Gandy, I came across something on the brain/body co-ordination thing:
If I'm in a UK outside lane with only the curb/gravel and steel crash barriers on my right the bike is fine when I'm looking a long ways out in front and concentrating. But if I'm looking into my right hand rearview, any slight loss of concentration tends to put the bike to the right where you don't want it, but glancing down at the left mirror does the opposite. That can't be a bike issue, so either my brain is too old and worn out, or something is happening when I'm seeing the rear perspective, then switch attention back to the front.
There are only a few opportunities to go to a track in UK, and I think it's a good idea to get some experience of triple digits on a track first. I don't think straight lines are so difficult, but setting up even gentle curves can bring surprises compared to slower speed twisties. I've already experienced the side wind problem half way into a high speed curve and it's scary. If you bottle out and slow, you've then lost the setup to make the rest of the curve.
JIS is probably like me and isn't going to be comfortable shifting his weight about too much at autobahn speeds, but I don't have any problems tucking in arms, slightly bent, relaxed and sometimes head well down. I keep my screen low and that makes the wind balance body weight wanting to move forwards, whilst taking pressure off the arms. Big wide screens seem fine at lower speeds when the bike has a true upright cruiser riding position. I now only use my Laminar lip in Winter around town, mainly to keep the rain off.
I've had my throttle springs slacked off for a couple of years now and that helps stay more relaxed. Sometimes I excercise my hands and give them a rest by straightening the fingers and just holding the palms against the grips. I find excercises and stops help keep me relaxed on long cruises at sustained high speeds. I notice more now that most of the naked bikes and cruisers I come across are riding at about 60-70 mph with occasional bursts, so I appreciate the bodywork we have on the K-bikes to sustain high cruising speeds with stability - but mine needs a bit more in the comfort department!
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