I have done a lot of circle drill...and mini oval track drills, and going to the right, I have developed this ability to back the rear wheel in very early. I will try to get a vid eventually...but here is what I do...going right:
-Accelerating...on balls of feet...head over front fender...back flat...slight bend in knees..elbows high...the normal aggro accel position.
-Transition to braking...as I lift...let the bike flow forward under me...putting me back on the bike as I start braking. Moderate rear brake...front brake as much as will not upset things...I also start to lean the bike over very early...perhaps as soon as I start braking...while still standing up. The back end starts to hang out while I am still standing up. I use the inside of my left/outside knee to push the bike over and lean it. I also push on the bars to drive the bike into a lean. So very early in the turn...I am already leaning the bike more than my body. I know that by keeping your body in line with the lean of the bike...you are supposed to be able to hang the rear out easier...but I like the control that comes from leaning the bike more than your body.
-Transition to sitting. Flow forward on the bike... Ease off the front braking. Lift foot off inside peg as I slowly come forward...which is easy since I am already leaning the bike a lot....to maintain consistent rear brake. While transitioning to sitting...I continue to concentrate on hanging the rear out even a bit more. When I really nail it...I have very little angle on the steering. It almost feels like I am counter steering. This is a real delicate dance on the rear brake. The thing that makes this possible is that you are turning right...so you don't need weight on the inside/right peg...and it especially works if you are leaning the bike in early. I also take a long time to transition to sitting. I actually think I increase rear brake here...and because the rear starts to hang out more...a lot of the slowing down comes during this transition from standing to sitting.
-As soon as I hit the tank/seat area...I am on the gas...off the brake, and drive the right leg forward. The bike really starts to hang out once I get on the gas. I do not sit on the top of the tank/seat, but well to the outside. If you drew an angle..the bike is probably leaned over 10-15 degrees more than my body. The corner of the seat where it hits the tank is pretty much between my cheeks. Outside elbow high so my shoulders are twisted into the corner.
-In loose dirt...I will be exiting the corner heavily crossed up and steering with the throttle.
It is a lot of fun. I can do this on my mini oval...and am beginning to get confident enough to try it on the track. It is tougher on the track...because it requires a lot of corner entry speed.... a lot of commitment. On the practice oval...if you blow it...you just run wide. On a track...most corners are bermed...and if you blow it you are going for an ugly ride...so it is more daunting. Plus...to do this on a bermed corner...you have to absolutely be hauling ass...and going that fast is beyond my confidence level at this point.
Going left...I get completely discombobulated because I cant back the rear in early. I can not do the dance where I go from braking while standing up....and backing the rear in...then transition to sitting...while continuing to keep the rear hung out a little bit. This is because to use the rear brake while transitioning from standing to sitting...you have to take your foot off the peg...but since I am backing it out..and leaning the bike in...the peg is heavily weighted. When standing on the right turn...I use the inside of my outside knee to push the bike over. But I can not do that going left...once I try to transition to sitting. So if I lean the bike early...I end up standing it back up as I try to sit because I take the foot off the peg...and to control the brake..I can no longer push the bike over with the inside of my right knee.....I start to high side it. Going from a weighted outside peg...to unweighted peg....then back to a weighted peg once I get off the brake and on the gas as I sit is just a mess. I am just completely lost..... It does not flow at all.... My corner exit speed going left is probably 60% what it is going right.
How do you set the bike into a flat sweeping corner going left.... Should I lower the brake pedal a lot...so that I can transition from standing to sitting without taking a foot off the peg. Gary S, and numerous other experts all say that to transition from standing to sitting while braking...you need to take your foot off. The other option is to sit down from the start...but that is a terrible compromise if there are braking bumps, etc. It is also harder to move back...then forward when you are sitting down vs. standing.
Obviously...I am trying to do this the wrong way...since everyone says going right is harder.
Edited by Blutarsky, May 02, 2012 - 09:44 PM.