Yooperbikemike's 2013 MotoGP Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Fajita Dave

    Fajita Dave Been here awhile

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    If the front tire is on the ground with enough traction any turn of the handlebars will cause the bike to change lean angle (counter-steering). Anytime the bike is maintaining any given lean angle the front tire is following the exact line of travel unless its in the air or very close to it. "Steering into the slide" is basically the rider being completely relaxed on the handlebars, the bike's geometry keeps the front wheel pointed in the direction of travel on its own. If the rider is tense on the bars it makes the bike less stable, if he makes a steering input it changes lean angle.

    I can tell you from experience (although not Pro experience) that the only way to change lean angle at 100mph or so is with a deliberate counter-steer. Brakes causes the bike to stand up and/or push wider, throttle with a small slide will tighten your line a bit (but remember you are accelerating which widens your line) and body steering doesn't do shit. If you want the bike to change lean angle, you need to counter-steer just like you do on the street.

    What MotoGP riders do with a motorcycle is amazing but it isn't magic.
  2. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    yes...i agree with everything you are saying.
  3. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    OK, I give...Both you and Mdub know more about this stuff than me.

    Regarding counter steering, though. I like to watch road racers peel off the wall to attack T1. This is at NASCAR ovals with a road course infield. The technique is pretty physical. No sweep to it at all. Definite bar inputs. I think they call it a pre-turn or something. And it's on the brakes. Point to point like I suggested before. Course these are not MotoGP riders, but something similar at Indy I think.

    I'll pay closer attention to T1 entry at the Indy Mile next year. Thanks for the tip.
  4. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    I too was very surprised at Smith's accusations. Was he stating what many suspected or was he spouting sour grapes?

    MM did display some amazing ability to ride through the field. Was it all ability or was there something more........Hmmmm
  5. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    It's MM's ability and the machine set-ups his ability makes possible until proven otherwise. So far all we have against is a half-baked magazine article and the mumblings of the noncompetitive.
  6. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    Understated but accurate!
  7. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    Don't worry, there is some rule-making in WSBK ahead. After that, the CRT's will be well in front again. :deal
  8. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    All interesting comments and views;

    Many years ago ( back in the dark ages) several of us were aspiring club level racers who at the prodding of the AMA to expand the field were herded in to running with the big boys at Daytona and other tracks that actually mattered at the time.

    We were listening to Eddie Lawson giving us tips on how to get through some corners at Daytona a bit faster,
    his advice " run it in as far as you can and then just flick the bitch" ( no mention of brakes or tire sliding)

    All you would be wanna be racer boys can take that as some sound advice and just hike up your panties a bit .:D
  9. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    BTDT. Got my lesson many years ago. Tried club racing- AAMRR- right around 1980. Lots of money (at the time) lots of time (had more of that back then) and after 2 years I was as clueless as I was before I started.

    The people that can rise to the very top are extremely unique individuals.
  10. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    somewhere in the past(it might have been Cycle magazine) there was a picture comparing "those who came to ride and those who came to race".It was a picture at a chicane or sharp corner maybe with haybales in close proximity.The pic of Eddie showed him at seemingly twice the lean angle of the others with helmet only inches away from aforementioned bales.
  11. kyns

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    Your sentence makes no sense...


    No moto gp racer slide their front purposely to do anything...


    They use front brake WITH grip to scrub off speed.
  12. advNZer?

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    once they begin turning i beleive they are sliding the front all the way to the point where they gas it up...They still have grip whilst sliding.Dont forget they are hard on the brakes and turning at the same time,they brake all the way in to the "gas it up point.If you arent on the brakes ,or on the throttle you are wasting time.There are probably some corners where this is not completely true.
  13. kyns

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    They... We all ride bikes here, i trail the front all the way to the apex on track too.

    Mdubya says: " close the throttle to induce front end slide " ... makes no sense.

    We are talking about corner entry here, so at what part between braking point and apex you can induce a slide by closing the throttle... when you are allready heavy on the front brake, throttle CLOSED and engine braking.

    And what is the reason to slide the front, to slow down, to get wider line... Better technicues for both of those than sliding the front.
  14. advNZer?

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    we are talking corner entry on a motogp bike.I am responding to your post where you imply that they dont or should not slide.They are on the limit of traction,and they are sliding,ie there is some slippage between tyre and track
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    And i am responding for Mdubya who say, pro racers use front end slide as a ROUTINE TECHNICUE to do something... I call a big pile of BS.


    A slide is a black line on the track.


    To trail the front, you need all the feel you can have, a slide at that point is not a good thing. The edge of front tire bending under pressure at full lean is not sliding. IMO
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    advNZer? Long timer

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    ok again i will agree to disagree
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    Think you and I are reading from the same hymnal... :D
  18. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    Try it sometime. Closing the throttle and releasing the front brake will make the front end slide. At that point, only the throttle will stop it from being a crash.

    And I stand by my statement that the fastest guys do it all the time.
  19. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    Very well said. :thumb

    I think the crossed up front wheel often comes from that they are still trying to steer with the bars with the front wheel off the ground.
  20. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

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    I agree with that.