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  2. Have a look at the tank pads stuck all over the side of the bike.
  3. Yesterday
  4. I see the wings on the RC-213V. TRS- Pitbull Trailer Restraint System. Mine can be seen in the photo I posted earlier. Here’s one ripped from the internet.
  5. Last week
  6. Tagged onto our last day at NJMP, we did a test ride day for local dealers. All in all, a success. We had some weather that put a damper on the day, cleared up and went very well, then got very wet again. But the participants rode the 2020 S1000rr , all got at least one solid dry ride in, there were different brief seminars on the bike with Nate Kern and Steve Weir, and also from our lead Briefing Specialist, Dylan Code. That trio right there has a serious amount of knowledge on the bikes...I know a few were even sold that day! The guys that rode with me, had a great time, learned a bunch, tried out the bikes...and pretty sure it was a free event. If something like this comes to your area, take advantage of it! It was coordinated via the local BMW dealers. Best, Cobie
  7. Just bump into a few of the kids, push them out in the weeds. OK...I am kidding!
  8. We have seen riders adding throttle and lean angle at the same time and it gets to the point it leaves a horrible dark line (getting progressively worse/darker) while the 2 are being added. Then, when the rider stops increasing lean, the dark line turns to a a nice grey line. I think the dark line is the front tire being stressed heavily, a number of the throttle and lean issues have the rider losing the front end, with no warning. There was some great slo-mo footage of Stoner adding a little lean angle, dark line coming off the tires, then he stopped and so did the dark line.
  9. TRS...? Locking onto the bike is paramount...have a look at this photo of Lorenzo's bike:
  10. Locking into the bike is difficult. You gave me the idea of using my TRS to experiment with body positions and fit.
  11. I consulted with Dave Moss and he indicated that tires were nice and hot and pressure was good and it appears the rear moved around. He asked about suspension travel but I have no data on that, except the rearward geometry due to being undersprung (shame on me- I should have gotten a custom spring).
  12. One issue we have seen with a rider preferring one side over the other, is on the "bad" side, they are doing something different. If only doing it on the one side, and the bike is sound other wise, start looking at what they are doing differently on that side...a skilled coach helps here, as it can be 1/2 inch difference on body position can be the difference.
  13. With good tires, if the bike is straight and aligned well, I'd then check how good your lock onto the bike is with the right leg.
  14. Good points Hotfoot. Video can show some excellent things, but can also miss some things. There are also many different angles/camera placements. Interestingly enough, the one used at the school (arm over the shoulder) can be very instructive. Another is a follow camera, but then it helps to have a qualified rider being the cameraman. It actually can be very helpful for coach riding from behind to take the line he would normally, and show the difference between that and the student's line. Video is an excellent aid, but not the whole picture, and as Hotfoot mentions, if the rider isn't well educated on the subject being critiqued, it's going to miss the mark. Best, Cobie
  15. Good to see you at the school! The bikes are fun
  16. We do occasionally have riders post pictures or videos here and ask for feedback, which we do provide. We also have students who have been to school contact their coaches afterwards for some additional help via email or here on the forum. It is something we would do, on a limited basis, at no charge, for former students... but it is very difficult to do with people who HAVEN'T been to a CSS school because you end up spending loads of time trying to explain WHY something should be changed... info they would already have if they had been to a school. For a student who has already had the training, it can be just a reminder or a clarification, but for someone who hasn't had any of it, it can be a very lengthy process, not to mention potentially out of order - for example, trying to fix someone's suspension settings when they have poor throttle control is a waste of time. Or trying to fix body position for someone with no concept of lines, or who does not know how to steer the bike. It can be difficult sometimes to diagnose things from video alone - having some discussion with the student is more effective, because we can figure out what the student did just BEFORE the visible error on the video, or what (potentially flawed) logic led them to do a certain thing so we can work through it and figure out a better solution. As you say above, just posting a video and asking for feedback can lead to a lot of bad advice, so while we are happy to help on here, I don't know that offering video review as an independent service would ultimately reflect well on the school since the results probably would not be comparable to what students would get from attending a school and getting in-person coaching. But that is just my opinion, maybe Cobie or Dylan will chime in with another viewpoint.
  17. I noticed recently that it is becoming popular for riders to post videos of their track-day riding on social media and then ask others to critique it. I thought it was a good idea for someone looking for feedback to improve their skills, but it can also lead to a lot of bad advice. This got me wondering if CSS had ever considered doing a Remote Coaching-type service where riders can pay for video review and feedback from a CSS coach. I would think that there would be a huge demand for that, but I also know that the coaches keep pretty busy already with the school calendar. Maybe it's just wishful thinking. In the meantime, I'll keep signing up for school dates! See you guys soon.
  18. 1- I know that I used to do that. I don’t think I do that anymore. 2- My gloves are a good fit but I do like to fasten them snugly. 3- I’ll see if I can get someone to photograph me next time out. 4- Yes. I tend to crash on the left. This track is also left turn dominant. 5- I’ll pay more attention but it is a single cylinder. It’s pretty smooth but not as much as an I-4. The grips are new. I do tend to run lower gears getting more RPMs. I am working on figuring out my shift points but the track is so busy I’d be shifting too much but I do believe I can find good time by working that out.
  19. I’m hanging off. I’m not able to get as far as a knee down. In one of the photos it can be seen that I’ve worn to the edge of the contact surface.
  20. I think so, too - if you go WAY past your limits and feel out of control I think the SRs are going to kick in hard. Keep in mind also that mental and physical state contribute to this, too - if a person is tired, dehydrated, lacking in sleep, hasn't eaten enough, etc. it affects mental focus and can definitely cause SRs to kick in earlier/harder and give the person less ability to combat them. Definitely something to keep in mind while riding, especially on very hot days or long rides.
  21. A few thoughts come to mind: 1) check your RIGHT hand - do you inadvertently push on the right side bar when rolling on the gas, and therefore have to push ALSO with the left to prevent the bars from turning? 2) Check the fit of your gloves, are they tight or restrictive? 3) Check your left-side body position (lower body particularly) to see if you are somehow forced into some tension in your left hand (feeling like you are slipping off, or having to hold yourself on), and check to see if you are twisting your body to one side - have someone look at you from behind to look for twisting or tension. 4) Per your other thread, are you tense in general on left hand turns, mentally worried about something? 5) Is there a lot of vibration in the bars? That can cause some mild numbing which can cause you to grip tighter which can lead to the sort of fatigue you mention. Some smaller bikes can transmit a LOT of buzzing in the bars, especially if the bars are lightweight and the grips are thin. The effect could be more prominent on the left hand because you are not moving it or repositioning it as often as the throttle hand.
  22. Alpinestars boots and gloves are readily available, I'm not sure why you were having trouble - are you shopping in person at retail stores or online? Revzilla.com has a large selection of Alpinestars boots and gloves, as an example, and they provide a lot of info on sizing and reviews and a good return policy, you might try there. It is getting harder to find good gear at retail stores because I think the online competition is causing them to stock less and less product.
  23. Are you pushing the bike down underneath you instead of hanging your body off to reduce the lean angle?
  24. Wes- I hope you got what you needed from this thread and that it would be okay for me to leverage it to ask for help for my personal SR - at least the one I want to work on 1st (smile)...er this time around. I have a tendency to grip the left bar too tight. No idea why, nor can I see an apparent pattern of when I do it most often. When I notice I’m gripping hard it is when I tell myself to relax because my hand is already tired.
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  26. Friday night I pickup my Minimoto and crash it on Saturday. I’m noticing a trend... I tend to crash going left. It feels like there’s no warning. I think I overrrun the tire grip surface. The particular corner goes downhill at the Apex to give an off camber surface. There are also bumps in the middle of the corner so if you’re off-line you going to run through the bumps. I low sided there and there was no warning. About three or four laps later I’m on the gas and the rear is sliding and it threatens to high side me. I’m riding on a very unsuitable platform for my size and weight. I have a Honda XR 100 with a BBR rear spring that is still under sprung and so it seems there isn’t enough weight on the front, so there’s a rearward geometry. (edit) The rearward geometry causes the bike to run wide on the gas, so I’m limited in corner throttle application. (End edit) I wish I had pictures to show of the tires, but I’ll get some and post later today. They have balled rubber all the way to the edge in the back but not in front which is why I think I’m over riding the edge. That’s all I have for now. I don’t seem to have the same problems on sportbikes but I am also less willing to crash them. I get my new bike soon (larger platform), but I was hoping it was a rider error that I could fix.
  27. Hi Roberts, I have used the CSS gear too and found the Alpinestars boots a great fit, so much so that I purchased a pair of SMX Plus. I know the school uses the Supertech R boot, but I didn't think my level of talent would do them justice. I live in soggy conditions too and the boots stay dry even in very wet rides. They do have a small vent on top of the foot, and a couple of vents/exhausts at the rear but these, strangely, don't seem to let the water in. Initially, I was sceptical as a lot of my other gear has 'Goretex' branded on it but pleasantly surprised! I can't give you any info on the leathers or gloves I'm afraid. Personally, I use HELD Titan gloves which are easy to get on and off, even when wet, although the main drawback with those is that the venting is good so although they keep moisture out they can't keep out the cold air!
  28. That sounds right to me. As long as we are under control - and what we can control can be practiced and learned and expanded - we can act in a calculated way. But once you are out of control, you will revert to your personal SRs. With practice, and also personal abilities will help here, there is a grey zone where you are out of control, but still able to fight the SRs and act in a manner practiced. This could be looking into/around a corner despite the feeling of having entered too fast. However, if you enter way too fast, I reckon SRs will strike. For some, SRs will strike early and hard, others can be cooler customers. Still, at one stage I reckon panic will take over for everyone. We can see this every now and then on TV even with the very best MotoGP racers, where they appear target fixate and go straight (off the road) when entering a corner too fast, even though it appears that the speed did get low enough to turn before they left the asphalt and hit the gravel. Then you have MM, who doesn't seem to have SRs at all 😁
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