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Pointers for mountain corners

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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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Here is my advice, get out of the canyons please and take it to your nearest track!
slide across the seat. saves more energy. you never hold your weight with your legs. that's the seat's job.
Your legs are a huge part of body position! Your seat is just there for looks when you have to really transition back and forth.

I am not 100% but I'm pretty sure you said that you are riding the dragon? If you are that close, you should surely check out Barber motorsports park. I just got done doing a 2 day there today and that place is awesome! Everything from the showers to the track rocks! There were quite a few women out there riding as well so don't let the track scare you off. We rode with STT or Sportbike Track Time. They have an excellent novice program that covers all of the basics of body position and proper lines. Check out their site.

Please stay out of the canyons, they are not safe. Once you go track, you never go back!
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