You're the second person that's told me this! I'll try to be more cognizant of it! Perhaps consider going down on a reel on the Rev2 Kit I have. Thanks!!!!
I might've taken some advice a little to much to heart. I was told about how introducing throttle before picking the bike up heightens your chance of highside. So I think I've been waiting to stand the bike up a little before introducing throttle, perhaps causing me to go harder on the throttle since I have more grip/contact patch. This possibly may explain it!! Was afraid of grip issues at our most recent trackday with it being cold! I'm new to slicks.
I suppose taken out of context then yes, if you do something idiotic like using the same throttle application at max lean that you would at say, 15 degrees of lean then yes, you have a good chance of highsiding yourself. I think you know by now that everything that I teach is not only faster, but safer
as well. Read on...
The key is to just crack the gas open at or even just before the apex...essentially as soon as you can, then gradually roll on your throttle until WOT. Remember "Gas on, bike up" is your manta here.
The best footage that I have seen of this is of Lorenzo. I will see if I can find it. In slow motion you can see him entering a turn and then you can see him release about 4-5 degrees of lean right as he cracks the gas on. As you roll on the throttle harder, you should simultaneously be standing the bike up further into the meat of the tire. I accomplish this by pushing down on the outside peg with my foot. Try it, it is a pretty cool sensation =)
There are many advantages to using this method:
[*] Weight transfer: This transfers some of the weight back into a more neutral stance which makes for much better handling. Up until that point you are riding the front tire which is loaded with all those braking and cornering forces. Your back tire is essentially along for the ride at this point and doing not much of anything. By loading up the rear a little you are increasing the contact patch size in preparation for hard acceleration and reducing the forces on the front tire...essentially freeing up grip.
[*] Gradual throttle application: This means you have much finer control over how much throttle you are feeding into the back tire. More time to feel what is going on and react to it. It allows you to ride right at the edge of traction much more predictably than just hammering the gas and hoping that things go your way.
[*] Earlier acceleration: This seems like a no brainer but seriously, think about it for a minute. Let's say that you can pick up the gas 1 second earlier. Even if that is just maintenance throttle (meaning you are not gaining speed) your competition who is not yet on the gas is still LOSING speed due to drag from cornering and engine braking. You will pick up 2-3 bike lengths on your competition simply because you have stopped slowing down and they haven't. Eventually you will learn to maximize that time and you will be accelerating during it and the gap increases. This is a 'fast guy' secret. Early and slow is faster than waiting and hammering and it is substantially easier on your tires...with a much larger margin for error to boot!
[*] Properly loaded tire and suspension: Because you gradually increased the load on the rear tire, it is ready to accept a lot of brutal punishment. Your geometry is stable because you are not introducing massive amounts of thrust and squat at the same time. You will have MORE grip (meaning you can accelerate harder) earlier and your will not run as wide on corner exit because your didnt just add 20mm of trail to your geometry by squatting the fuck out of the rear. Faster AND safer.
Lets do a quick timeline to illustrate:
0 seconds: Rider A and B are entering the turn at the same time, same speed 50mph
1 second: Rider A opens the gas 5%, Rider B is still off the gas. Rider A is 51mph, Rider B is 49mph. 1 bike length difference
2 seconds: Rider A increases throttle to 15%, Rider B opens gas to 25%. Rider A is 53mph, Rider B is 51mph. 3 bike length difference
3 seconds: Rider A with a properly loaded tire increases to 50% throttle. RIder B goes to 50% and starts to get wheel spin because his tire isnt loaded yet. Rider A is 56mph, Rider B is 54mph (due to wheel spin). 5 bike length difference
4 seconds Rider A goes to 100% and 60mph, Rider B goes to 100% and 58mph. 6 bike length difference. There is now a 2mph differential between the 2 riders that Rider A will carry for the entire length of the straight. There is no way for Rider B to make this up.
They both reached WOT at the same time but Rider A used less tire, held a cleaner line, was faster, and was safer in the process.