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  2. Las Vegas, Classic Course

    In aviation, investigators look for "links" in the accident chain; it's never ONE thing that causes something bad to happen but a series of small things that resulted in the bad thing happening. I suppose the corollary to motorcycles would be to look at the environmental conditions, tire condition and the appropriateness of suspension settings to determine result. For sure the greatest variable is the rider- that MAGIC being can that process all of what's happening and make billions of calculations per second and correct for all other variables. If the rider's data is faulty or application is faulty then certainly best outcome will be uncertainty.
  3. Healtech Quickshifter Easy

    @DLHamblin How is the Healtech unit still performing? I'm down to the wire on closing my winter project and last is deciding on a QS. Because things have advanced a bit since the OP, my considerations are: Annitori Pro Healtech Woolich The Woolich was the favorite for a long time. but since I went about $1.400 over budget for the winter project it's tough to justify, although the Return on Investment is higher than the others. But the other 2 will give me the option of going with Guhl for ECU tuning, bringing my financial investment down. Woolich adds more bling by giving me Launch Control and Pit Speed Limiter options and AFIAK is the ONLY solution for Pit Speed Limiter, but it's kinda yawn (just a little...but lauch control is freaking cool!).
  4. Healtech Quickshifter Easy

    There are a couple guys on a 1000rr specific forum (hint) that I participate in that may be able to help with your QS problem. If you need help locating which forum I'm speaking of, PM me.
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  6. We Got An HP4 Race!

  7. Las Vegas, Classic Course

    Was interesting to hear a few of the coaches commenting on the drive home last night about the different levels of traction from yesterday (Sunday) to the day before. There had been a bit of rain overnight, and the track had been used as a parking lot for NASCAR previously. We surmised it cleaned off whatever was there. I'm fairly constantly amazed at the different levels of traction awareness there is. I think one reason is that if a rider doesn't know how to get the same response from a motorcycle (whatever the bike, whatever the conditions), there is going to be uncertainty, lack of confidence: "What is this bike really going to do to me?" Another way to look at this would be, is it the bike, the surface, or is it the rider? CF
  8. 2017 Fleet Break In

    The bikes are already in service, the first school was in February. I don't think there was a need to reach out on the forum for volunteers this year.
  9. 2017 Fleet Break In

    Waiting for the post about the 2018 fleet break-in
  10. Chuckwalla April 7-8

    The weekend of April 7th and 8th, I will be at Chuckwalla! My dad and I will be camping there over night. We welcome people to come and hang out by our setup. We do not bring crazy amounts of food to this event, unfortunately, BUT! I do enjoy showing new riders around the track and going over skills to practice during each session. My goal is to get 2:10 or lower around Chuck. I can already think of three turns that I can easily shave seconds off of, now its time to do it smoothly! Come play!
  11. March 24th AMP

    Hey all! I will be at Arizona Motorsports Park Sunday March 24th. I plan on bringing my CBR and my newly acquired S1000RR! Please come by, say hi, review Twist of the Wrist II with me, plan different attack lines, and mostly have fun with me and my friends! We bring lots of food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So come eat.
  12. Anyone care to make any predictions regarding World Superbike and MotoGP for 2018 season? My prediction for MotoGP has in contention MM93, Lorenzo, Vinales, Jack Miller and Johann Zarco. It's a tough field but I've got to go with Marq Marquez to win another crown in 2018. For WSBK, all I'm willing to say is that I think we will finally see the Honda on the box again (I'm a Honda fan) a few times and we also might see the Aprilia on the box a couple times. There is a lot of good talent and good bikes in the series this year.
  13. The unlikely racing machine

    Thats pretty tight! I like that look and the story.
  14. https://riders.drivemag.com/news/suzuki-f50-super-stepthru-racer-test-uber-underbone
  15. There's one on Netflix IIRC called ROAD, the story of the Dunlop family. That one is very interesting and talks a lot about the obsession with the IOM TT.
  16. I had been sick for almost two weeks and then signed up for a track day at Arizona Motorsports park. The circuit was being run CCW that day and I had not ridden in that way. With getting over an illness and essentially relearning the track, I was less than 1-second off my personal best!!! I went to Chuckwalla the next weekend feeling healthier and ready. The trackday was running Chuck CW. Thankfully it was the Superbowl weekend, so there was probably 40 riders at the track that day. Open session format so you just go and go and go. What I thought was interesting was that I filmed two sessions and even though it was untimed, I rode for 20 minutes and then stopped. I just think that is crazy that my body just knew, "okay 20-minutes is up, raise that hand and leave the track!" Anyway, I started racing in the chuckwalla series back in September. Crashed out of my first race. I competed the next month, dead last place and lapped. I was contacted by someone from the CVMA organization who said, "practice getting your lap times down....your pace is kind of a big risk." He suggested I aim for 2:15 being that my lap time was an incredibly slowwwwww 2:30. I agreed. I purchased a lap timer. I met with a therapist about relaxing techniques. I started to get more comfortable on my bike. So....Superbowl weekend...I did not feel like I was trying as hard and got my laps down to 2:17 consistently. I KNOW. I KNOW. That is still very slow especially for a liter bike (2013 CBR 1000RR) And Benny Solis is at like a 1:30 lap time on a 600..... But man what an improvement. I know I should be riding the track to beat the track, not the riders around me....But passing people that are riding on my dream bike (s1000RR) FELT SO GOOD. I told myself I would not race again until I get my laps to at least 2-minutes. So I can stay with the pack. It has been helping to review my studies, and simply THINK about the track and how to take a turn before heading out there like I know what I am doing. Thinking man! It helps. After reviewing my footage there are a bunchhh of things I can improve on, but there were so many things I did differently to improve as well. Strengths: throttle input EARLIER and rolled on for greater speeds through the turn. Telling myself that I can enter at higher speeds (slow in fast out, but my entry speed can definitely go up). Knowing where to go slow and having patience in the turn dubbed "Patience." Areas of Improvement: use of the quick turn, later turn entry and attempting different attack lines, being comfortable with using only the parts of the track I need upon exiting a corner, squeeze the bike with my legs when braking earlier. I noticed that when I take my legs off to prepare for the turn, after a straight away, I am not squeezing with my legs and thus applying the brakes sends all that weight and my own forward and maxes out the load on the front tire. I start to actually lift up the rear! So to settle this I have a few options: when applying the brakes, I should grip with legs, and then as I am slowing down adjust BP for the upcoming turn...use the rear brake to settle the rear a bit (but I do not think I am at that pace yet)....or learn the max speed I can enter the turn using the 3+4 drill no brakes. I am very excited to continue to learn.
  17. TT3D: Closer to the Edge is also a great one, but about the Isle of Man TT instead of MotoGP. After watching this one, I had a great respect for the insanity of the TT specifically, and British Road Racing in general.
  18. Limitations of CSS techniques?

    So I went and paid for a one month subscription to see all of the MotoVudu videos available on the website. There's a lot, over 100 videos. Some are quite short, only a minute or two, others are longer. It's basically a bunch of videos of Simon giving tips about riding (and other things related to riding). I'd love to read his book but it's not available electronically and I'd prefer to download it and read it on my iPad while on a plane. So my feedback is based purely on the videos and the public stuff on his website. A lot of it is good information and will definitely help riders improve. One of things that jumps out at me about the quoted article above by Simon: "In all my years instructing on circuit I am yet to come across a very fast rider using strictly what CSS teaches". My first response to this is that very fast riders don't need Simon's coaching so that's probably why he's never come across one (it's not hard to find a list of very fast riders trained by CSS) The very first comment at the bottom of that article is by someone who had been "using CSS technique of getting balancing throttle applied straight after turn in" - that's not what I remember CSS teaching - we all know the throttle control rule, and it's not about "balancing" throttle. So as Dylan pointed out, the former students that Simon has been coaching aren't even practicing what they've been taught at CSS. He teaches pushing yourself up against the tank so that the tank can hold you under braking forces, BUT he also says to lock your arms on the bars under braking. Once the braking is done you're supposed to relax the arms and lean your upper body forward and on the inside of the bike. Then in another video he talks about how to many people have too much input on the bars. Well guess why that is? It's because riders at the level he seems to be coaching, can't go from fully locked arms to leaning forward with relaxed arms quick enough so the arms still locked or partially locked while they are trying to steer the bike. He also talks about letting the rear move around under braking, which IMO is a result of what he's teaching, not a something you should be aiming to do. It's not my intention to ridicule Simon's coaching, because as I said at the start there's a lot of good stuff there. There's a really good, balanced, review of the MotoVudu DVD (the content of which is available with the one month subscription on the website) here: https://lifeatlean.com/motovudu-dark-art-of-performance-dvd-review/ and I agree with everything in that review. The only negative comments I've seen of CSS are from people who clearly haven't understood the drills they were supposed to be practicing. One guy complained that a CSS coach told him he would go faster without getting his knee down. The drill he was practicing before being told this was Rider Input - he was trying so much to get the knee down that he was white knuckling the bars. Knee down doesn't make you fast (though fast riders can get the knee down whenever required/desired). I have video of me getting the knee down in a carpark doing figure 8's in 1st gear at not much more than walking pace. As for which methods are the best/fastest, it takes a lot more than learning riding techniques at a few riding schools to be very fast. A lot of riders suffer way too much from paralysis by analysis, when what they need to do is get more track time and practice!
  19. Anyone else here signed up for Streets on March 18? It'll be my first time at Streets since 2010. I'm currently signed up for March 18th and waitlisted for March 17th. I was originally hoping to ride my own bike (Ninja 300) on the 17th and then do the school BMW on the 18th, but we'll see if/what opens up for the 17th. If I am only there for Sunday, I might just car camp at the track on Saturday night. FYI for anyone else, I learned that WSIR does not have shower facilities.
  20. Dirt vs Asphalt riding styles and technique

    Just for a laugh, here’s how the amateurs (like me) do it. Five days later on New Year’s Day I over jumped a table top (on the same track), bottomed the rear suspension (I think the frame may have even hit the ground) and fractured my ankle, so am in a moon boot for another week or so. I did ride it out though, so it doesn’t count as a crash
  21. Dirt vs Asphalt riding styles and technique

    MX tracks have much tighter turns than a racetrack, at much lower speeds. Due to the lack of traction, you often steer by sliding the rear. It is easiest to control those slides with all your weight over the front - if your weight is over the rear, that’s a lot of extra momentum being thrown sideways. With your weight over the front the rear can slide around all it like without you worrying about a high side. So the standard riding position is: if standing, chest is literally directly over the handlebars (there are some exceptions, like soft sand, where your weight is as far back as possible); if sitting (usually only while cornering), sitting as far forward as possible, even on the tank, again with the chest over or nearly over the bars. How do you propose to hang off the inside of the bike for corners like this photo with deep ruts? Watch this and see if you can find any point where hanging off the inside of the bike would be beneficial:
  22. Riding on the road is all about recognising and anticipating hazards, and managing those hazards. You can measure improvement by your ability to navigate those hazards faster, with less panic, or a combination of both. The vast majority of riding skills are applicable to both road and track. On the road you are just using them for hazard management. On the track primarily you measure improvement by your lap times. Not just fastest lap, but consistency in your lap times. Also good lap times while getting through traffic - being able to get past slower riders without being held up is not just an improvement in your riding, it allows you more track time to focus on improving more since your aren’t stuck at someone else’s pace for an extended period of time.
  23. Children's PPE

    I don't know if anyone takes trades, but I've seen young guns in custom Heroic and Hazardous leathers. The pricing seems pretty reasonable, certainly less than an off-the-rack Dainese suit. If you're still riding trackdays with EvolveGT this year, there might be some kind of membership discount for Hazardous leathers.
  24. Hey all, Recently I entered a video submission contest for a sponsorship and becoming the Ambassador for Women's Moto Influencer for Law Tigers.Last season I won 2 championships for AFM Novice Legacy Middlewight/Afemme. I'd like to achieve this on the Expert classes for 2018. This will be a HUGE help if you have 2 minutes, Please click on the link below and vote for me Shiree Cano to become the Ambassador for Law Tigers Womens Moto Influencer https://www.lawtigers.com/female-influencer-voting/ follow me you tube/IG/twitter/FB @sheemotos or sheemotos.com Thank you in advance,Shiree
  25. Limitations of CSS techniques?

    Good examples!
  26. Limitations of CSS techniques?

    I found another picture that illustrates the difference in lines I was referring to. The issue here is that a rider behind you sees you taking wide entry turn ins (to get on the gas through the corner and have a good drive out) and they think they can sneak in on the inside on the brakes. It leads to issues because if they are coming in hot, you shut the door on them. And if they are coming in too hot, you need to pick up to prevent an incident. That's why different lines is the main conflict I notice. Racers of course would not leave the door wide open, but non-racing regular trackday riders like myself like to joy ride to the edge of the track before bringing it back in
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