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Author:  nldreesm [ Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Mental Barriers

I have an issue that I feel is holding me back. I've been riding for 8+ years and race B class usually get top 5 but I feel like I should be winning. The reason I think I'm not is I am absolutely terrified of low siding in a flat or off camber corner. Due to this mental block I never push it in corners, and I'm pretty sure I could go twice as fast as I do but I just cannot get myself to carry the speed and momentum into the corner, or get on the throttle as much as I should on the way out. When I try carrying more speed into the corner I just lock up, and end up blowing the corner. Only to realize I could have easily made the corner. I don't get this issue as I'm not scared of long deep ruts, and I'll jump anything on the track 1st or 2nd lap.

Does anyone have any tips for getting more comfortable with the thought of low siding? Should I do it on purpose a few times so I realize its not that bad? I can't explain how frustrating it is when someone passes me in a corner, because I'm slowing down so much. :evil:

Thanks in advance!

Author:  Gary_Bailey [ Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mental Barriers

Ok, here it is and believe it or not it is not that hard. Here is what you can do and don't try to do this fast. Find the flattest place available and learn to flat track. If you have that off camber available go in slow and maybe even in too low of a gear. Then get on the gas and make the rear end come out and work on doing a power slide even if it is only for one bike length. Go back and do it again and try to get it to slide a little more each time. Make sure you are at a speed that you are comfortable with.

You can also make you a little flat track area that could start with just going around some barrels an powering out, but you need to get it to slide. All of this needs to be on as flat and smooth ground as possible.

You could also make yourself a little flat track. This is going to take 4 cones. The corners should be at least 30 feet apart so you have a nice sweeper and the straight can be a second or third gear straight what ever you can work with. The idea is to slide so get on the gas a little at a time until you start feeling it. Next you need to start working on coming into the turn. If you are not drifting and sliding you are not flat tracking. Use no brakes, front or rear. Use the gearbox to slow you and work on that until you can drift or back it into the corner. Take your time there is no hurry. What you need is confidence. When you learn to slide you are going to love it.

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