Should I be braking before the turn and during the turn? If a few people could give me a play by play I guess of what you do during a turn. Thanks
That's like saying to wheelie:Give alot of gas and hold at balance point.Brake, Look, Turn, Accelerate. This is what I was taught in my MSF course. Of course I never do it in order. I seem to look and turn at the same time when I go into the turns. You never want to brake while turning. When you do, Good Luck. But use the Brake, Look, Turn and Accelerate method.
Very good points, however I was not talking street at all. It's an eye opening experience on the track.I think that exercise is just for the purpose of finding out how fast you can really go into a turn. I wouldn't practice that on the street. To many things to hit when you really needed to brake. I have tried that exercise before and I find that it only slowed me down a little because of anticipation. You arent going to careen into a turn after doing 130 m.p.h. into an 80 m.p.h. turn. I found for me that the best way of finding out how fast you can go into a turn is simply turning faster.
It was part reading twist of the wrist and part bald tire that helped me realize it. I read in twist of the wrist II that you should turn as fast as possible. I had also read somewhere that you should ride on bald tires to get an idea for traction limits. So I put the 2 together one day and realized the finding of the end of traction. I went into a turn about 10 M.P.H or more faster than I normally did and wrenched those bars into the turn faster than I ever had before. Low and behold about the time I started getting good lean the front started pushing. I was already well comited and just kept going down and started easing into the gas. It arrested the front slide and I continued on through the turn. Ok well now I know how fast that turn can be made on dead tires now.
I feel that braking is the single most important element of achieving speed. If you are the best at braking than any one in your group, and arent really any faster in the turns. You can out brake them every time and still make some ground. Once you are super confident with braking you can push other limits and know how to take back a little control when things get out of hand. I found that after I was no longer worried about slowing the bike down for a turn I could push a little harder into the turns and concentrate on other things like turning faster and later than I had in the past.