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Fast Old Guy
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I'm probably the last guy to have won races sitting up neat on the bike. While in my latter years I did shift a little weight and stuck out my knee a bit , the only thing I ever touched with it was the top of the curbs in 1 and 1a. Loading the pegs and adjusting your position are very important for sure. But hanging way off dosn't seem to be more than a style. On a bike that has abundant power to spin the tide perhaps. On an EX no. There is very little diffrence in Steady state cornering speed between all bikes reguardless of thier lap times, The positioning of the bike to take best advantage of it's capabilities is what make the more powerfull bike lap faster. Ok that's a little Vague, What I'm saying is that controling the attitude of the bike with body position (hanging off to keep the tire on the fat part) can allow the faster bikes to get on the power sooner. That's about it. Peg steering is another matter. Generally weighting the outside peg will limite the rear slide somewhat and converslly weight on the inside peg will increase the slide. Expert races will use this feature to steer with. You won't.
I found on the EX, that wobbled like crazy in really fast turns (above 80 MPH), was that weighting the outside and driving my outside knee into the tank hard while letting the bars float would keep the wobbles under control. Moving foward and back helped too.
A can't emphsize enough that these techniques and strictlly for the race track, and are really a stupid way of getting killed on the street.

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