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February 23, 2022 at 4:01 pm #522596LUCIO NOBILE
the core curriculum is very useful particularly for new rider but a good set of reminders for experienced riders as well.
I have been applying trail braking quite often for several years now but often my entry speed is too slow and sometimes I need to accelerate after the entry point to be able to apply some trial braking. What is the best way to improve your entry speed. May be is better to improve the entry speed only on the track and not on the street?February 24, 2022 at 9:17 am #522639Nick Ienatsch
Hello Lucio, thanks for the note and support of Champ U.
We love your last sentence about track and street, you are exactly correct. That said, we can safely increase our entry speed on the street as long as we retain that vital 30% safety margin. Pushing much harder than that should be done on the track.
So here is how we increase entry speed safety: Rather than “brake later”, which is common advice, try this: brake at approximately the same point (when you’re nervous), but brake lighter so that your entry speed stays higher, longer, and your bike slows later in the corner. With this approach, you will have your brakes in play and that gives you exact and constant speed and radius adjustment.
Refer to the class where Kyle and Chris talk about fork travel at turn-in by the white board for reasons why braking “later and later” will eventually not work. Also note that his approach is exactly how we safely increase entry speed on the track!
Thanks and please help spread the word about Champ U! -Nick I.February 28, 2022 at 2:18 pm #522987Armando Morales
I finished the online class, great content at a very affordable price, thanks for your work!
I’ve been riding motorcycles only for a couple of years, it is mostly weekend riding through twisty roads, my brother wear a communicator and we’re constantly providing feedback to each other, trying new things, practicing to make us safer, and hopefully a bit faster.
After the online class I learned and remembered 3 things:
1- 5% brake on/off – this is new I was way to abrupt letting go of the brakes.
2- body position, start before the curve, end after the curve, the lowest point is when I start to accelerate , relaxed hands, fingers pointing towards the outside of the curve
3- ergonomics, adjusting the brake lever it was to high and to far away, and the rear brake height it was too high and always a struggle to keep my foot off the brake
Last weekend I found myself slowing down more than usual, but I had zero surprises on the twisty roads where I always had 1 or two errors, not this time around I found myself with ample margin to correct.
The twistys have a much higher % of blind curves than ones with good visibility, and The pavement can be ugly, with lines, sometimes bumps, or potholes, the ideal pavement is rare.
I’m adjusting to a better body position and letting go of the brakes later, as I used to go from say 20% to 0% upsetting the chassis, with the corrections I’m finding the bike turns more than I’m used to, I get closer to the inside and I need to correct, I guess it will take me some more practice to flow better.
ArmandoJuly 7, 2022 at 4:52 am #531077Josep Maria Macías
I have finished the course and I am very grateful for the teachings received. I am 75 years old man and I have been riding a motorcycle all my life. Currently I have a T-MAX with which I go out with other motorcycles, maintaining fun rhythms on winding roads.
I would like to know the specific recommendations, if any, that UChamp would make, applicable to the driving of a T-MAX. and different from or on top of the recommendations of the course.
Thank you very much
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