki shocks and fork with rebound set for the rider's weight

TWS040509449
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good video as usual Curt! Like the lines you ride!
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Curt, arent the speedo reading on the video acquired from GPS for your data acquisition or by some other method??? Somethings got me scratching my head
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Curt, arent the speedo reading on the video acquired from GPS for your data acquisition or by some other method??? Somethings got me scratching my head
Yes, all the data comes from the G2X. I made that overlay from a picture of my cluster. The trackvision software allows you to display the data using a variety of widgets, so why not as the dash, right??
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good video as usual Curt! Like the lines you ride!
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I have a terrible habit of turning in too early on a lot of turns. Turn 3, for example, turn 9 too... And I continue to take too much speed into 13, and then I blow 14 and 15 thus delaying getting on the throttle for the front straight. If I could clean up those lines, it would be worth at LEAST a second and probably a lot more.
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one day imma be takin a video of curt trying to get away
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