||12-13-2011 06:06 PM
Originally Posted by i_4ce
Whenever I hear talk of hanging off and getting a knee down, I think of thesee guys:
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If only someone from the dragon would go there and teach them poor sobs how to get a knee down how much better their times would be.
That video is not an apples to apples comparison to the knee dragging people are talking about here. Since you probably do not realize as to why, I will point a couple things out:
1. That is a low speed course. The rider is leaning as hard as they can to try and get the tightest turning radius, to be able to do the course. There is no hanging off the bike, or knee dragging, since its not needed.
2. Knee dragging, although many do it just to do it, is not the whole point. The knee comes out to let the rider know where the ground is, and how much lean angle that have left. Run out of lean angle, you are probably on side of tire and lowsiding.
3. Hanging off the side of the bike, is to help get the center of gravity of mass....rider and motorcycle, down and to the inside. When travelling at speed, physics wants the bike to keep going straight. The wheels spinning, the motor spinning, all of it wants the bike to go straight. The rider hanging off the bike & putting the bike into a lean, is to help turn the motorcycle, and fight that force that wants to make it keep going in a straight line.
4. Hanging off also helps with traction. You can only lean so far before you run out of contact patch, of the tire to the ground. Leaning off and putting a knee down, makes the bike upright more, which gives a better contact patch and more traction.
yeah, I think that about sums it up.