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Old 12-12-2012, 03:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Pivot steering helps make the lower body stable by locking in with the outside knee/leg on the tank (which is one reason why so many riders like tank grips). That in turn helps stabilize the rider's hips for a good foundation. Hips unstable=less power. Think of having oil on your seat and what problems that could create while steering. Having your lower body very stable helps with steering power and accuracy. I'm a coach at the Superbike School and that is a very condensed version of what we are talking about.
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Pivot steering helps make the lower body stable by locking in with the outside knee/leg on the tank (which is one reason why so many riders like tank grips). That in turn helps stabilize the rider's hips for a good foundation. Hips unstable=less power. Think of having oil on your seat and what problems that could create while steering. Having your lower body very stable helps with steering power and accuracy. I'm a coach at the Superbike School and that is a very condensed version of what we are talking about.
Thanks, I've always thought that the whole inside/outside peg weighting debate was a red herring WRT affecting the bike directly; that it was much more about setting the body position to control the bike *with the bars* with good leverage and feel. Good to hear.

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A school is a good introduction to the track. I'm sure others might say to do some track days and then a school. I think the bottom line is to get yourself out to the track however you do it. But often better than 50% of our first time students have never been on a track.

Here's the schedule if you are interested. Call the office any time and ask all the questions you want. They are very helpful.

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A school is a good introduction to the track. I'm sure others might say to do some track days and then a school. I think the bottom line is to get yourself out to the track however you do it. But often better than 50% of our first time students have never been on a track.

Here's the schedule if you are interested. Call the office any time and ask all the questions you want. They are very helpful.

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Everyone focuses on weighing the pegs. The key is locking your thigh into the tank. Pushing up off the pegs is just one way to get the thigh locked in. When you're in a corner, if you're pushing into the tank, the added weight while you're leaned is going to shove you farther into the tank.

It gets a lot harder in longer corners. Chuckwalla, for example, has a bowl corner that is 180 degrees and 11 degree banking. It's fast, and takes so long to get through you can grab a quick bite before exiting. Thing is I've never been able to stay locked in through the entire corner. On something like that I go with 50/50.

Pushing on the inside peg can loosen the rear tire if you twist the throttle enough or want to slide the rear. Otherwise, if you're a beginner rider, the only thing it really does is aid in putting pressure on the bars, which you shouldn't do.
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