This is a comprehensive start to finish guide on how to get your knee down by riding faster, smoother and safer.
To be honest, the "how to get your knee down" title of this page is a bit of a lure for Googlers. This is an in-depth, step by step guide to improving your riding as a whole - your knee will go down as a consequence.
Each article in this guide should stand alone, but it is recommended to read them all, in order.
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p.s. I wrote a longer introduction to this guide a while ago.
Aside from being there to apply the throttle/brakes and turn the bars, you must also change your body position in order to help the bike - not doing so is akin to not helping in a three legged race.
Feeling rushed into corners, panicking under brakes, nervous/twitchy tip-in, unstable/vague bike feel - hell, even inconsistent lines can be attributed to simply how and when you move on the bike.
Before we can move onto the fun topics (like lines, apexes and markers), we need to take a step back and talk about the application of the throttle and brakes - and what their constraints tell us about how we should be riding, and hint at areas to improve.
Surprisingly, a lot of people don't actually think about how they steer - or even consider it as an area to improve. Going faster isn't just about accelerating quicker and braking harder - if anything that's the easy part. Corners are the tricky bit.
There's a consistent difference between slower and faster riders: turning on a closed throttle. Watch any racer, fast guy or even a decent intermediate rider. They all do it - and so should you. .
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