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Everything posted by Jaybird180

  1. OMG, What a race! The battles were phenomenal, no way to know how the order was going to shake out after the first couple laps, battles and passes everywhere, names toward the front that you don't normally see. I won't spoil the race results, but you'll be glued to the TV if you watch this one!
  2. I can relate. The other day, I practiced my 2/3 step and wide view in the car and found that I had to time share those two skills. When I wanted to identify and select a TP or apex, my attention narrowed. Corner exits was a reminder to go wide again and I found it easy. If I were in a repetitive road (track), I might find this easier (?) to work on. The idea that wide view is a mental facility makes theoretical sense to me, but feels like it might also be an eye thing as there is some perceptible passage of time in shifting focus (saccadic masking???).
  3. I was going to say overbraking but as I thought about it, I'm not so sure it's an error. The rider will be slow for sure, but an error would lead to a crash, whereas backing off the pace necessarily wouldn't. Generally poor vision leads to the above condition but it's the result that's observable, not the apparent error as you asked above. Some riders can be seen making multiple steering inputs and it's very common as well as being stuck on the throttle.
  4. Wouldn't it be nice if we can attend CSS every weekend until we were perfect at riding? Yes, that would be ideal but not very practical. In between schools, time elapses - sometimes a few weeks and sometimes a few years. Many of the skills can be practiced on every ride but some things are easier, simpler and better worked on in the safety of a closed course and with the help of a knowledgeable coach. It's somewhere between the ranges of tough and impossible to coach oneself, something that self-driven people often don't realize (I'm guilty). In between my CSS times, what are some of the strategies and methods that I can employ to abate the weeds (of old and bad habits) while I work on my garden (of riding skills)? Thanks.
  5. Good explanation on the above. Thank you. The line is only as good as it allows you to apply TC Rule#1... and since he can do that then it's a good line for this rider/bike combo.
  6. Having recently completed L3/4 at this circuit I am aghast at how stinkin fast this guy is and the lines he's using. I'm wondering if he's on a 300 because it seems he can maneuver the bike in ways that I wish I could. It looks to me like he could care less about straightening a corner. Even the double apex, how can he do that!?!!!
  7. One of the things that this rider does differently is that his entry position isn't as wide as mine, which is what I meant by doesn't care about straitening the corner. He's doing it consistently in a couple corners not for passing purposes. Sidebar question: Are the TP Xs at the school intentionally placed for learning purposes and perhaps aren't the "ideal" TP but are so placed because they work for the greater majority of students and therefore is determined the best location? It does appear that he has a HP disadvantage as the rider he caught at about the 6:00 mark just walked (more like sprinted) away from him on the front straight.
  8. I pickup a few new capabilities and haven't yet had enough time with them to readjust my riding to suit. It's possible that it's fixed, but I'm eager to get back to it to be certain lest old habits come back like weeds in my garden.
  9. Well, I wish that I could enter faster (we've talked about that) and I wish that I could change lines mid-corner better (really helpful for double apexes) and I wish I could steer faster. Is that 2 wishes or 3?
  10. "it seems he can maneuver the bike in ways that I wish I could". I'll have to watch again to understand better. It seems to me that you give this rider a high grade. I can see that it's possible to go much faster in sections where I was going slower, which is nearly the whole track. One of the things that I see is that he seems to use the brakes a lot less than I. Somewhere, I'd picked up the mistaken belief that I need to compress the forks to get the bike to steer which clearly I don't after specifically working on my steering during one of my sessions.
  11. Bad is probably a misnomer, but you certainly lose out on the benefits of being on the throttle. Can you name them?
  12. @mugget Interesting observations. Makes me wonder: what really causes a tire to lose grip. Race announcers are always talking about it, especially in MotoGP. When they show the bikes in Parc Ferme, I don't see worn tires.
  13. I'll definitely be watching this year as I've long held some theories that women may have some physical advantages in motorbike racing. http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/2017/Carrasco+and+Biddle+lead+the+way+for+women+in+WorldSBK
  14. Smart man.
  15. Below is a series of posts that led to this new thread on Beliefs and riding. How do your beliefs religious and/or secular affect your riding a motorcycle? Do they interfere with or fuel that activity? This is a topic that we'd like a modicum of CIVIL discourse on. And although the Admins have blessed this thread (literally and figuratively), they'll be watching - so let's be on our best behavior...m'kay? Starting another thread is a good idea, let's do that. I am going to duplicate Shakabeemer's post and yours in a new thread and we'll see what sort of discussion ensues! It certainly could be an interesting topic. I look forward to it. I'm especially looking forward to someone finally revealing what is meant when people say, that "it's all in your head". I'm thinking this is a substitute for "belief in oneself" or "self-confidence".
  16. Sadly, According to this article - this is what happened to Elena Myers http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/02/17/elena-myers-loews-hotel-sexual-assault/ Regardless of some of the questions I have about that article, I hope that she gets the counseling that she needs and moves forward in her life, whatever she decides that may be.
  17. The "cord cutting" discussion came up again at a weekend cookout, right on the heels of the "paying for college" conversation. I would be fine with cutting if I could get MotoGP, WSBK and MotoAmerica. What streaming service offers that? BeIN has a stream, but only if you have a CableTV subscription....I might be able to cancel my DVR, but there's just not enough value in doing so.
  18. In Twist 2, Chapter 6 it says "Throttle control rule number two: in any fast-entry turn, calculate the roll-off as carefully as you would a roll-on." IIRC there's also a reference in Twist 1 about a smooth roll-off, but I don't have it available to me at the moment. With new information being presented in L2 about braking, does this change anything regarding this rule? In the class, we were presented with graphs of rider input on the brakes, showing that it spiked to near maximum input nearly instantaneously, Dylan said it was about 0.3s. If it's the case that riders are instantly getting to maximum braking and then trailing them off at a rate of about 1.5 - 3s it would also seem to make sense that being diligent with throttle roll off would be less critical. I have observed that many racers nearly instantly shut off the throttle at the initiation of the braking zone before getting hard on the binders. I've also observed myself doing this with no overt ill-effects. Is there anything that can be considered about this rule?
  19. I can't watch Moto2/3 because it's too much content- I'm behind as it is. I like to listen to/ watch post race interviews and I like the story behind the story, but with a busy life I don't have enough leftover; it would feel like starting over with learning the personalities and is the same reason I don't go looking for CCS or WERA.
  20. Wow! I didn't know that there was a woman in MotoGP. Is this the big class?
  21. A riddle wrapped in an enigma?...guess, I will have to read the article.
  22. Welcome back Fossilfuel!
  23. I've got a love-hate relationship with bar ends and mirrors.
  24. Did anyone see this race? Well, I looked at the collision between Tony Elias and Josh Herrin and I disagree with the officials' determination to penalize Herrin. I think it was political bowing to the "almighty grace" of former MotoGP rider, Tony Elias. I'm beginning to think that Elias might be a bad attitude waiting for something to happen to him so he can lash out. He did so at Cameron Beaubier when Cameron's pass was legit. I blame the press for trying to drum up drama and create a rivalry between those two...inadvertently they may make Elias into the Superbike badboy image. At any rate- I'd like to protest Herrin's 3 position penalty (although it won't do any good). I think Race Direction's biases are showing, just like the old days when they wanted to punish Mat Mladin.
  25. I agree with everything you said. I'm only in disagreement with the penalty. I don't think it merited a penalty.