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post #1 of 18 Old 07-16-2006, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Getting my knee down?

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Just curious, but those of you who race, or have nice twisty canyon roads you frequent....you get your knee down right?

I want to try it...and for no other reason really than to do it, or maybe practice for a track day....in a parkin' lot or something. (And no, I don't just want to scuff up my knee pucks to show off to the boys at the coffee shop....lol.)

Do y'all have any tips to pass along, or suggestions?

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One word for ya Rem....Shubie. I really need to get a dedicated track bike. For me the fear is always dumping a next to mint condition street motorcycle. I'm in the process of looking for one so I can hit up practice and do some amateur racing at Shubie. Not to be real competitive or anything but just to enjoy what these machines are meant for. It's gonna be difficult for me though since my legs are short and I'm old and not very flexible any more.

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Best advice. Do a track day. Then another. Then another. Dont try on the street or in a parking lot. Just my $0.02

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for me its track only. i dont ride very hard on the street, just too many unknown variables that could be hiding around the next corner
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i've never drug a knee, and dont plan too until on a track. i've come close, but its just to risky on public roads. just two nights ago i was goin through a corner i ride through probably 5-7 times a week, wasnt really payin attention, and there was a deer chillin in my lane on the other side of the corner. had i been rippin along tryin to drag my knee, i woulda drug a lot more than just that! save it for the track man.
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Boys,

Just curious, but those of you who race, or have nice twisty canyon roads you frequent....you get your knee down right?

I want to try it...and for no other reason really than to do it, or maybe practice for a track day....in a parkin' lot or something. (And no, I don't just want to scuff up my knee pucks to show off to the boys at the coffee shop....lol.)

Do y'all have any tips to pass along, or suggestions?
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One word for ya Rem....Shubie. I really need to get a dedicated track bike. For me the fear is always dumping a next to mint condition street motorcycle. I'm in the process of looking for one so I can hit up practice and do some amateur racing at Shubie. Not to be real competitive or anything but just to enjoy what these machines are meant for. It's gonna be difficult for me though since my legs are short and I'm old and not very flexible any more.
I hear ya fun2fly...but, I'm not really that fond of shubie....I did a track school a few years ago, and had fun doing it, but thats all there is. I'd consider doing a track day....if they had freakin' track days....sheesh! I'm definitely not into it enough to buy a dedicated track bike, and certainly not going to turn my 10R into one either, so there really is nothing left.

In any case, Redden and I are looking into renting the track ( a group of us once or twice a month or something) but it would be a weeknight, and it would be limited to guys like us....um...mature...cough cough....lol.

I was just playing around today at the end of my road....large empty cul-de-sac with no houses or traffic around.....nothing more, just playing, thats all. You won't see me attempting it on the street around here.

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Sorry guys, maybe my post didn't make any sense.....lol....I'm not looking to drag my knees on the street, I was just playing around close to my house on a closed road with no traffic, hazzards, etc.

I did do a track school (on my '99 7R), and it was fun and all, but thats all there is...they don't have track days to speak of, and I'm not getting into racing.

No worries, I wasn't curious so I could show off for the locals on a Saturday group ride, I just wanted to try it, thats all.

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do it on the track...the road is not as good condition and you will wreck.

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You have to be comfortable with riding at a quick speed and hanging off the bike. You don't practice draggin knee- it happens when you lean the bike over far enough. You really don't have to go that fast to do it if you can find some sharp turns. I'm not saying knee draggin is something you should be doing on the street... but you really don't have to go THAT fast to do it. I hang off the bike a lot, and often drag knee on the street as a result.
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