Join Date: May 2012
I Ride: 2009 ZX6R Monster Energy and 2013 636 all stock
Thanks MoM for this write-up,especially the 2 points wherein you stated that when you hang off of your bike,you actually lean less and that you have passed riders with way more lean than you in corners.
The second point that you made was that the more skilled you are on your bike,the faster you will go.
With that being said,they both affect me in a sense that I want to go faster,lean more,and have more control in corners.
I have only begun to really learn and be cognizant of counter-steering and body positioning since June of this year,so I am pretty much a noob when it comes to leaning.
I am only 5'5" and have short legs,and in the past I usually ride with my crotch right up against the tank(that makes bumps or potential tankslappers really painful on my nuts!).
So just today,I shifted my butt further back in the heart of the seat,maybe 3-4 inches away from the tank and placed the middle of my feet on the pegs of the rearsets,hence a little further back also.
I noticed a HUGE difference!The bike felt lighter.My hands did not feel so heavy or death gripped on the bars.Even though I don't have stomp grips,I actually felt more in control of the bike by NOW gripping the tank area(JUST LATERAL OF MY PRO-GRIP TANK PROTECTOR STICKER) with my knees and shifted my butt half off the seat into corners.
PG,I am still working on looking past the apex and corner exit,"eating" the mirror,keeping my chest down,and sticking my inner elbow out which I find to be quite effective.
Sorry for this long post,but hopefully you two or others, can chime in further with more tips,especially with speed in corners since I am averaging between 40 to 80 kmph in most tight corners as opposed to long sweeping ones where my speed is usually higher.Finally,is it ok to keep it in 4th gear in corners? My riding buddy on an '06 R6 keeps his bike in third for corners which he is really good at throwing his bike into and with a lean angle way greater than mine at the moment.THIS is due to my having CTS in both hands/wrists ,thus I feel smoother and more in control or less rev happy of the throttle while in 4th,most of the time(just started that habit earlier today!!!).
P.S. I want to thank that other member ArrhythmiA for posting his thread "Mutant arms" in this section also,and I have yet to watch "Twist of the wrist 2" as mentioned in this section also in "Cornering tips".
Thanks in advance for any future helpful posts as track days are few and far in between in my neck of the woods.
2013 ZX6R 636 all stock
Last edited by ricerocket09; 08-24-2012 at 05:18 AM.