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I've been riding motorcycles for 15 years. Most of my bikes have been cruisers. Loud pipes, go slow, sit upright. You know, those guys you usually pass. :)

I recently bought a Yamaha R6 and have a newbie question. To most of you this is probably out of the "big ol' bag of duh"

When racing / riding hard, what is the benefit of hanging off the side of the bike and dragging a knee in a fast corner ?

I obviously recognize the "cool" factor, but that isn't the reason I know. I watch the races on ESPN etc, and see the riders consistently shift to hang off the side of the bike as they enter a corner. Why? What is the benefit? How does this weight distribution improve cornering?

I hope this isn't too simple of a question. Help a poor noob. :D
 
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