Originally posted by Z_Fanatic
Thanks a lot for the great info. My problem is as you said, getting the light bar feel. Well that is easy to accomplish when I am relatively upright, but with some lean, it seems like I am hanging on to the bars. How do I keep the body weight in itself or on the pegs and not transfer it to the bars? I read that to know what stability really does is I should be able to let go of the bars during a turn/lean and keep my body in that position, and the bike should keep on its course. Instead, I happen to hang on for dear life. Another problem I notice that during fast left turns, steering becomes heavy compared to my right turn. I'm probably putting more bar inputs to cancell my turn or body positioning horrible, or since I have to keep a good throttle control with the right arm, left turn keeps me guessing and I can't maintain a good line. And it's usually worse with traffic coming out of the opposite side, since I can't get close to the inside line. My right turns are significantly better. Thanks again.
Have you read Kieth Codes...twist of the wrist II..? if not, pick up a copy...it addres's all those questions and more.
to answer your question..in order to be light on the bars, you need an anchor i.e. something to keep you in the saddle, what I and alot of other riders do is to buy some Stomp Gip..that's placed on the gas tank, this allows the rider to grab the tank with your knees, the stomp grip holds your knees in place..that way you transfer some your weight down lower, and ar able to keep a light grip on the bars..although the stomp grip isn't required, for old guys like me, it makes things easier..
Also, once your turn is started, smoothly roll on the gas, this will settle the bike, and allow you to run a tighter line, as a modern sportbike like a weight ratio of about 40/60..getting on the gas early makes your bike turn much better, be Smooth. Not applying gas, or staying on the brakes, and loading the frontend, will run the bike wide in most cases...as Donnie says, get on the gas to turn and burn..
As you experiment with these techniques, try this...after your intial turn in, try weighting the outside peg..in other words, use the outside peg as a pressure point, you'll find that at max lean, bumps and ripples will not effect your bike as much..
How do you turn..? turn in point early, or late...do you sorta tip it over, or do you quick flick the bike..? If you do lazy turns, and your turn in point is to early, you'll tend to run wide, a late turnin point, while Flicking the bike over quickly will keep your line.
As a note..all this info is in Codes book, all I'm doin is relaying it to you..the techniques work, if you give em a chance...and NO I'm not promoting his book, I've had my copy for years, and have use these methods to go faster...and stay crash free at the track..
gettin on the gas early, i.e. as soon as your off the brakes, takes some getting use to, you have to Trust the bike, and your skills..all this stuff also can apply to street riding too...
Side note: if you use you legs to ride as you should, they'll be soe as hell after a good day of riding at the track...