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    Breaking Barriers

    What were your biggest barriers in Sport bike riding? How did you break through them? What are the gains you made from breaking through them? Were they mental or were they physical or both?

    I'm still chasing the elusive knee down, I have since given up on that task and what I am focusing on is better body control and better throttle control, and the knee down will happen as a result of that. My mental barrier is being part of the crew (not the slow guy). I'm still gaining rhythm and gaining better understanding of the idiot who connects the machine to the road. Learning to allow the motorcycle to do what it wants to do and enjoy the ride. I have come to find the barrier will not come crashing down immediately, for a while it is brick by brick, and once there is enough light to come through, you just break through. Seems like a brick comes down every ride. I watch what other riders do, I take what I like and dis guard what I don't. And some helpful hints on what another rider is doing helps here and there too.

    Anyway, what are things that held you back/ area holding you back? What did you do/ are you doing to get over it? McLovin's monthly thought?

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    I remember the knee down barrier, once you get it down the first time, it becomes easier and easier....trackdays help with it a lot. I remember getting my knee down maybe 3 times before my first trackday. At the first track day, it was down 80% of turns and I was starting to feel comfortable with lean angles more and more. Once I got back on the street, I understood my bike a whole lot more and was able to touch the knee more.

    Trackdays are the best way to break barriers, you get to hit that same turn 5+ times in 20 mins, take a 40 minute break to reflect on what you can do better, and then practice it again for 20 more mins.
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    I didnt think i had that many anymore. then i got bumped to advanced on Sunday and realized im a huge slow pussy all over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Red View Post
    I didnt think i had that many anymore. then i got bumped to advanced on Sunday and realized im a hug slow pussy all over again.
    LMAO....

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    As you said, focus on proper body position and bike control skills and getting the knee down will come. Scraping your knee pucks on the asphalt is not important and should be a byproduct of good technique. However I have to admit the first time my knee puck met the asphalt it was a pretty cool feeling.


    For me the biggest barrier was having faith in my equipment, especially the tires. For a long time I was afraid to increase lean angle and corner speed for fear the tires would not grip. Track days really helped me overcome this.





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    Pooping in public restrooms. See with my little short legs they hang in the air when I am on the toilet. At home I have a stool, but in public I have to jump up on the seat. I am scared that I might fall in. Some times I lean so far forward that I fall off the seat. Often in the process I poo on my self and just set there and cry.

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    One of the most important barriers is to try and always keep your eyes and head up. When things go bad keeping your eyes on the prize, so to speak, will get you out of trouble more than you realize. It's something you really have to condition yourself to.
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    Im struggling to get a knee down too.
    But i agree that it will come with correct body position.
    I felt like i was getting my head by my hands in turns. But when i saw tve pics I wasn’t even close.

    As far as looking where i wanted to go i agree, i got a good look at that guard rail right before the straight away & had to look where i wanted to go or I would’ve ended up bouncing off it. Also got a good look at that pebble pit around the front side that kept collecting folks.

    If i can, i will attend the last NCM track day & see if i can represent LSB better.

    My question is, who has the banner?
    Hate to be mr obvious, but we didn’t exactly take over NCM.
    I was hoping to see more of my Lsb friends, but i know it’s EXPENSIVE!

    As far as hotels, the hyatt is nicer than the drurary and their the same price with the corvette museum discount. About $99/night.
    But the drurary has more restaurants in walking distance and better parking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Rad View Post
    Im struggling to get a knee down too.
    But i agree that it will come with correct body position.
    I felt like i was getting my head by my hands in turns. But when i saw tve pics I wasn’t even close.

    As far as looking where i wanted to go i agree, i got a good look at that guard rail right before the straight away & had to look where i wanted to go or I would’ve ended up bouncing off it. Also got a good look at that pebble pit around the front side that kept collecting folks.

    If i can, i will attend the last NCM track day & see if i can represent LSB better.

    My question is, who has the banner?
    Hate to be mr obvious, but we didn’t exactly take over NCM.
    I was hoping to see more of my Lsb friends, but i know it’s EXPENSIVE!

    As far as hotels, the hyatt is nicer than the drurary and their the same price with the corvette museum discount. About $99/night.
    But the drurary has more restaurants in walking distance and better parking.
    Will has the banner. I ment to get it from him but forgot. There was at least 15 lsb people there on Sunday

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    What were your biggest barriers in Sport bike riding? How did you break through them? What are the gains you made from breaking through them? Were they mental or were they physical or both?

    For me the biggest barrier was being smooth. I was SUCH a late braker going in to turns before LSB. I would go in to turns slam on the brake and then take it. I did not know I was bad until 1wheelcbr mentioned it. I did meet up with a ol man name Jay. Some of you may know him. He was slower but smooth. i think that helped me and also "look where ya wanna go". Turn your head also. keep ridin McLovin.
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