While powering out of a corner in the Kanaka Creek area this wknd, my rear tire lost some traction and slid a bit. No big deal, but after 7 years on this bike, I've only done this twice. Now I like a good adrenaline rush but there's a reason I've only slid out twice: I don't like it. I don't like the surprise, nor the possibilities. I love twisties but I'm rather conservative. Or so I thought.
I finally read Keith Code's TOTW v2 this week - primarily to learn why I slid, and also why I have only lost traction twice in my street riding history. Seems I am a 'lazy rider'. I often 'charge' into corners, brake, chop the throttle, hang off, coast through a good chunk of the beginning of the turn - perhaps until I see either the exit or apex, and begin powering out - usually just before the apex. Point is: I coast through too much of the turn, losing speed and making up for that lost speed with an aggressive exit (and twice, perhaps too aggressive). Code was right about the likely reasons: afraid of going wide, of going in too hot, of losing traction during the lean, etc.
I'm going to focus on a few specific techniques over the next few wks: getting on the throttle much earlier, with a more consistent and earlier acceleration and weight shift to the rear, and learning how well the bike holds a line with fewer steering inputs from me during the turn.
In other words, stay off the sidewalks and most major twisty routes between east van and Castlegar for the next few weeks.