some advice re: downshifting in corner entry

Jo Rhett jorhett at
Thu May 19 09:38:18 PDT 2011

Thanks, Dave -- but I'm a bit past that point as a rider.  Depending on the corner, I do as much as 70% of my braking after the bike is turned in.

And again, this isn't a situation where I'm trying to go faster than before.  It's a situation where I'm trying to get back to where I was before I made a change in body weight during braking.

On May 18, 2011, at 6:35 PM, Dave & Tracy Thomas wrote:
> I believe it was Kenny Roberts that said sometime you have to slow down to go fast. I.E. charging into corners and late braking sometimes compresses to much information for the rider, and upsets the balance of the bike. Try to do most of your braking up right set your corner speed early and be in the gear that you want to start accelerating out of the corner at the apex. most important is to be smooth and consistent. Just a thought Dave
> -----Original Message----- From: Jo Rhett
> Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:02 PM
> To: Suzuki SV650 Mailing List
> Subject: Re: some advice re: downshifting in corner entry
> See my previous post on this.  I'm not trying to go faster, I'm trying to recover to the same speed I had before making a change Ken Hill advised. I'm down to within 2 seconds of my previous times, and I am faster out of the corner, but I'm losing whole seconds on corner entry as compared to before.
> On May 12, 2011, at 11:44 AM, vik anderson wrote:
>> You're looking ot go faster, right? You have a lot more to be gained by
>> going faster in the fast parts. You're not going fast enough that hard
>> braking is going to be paying you the biggest dividends. You need to worry a
>> lot more about your drive out of the corners.
>> It sounds to me like you are making a classic mistake, which is trying to
>> make up time in hard braking zones. It's a lot of effort for not a lot of
>> return. Once you get down to 47's, then you will need to find a tenth of a
>> second here and another tenth there; but, when you are looking to drop eight
>> seconds, look for places where you can make up one or two seconds.
>> You don't need a slipper clutch. You need to get on the throttle sooner
>> and power out of the corners. You need to hold that throttle absolutley
>> pinned pretty much everywhere you're not on the brakes.
>> -- 
>> Vik
> -- 
> Jo Rhett /  velociRaptor Racing
> #553 WERA / AFM 

Jo Rhett /  velociRaptor Racing
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