Phrase popularized by Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun and commonly applied to those who enjoy participating in activities involving high velocities, including aviation, sky diving, downhill skiing, and most forms of motorsports.
Motorcycle roadracers share a pathological need for speed.
Participants in the sport and art of motorcycle roadracing. Contrary to popular opinion, most are not wreckless and do not have a death wish, but rather tend to be methodical, analytical and reasonably cautious. Motorcycle roadracing doles out severe physical punishment to those who ride beyond their abilities, and so wreckless tendencies are weeded out in short order. Having said that, it must also be noted that all motorcycle roadracers share an insatiable and inexplicable need for speed.
Top motorcycle roadracers are among the most overlooked and underrated athletes in the world.
Late braking technique used by expert motorcycle roadracers in which the brakes continue to be applied beyond the point at which the motorcycle has been leaned over and has entered the corner. Trail braking is used primarily to delay the onset of braking for a particular corner as long as possible, and thereby overtake another rider. The technique requires a great deal of finesse and skill in order to avoid the loss of front wheel traction, which usually results in a low side crash.
Any attempt at trail braking by a novice rider, although usually unintentional, almost invariably results in a low side crash.
The point in a system of bodies or an extended body at which the mass of the system may be considered to be concentrated and at which external forces may be considered to be applied. Also called barycenter or centroid.
In general, an object with a lower center of mass is more stable. This explains why weebles wobble but they don't fall down.
Term used to describe the cornering technique used by motorcycle roadracers in which they position their body to the extreme inside of and below the normal riding position while riding through a curve in the race track at high speed. By hanging off of the motorcycle in this fashion, the rider alters the center of mass of the rider-motorcycle system and in so doing minimizes the lean angle required to negotiate the corner at a given velocity.
The key to cornering a motorcycle is hanging off in the correct manner and to the proper degree.
Motorcycle roadracing term for the angle between the center plane of the motorcycle and the vertical plane. The more the motorcycle is leaned over, the greater the lean angle. High lean angles are necessary when cornering a motorcycle at high velocity, but too great a lean angle results in loss of traction and often a crash. Riders employ a technique called hanging off in order to alter the rider-motorcycle system's center of mass and thereby minimize the lean angle necessary to negotiate a corner at a given velocity.
Establishing and maintaining the correct amount of lean angle is a balancing act that a motorcycle roadracer must master in order to ride fast.