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  2. Hotfoot

    Turn-in point techniques

    Can you be more specific in your question? The basic throttle rule (see Twist of the Wrist II) is the same. If your specific question is in regards to Spaghetti's comment above about adding lean angle while accelerating - that action is not recommended, as it is a classic way to overload the rear tire and lose traction, but generally speaking a smaller displacement bike (assuming good tires and suspension) would be easier to manage because it has less available power to feed to the rear tire. It is pretty easy, on a modern 600 or 1000cc sport bike, to break the rear tire loose by adding throttle and lean at the same time. It is tougher to do on something like a 250cc or 300cc bike, but certainly not impossible, if you lean it over far enough and especially if you are abrupt with the throttle application. The traction control available on the S1000rr helps a great deal in avoiding applying too much throttle while leaned over, as it manages the power based on measured lean angle, however if a rider aggressively ADDS lean angle and throttle together, it is still possible to overwhelm the rear tire. I must say, though, the S1000rr is amazingly easy to ride, even for a rider new to high HP machines, the electronics in it are amazing, it has been an incredible training tool for the school.
  3. CarltonGi

    Turn-in point techniques

    What is the difference between a smaller displacement bike and a larger displacement bike in these kinds of situations? Which one is easier to handle?
  4. trueblue550

    Newb From Ca

    I had no idea the 2019 schedule was out until you posted this. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Also, welcome! Laguna Seca is a great place for a 2-day camp. Have you driven at that track?
  5. Found this online: The Arroyo Seco Motorcyclist Association (ASMA), a club-level motorcycle road racing association based at Arroyo Seco Raceway in Deming, New Mexico, has issued a ban on the use of Icon helmets during its race events until further notice. “As of today, Monday November 12, 2018, Icon helmets are no longer allowed in ASMA Motorcycle Roadracing Competition,” read at post today on the official Facebook page of ASMA. “We have seen too many head injuries with this brand of helmet and as a group we voted to exclude them from the list of acceptable helmets. Icon joins KBC as the only brand of helmets that are on this list. We do require ECE or Snell 2010 or newer certification for racing purposes. We are also discouraging anyone considering track days, riding on the street, or playing in a sandbox from using these helmets.”
  6. leemccarthyn

    Newb From Ca

    Hi, just checking in from SLO and recently dropped my deposit for Laguna's 2 day school in April. Tracked cars for years, and just hopped on a bike last April, but have a couple track days under my belt (I am exponentially faster in cars than bikes, but would like to change that with time). I am looking to learn good habits and fundamentals, and get on freaking Laguna Seca! Can't wait!
  7. Hello, I read positive content about California Bike School. Definitely a must do. I have been riding on and off since college when motorcycle endorsement never existed. I started very young with the Big-Wheel (my 3 wheeler as a toddler). Upgraded to the 2014 Triumph 675 Daytona. Of course I now have an endorsement. My most challenging and fun ride has been in Thailand on the Honda 600 CBR, a whopping 762 turns from Chiang Mai to Pai. Like anyone who seeks safety and proficiency as I practice in the cockpit for my airline, it begins and ends with training. The training does not stop. And that being said, I am certain I am carrying some good habits or techniques, but likely I have more bad ones than good ones. It’s my intention to be better through training and hope to get the support and advice through California Superbike School and the forum group who appears to have this common goal. I hope to also make friends along the way who may consider joining my group on adventurous motorbike tours, and I participate with other groups as well.
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  9. ducatmh

    Exciting times...

    39K Euro would be much better. I was thinking its pricing would be more like the Super Leggera. It is beautiful!
  10. faffi

    Center of gravity

    If you read German, or are willing to read google-ish https://www.motorradonline.de/test/handlingtest-konzeptvergleich.318659.html https://www.motorradonline.de/fahrwerk/fahrwerksspezial-teil-4-balance.403707.html https://www.motorradonline.de/schraubertipps/masse-gewicht-schwerpunkt.407803.html https://www.motorradonline.de/werkstatt/technik-fahrdynamiksicherheit.222272.html A bit surprising to me is that by lowering the CoG from 800 mm to 500 mm, using 160mm wide tyres on average (120 front and 200 rear), to corner at a speed that demand 30 degree lean with the taller CoG would require only an additional 3 degrees of lean, up to 33 degrees.
  11. faffi

    Mid-Corner Countersteering

    I cannot really debate this, by my personal experience indicate that my line will tighten with a dab on the rear brake and widen by adding throttle. Whether this is due to other influences that comes as a result of my actions, I cannot tell, but the net effect for me is that a bit of rear brake does tighten my line. A bit like does it matter if you get well through placebo or medication, as long as you get well? 😉 Personally, I have never had any reserve against adding more lean mid-corner when required, even quite rapid changes. And I've never had a slide as a result, either. I am far more concerned about turning quickly when upright, probably because I've done so under heavy braking and possibly less than perfect traction conditions and experienced a few slides. I realize that my actions are not rational, that turning in should give more grip than turning in more at 35 degrees of lean, but something has become wired wrongly in my brain that is difficult to sort 😔
  12. That filled in information that was missing for me when trying to understand why I had so much difficulty adapting to the early braking-before-turning way of riding after always trail-braking more or less to the apex. In the end, I wound up with a compromise just the way you described it above, but thought it was just me not being able to properly adapt to the "proper way" of turning in. Now I feel much better - thanks ☺️
  13. Sometimes, a rider is a perfect match for a bike, like Stoner on the Ducati. Doesn't mean the bike is particularly good, but that the combination is. That seems to be the case with the current Kawasaki, where Rea perhaps is able to use the extra torque that comes with a lower rev limit to good effect, whereas the others may struggle to get the bike to hook up and get drive. Just speculating, but there obviously he has found strengths with the bike others cannot utilize. You see the same thing with Honda in MotoGP, where only MM is consistently winning and taking podiums; it could be that that bike also is very difficult to master, but if you have that extra bit of talent - natural or learned - it may be possible to explore terrain restricted to "lesser" individuals.
  14. Jaybird180

    Is Jonathan Rea The Best Racer In The World?

    I cannot fathom how he stomps over everyone else. He manages to nearly holeshot every start and from there he charges forward like a raging bull. Then, he hardly makes mistakes either. Apparently there’s a formula for recognizing talent. As a Honda fan, I’m pretty teed off that Ten Kate couldn’t keep him. But he wouldn’t have had the success on such a lackluster machine- but I’m not sure if it’s the bike or the rider looking at the other Kwak riders in the WSBK field.
  15. Several riders have to titles on the trot, but I believe Rea is the only to take 3 and now 4. He really is dominant in the series, despite having to ride an emasculated bike, enforced on him in an attempt to slow him down. He is so far ahead of the other Kawasaki riders most of the time, I have wondered if Kawasaki give them less competitive material to prevent further engine restrictions for the team. Didn't he also set a new points record for a season this year? And winning the final 12 races of the season is also darn impressive. I still doubt he has what it takes to beat Marquez, Lorenzo, Dovi and Rossi, though.
  16. DamienC

    Exciting times...

    39 000 euros it seems...the question is if there is much to add to it to make it a race bike...Anyway, out of my price range ! (not even talking about the costs of parts and maintenance). But it surely is a beautiful bike !
  17. ducatmh

    2018 S1000RR Setup for Success

    LOL.. somehow, I manage to avoid the issue of weight gain and maintain my girlish figure year round.
  18. ducatmh

    Exciting times...

    Don't forget to throw the 2019 RSV4 in the mix. Claimed 214HP (1,100cc) 199kg fully fueled. It's a big year for the Europeans and their bikes. I'll be shocked if you can get the new new V4R with the race package for under $70KUSD.
  19. DamienC

    Exciting times...

    I am dying to have some feedback on the behavior of the new s1000rr (announced tomorrow !!!) on the track...Entirely new bike, 207 hp... And I am even more curious about the behavior of the new Ducati V4R... with the Akra line, they announce 234 hp for only 165 kg, in a 998 cc (so OK for normal competition) ! If the frame and electronics (provided the suspensions should be top notch as they are full Akra and the brakes also high end) are good, that is it corners well, it could kill all competition...that also means that it should not be a special series as they must produce a minimum number of OEM bikes so that it's allowed in competitions. Price will also be way above average...but still should stay below 40000 euros (otherwise, again, the bike will not be allowed in most competitions), so still 1/2 the price of the HP4 Race...but anyway, all this is still just on paper...let see what test riders say when they take it out on track...big engine is one thing, but it is not sufficient to make it a killer bike on the track ! But it's all exciting ! But Kawa, Suz and Yam will need to bring their bikes to the next levels if the Ducati and BMW are not only big engines but also great cornering machines ! EXCITING !!!
  20. Don Dagg

    Clip On Adjustment

    In a full full tuck it is challenging for me to see far forward no matter where the position of my bars are. But being stretched out is more comfortable. I have a few helmets and they all seem like they could use more upper vertical visibility. I usually ride three quarter tuck and try and drop to the inside during cornering.
  21. Jaybird180

    2018 S1000RR Setup for Success

    Most people put on a few lbs in the off season. If you’re the exception then a lighter spring may be in your future. Keep the OE set and as your ability goes up again, you might go back to them.
  22. Jaybird180

    Clip On Adjustment

    I can’t see your eyes very well but I’m wondering how much forward visibility you have at this angle in this position (with a helmet on). And at best it looks like you’re looking over your glasses.
  23. Don Dagg

    Clip On Adjustment

    thanks trueblue for your input
  24. trueblue550

    Clip On Adjustment

    I would strongly recommend against running the clip-ons with only the pinch bolts holding them in place. If you can't find a comfortable position with your current setup, I would look for aftermarket adjustable clip-ons as there are quite a few options. I use Helibars TracStar clip-ons on my Gsx-r. They aren't adjustable but are angled slightly forward and upward. They say for better ergonomics, but I wanted more clearance between my bars and gas tank at full lock. Not needed for the track maybe, but it helps in parking lots.
  25. Don Dagg

    Clip On Adjustment

    The first photo is stock position and second is with the clip ons rotated forward. Am I on the right track?
  26. Jaybird180

    Clip On Adjustment

    There’s a larger aftermarket for the R3 now than there was a few years ago. Best Wishes and keep the rubber side down (and sideways).
  27. Don Dagg

    Clip On Adjustment

    It is an R3. I looked up Dave Moss and his ergo videos. I actually e-mailed him some photos of me on my bike in the rider position. Maybe I will get a reply with some advice. Thanks for the info Jaybird.
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