The Dangle – Race Train Blog

The Nicknamed ‘Dangle’

Someone had seen it in MotoGP and asked me what it does while I was instructing, so I thought I’d put an explanation together for my opinion on it, and why I use it.

The reason you hang a leg on the brakes is to sit the bike down when braking force is at its maximum, thus adding a preventative force to help stop the rear wheel from lifting, bouncing or sliding on the way in to the corner.

By having both feet on the pegs, the body’s force is being sent forward over the top and front of the bike, so by taking the foot off the peg, the backside sits down on the seat, keeping weight through and on the rear of the bike, adding opposite force to allow the rear wheel to stay in contact with the floor.

‘For example, sit on your bike, or even a bar stool would work, and take the weight of your body with your legs through your toes until your butt is just hovering.
Now slide one of your feet off of the foot rest.
Your butt will sit down.’

This is what it’s about.

It’s also used to monitor slides.
With both feet on the pegs under intense braking, your inside leg will naturally push in to the slide, thus inducing a bigger slide, or a wagging slide if it should catch grip and force uneven weight through the controlling inside foot.
When this leg is taken off, then the floating slide generally stays more constant, giving a fixed weight through the bike, and a manageable slide.

Example ‘Think about a flat tracker entering the corner towards the apex’

Hopefully this will help piece together an explanation if anyone was wondering. It’s definitely not a distractive Action to try and stop people overtaking, although it could be used for this! or an act for the purpose of mind games, but an evolved corrective method to allow modern racers to push further, meet an apex and leave the corner sooner than ever before.

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