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Old 02-21-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

So when was the first time you dragged knee, and what was your experience like? How did it feel? Where were you? How long were you riding up until that point? Etc...

For me, it was this past December at Jennings. It was my 3rd day and I was gradually getting a lot faster as I was learning the track and gaining more confidence with the bike. I've been riding for 1 season (8 track days), and in the middle of my season I had a crash which slowed me up more then I thought and made me a bit hesitant to really push hard.

At Jennings from the first day to the third day I dropped my time by 15 seconds. My confidence was soaring...likely because I just got CZ wheels and full ohlins suspension. The bike was just riding like a beast and so easy to control. My second to last session I was going through turn 8 (a hard left turn...pretty shady turn actually) and all of a sudden I heard it.....ERRRRRR (pause) ERRRRRRRR (pause) ERRRRRRRRR. What an odd feeling. You can feel the plastic vibration from the concrete go through your whole body. Dragged 3 times through the turn. I knew it was eventually going to happen, and I've had so many friends like John, Ant and Fred continue to tell me that when it happens...don't get nervous just leave it and stick it out. So that's what I did! It felt AWESOME.

After that turn you make a quick right through turn 9 and I just let out a quick...."F-------------CK YEAHHHHHHHHH!" and wanted to just do a quick fist pump. I was so hype.

After that I continued to drag it in that same turn...not every single lap though. I also got it down lightly in turn 1 just once.

What an amazing feeling. Next track day is in about a month. I can't wait to get it down again!!!

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:42 AM   #2
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Re: The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

haha i remember my first time ever, scared the hell out of me, almost stood it up at a buck or so halfway through turn 2 at miller. congrats bud there is nothing like it. and buy some cluckys, they last forever
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:02 AM   #3
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Re: The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

First time I dragged knee was by mistake on a public road a year or more ago. I was so focused on enjoying my ride & body position. My left knee touched the ground in a double turn.... I was scared out of my wit's, pretty surprised, than pissed off at myself because I ****ed up my favorite jeans. They tore open like paper
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:08 AM   #4
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Firs time I dragged knee was at Summit Point Shenny circuit. It was my second track day and I was taking the inside line in the carrousel. Only going about 35mph but still caught me off guard. It was one of coolest feelings ever. I still love it every time my knee drags the ground when turning.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:12 AM   #5
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First time I dragged knee was by mistake on a public road a year or more ago. I was so focused on enjoying my ride & body position. My left knee touched the ground in a double turn.... I was scared out of my wit's, pretty surprised, than pissed off at myself because I ****ed up my favorite jeans. They tore open like paper
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:39 AM   #6
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Re: The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

It was a cold February morning and I took a turn too fast for the 27 degree temps outside. I dragged my knee, elbow, and the whole right side of my bike.

I have my first T.D.(Jennings) coming up this weekend and can't wait. I'm not going with the intentions of getting my knee down, just to improve my riding. Hopefully sometime this season I'll get my knee down though.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:55 AM   #7
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Re: The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

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Re: The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

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It was a cold February morning and I took a turn too fast for the 27 degree temps outside. I dragged my knee, elbow, and the whole right side of my bike.

I have my first T.D.(Jennings) coming up this weekend and can't wait. I'm not going with the intentions of getting my knee down, just to improve my riding. Hopefully sometime this season I'll get my knee down though.
When exactly are you going to Jennings? Ill be there march 3rd and 4th.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:38 AM   #9
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Took me 2.5 years to get my left down. Was chasing a couple racers at a local track and decided "eff it... Keep up or wreck trying." I kept up for a while - then the expert left me and the novice. Haha. Jtolles was there.
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Re: The first time YOU dragged knee. . .

Jennings turn 8 passing a GSXR 1k on my 1st TD. Scared the shit out of me, but I just lifted it up and gassed it to finish the pass. Last TD @ Jennings, turn 1, turn 6 (rumble strip ), turn 8, turn 11, turn 13............
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