Sorry for the careless wording - no offense intended, of course
I wasn't in your head but what your video shows is what every rider has done at some point while honing their skills. Your eyes should be looking waaaaaay up the track, well past the apex your were approaching. If you do that, your bike just 'goes there' all by itself, if you let it. You didn't.
Search the forum for the expression: "Target fixation".
It certainly appears as though you were looking at
the curve, you 'weren't comfortable' (how's that? lol) and your un-trained instincts betrayed you, making you try to lose speed (you did stand the bike up and grab a fistful of front brake).
I'd bet you $5 you were looking where you DIDN'T want to go (off the track
) and that's what target fixation is all about.
Replay it again in your mind but instead, imagine you were looking way up the track, planted in a line where your left knee would have skimmed over that apex, nice and smooth. Look where you want your bike to go, not right in front of you. Work on your lines and trusting your bike wants to follow them. Your confidence will go up and lap times go down naturally.
Until you learn this, your instincts will betray you long before you run out of rubber... Lessons are repeated until they are learned.
Oh, come on skid...you know me better than that...you know I didn't get offended...
I was just trying to "stand tall" by my retort...
But you're right...the split second I started to go high, I was looking directly off the track, right where I went down. I've watched Twist of the Wrist and experiencing the SR's first hand in a crash, I now physically know just how prophetic the rules are. Like I mentioned once in a crash video thread...I like to watch crash videos to learn from them, and now I have one of my own to learn from...although I know what went wrong and I knew full well I was about to screw up the millisecond I reached for the brake. I was LITERALLY telling myself as I grabbed the brake, "Nope, nope...don't do it."
^^ sound advice,
Ok so, I had a chance to check out the video. You are learning, that is good... the hard way not so good...
The number one mistake you seem to make over and over is you are braking and decelerating well into your corners this is NOT good and a total mind fuck for a beginner! Experienced riders/racers would never do this unless they were trying to avoid something in their direct line. If you were going much faster you would washout on entry doing this. Not to mention possibly get clipped by another rider. You are overloading the front end, making the bike do exactly what it doesn't want to do (stand up and scrub speed mid corner) and giving you nasty feedback and likely fear and/or uncertainty which often leads to target fixation which is probably what you did when you ate it. You absolutely need to work on braking before you enter your corner and throttle control through the corner. You want to match the throttle on entry and begin to gently roll on as you pass your apex using the throttle to help you navigate through the turn and set yourself up for the next.
Secondly, you are entering many corners hugging the inside when you have so much room to work with. Swing it wide and enter coming from the outside in rather than the inside out so you can carry more speed and the turn isn't nearly as sharp and abrupt. Going from the inside out nabs a lot of people on exit because they tend to run off the track. This isn't a race so there is no reason to hug the inside so much to keep the bastards behind you... you should absolutely use the whole track it will help you heaps!
Oh and one more thing... The guy in front of you is clearly inexperienced too, if you find yourself following another rider at this stage in the game you are best to remove them from your minds eye (unless they are an instructor) and focus on what you are doing ONLY (don't hit them of course). I can tell he was a huge distraction for you.
Damn dude...you pick me apart to the T!!! And you're exactly right on all accounts!
I do have a very bad habit of braking and decelerating coming into the corners...I think it's just me still getting use to the bike and learning to REALLY lean at speed and be comfortable. I do get a bit nervous coming into certain corners that can be taken at a much faster pace and I'm still just "touching my toes to the water" rather than just jumping in...
My entries are not near wide enough when I come in initially, causing me to hug the corner and tighten my radius...exactly...I need to use the entire track and really cut the apex off. My throttle control is getting better smoother as I was able to carry more speed this time around, but yes...I REALLY need to work on coming in from the top...I honestly think this may be the breaker to enable me to get much, much faster.
Thanks for all the knowledge, friends! I appreciate y'all's experienced input.
But now I go to the darkside...I go to Oklahoma tomorrow to pick up a 2008 R6...I'll still be here for sure, since this was my starting place and you guys have become some great coaches and friends...I plan on getting a K5 1000 next year for a street bike, so I'll soon again have the Gixxer Genes.