I admit it. I'm a fan of sportsbikes. I love how they feel when they bite into bitumen at speed. I love sailing around medium radius sweepers with the knee skimming the deck, elbow down low, head down below the mirror stalk and looking through the corner while the bike gets into its groove. Any corner speed from ~70kph upwards is bliss. To get a sportsbike to carve up corners at speed requires a reasonably firm suspension setting. What is stiff at lower speeds transforms into controlled tarmac smoothing suppleness at higher speeds. If you tune the bike's suspension to be supple at lower speeds, it becomes too sloppy at higher speeds, and the bike will wallow about on the road with all the finesse of riding a heavily padded pillow down the side of a mountain. There's a dichotomous duality here. At lower speeds, especially over less than perfect surfaces, a sportsbike is a bit of a handful. It feels like there really isn't the momentum there to help stabilise the bike well whenever you try to hang off. The bike feels like it wants to fall over, and bumps don't help the matter. It short, it's hard to find that delicious state of balance that occurs at higher speeds. Give me a sweeper, and I'll rail around it. Give me a tight roundabout or a bumpy 15kph hairpin and I'm pussy footing through it trying to keep the bike balanced if I assume the typical sportsbike posture. So, what with all the motard phenomenon, and me eying off motards for quite some time now, including even watching some footage of the VSMR boys getting around the South Morang go-kart track, something started to creep into the sub-conscious. All these motard boys are onto something with respect to their style around really tight corners. By pushing the bike down into the corner with the rider more upright, and weighting up the outside peg heavily and with minimal weight on the seat, the bike is able to move around a lot more easily without trying to push the carcass of the rider's bulk through the same motions. The rider no longer has to precariously maintain balance on the bike as it tries to buck the rider out of the seat over every bump and correspondingly upsetting the balance of the whole. The bike can instead buck about, and the rider's legs and arms can absorb the bike's movements while the rider almost "surfs" on top. Of course, on a motard the bars are higher, the bike is lighter, and the rider is more naturally upright, so it's a whole lot easier to do it on a bike that has those characteristics. What I've now taken to playing with though is applying a sort of motarding cornering style around slower corners (as in <50kph actual speed) on the sports-bike, and I'm finding that it's working well. I guess what's interesting about this is that I've also only really felt comfortable doing it since I installed some new rearsets on the bike that are knurled and circular the whole way around, meaning that they still grip the boots well even when I'm deliberately getting more upright in the body position, as opposed to becoming less grippy as occurred with the stock pegs whenever you rotate your foot too far upright. Hey, I'm sure I look like a total klutz doing it, but I am finding that it's really helping with the really slow and tight stuff that is otherwise the nemesis of a sports bike that is set up for higher speed work. Just thought to offer these observations here. Probably common knowledge to the more experienced guy, but there ya go.