spike

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About spike

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    Levels 1-4

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    Male
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    North Dakota
  • Interests
    Motorcycles, hockey, tennis, fishing, hunting, plastic models, and taking things apart and putting things back together that don't need to be.
  1. Damn now I have no excuse.
  2. Did anyone else watch the race on Saturday. It was at Brands Hatch. There seemed to be a lot of crashes. Also two big ones that actually scared me for the riders. One was Shakey Byrne (not sure if I spelt that right). can't remember if it was him or the other rider that went full speed into a soft barrier. I have never seen a bike go into a barrier that fast.
  3. Never thought of this. Definitely worth looking into. Thinking it might be a good idea to do a touch base in general with my insurance guy.
  4. Makes me wonder if organizations shoould post what "unspoken communications" happen and what they mean. It could help prevent issues.
  5. I would love to see something like this incorporated into the school. Imagine this and the camera bike together.
  6. What does everone do when they put there bike away for winter. I don't need any smart remarks from people who can ride all year long . Currently all I do is fill the gas tank and put stabalizer in, pull the battery, and cover the bike. Does anyone else do more than this?
  7. I experimented with something last time I was out riding. in the turn I tried to put my inside foot so it was inline with the peg. What I mean by that is i put my foot so that my toes were close to the end of the peg and my heal was on the peg where it meets the rearsets. My foot wasn't 90 degrees from the bike but I tried to get i as far as possible so more of my boot was in contact with the peg. This feels better in the turns.
  8. Nothing personal but how is your leg strength? Some of the questions I am asking are because I feel like I am in the same place as you in regards to right hand turns.
  9. How does your lock on between your left boot and the bike feel? My heelguard on my left peg is shorter than my right and that is affecting my lock on and confidence with it.
  10. This past labor day I did my first track day at Brainerd International Raceway. The track is about 3 hours from home which isn't bad. For the track day I brought my dad with which was a big help in loading and unloading the bike and also because he had the truck. We used a U Haul motorcycle trailer to haul the bike down and back. To tie the bike down I used 4 Black and Grey Camsure straps and a Canyon Dancer Bar Harness. They worked really well. This is the first time I have ever trailered my bike and was a nervous about it the whole way down. Every chance I got I checked the straps. We stayed at a hotel Saturday and Sunday night . Saturday night it absolutely poured. First thing the next morning I went out to make sure it would start. As a result of the rain my bike and my Dad's truck were pretty clean. Track Day We arrived at the track about 6:50. We pulled in between two guys that were already set up. I kind of felt like we were encroaching with how tight it felt but it turned out fine. We started talking with the guys to the one side of us and ended up hanging out with them the entire day. I think my dad was in awe of some of the rigs that people had. We showed up with a pick up truck, a U Haul trailer, two lawn chairs, and a cooler. The guys next to us were in the intermediate group and I was in the novice group. It was a little hectic in the morning but not bad. Forgot to set the tire pressure on my Q3's for the first session. I set them for the next session as I didn’t work them to hard that first session. First session on track was a little awkward. I had a new set of leathers and I was not able to get a good lock on to my bike because I was sliding on the bike pretty good. Also riding my Ninja 650 on the track compared to the S1000 at school was a whole different feeling. Second session went much better I was getting the lock on figured out and getting comfortable with how the bike handled with correct tire pressure. Turn 1 is supposed to be the fastest turn in America. It is meant to be taken wide open which is pretty fun. The track has a turn called the joker which has to be the slowest turn in America. It feels like you are going 5 mph through the turn. The turn is a quick right and left that happens right after a long right hander. I was definitely using the knee to knee and hip flick to get through there. Turn 12 is a very sharp left hand turn that comes off the front straight. I got in one time way to hot and got a first hand experience with deep trail braking. Needless to say I backed off on that turn the rest of the day. The track day was a lot of fun. By the end of it I had 1 cm to a 1/2 cm left to the edge of the rear tire to use. The novice group had the last session of the day. I thought I might have been the only one on the track that last session because most people started packing up after the 3:00 meeting but it was not to be. I am glad we met the guys next to us. They invited us to pit with them if we saw them at another track day. I don't think I would have been as comfortable out there as I was if it wasn't for CSS. Once I get the pictures I will post some of them.
  11. I am going to be doing levels 3 and 4 at New Jersey at the end of the month and am curious to see if anyone else on the forum is going to be there.
  12. I might be over thinking it. I bought a K&N but some people say it doesn't filter as well as it claims. I am probably not running my bike hard enough for it to matter.
  13. I would say for levels 1 and 2 use the school bikes. If it isn't two much of a hassle for 3 and 4 I would like to use my own bike. I feel that my bike is different enough that I get some quirky things on body position I may not be able to fix on the school bike. Might retract this part after I do Level 3 and 4 at the end of the month on the school bike. I truly Believe level 1 and 2 to be universal in terms of skills regardless of what bike your on.
  14. What oil filters are the best to use? I am reading some things on filters that I thought were good that have me second guessing them.