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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2006, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I may be an idiot, but I'm curious about a couple things...

I have started watching some MotoGP races recently, and there are 2 things that have me somewhat baffled.

1. When entering corners, I noticed some riders stick their foot out at first and then put it back on the peg and extend their knee. Kind of looks like dirt riding for a second. Any reason for that?

2. I saw an on-board (think it was Rossi) where the shifting pattern seemed reversed. Was I seeing things? Is that standard, or rider preference?

I guess these are somewhat pointless questions, but they got my curiosity going.


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2006, 08:59 PM
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Yeah, the shift pattern is reversed. Why? I dont know.

As far as the leg deal goes, I also have no idea.
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I was thinking to increase drag on that side causing a bit more lean... I know that if I stick my leg out while riding straight down the highway, the bike pulls to that side. Or mabey there leg could just be tired
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2006, 09:42 PM
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It's called race shift pattern, pretty common in racing, and can be done on any sportbike.

First gear is sixth gear (in street shift pattern), and and you shift down to go up in gear. When you're hanging off or leaning as far as possible, keeping the foot up provides that ground clearance, as oppose putting the foot below the lever to shift up. However, when you're shifting down, the bike would mostly be upright, thus upshift is possible to go down in gear. However, lot of racers prefer the street pattern even in racing, Mladin for example I think.

Nicky Hayden uses lot of his dirt riding techniques. I think GP riders tend to guage the lean angle before they adjust the knee, hang off, etc.
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