Fearful of blind corners & road conditions
August 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm #28281megaspazParticipant
ah yes… that they do… you still have to negotiate the corner to avoid it though. Although, bear in mind for trackdays, not all corners will have workers. typically at thill, t3 is unmanned while t1 and t5 are manned. t10 isn’t manned either. t9 and t11 are. t14 and the starter tower are manned. In races, all the towers are manned as well as some non-corners.
corners are corners, either you have unobstructed view or you don’t. Funny that I’ve never crashed in a corner like t3 on the street or the track, but i’ve crashed my brains out on a corner like t9 on highway 49. which one again is more challenging? none of them. Elevation blind corners are just as dangerous as that right hand mountain side corner. If the track is supposed to be easier, then by golly, we wouldn’t have crashes on these corners at all at the track, now would we?August 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm #28283TrialsRiderParticipant
… you would not be pushing the limits and in competition if you don’t push the limits, you would never win.
I think that as motorcycle competitors we qualify as risk takers, but you should be able to ride a motorcycle on a public roadway without assuming significant risk over anyone else. Many would get enough thrill just from pleasure riding, without having to make it a race and if you find yourself riding public roads like it is a race track, it’s time to re-think the whole thing.August 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm #28285eonParticipant
I’m not saying the track is easier, I’m saying it is different. I’m sure on the track you go balls out round these corners with the assumption there is no obstruction in your way. Take the exact same corner, exact same ashphalt and make it a street corner, would you still take it at the same speed? Of course not, it would be a suicidal move that would catch up with you one day.August 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm #28286JackTradeParticipant
Different types of danger.
On a track, you have predictability, a closed system, but very high speeds and aggregrate aggression levels. On the streets, you have unpredictability, an open system, but with much lower speeds and aggregrate aggression levels. Track work is a relatively single-minded pursuit of performance, whereas street riding is a split between performance and safety.
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