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Finally Got my knee down today, went to empty parking lot and told myself im gonna lean it over until i lowside. I wanted to see just how much grip these tires give :) Never did lowside.










Hows my form? I notice that i seem to be positioning my head a bit more in the center, i should move it away and be closer to the mirror. Something i should work on... At first my knee dragging on the right side was very ackward compared to taking left turns, now they both seem ok... Im going to be doing my first trackday next week so im really looking forward to it :)
 

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looks damn cool. I want to kiss the ground with my knee also!
I get close but at 40mph I feel like I need more speed to safely go down without lowsiding the bike.
How fast were you going?
 

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I was going on avg 50-60 km/hr , so roughly 35 mph. Thats the thing, you dont need more speed, i thought i did but you dont! Gotta have total faith in the tires, i was amazed. Felt damn good too, its like getting a bj for the first time
 

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not too bad, but you could get your chest lower, it helps traction...

see how these guys are.... get that chest down.



 

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in the 2nd and 3rd pic youre form is bad...
the 2nd one youre too upright.. the 3rd one youre trying so hard to drag your knee that your ass is off the seat but your upper body isnt, and youre crossed up, or basically, not square... thats not good, especially for traction, it unbalances the bike.
 

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you dont need speed to get your knee down, just lean angle. I've touched down at 20-25mph on Decker Canyon here in the Santa Monica's...

OP-congratulations on finally touching down...its like a rite of passage. Now you can work on being smooth and fast, and not worrying about touching down until you get to the track...lol.
 

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Ya it was really cool, and no it doesnt hurt? Why would it?

You do feel the resistance in the puck, but it doesnt grab or anything it just slides nicely... Its a weird feeling for sure.

snikwad>> Those pics are great, i will definately work on that. At first i was just focusing on trying to be loose and smooth, ill be able to take some more pics next week and hopefully my form willl improve a bit. :)
 

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Ya it was really cool, and no it doesnt hurt? Why would it?

You do feel the resistance in the puck, but it doesnt grab or anything it just slides nicely... Its a weird feeling for sure.

snikwad>> Those pics are great, i will definately work on that. At first i was just focusing on trying to be loose and smooth, ill be able to take some more pics next week and hopefully my form willl improve a bit. :)
or u could do a track day...:toothy4:
 

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See how low he is to the tank...

 

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congrats mang! i remember when i first dragged knee. weirdest feeling and scared the crap out of me. lol. after the first couple times, i dragged either knee down without effort. didnt even have to try any more. there were times were i even feel like i would lift the bike upright by pressing my knee harder to the ground. weird i know...but my bike would stay up at a certain lean angle doing that.

the weird thing now...is that i try to avoid draggin knee. pucks are pricey. lol. well kneedragging is meant for a lean angle tool when cornering...so now i try to remember where i angle my knee to reference how my lean angle is. its hard to remember...but i try to keep muscle memory and pictures from photographers up at the twisties help out too. lol. i need to go to a track. haha
 

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Great Job Bro!! You gotta start somewhere! I need to find my pics from my track days and post up. You look just like I did, knee down chest up in the air lol. Gotta remember to get your chest down.
 

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Slaps>> Yeah, by leaning off the bike more what your actually doing is pushing the bike away from you so you can keep it more vertical and have larger contact patch, allowing you to go faster for a given radius. Haha but yeah they are pricey, at the end of the day i just would lean till i heard it scrape and then just tuck my knee in a lil bit and maintain the lean angle. Lots of pucks on ebay for 13.99, i should order a whole bunch at the same time.
 

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congrats man! i remember the first time i got mine down...now its just consistency with it!

you dont go through pucks that much...well i dont at least...i went through one track day and i still have lots of puck left...
 

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good job bro i got my knee down the other day and it didnt feel that akward just feels like plastic beeing dragged. looking good bro.....
 

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When you get comfortable with riding this style you can decide how long you want a set of pucks to last. If I just feel like killing a set of pucks I can wipe them out in a day of hard riding. But that does not necisarrily mean I am going fast. I normally set up a certain type of speeds and lean angles just to drag knee. It is a lot of fun. But like Slapps said it gets expensive so I tend to just touch at the designated lean angle that I am hitting and lift the leg into the tank more. Body positioning is crucial, you have made the big step which is to get over the fear of leaning the bike over. Now you need to just work on your cornering. If you are really pushing yourself with speed you will barely drag knee.
 

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if you look at the pics again youll notice how the center of there chest line up with there front fork its a rough gauge for body positioning congratulations on the knee drag as far as speed goes the faster you go the harder it is to lean that bike over as track days will show you.
 
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