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downhill corners

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by Robbins10, May 24, 2012.

  1. So maybe ill get ripped open for this but ive noticed i go a lot slower around corners while going downhill?? is this normal, im not new at riding but also wouldnt say im fast, Any tricks tips?

  2. Drop a gear and use that engine grip and look lean believe!
  3. DGA

    DGA Moderator Staff Member

    It's just a matter of feel. Most newer riders - and it seems like you are not - have a problem with them and it's mainly that you don't encounter a lot of them.

    A tip that you already know is, look where you are going, maintenance throttle, and relax.
  4. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Right or wrong, I'm always afraid of overloading the front tire. I typically try and keep my weight a little further back on the bike as I go around.

    I don't like them either. For whatever reason, I'd rather go uphill.
  5. Just add more gas. Gotta get that weight transfer to the proper 40/60 front/rear. It's a little unnatural feeling at first but once you understand what you are doing it gets easier and easier.
  6. It's simple physics, and it's normal. :evil3:
  7. Ride how you are comfortable, don't try and outthink yourself.

    Confidence is key in my opinion.
  8. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    Go do a track day at PR and practice T3. When you get it right you'll be still on the front brake with your knee on the ground. :)

  9. i think your right about that
  10. I'm getting more comfortable in T-3, it's the drop at T-Hill or The Ridge that still get me... Fun, but hard for me to really be on the gas...
  11. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    You can't be on the gas in a decreasing radius, downhill turn.
  12. Bluuu

    Bluuu Señor verde

    Think I'm still a leeeetle ways from getting it right.
  13. Bluuu

    Bluuu Señor verde

    What about...

  14. Oh, then I guess I'm doing it right..... :D
  15. Anyone that rips you up or belittles you for bringing this up needs to put down the technique books and go put some miles behind them.
    I am slower and more cautious downhill too, especially if I am thinking about it.
    Going uphill is like having a spoiler pushing down on you. A little extra grip. Super confidence inspiring.
    Downhill feels just the opposite.
  16. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    Not T3 at the Ridge! It is uphill, but is flattening off just as you tip in, which un-weights the bike and can start slides. A lot of people found this out last Friday! :scared
  17. Yeesh!
    Bummer about the crashes.
    No injuries I hope.
  18. Downhill right handers are the absolute worst corners for me. I don't think anyone will rip you for saying that downhill is more of a challenge, because I think it's true for most everyone. I just trust my bike, look where I want to go, and relax. Try concentrating on your breathing maybe? I've found that helps me relax when things are starting to get sketchy.
    Last edited: May 24, 2012
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