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Speed and Traction
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Speed and Traction - August 23, 2007, 02:17 PM

Ideas on Traction from the soft science of road racing motorcycles
" It seems obvious that a top rider must have a sense of speed developed to within 1\4 to 1\2 miles per hour"
..Yikes!!!!! far beyond my current ability.

"Here again you have the situation in which the rider finds that he could be going faster, bur he cannot reach that faster speed because the acceleration would be too severe for the tires and suspension. He might find himself going in 2 mph too slow, but turning on the gas hard enough to achieve that extra 2 mph would cause the bike to slide out"

Statements like these do not engender confidence at least for me.
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August 23, 2007, 02:23 PM

Sign up for a gangsta ride. You will find the balance to within +/- .048 MPH, or you will find a bar ditch.
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August 23, 2007, 02:26 PM

I got a lot out of TOW 1 & 2, but most of Soft Science was too mystical.

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August 23, 2007, 03:11 PM

Soft Science was a good read...it taught me how to break down my riding and figure out what questions I needed to ask myself.

I'm not very fast by any means but it has helped me improve each and every time out on track so it has helped me move forward.

Good read but I agree with WKDBLD...parts are a bit mystical or make you wonder um...how the hell do I do that?

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