Knee down antics!

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by Dean Carpenter, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. I've been really trying for about 2 months now to get my knee down. (without
    sliders) - I KNOW!

    It took me two weeks to manage it! In about the last 6 weeks I've been
    scuffing up my leathers more and more in doing so. The roundabouts are being
    made dizzy by me going round them!

    Today my Teardrop Sparkies sliders arrived and guess what! I've been sliding
    all day! Every roundabout I came to go a dose of my and my SV650s!

    This is just a message to see who else down there is a knee-down-nutter? And
    how the bloody hell am I supposed to get my left down?

    Dean Carpenter, Jul 23, 2004
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  2. Dean Carpenter

    Howard Guest

    That's the funnest part of riding is getting my knee down, feeling the road
    knowing you are at maximum lean. Only .5% of street riders (1 in 200) can do
    Howard, Aug 9, 2004
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  3. I used to get RIGHT off the bike and push me knee to the road, now I've even
    got the footpegs scraping - which can mean only one thing!

    Dean Carpenter, Aug 9, 2004
  4. Dean Carpenter

    Chris Cavin Guest

    My front end gets shakey long before I ever get to the point of dragging hard
    parts. At least with the roads around here. They're full of bumps, covered
    with tar strips, plastered with asphalt patches, filled with holes or worn
    glossy smooth by a combination of age, salt/sand abrasion and repeated
    freeze/thaw cycles in the winter. The most likely occurence is some
    combination of several of the above. I've felt my front wheel slide a bit a
    couple times in the last few weeks at speeds I thought were quite reasonable
    for the conditions. I'm paranoid as a result.

    Chris Cavin, Aug 9, 2004
  5. Dean Carpenter

    sro Guest

    Mmmmmmm, get-off will follow soon ( make sure you do it on a track ) - on
    the plus side, a low-side at full lean means you dont fall very far :)

    Incidentally, how does any one let foot rests hinge up when they are hanging
    of the bike ? I never can....

    sro, Aug 10, 2004
  6. Dean Carpenter

    Chris Cavin Guest

    By putting your weight on the outside peg. Takes a good amount of leg
    strength and/or conditioning.

    Chris Cavin, Aug 10, 2004
  7. Dean Carpenter

    sro Guest

    Dont think my knees bend that far, I used to try to do that and fail.
    If I get my bike rebuilt from the last off, I will go for rear-sets that
    dont touch down.
    I notice that all the decently prepared track bikes dont touch pegs down,
    older jap road bikes like mine have
    quite low standard pegs.
    sro, Aug 11, 2004
  8. Dean Carpenter

    JWilliam Guest

    Back in the late 80's when I was riding a fabulous Honda NS400R, knee
    sliders were just coming onto the market, naturally I attached some to
    my one-piece and then thought about getting a kee down. I didn't start
    with a roundabout first off but went along to a dual carraigeway where
    I went quite fast anyway. I took a right hander at 90mph and touched
    down (for the first time). Getting a left knee down was slightly more
    evasive but I would take the first exit from a roundabout, entering at
    about 60mph, worked well. Then of course the tyres were more likely to
    be a crossply derivative, not the super bendy radials of today.
    JWilliam, Aug 12, 2004
  9. You can keep most of your weight on the seat and press your outside
    leg against the side of the bike. That will lock you in position well
    enough so that you can lift your inside foot off the peg if you like.
    Might want to try that. It beats getting your leg trapped under the
    bike when you low side. Just be aware that there are often solid
    parts that touch down soon after the pegs. Hitting those will take
    weight off the tires causing them to slide. When you've dragged the
    pegs a few times they wear down, so the don't push up so far before
    the hard parts hit. If parts do hit down hard, pushing down hard on
    the outside peg while letting you butt slide to the inside will stand
    the bike up. Get your upper body into the act too. Pushing the top
    of your body to the inside helps stand the bike up. Just be ready to
    catch a high side if the bike slid far before you rocked it back onto
    the tires.

    BTW, if you want to play around with this, do yourself a favor and
    take it to a track.

    Bruce Richmond, Aug 12, 2004
  10. Dean Carpenter

    sro Guest

    I always used to do track days rather than try to find roundabouts to
    practice on.
    I physically cant allow the footrest to fold when hanging off, I'm just not
    flexible enough, I have tried believe me.
    I wore a large amount of the standard pegs away at track days.
    I've also touched down the crank case once through bad throttle control, but
    luckily Metlzer Rennsports came
    to the rescue and held it all together.
    I much prefer the rear-sets solution - if you look at pictures of any of the
    decent race bikes, the
    rear-sets wont get near the ground.

    sro, Aug 13, 2004
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