Ok I have been riding for about 10 years now but really only manage the odd day out about once a fortnight. I still see myself as being quite experienced but I never seem to manage using all the side tread on tyres. You know where you are when you see the lines on front and rear tyres (fanny lines)I have recently purchased my blue gsxs and is without a doubt the best handling bike I have ever owned. I always feel I am leaning pretty far over but when i check tyres I still have around half an inch to spare. What's the secret?
They are called chicken strips in the UK and I really wouldn't worry about it.
The secret is to lean more and use TC1 or off. The moment you start to think about chicken strips could be the moment you run out of talent. They will go in time.
You need to find a quiet bend and practice using a little more speed/lean each time. Do not look at the road in front of you but look right through the bend to where you want to go. When the peg blobs start scraping you will be near as my photo. Still plenty more lean left if you want but that's about my limit on the road these days aged 74.
I've been riding 32 years. About 8-10,000 miles a year. I'm pretty fast and think I'm a pretty good rider with excellent traffic prediction skills. I've never been a knee dragger though, and never will. I have 3/4" chicken strips, even when I go to Tail of the Dragon. About 8 years ago I had an accident that killed me, they revived me at the scene. It was pretty bad. I've mellowed out a lot since then. You don't have to be a knee dragger to be a good rider. I've learned to predict traffic patterns and other rider's behavior in different situations. It's uncanny how I can zip/weave in and out of hairy near-death situations with a smile on my face without ever getting upset. I'm no knee dragger, but I make up for it in other areas.
Just ride the way you ride and have fun. Remember, no matter how good someone is...there is always someone better
Wow, Dekker! 74 and tearing it up! (they don't have a bowing smiley otherwise I would post one here)
My BoxerCup Replica had a 180/55 rear tire instead of the basic 160 rear tire. So, there essentially wasn't anyway I was ever going to remove the last 1/2-inch or so of chicken strip. I used to get a kick out of some guys hyperfixating on no chicken strips and then I go riding with them and never come close to being passed by them. Anway, it is not necessary a consistent gage of someone's cornering speed. On the other hand I have a friend with an old 900 SS Ducati that has his rear tire looks like Dekker's from riding only at our local Canyon Lake squid road ( and he is pretty fast in with a Mike Hailwood-style of riding). Others can lean off and not use so much of the side wall. If one is worried about speed, put the bike on the clock and do track days, right? I found removing chicken strips to be infinitely easier by visiting your local dragstrip and lower the pressure until the whole tread surface is used in the burnout box. .
fair play to Dekker!!!! Are any you chaps aware of Mr Keith Code and
the california superbike school and his excellent book " a twist of the wrist 1 and 2". I would recommend as a must read to improve your riding skills, clearly Dekker does not need too!!!.
I personally trying and concentrate on my line through the corner, Throttle control and counter steering to turn the bike quickly and get it on the right trajectory by looking right through the bend and not in front of me. Sometimes
I hang off which reduces lean angle, but generally I use countersteering and the throttle to control the bike, hence my purchase of a power commander to smooth