Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
Re: A Twist of the Wrist II
I read TOTW II and picked up a few pointers, like many of you. Then I read Nick Ianetsch's Sport Riding Techniques And found much more useful information for street riding. Give it a look also.
Always ride in a comfort zone on the street that gives you enough extra cushion to make an emergency manuever. Even if that means slowing a bit. Currently I am practicing changing up my lines mid turn, to learn how that feels.
I don't think I understand the bit about weighting the outer peg when entering a turn. Seems counterproductive to me. I'll have to give a try to see. And while hanging off looks cool to some, is there really a need to be travelling that fast on the road? All it takes is one mistake on your part or someone else's and there is no margin of error left. I would say if you're leaning off a lot, maybe it's time to look at a track day and a sport bike for that track day. I'm not going to get my panties in a wad over it, just my thoughts. : )
I find that if I lean in a little, like get my chin and jacket zipper inside the centerline of the bike in a turn, that it gives me better cornering clearance, more confidence, and more room to adjust if I need to change my line mid turn. I've been practicing on most every turn and on the MSF ERC range when I get a chance.
Dragging parts is a sign of too much entry speed and/or poor technique in many cases. A light touch every now and again is fine. Eveyone should experience it to find the limits of their bikes. And to see what happens. Most stock bikes have pegs that touch first and fold up, instead of hard-mounted parts that lever tires off the ground. And a light scrape really doesn't upset that bike too much, IF the RIDER doesn't panic and do something weird.
Again, however, if one is constantly scraping, they should study their riding techniques and bike choice.
Discussions like this are what mkes this a great forum, imo.