With all the talk lately about safety and helmets and gear, I felt it was time to get back to some "interesting" talk about riding.
Last week, I spent a lot of time on cypress in the hairpins feeling out different entry speeds, lean angles, where to look, when to add throttle etc. I started to wonder what goes through other riders heads when entering a turn.
Here's my break down for a tight left turn (such as cypress).
- As I see a turn up a head, I look way left to see if I can see the turn exit. If I can, I track backwards over the turn in reverse with my eyes to get a basic feel for the radius.
- as I get closer I dust off as much speed as I think I need to and enter the corner slow.
- As i enter the corner and begin the lean I run my eyes starting from about 15 feet in front of my bike to the apex of the corner.
- I get back on the trottle well before the apex, but just to maintain speed (maybe add a bit if I dusted too much at entry).
- As I move forward, my eyes keep moving forward.
- While in the corner, I use throttle to correct things first, if that doesn't help enough, then I rely on lean angle as a secondary.
- As I hit the apex, I start to roll on the throttle. I have an F4 so I can roll on pretty hard and have the power delivered pretty smooth and linear.
- As I exit I let the acceleration stand the bike up for me and look way down the road as things approach so much faster during acceraltion.
As for long sweeping turns, I kinda to the same, but everything is more subtle. I still enter EVERY corner with little or no acceleration.
I'm still pretty new to riding and would love to hear any feedback.