Just got two new motorcycle books during the Hari Raya holiday. “A Twist of The Wrist II” by Keith Code and “Sportbike Suspension Tuning” by Andrew Trevitt. I almost completed the TOTW II and let me say it was another eye opening just like the TOTW I. In TOTW II Keith Code shares the technique of “Pivot Steering”, I will share this more in this post, which by the way was totally the opposite of what I usually applied when I ride my bike.
“Sportbike Suspension Tuning” will definitely need another post, as I’m eager to learn anything about suspension and its tuning, so stay tune..
Check out the above pic. Shows yours truly mid corner exiting S Kecil Sentul Circuit. I highlighted the foot step, or pegs, or rear sets. They are where you put your feet when riding a motorcylcle. TOTW II shows that there are several “Pivot Points” (13 to be exact) that you can use to hold onto the bike. One of those pivot point is the peg.
Now, as long as I can remember, I think I use inside peg as pivot point during cornering. I remember a friend of mine told me that to corner you also can push down the inside peg with your foot to help leaning the bike which make the inside peg as your pivot point. Seems logical and it work.
Yet, in Pivot Steering that is not the case. To help with the steering, to make it more efficient and help with cornering stability, the correct pivot point shall be the outside peg! I was bit surprise at first and reread the chapter several times to make sure that I got it right. But yes, the pivot point is the outside pegs. This is called the Pivot Steering.
Now, my routine preparing to a corner are the following:
1. Brake and down shift while blipping and rising my body/torso.
2. Move my body (my but as well) to the inside using my inside leg with the inside peg as a pivot point.
3. Once I reach the flipping point, I start to counter steer while lowering my torso and my body to the inside, still using my inside leg and inside peg as pivot point. The bike will lean and I’m cornering.
Now, with pivot steering the main different is that you “push” with your outside leg with the outside peg as pivot point. Your inside leg shall be free as it not being used as pivot point nor to push the inside peg.
If you watch MotoGP in TV you see that many rider have the inside leg free and sometimes they “kick” their inside foot prior to a corner. Pedrosa very often does that. That shows that their insied peg does not act as pivot point. Their inside leg is free, and when just about to corner they rest their inside leg at the inside peg. No preasure to the inside peg.
This “technique” was as strange to me as the concept of “counter steering” before. But I bet, if I can apply it correctly I shall be more efficient rider.
Hmmm let see when can I apply this, can not wait for the next track day!