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Had a minor heart attack

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Om my way home this afternoon, I almost had a non r heart attack and a seizure at the same time.

I felt like riding and took the loooong way home. I am pretty comfortable with the road and I know all the corners like the back of my hand. So... I just starting to slow down to take this one corner (almost a hairpin bend) and went in a bit hot. As I am leaned over, I start to realise I am starting to go into the opposite lane. There wasn't any cars coming, but being a hairpin, you can't really see if there's one approaching. I gave it everything I had left and leaned like I have never leaned before (I have about 3mm left on my tires, so it can still lean a bit), then something completely unexpected happened...
I SCRAPED MY PEG!!!!! I know that this is something that some of you do on a regular basis, but this was my first time and it was unexpected.

Now let me tell you something: it was f**king terrifying. My first though was "o my god, i'm going down" then that screech and vibrations through the pegs almost made me jump off the bike. I managed to keep my cool (I have no idea how... Mind = blown) and I pulled over on the straight after the corner to calm my nerves.

If you haven't leaned that far yet, be prepared. It will be the most terrifying and exhilarating thing you have ever done!!!

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I have not leaned mine over far enough to scrape the pegs, although I feel like I have and friends riding behind me say that I just barely make some corners without the pegs hitting, and have often thought that it would scare the crap out of me too. Im glad you made it without freaking out and giving up. The first time I laid my bike down I went into a corner too fast and didn't feel comfortable really leaning the bike hard so I drove through the corner into a field, I was new to riding and it was a really heavy bike. Now, that I have been riding for a couple of years and have a much more manageable bike I know that if that happens again I have to trust that I can lean my bike even more than I am and I can make the corner. I have recently found counter steering to be very important in this kind of situation. Im not sure how I was steering before, but now in a sharp corner, say to the right, If I push slightly (Like turning left) on the right handle bar and lean right it feels a lot more stable and I feel I can push it harder than without counter steering.
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I am ready for more. Going for an advanced riding course on Sunday. It's going to be awesome.

But i'm definitely doing this again tomorrow!!!

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you were countersteering before. everytime you go around the corner you countersteer. e.g.
Agreed, but now I know what I was doing and that I can put more pressure on the opposite bar to turn tighter if I need to.

good videos
you guys that are scraping pegs... what tires are you running on? stock or something else. What were the climate conditions? (sunny and warm?)
I ask because on a track day my (bias ply) stock IRC felt squirmy but several others had a cbr250 with non stock tires and they were almost laying the bike down they were so far leaned over. The weather that day was warm and sunny (25+C)
When going around sharp long corners the bike felt squirly, at the time I thought it was my tires but now I think it's because I wasn't putting enough pressure on the opposite bar (counter steering). Because now I have better tires and it can still feel squirly if I don't use enough pressure but when I add more pressure she feels fine.
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