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Took my baby out and rode around Palos Verde. Met two guys riding around on R6's I did my best to keep up, but as you know there is a power difference. Also this was my first time riding out there. Enjoy! I will be making more videos. Feel free to sub. :nerd:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqz341NHrs

If your from SoCal I have a group if you want to meet up with other people to ride around.

http://www.meetup.com/SoCaliRiders/
 

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I just have to say something. You're using the clutch way too often, and in turns at that. Don't ever disconnect the engine from the rear wheel during a turn. You want to be able to add throttle in a turn and having to then rev match a bike without a slipper clutch coming out of a turn or during a turn will put you down in a big hurry.
 

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Is it better to do clutchless upshifts?
I don't think that is what Phanuel is saying. Get your downshifts done before the turns as necessary and leave your fingers off the clutch through them.
 
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I just have to say something. You're using the clutch way too often, and in turns at that. Don't ever disconnect the engine from the rear wheel during a turn. You want to be able to add throttle in a turn and having to then rev match a bike without a slipper clutch coming out of a turn or during a turn will put you down in a big hurry.
Thanks for the tip. I'm still learning how to ride and taking my class next month, 1 month wait period before I can get into a class. So I'm still learning been riding for only a month.
 

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No problem we're all here to learn about our bikes and become better riders.
 

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The two big things I noticed were really just:
1) your use of the clutch while following someone closely.
The engine braking on these smaller bikes is pretty generous, you should honestly be able to leave it in a gear at around 4-5k rpms and just modulate the throttle. Maybe give a little more follow distance if you're uncomfortable with your response time. There's no harm in giving yourself a satefy net. The gearing is pretty short that if you have to slow down from 50 to 30 in 4th gear, you should be fine to accelerate again without really needing to downshift.

2) as rviator stated better than I did and what I learned from riding bicycles is, shift when you can, not when you need to. I.e. as you're coming into a corner and braking, you want to be already in the gear you expect to be using to ride through and accelerate out of the turn. In most cases in city riding between 7-20mph 2nd gear is good. If you can take a corner at 25-30, 3rd gear should be fine but don't feel bad about revving past 6k rpms.

The MSF course will teach you about the clutch at parking lot speeds and you'll become really familiar with actually riding/modulating it in 1st, and 2nd in the friction zone for smooth low speed maneuvering control. But really only in low speed <10mph situations. Otherwise it's something you only touch when shifting, and preferably only when you're going nearly straight up with maximum grip. Losing grip or having a rough shifting in a corner will wipe you out. And typically you should be rolling the throttle on slightly during a corner as the physics of bike control while leaned causes the rear wheel to need to accelerate just to maintain even constant speed.

Try it ou, find a nice sweeper on that road you had that you're comfortable with and take it at a constant throttle position and note your speed in your peripheral. It will drop a few mph nearly immediately as you lean over and more if you tighten your turn. You counter this by rolling on some additional throttle and you'll gain some stability in the bike as well.

This video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWgb0MtgNlo, is mainly aimed at track riders, but the beginning bit about SRs and the mechanics of steering and throttle input around corners is applicable to all of us.
 
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