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  1. Welcome, geoff2k! IMO the classes are so well thought out that you don't need to do any prep to get the most out of them. I believe it's 5 topics per day and each one leads perfectly into the next. Each one is in the format: introduce topic practice skill on track debrief with coach After the 5th cycle, the pattern breaks a bit and you get some time to reinforce whatever you need. It's your first time on track the whole day where you're not assigned something new to practice and things start to gel a bit more. The first couple of sessions of the day are designed to help familiarize yourself with the track so I never felt like I should have known the track better ahead of time.
  2. Taking my boy to his 2nd MotoGP race and 1st since they pulled out of America's only cool state. Had to spend more than I have any business spending but it's quality father son time so eff it.
  3. Have you noticed how concerts are less and less fun the older you get? I think in-person races are the same. My kid can't sit in front of a race on TV for 5 minutes but he had such a good time at the race 3 or 4 years ago that he's never stopped asking to go back. I really hope we get to do a VIP experience one day. Comfort, good food and drink, and access to the racers.
  4. No I mean the whole package. The off track, between races kind of thing. It's a much bigger event. Much more grandiose. I agree with you about getting a better view on the TV tho. In fact, when it was local, I'd go to the track for Saturday when it wasn't crowded and then watch the Sunday action from home. Made getting out of town easier too.
  5. I've been to 2 MotoGPs, one after son was born and one before. I've been to 2 or 3 WSBKs but the difference is night and day. MotoGP brings a show. I can't imagine how nice it's going to be at a world class venue like COTA. Laguna was close and easy but certainly not world class. Part of why they no longer come here. That said, Ducati Island is awesome. Also the music, the vendor stands, watching a dude have his gf take a pic of him with his arms around 2 grid girls, the Yamaha guys giving little kids (including my 3yo) rides on 50cc bikes doing wheelies and stuff, and kart racing on an infield area.
  6. $89 for GA for me. Free for him. It's the plane, hotel and car that add up. Much easier when MotoGP was just a 90 minute drive from home. Total cost just over $2k. Could have had VIP experience tickets for that cost if not for the travel.
  7. I'm fascinated by the flexibility of top riders. It takes so much time to make even tiny gains I can't imagine being as flexible as they are.
  8. Simply not true. Drag is not a big concern at most corners because the speeds are not high enough and because they're limiting their acceleration to avoid over stressing the tires while leaned over (or the TC is doing it for them). That picture of MV that started this thread is not a time when drag is keeping him from going as fast as he wants. That picture you included is not relevant to this discussion. It looks really outdated. When was it written? I'm asking because that rider ("rider crouched right down") whom I agree is not doing it correctly, is also not doing it the way the pros are doing it these days. It's easy to see the rider is not doing the same thing MV is doing. That rider has his body on top of the tank and his helmet is actually a little bit to the other side. MV's whole torso and head are all down to the side of the bike. Yes, he is "low" but if you look at the 2 pix you can tell the cg is not in the same place for both riders. The real reason that rider's cg is in the wrong place is because it's placed in line with the bike. MV is super low but he's attached to the side of the bike and his cg is exactly where it should be. MV is not crossed up. His rear end is not causing his body to pivot incorrectly. And his head and vision are perfect too. I agree I get neck spasms when I get that low. But I have forward neck posture which I'm slowly correcting. I'm no MV or anyone other pro for that matter but I'd rather strive to emulate MV than Kevin Schwantz any day. And it's not about style. When I'm really pushing hard and get way off to the inside and low (down beside the tank) the bike tells me how much happier it is. The game has moved on. Tire tech has moved on. Bikes are better, and the old style is just nostalgic and/or uninformed.
  9. So basically every top pro forgot to read this book. Shame.
  10. I found 2 exercises made a huge difference in my ability to ride without fatigue. They're both hitting the same area so you can do either one. Romanian deadlift and back hyper-extension. You can buy a kettle bell or some dumbbells for the deadlift and do them at home. If you belong to a gym, the hyper-extension allows for greater isolation but they both work great. Start light and do 20 reps a day for a couple of weeks. I found it not only made riding easier but also improved my posture. I'm never tired, my wrists never hurt, my back is strong enough stay low and move side to side without issues. Interestingly, I my fitbit records my rides as cardio.
  11. I sometimes do but not often. I actually find it completely comfortable other than the muscle knots I get in between my shoulder blades from having to crane my neck so far.
  12. Don put in a 2:00 around Thunderhill's 3 mile East on the new R6. You can watch it here: Okay, so Don is better than I am and he was following Josh Hayes who also might possibly be better than I am. The fact that his time was faster or that his speed was better than mine at every entry, apex, and exit wasn't even mildly shocking. But the lap itself taught me a lot about what I'm doing wrong. I had the benefit of his speedo throughout most of the key points on track and made notes. What I found that was actually shocking to me is how hard he accelerated while still substantially leaned over. He'd gain +20mph from apex to exit everywhere on the track. While I've been rolling on the throttle as I'm lifting the bike up, he's full throttle at pretty big lean angles. I thought that was a recipe for high sides. One thing that blows me away (I really recommend you watch it if you haven't seen it yet) is that it appears he doesn't even roll off a bit to transition from going to the exit of 14 to back into 15. He apexes 14 at 55 and assumes a constant arc that takes him to track-out at 77, back to apex of 15 at 87 and track out at 98. I'm going to start incrementally feeding in more and more gas earlier in the turn and hopefully feel the limit before being thrown off. My goal isn't to achieve Josh Hayes or Don Canet speeds but to mimic their approach as much as I can with my skill level. eg, Thinking of the how to maximize drive from the apex to fully stood up.
  13. ya know what makes more sense? Prolly just left over from track days I did last summer and I'm just now noticing the area that hasn't been used since then. Speaking of tires, tho, I have a track day on May 29. Hope you guys will have the Q3+ in my size by then.
  14. WSBK has it's own plan. You don't have to watch it live if that's what you mean. Actually this doesn't come up often but sometimes on the overseas races I want to watch it live but I'm late. Once a race starts, you can join it live but you can't start from the beginning until 30 min to an hour after it's finished. Once it's posted, you can watch it whenever you want. I've never tried to wait more than next day but I've been told by friends that the press conferences, practices, and possibly qualifying get taken down eventually. This is from a guy who lets the entire season finish before starting. Anyway, it is nice to watch qualifying which FS1 and Speed never covered. Not sure about Bein bc I don't get it. I usually watch at least some of the practice sessions too. If they'd make an app for Tivo or even AppleTV to free up my phone I wouldn't mind having to shell out the money. But I really like, nay love, TV so I'm not even considering cutting the cable. For me it's just an added expense and a less convenient way to get my MotoGP content.
  15. Thanks for inspiring me to look deeper! Okay, so shortly after our conversation, I began to test rear edge grip coming out of the corners. I had a lot more grip/drive than I had given my bike credit for. The front did feel a little unstable but the rear was hooked up. I got home and noticed the rear was chewed up and went to the very edge. Weird for road riding bc I wasn't leaning any more than I had been. I'm guessing just an issue of putting more load on the rear squishing the tire more and getting the contact patch all the way to the edge. Anyway, I remembered your post and started looking for info about improving drive out of corners. It was recommended to bump up the reb and comp in the front to keep the front from lifting under throttle. I started there (2 clicks up from my baseline and equal to Triumph's recommended Race setting). The difference was amazing. So much more stability and control. It feels so good now. But then last night, I took a look at my rear shock settings. I was in full comfort mode in the rear, 5 or 6 clicks from Race. So I decided to give it a shot and had my first chance to test it on the way to work this morning. It feels fantastic. Can't wait to get back on the track and beat Josh Hayes. survive in the B group without getting run over.
  16. Personally, I do a bit of both. My inside foot is always on the ball but I'll do the outside foot differently depending on the corner and the speed. At a high speed, I tend to use the ball and do the calf raise lock more to the outside of the tank. On slow corners, I tend to use the arch and hold my thigh on the back of the tank rather than knee in the side.
  17. I have no alternative so I pay ~$150/yr to for the season pass. I can watch it on a computer or phone using the MotoGP app. Both my desktop and phone can stream to my Apple TV but for some reason the throughput is actually better coming from my phone.
  18. I started watching after buying my first bike in 2009. It was a Ducati so when I learned that Ducati had decided to make a solid attempt in MotoGP and that Stoner had already won the title, it was obvious I should root for him. So I was pretty disappointed that Rossi won it. Then I believe it was the next year where Stoner had a good chance to win but crashed in the warm up lap at one of the last races. Then the next year maybe he went 12 rounds without a single win and people started talking about him moving to Honda. Then finally they announced he was moving so I quit rooting for him. As soon as I did, he started winning. 3 of the last 4 or something like that. Rossi went to Ducati so I started to root for Rossi. We all know how that went. But that's when I quit giving a **** about Ducati. I realized I don't like twins for myself and I no longer respect their racing efforts. I stuck with Rossi and have rooted for him ever since. I will root for Rossi as long as he's racing. The newcomer I admire the most is Marquez. JL's smooth riding is respectable but his win from the front approach is boring. Plus, he's just such an a-hole. IMO he's the least likable racer I've ever seen. I love the ragged edge way MM rides. The way he leans into the corner before his rear tire touches the ground. And he's fantastic at dueling it out on track in traffic. Just like my current fav, VR. MM is in the queue. I'm excited to see if Binder can make it up to MotoGP and have any success there. I'm also excited to see more of Zarco and Folger. I'm never sad when Cal does well. It's kind of a fantastic time to be a fan. Now if my gd local cable provider would add BeintV HD before Dorna moves on to some other network I'd be golden. I hate casting the races from my phone but at least I still have access.
  19. That's a good idea. Thanks.
  20. California. Literally anywhere in California.
  21. I found an article from 2011 which gave the AFM 600 record at the time as 1:49. Pretty good considering during preseason testing this year, Tony Elias led the way on a GSXR-1000 at 1:46.
  22. Mini Moto has to be pretty cheap. BTW a while back I found a mini moto coach and kept his info with the plans of taking my boy. After I tried to reconnect, it appears he's gone. Any of you guys or gals know of a way to get a kid started in mini moto around here?
  23. Yeah, I saw they were on R10s which might be stickier than Super Corsa SPs. I can't remember. So there's rider talent, tires, suspension (but I seriously doubt a stock R6 has better susies than my 675R), etc. Just to clarify, I'm not thinking it would be wise to go back to Thunderhill and just try to duplicate all of those numbers. But to see if I can treat the line from turn in to track out at 14 as an opportunity to accelerate that shouldn't be wasted. Likewise from track out of 14 to track out of 15. It's not a straight. It won't be full throttle but I'm definitely leaving some on the table. One thing that his lap made me think about is the difference between how much it feels like I'm leaning versus how much I'm really leaning. eg, turning in to 14 at roughly the same speed as Don, I sometimes get my knee down but it's a reach. It feels like I must be at 60 degrees but obviously I'm closer to 45. So if I feel like I'm carrying ridiculous lean, I'll be wrong about how much drive my tire can take before I overdo it.
  24. Hey, I finally got permission to like a post! *thumbs up*
  25. Not sure if you ever looked into it but it's a bike trainer where you remove your rear wheel and hook your bike directly to it. They have heavy flywheels to help mimic "road feel" and they work great when paired with an app like zwift which let's you ride "scenes" and push yourself against all the other zwifties from all over the world. That said, I found that it's still a bit of a drag to ride indoors. Better than traditional trainers but still not the same as zipping around outside in nice weather. I only used it 6 or 7 times so far. But I'm happy to say I did get back into the gym and even took a good look at my diet. In the last 4 weeks, I've dropped 10 lbs and 5" off my waist. As for riding, I've just been riding my fav mountain road to work every dry day and a few wet ones too. Looking forward to some track time. Traded in my Boxster for a tow vehicle bc riding to a track day is brutal.