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Old 10-01-2012, 04:51 AM   #16
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And dragging your knee, as the great Ed Bargy would say, makes good pictures, no other reason to do it. HELL, knee pucks aren't free, I would always try and pick my knee up when it touched down.

Really though.....when it comes to body positioning while cornering, do what feels comfortable and a position you can still control the bike....WITH proper reaction time. I always felt more comfortable in left hand turns, being 6'1" and racing an SV650, I felt my throttle hand was in a bad position while leaning/hanging off in right handers....therefore my position on the bike was somewhat different in left hand turns than right handers, I'd stay slid back on the seat more while leaning right.....

So, get out and ride....stop looking at pictures and trying to mimic their position....when you find your'll know it. It'll feel RIGHT !!!!!!
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #17
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I agree that getting head and whole upper body off on the inside is the proper way to hang-off, but on the street I tend to get my butt off while keeping my upper body and head mostly centered - I just don't like the appearance of fully hanging-off to opposing traffic, esp the occasional LEO. On blind right handers I'll actually cross-up on the bike with my butt off on the right and my head a bit to the left of the tank - I can gain a few additional degrees of view around the blind corner by shifting my head to the left of center.

I'll get my butt off anytime I'm uncertain (rain, winter cold, blind corner, gravel, unknown road, etc) despite having plenty of ground clearance. You never know when you might have to tight up a line hard to avoid a hazard, or a surprise decreasing radius and I feel that, for potentially slipperly surfaces, the less lean angle you are carrying for any given speed, the less you are asking from your tires.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:29 AM   #18
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I was taught to Pivot around the Gas Cap. Act like there is a tether from the cap to your belly button. As for dragging the knee, It has saved my butt on a couple occasions where I lost the front and was able to pick it back up because my knee was on the ground. Pucks are cheap and its the best feeling in the whole world on fast track.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:31 PM   #19
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"try to hang off the tank with your leg" worked for me
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:47 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by jesse v View Post
I'm no expert, but I believe hanging off allows you to turn a tighter radius for a given speed/lean angle... OR... The same speed/radius but with less lean angle.

Less leaning = more compliant suspension, greater margin of safety, etc.
I'm no expert either, but this is exactly why I do hang off at least a bit on the street. With the bike leaning less, there is a lot more room to correct for errors and unexpected things popping up. I don't ride particularly hard and could easily take corners at my speed without hanging off. I still do it because I want to be ready if things get ugly, quickly. I want the be far away from the edge of my bike's performance capabilities, just in case.
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