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Old 09-16-2017, 09:06 PM   #21
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Congrats! Sounds like you're hooked. I saw your video and see where you can drop another 10 seconds just by working on your body position. That could help get you in the low-mid 2:50s. As you learn to lower your center of gravity and use your legs, you'll be able to carry more speed into the corners with confidence.

Btw, it gets exponentially harder from there as you approach the 2:40s and 2:20s, so enjoy the big drops while you can
Hooked? I'm a track day junkie now!
I'm really enjoying it and will do as many as I can afford.

Thanks for the compliment.

I definitely know the big drops will cease soon. No big deal at all. My goal is to have fun at the track and enjoy my bike. Like I said in the video, that big drop is thanks simply to using more of the bike's potential (throttle and braking). I'll continue working on the fundamentals as I keep going back to the track.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:12 PM   #22
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Couldn't disagree with this more. The slower guys focused on hanging off the bike like Marquez just go slower. Vision (looking downtrack and through the turns); Consistency on turn in, hitting the apex and getting the bike to track out; along with better braking and downshifting will get him the next drop in time.

Hanging more off the bike gets him none of that. Fundamentals before pretending to be marquez.
Yes, I'm also paying attention to working on vision and braking structure, and enjoying every bit of it.
Hopefully, it'll come together in another year or so. :-D
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:19 PM   #23
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I respect your opinion and not all instructors agree on the top 3 fundamentals. There's a difference in pretending to hang off like a motogp star and actually using your body to reduce the bike's lean. Body position is fundamental in the art of cornering. California Superbike School teaches it in Level 1, Ty Howard teaches it in all levels, and I've seen Randy from Ridesmart put Level 1 students on the bike during class to check body position.

I agree with you not to be this guy:
hahaha... great pic.

Yes, I do know I need to improve my fundamental BP. I've worked with Randy a few times and he has emphasized I need to work on my BP. Not necessarily to "go Marques", but to focus on the basics: one buttcheek off the seat, upper body lowered, head to the inside "kissing the mirror", etc. I've posted a video where we can see him telling me some of that stuff:


And all the instructors also point out the importance of working on good vision, finding reference markers, etc.

I'll have more videos up where I talk about the things I'm trying, what I'm learning, what I think I'm doing right, what I know I'm not doing too well, etc. That helps me seeing my progress.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:20 PM   #24
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Wow...what a huge improvement!

That side-by-side is nice.
Thanks. Yeah, it helps me see points where I've improved between the two times I've been to COTA.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:32 PM   #25
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I respect your opinion and not all instructors agree on the top 3 fundamentals. There's a difference in pretending to hang off like a motogp star and actually using your body to reduce the bike's lean. Body position is fundamental in the art of cornering. California Superbike School teaches it in Level 1, Ty Howard teaches it in all levels, and I've seen Randy from Ridesmart put Level 1 students on the bike during class to check body position.

I agree with you not to be this guy:
Yep, I instructed as well. Everyone will have an opinion. Mine is that the other fundamentals will bring significantly more gain than the rider specifically focusing on body position.
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pretty cool video.... what editing program are you using?


Thanks. I use Sony Vegas.
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