=robtharalson;471976 Oh, and bottoming out your suspension in the middle of a corner is a non event if you know what the hell you're doing, and a major disaster if you don't.
Ain't that the truth!
My take is that one can improve the "forgiveness" of a bike by improving it's handling characteristics...which, on the 919:
Number one is Rear shock high speed compression. My 07 was extremely unforgiving on bumps in a corner...almost wrecked it the first hard bump I hit at speed in a corner at only 45-50 mph. Now, with a more forgiving Ohlins rear shock, that bump in that same corner doesn't disrupt the handling at 70-75 mph.
Second is front springs/valving. Once I had the Ohlins rear, and it's more forgiving performance, I'd go faster into corners than before. Immediately, the too soft front end, and too slow-to-react-appropriately front valving reared it's ugly head. Fixed that with a Kyle Racing front end treatment. The front end is now more forgiving, and therefore safer, as it doesn't wiggle around so much under hard breaking, and the bike holds it's line MUCH more precisely in turns.
Third is ergonomics. Hmmm...maybe first is ergonomics....if you aren't positioned correctly, the bike isn't going to be as forgiving as when you are positioned correctly. I LOVE the new positioning I have with the TharBars. My wrists didn't follow the bend of the stock bars well, so, this has been an improvement that lends the bike to being more forgiving, as my ergonomics have improved.
Well, now that I think about it...tires certainly have a lot to do with forgiveness, too. I changed the rear stock tire to a Bridgestone BT 16, and soon noticed my front end was sliding on fast corners. That is not a forgiving situation when I'm the pilot of a bike, so, I quickly had a matching BT 16 put on the front...now, I consider the bike more forgiving, as the front sticks to match the rear. I guess if you have really bad tires, or, one is flat, the most important change to make the bike more forgiving would be to get a better, or not-flat tire on the bike!
I don't think about the engine much when relating it to forgiveness, because I haven't been on any really high performance bikes that might be tough to throttle, such as a turbocharged nitrous bike. But, that's getting about as off-the wall as talking about having a flat tire that is obvious.
One thing for certain, a bike is much more forgiving to you if you ride another bike, when compared to, say, a girlfriend or wife.