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I am Crafar disciple. I imagine there are many of us!
There is no voodoo here. This is terrific instinctive riding, nothing mystical.
It is interesting that Simon Crafar calls his system Motovudu. I think that this is tongue in cheek of course, and I imagine that he would say so as well. In fact, I’m sure of it! It’s just that everybody else, in print, on YouTube or at trackday sessions, is so full of shit. Everything is unintentionally rendered incomprehensible, confusing the inexperienced rider, and potentially placing them in harm’s way, because their understanding is not coherent.
Generally, one should not expect an elite athlete to be able to explain what he or she does in great detail, let alone coherently. Its talent stupid, should be their answer. Go ask a coach!
Simon Crafar just happens to be able to articulate his superbly instinctive way of riding with poetic simplicity. The less endowed teachers out there (all of them as far as I can tell), say stupid things like “its just physics” when trying to help a poor student rider like me. Simon, on the other hand, explicitly states that he is not a scientist, and that he has learned the fundamental skills of riding fast by experience. He tells us what he knows! If you want to ride fast, you had best listen to him carefully.
Using my training wheels (Honda CMX 300 OEM on the road) and applying the Crafar method, everything is intuitive, but tuned up to work on the track, riding fast. On the road, I think of the speed limit as 10% faster than the posted speed limit. On the track, consistent with the Crafar method, the speed limit is absolutely full throttle whenever safe to do so (acceptable lean angle, good track conditions and temperatures).
As Simon points out, his coaching is strictly for track and racing, not road riding. So it must be moderated and blended to do safely on the road, but I think it is enormously beneficial to do so. (We amateurs don’t get enough track time, right?)
It makes riding on the road fun, at the same time honing mental skills needed for the track. It is working the OEM motorcycle a bit harder, but not exceeding the lean angle limitations at all, and not causing havoc because of the OEM suspension settings (which typically would be like pogo sticks on the track). The OEM equipment is just fine on the road as are the ordinary road tires for practicing this way.
I suspect an ordinary road motorcycle rider behind you would be quite envious of your talent if you ride the Crafar way.
The gasoline consumption of the motorcycle deteriorates dramatically riding this lovely way (speed limit between turns, braking during corner entry at relatively gentle lean angles, cutting all corners (outside/inside/outside), neutral throttle in midcorner, throttle application early at permissible lean angle on corner exit when exit line is obvious) but who cares?
Thank you Mr Crafar!