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Pointers for mountain corners

3524 Views 32 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  wolfchimneyrock
Hey everyone. When shifting your weight in tight corners (like on the Dragon), are you actually sitting on the seat at all when the corners are so constant (ie: 318 curves in 11 miles on the Dragon), or do you basically put more of your weight on the pegs so that it's easier and quicker to shift from side to side. I've only been riding since March. I took my first trip to the mountains a couple of weeks ago. Here are a few pictures. I scraped pegs once (a total of twice since I started riding). I wasn't scraping on any of these though I know I was close on the pic from the back. On most twistie roads, I shift my weight from peg to peg to keep the bike more vertical. I'm not comfortable with hanging off yet, but I do a good bit of shifting, and I'm hanging off more and more every time I practice, so I'll get there! However, on the Dragon, I didn't feel I had time to shift my weight at all, so I basically rode and leaned WITH the bike. I know this eats up some of the reserve traction b/c the bike is less vertical than it would be if I were hanging off more. I wonder if it would be easier if I had more of my weight on the pegs than on the seat? I'm just wondering if you all have any tips for constantly changing corners on how to shift weight/hang off when the road is constantly turning! :) HEre are some pics from my trip. I'm open to critique and suggestions since I'm new and want to be the best, safest rider I can while still having a helluva lot of fun!
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total control is much more newbie friendly its usually in stock at barnes and noble, def. shift off the seat more than in the pictures and turn later to stay closer to the white line so someone running into your lane does not cause a head-on.
its always nice to see a female enjoy the twisties, I was at the dragon twice in the past year and there was lots of girls with very nice bikes, some of them race reps but seeing them go through the turns was always dissapointing or scary. You look like you have really learned your bike and could only improve by learning more advanced techniques. I'd say that you might have to get a suit with knee pucks after you read one of the books or take a trackday school.
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