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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I have done a search but haven't been able to find what I am looking for, so if this is something that has been brought up a million times I apologize for that. I have been riding for a little over a year. One of the first days I had my bike I went out for a ride with a friend and some guys who are big into racing. They were showing me how I should go around turns and and the way I should position my body on the bike. They said I should shift my body over in a fluid motion with my head, shoulder, and knee moving together. It has helped and I can go through turns better than I used to be able to.

Even though my friends make fun of me when I am doing it I still find it helpful to practice my body position even when not pushing the bike. I find it funny though how they mostly think they are great riders but just watching them go through turns just looks uncomfortable. Their head is almost over the opposite side of the visor than the direction they are going.

My question is that sometimes I still feel uncomfortable when leaning to the right side. Going to the left is fine, but I feel too stiff sometimes when when I go right. I was told to just keep going through a lot of right turns and I will get over it but it hasn't seemed to work. Is there anyone else out there who has or is experiencing the same thing or something similar, and is there anything i should try to remedy this? I haven't been to a track day and it seems like my work schedule may not let me before the end of the season. I am assuming once I start attending track days I will get over it, but I don;t want to keep that idea in my head and then put the bike down cause I was positioned wrong on the bike.

I appreciate any help people have to offer, and thanks in advance.

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Re: leaning and body position question

Watch a superbike race, notice how even the top 5 have different body positions? Corner to corner, track to track, nothing should be the same. Best advice I can give is find something that works for you... being comfortable will allow you to concentrate on what you're supposed to be doing. Take it to the track though, that's the best place for honing in this skill.
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Re: leaning and body position question

A friend of mine hates right hand turns. He says going to the left I can run off the road. To the right if I go wide I could smack into an on coming vehicle. That could be one of the major physiological factors limiting your ability to turn right. Now, I am having similar problems. I feel unstable through the turns. I think my problem is mainly tires are worn out.. suspension setup is still iffy. Also, if your unsure of the roads you are running don't go flying through them. Some of the guys I ride with sometime are pulled over with their helmets off before I catch up. They know the roads and were riding motorcycles back when I was in middle school. I am 23 now! So, they have been at it awhile. Don't let the other guys push you to ride faster than your riding ability. You'll end up with thousands of dollars in repairs or possibly no bike at all. Take your time. What fun is riding when all you are doing is beating yourself up because you can't keep up.
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Watch a superbike race, notice how even the top 5 have different body positions? Corner to corner, track to track, nothing should be the same. Best advice I can give is find something that works for you... being comfortable will allow you to concentrate on what you're supposed to be doing. Take it to the track though, that's the best place for honing in this skill.
qhat he said above...it's to your comfort level
my body positioning looks like this...but i see other people ride differently

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Re: leaning and body position question

I have the same problem. I have absolutely ZERO chicken strip on the left and about 1/4-1/2 in on the right. I feel really confident to the left, but when it comes to the right im just not comfortable leaning the bike over that far. I think for me it has to do with throttle control when im leaned off to the right. I have two track days at NJMP in august and im really going to focus on right handers.

Also, this helped... I found an open parking lot (its brand new for a high school that just got built) and just started making progressively tighter circles to the right leaning more and more. If i felt uncomfortable, i would pick the bike up... Drive around... and try again.

Unfortunately i have had a little bit of front end push with stock qualifiers so i just put on some DC III's... It could be due to my suspension and not the tire though... But yeah anyway... Im in the same boat as you!
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Thanks for the responses guys. it has nothing to do with me trying to keep up. I tell my friends when we go riding "don't wait, I know where we r going so I will meet you there if I fall back." so i don't care what people think about my riding, I just want to feel more comfortable with leaning off to the right, but I have been progressively getting faster. It's not a matter of knowing the roads either cause there are some spots we always ride at so I know where there is driveways, gravel, bumps etc.

The front wheel also feels like it is tucking down and in sometimes when i am leaning. I don't know how else to describe it. It could be from the suspension which is dead stock. I haven't had it adjusted either which I hear helps a lot. Does anyone in the NY know a good place to get that done?

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The front wheel also feels like it is tucking down and in sometimes when i am leaning. I don't know how else to describe it. It could be from the suspension which is dead stock. I haven't had it adjusted either which I hear helps a lot. Does anyone in the NY know a good place to get that done?

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Check your tire pressures, they may be off. As for suspension, the OEM setup on the R6 was fantastic (if you're under 180lbs). I rode my buddies 06 on the track with the bone stock suspension, actually it still has the bone stock suspension (except now we set the sag to match his current weight) and it's a missile on the track. remember, 80% rider, 20% machine.
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I am 5' 11" and just around 180lbs. I am sure it is me and not the bike, but does anyone know what the tire pressure should be at so I can check it to make sure? It doesn't feel like that going to the left, only to the right so I don't think that is it. I did have shifted vertebrae in my upper neck which was pinching nerves in my right shoulder and down my right arm, so maybe that side is still a little tense.

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Here man I remembered I had these on my Youtube. You may benefit from these..
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The 3rd video is a rough but accurate way to setup your sag.
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