Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Springfield, OH
I've done some hanging off when I get to some serious twisties, or on smooth cloverleaf exit ramps (it's really fun to watch the reaction of cagers when I maintain highway speed getting onto the ramp). But I'm with kanwisch in that good twisties are hard to find around here.
+1 on tucking in when approaching a truck, those things can put off some wind. I also lay on the tank at lower speeds if I'm anticipating the front coming up. For instance, there's a road close to my house that has a couple decent corners, but it's all on a hill, and going down there's a couple dips that if I hit them in 3rd gear at full throttle it'll loft the front. Simple solution would be to not hit them in 3rd at full throttle, but I fail to see the fun in that. So I just keep my weight forward and that usually keeps me in the comfort zone as far as front wheel height. Keep in mind I'm not one to just pop wheelies for fun except in that situation, so my natural tendency is to keep the front down as much as possible.
I rarely use all of my fingers on the levers, either. Normally 1 or 2 fingers is enough to get the job done, and a lot of times, I just leave them there to cover the brakes.
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