Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: los angeles, ca,
some questions and answers
There are several main areas of questions I see so far: Turn Entry Speed, Lines, Steering. If it is all the same to you Iíd rather stay away from the very technical physics areas of riding and chassis design and defer to guys like Tony Foale and others who are dedicated in those areas.
Let me take one of the above, LINES, and see what we can do with it.
One of the major errors when trying to correct any area of riding is to be too general about the problem. The second error is not setting any kind of goal to achieve. The third is not arriving at a simple enough, step by step way to approach and handle that area of riding.
Figuring out specifically which kinds of turns a rider had line problems would be a first step: slow turns, decreasing radius turns, big sweepers, etc., which ones are difficult.
An overall goal could be something likeóto be able to make any line work out.
One approach could be to run a wide variety of lines until you were comfortable with all of them.
Taking that idea one step at a time: decide to take a whole ride using only low, tight to the inside lines. Then later or on another ride you would run middle of the road type lines. At another time you would use the wide entry/close to the apex/ wide exit style of riding and ride every turn in that ride in that style.
Rather than the problems of each coming to you in a random pattern you would start to see what is needed to handle each of those situations, depending on what you were trying to accomplish.
In our twice a year Race And Competition Experience program what we do is set up those different turn entry positions and then we radar the exit speeds so riders can see immediately how it affects speed. In that case, speed is an indication of their confidence to use the throttle and the exercise shows them which line is best for that specific purpose.
Yes there are many technical points underlying how to gain confidence with the whole area of lines. If you had a very observant coach following you it would simplify the whole process but that isnít always practical and great coaches donít grow on trees, they are trained.
How are you doing with this type of dialog? Does it help? Itís a new way for me to do forum stuff so I want your reviews please.