Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Outside New Braunfels, TX, USA
Twist of the Wrist II
I just got thru reading Keith Codeís, Twist of the Wrist II.
The best tip for the average rider that I found was whatís called The Big Picture. Pick a point on the wall and stare it. Without moving your head, or eyes, stare at another point to the left, then the right. Pick points farther out and practice.
This tip really helps your peripheral vision and is supposed to relieve fatigue from moving your head and eyeís.
I found that when entering curves I was completing the curve with no problem, but didnít seem to have any push left if an emergency situation came up. I posted this question on this board and was given the following tip:
Weigh the OUTER peg. It forms a triangle with the body that needs to stay purdy much in the center of the bike (donít hang off). This triangle transfers the weight to the counter steering arm. It seems I was leaning off the bike too far and leaving no weight on the counter steering arm.. I developed this bad habit with the LT as I donít like dragging parts. Leaning off of the LT gave me more ground clearance. Not only is dragging counter productive, but it slows you down and it freaked me out. You wouldnít believe how hard it is to change a 6 year old, 108,000 mile habit. Not to mention developing new muscles, mainly in the thigh. This tip intrigued me enough to buy the book.
Throttle control was very important in this book, the constant roll on thru the corner was emphasized many times as was steering only once. Pick your spot to apex, quickly steer into it and be done. Posture was covered and overcoming your Survival Responses was hammered throughout the book.
A bunch of this book applied to the race track, but there was plenty in there for all to improve there riding skills. You never know when nailing a corner harder than you need to might save your life. Maximum braking, suspension and weight transfer was also covered.
Though this book is 15 years old it's still relevant and I heartily recommend this book for anybody wanting to improve their riding skills, or for those that are just curious how racers do it.
What was that middle thang?