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    Tried to drag a knee...

    Slipped into my new leathers and wanted to drag a knee for the first time. I did about a 3 hour ride and just couldn't get it low enough on the street so thought I would take it to a church parking lot for safety. I was getting really low doing a tight circle but still couldn't get my knee down. I cut the throttle some and it dropped even lower and then bam I was on the ground. I scuffed the stator cover, shifter peg, passenger peg (saved my exhaust), and a couple of scuffs on the cush drive. Got a knee down but took the bike with me. This sucks! I think I was just going too slow but have no idea how to get my knee down without the back tire losing grip.
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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...



    sorry about your luck. im not there yet either but working on it

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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    congrats on getting your body down.

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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    Don't try too hard to just drag a knee. Let the leathers boost your confidence. Ride the bike. Lean into the corners (get your arse at least half off the seat into the corner. Put your knee out there but don't worry if it doesn't touch down. It will come soon. You need to have at least ~25 mph to not fall over. You do have a set of high quality sport tires right? <---very important, I lowsided due to chitty tires. Here's this to: I'm not good at typing this shit out but here you go: The max lean angle of the tire (but in our case the bike) is X. You cannot exceed this or you lowside and you and your bike and slide away. So you can lean your body off the bike to change the center of gravity toward the inside of the corner allowing you to corner at higher speeds without increasing lean angle. Once you get your knee down you'll learn to use your knee to judge how close to X you are.

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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    when youre leaned over try to keep about a 40/60 front/rear weight balance...meaning, get on the throttle as early as possible (but dont start turning too early or you run wide). The bike loves this position. Think of the contact patch sizes.

    If you chop the throttle while leaned, depending on how fast your going, you overload the front tire.

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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    I was doing about 10mph. I run a pilot power in the front and the Road 2 in the rear. I am pretty sure it was just a case of going too slow with too much lean angle. I am just soooo discouraged because I just replaced my stator cover not even 2 months ago because of a low slide caused by a nail in the tire. I am supposed to be taking the total control class in July and just wanted to push the envelope a little before I went.
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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    your doing it wrong. FAIL!!










    I havent drug a knee yet but pegs always
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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    sucks to have to re-dress ole' girl from the scuffed stuff - but glad to hear you didn't lose skin in this low speed slide.

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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    After watching that youtube vid, I think I understand what I did wrong. I think that subconsciously I was not "kissing the mirror". My upper body stayed straight but my butt and knee were sticking out. I leaned the bike too far over for as slow as I was traveling and the centripetal force was not enough to overcome gravity. It would have been wise to have someone talking me through this maneuver rather than just trying by myself.

    Thankfully the suit held up well to the abuse but now it has more character after the first time out with it on.
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    Re: Tried to drag a knee...

    Completely off topic but in the total control book it talks about braking and using throttle at the same time. Is this what is referred to as trail braking? Can someone explain how to do this and it's purpose? Do you use front or rear brake? If this is not trail braking, can someone explain what trail braking is and how to do it along with the benefits of doing so?
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