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MOTO GP, whats with the leg out?

I noticed some time ago that Rossi was doing it and didnt understand what he was doing. Ive just watched the replay of the Laguna Seca Race and noticed that Stoner and Pedrosa were doing it.
Its not on every corner but every now and then when they seem to be setting up for the corner, they just stick their inside leg out to almost touch the road and then they put it back on the peg.
Any pilots out there up to speed with this technique and what it does?

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One of the announcers at one of the races said that it helps with braking by creating more drag on the bike. Another said that it makes setting up the turns easier by moving the center of gravity. It would be distracting to me to be behind someone who did that. Hey, if Rossi does it then it must be a good idea.

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Another announcer speculated that the other riders are figuring that if Rossi is doing it, they should too. It seems to work for him!

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Gives them a feel for when they are at the edge of the "chicken strip" too. Looks cool if they have the flint-loaded pucks on their knees throwing sparks too.

Anyone notice the butt-cam on whomever's bike with the ads on his seat too? Now that was disturbing. He must have a Teflon seat too from all the sliding around he did.


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Gives them a feel for when they are at the edge of the "chicken strip" too. Looks cool if they have the flint-loaded pucks on their knees throwing sparks too.

Anyone notice the butt-cam on whomever's bike with the ads on his seat too? Now that was disturbing. He must have a Teflon seat too from all the sliding around he did.


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Mack, the leg is going out and back well before they turn the bike in hard and so nowhere near the tyres extremities.
When I first saw Rossi do it it was almost like his foot had come off the peg by mistake until of course he kept doing it.
It seems like they are only doing it in corners where they are not fully shifting their body weight and therefore not in the corners where knee sliders are getting use.
Now a number of riders are doing it. I dont think it is something I want to start doing but I am very curious as to what benefits they are gaining from doing it.

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Leg always goes down before the turn or before they approach the tire's edge. Same with hitting the brakes or downshifting prior to turn entry. There was a video cam clip off the throttle grip side of some guy on a white bike where his knee is down late but the bike slides out on him. He got a bit late on entry and pushed it over.

I had some guy come up behind me once in a canyon on a race green Kawi. I waved him around me. He was doing much the same stuff of dragging and hanging off while I was more bolt-upright on the GT. It was fun to watch him, but I could also hang with him as I ride that canyon a lot so I know the road very well which helps a lot.

At one point he turned his head around and stared at me like "How come you are still back there?" He still kept up his hanging off stuff though.

Still, I've gotten spanked bad on unfamiliar roads to me by the locals. Okay, often by much lighter-weight sport bikes too. A heavier 300# barge just doesn't turn as well or as quickly at speed. I'd like to see a Gold Wing race at Laguna Secca. They'd be all over that kitty-litter.

Aside, I also don't know which contributed most to accidents: familiarity and over-riding the road, or non-familiarity and just running amok.


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It's not a knee out, its their whole leg.

Mack,

Rossi and company aren't just putting a knee out, they are dangling their leg out almost looking like a motocrosser or super-motard racer. Very strange sight on a Moto-GP / road race bike.

This is something new, I haven't seen until this season.


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Mack,

Rossi and company aren't just putting a knee out, they are dangling their leg out almost looking like a motocrosser or super-motard racer. Very strange sight on a Moto-GP / road race bike.

This is something new, I haven't seen until this season.

Great pic, thanks! I'm going to a track day tomorrow, I'll see if I impress Jason Pridmore when I hang my whole leg out like that at 15mph....

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Then there's the elbow thing....

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Mack,

Rossi and company aren't just putting a knee out, they are dangling their leg out almost looking like a motocrosser or super-motard racer. Very strange sight on a Moto-GP / road race bike.

This is something new, I haven't seen until this season.

Since I don't know how to cut and paste this:

http://www.cosportbikeclub.org/forum...ad.php?t=32909


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Great pic, thanks! I'm going to a track day tomorrow, I'll see if I impress Jason Pridmore when I hang my whole leg out like that at 15mph....
If you really want to impress him hang both legs off and pretend you're peddling anytime he's riding behind you.

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