I've been doing a fair bit of riding lately, working on little bits of technique to get smoother and quicker, notably trying to learn to hang off the bike and keep it a bit more upright to help the Hornet's fairly basic suspension deal with the roads. Yesterday on a fang through Kinglake to Chum Creek to the black spur with Caz and Mad Dog, I found myself in a good clear frame of mind with some concentration to spare so I spent some time working on inside hand steering. I think I first read about it in Code's Twist of the Wrist 2, it's where you try to completely relax the outside hand in a corner, and steer only with the hand you're turning towards. It gets a little complicated on lefthanders because you need to relax your right arm while still maintaining full control of the throttle, and that can be confusing. Also, if you're hanging off the bike quite a way, it can be daunting to relax your outside arm because it feels like one less limb is helping you stay on the bike. But it definately makes for smoother cornering and tighter turning - in fact, on the way back up Chum Creek rd I was having a proper crack at it at a pretty feisty speed, and bugger me if I didn't nearly run off the road on the INSIDE of a few corner exits! With less contradictory steering inputs (because your outside hand isn't gripping the bars so tightly), the bike seems more planted and relaxed at higher lean angles, and correcting a bad line, pushing the bike down further or tightening up an exit is a snap. It's like a cornering confidence boost, although I wasn't game to use it much on the gravelly Kinglake road because I don't trust that surface with the higher lean angles it produces. I still need to be very conscious of doing it at this point, but I'll work on internalising it over the next few rides (if I remember to!). I wish I'd had enough concentration left over at the Calder Park trackday to think about applying it there, I'm sure it would have made a big difference.