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#121 Hema

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:08 AM

Hi I'm Lloyd from Melbourne Australia and have been ridingsportsbikes for 40 yrs. Have enrolled for Lvl 1 Philip Island in January withsome of my mates. Which will actually be my first day riding on a track aswell. We have great motorcycle roads in Victoria but the police are taking avery hard line on speed,noise and just about anything that will get motorcycles off the road. So I've decided to start track riding so I can gofast and still keep my licence. Have spent the last few days reading posts, and you seem like a great bunch.



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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:50 PM

Glad you are aboard Lloyd!

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

Hello everyone!

My name is Ismaic, i'm from Brazil but now I'm living in USA.

I already did posted here in other topic but now I can make my presentation.
I came to USA because I have a daughter with cancer, leukemia, and she is in treatment on St. Jude, in Memphis,TN.

She is almost 3 years old, and thanks God she is going very well.

My wife is american citizen and since we got married we always made plans to come live here, and now we are finally here starting a new life.

I already attended some riding class in Brazil, and I did some track days too. I love motorcycles and in special race bikes.

I intend to learn everything about riding techniques and certainly in the CSS is the best place.


Thank you!

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

Hi, Ariz from India. Did the 3 day Levels I, II & III school in 2012. Doing the same again in 2013 and 2nd weekend doing Level IV. The wait is killing me, see some of you guys there.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

Wish I was going this year, but I expect it to be as good as the others :)

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

Were you here for the 2011 one Cobie? I couldn't make it in 2011 as my duc engine blew up :-) Keith was here.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

I was there in the beginning of '12, but will miss this one coming, '13.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

Hello all,
My name is Frank and I been riding street motorcycles since November 2012. I have owned a new Harley sportster since then, but just purchased a used R1 sport bike last week and want to attend your school. I want to learn as much as I can and have fun. I am just not sure if I'm ready to attend your classes yet. I am not sure I have the skill level you all seek.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

...I am not sure I have the skill level you all seek....


Franco,

If you are comfortable with the operation of a motorcycle (i.e. you dont have to "think" about steering, shifting, braking, etc) and you are comfortable at highway speeds (or maybe just a bit more) then you will be fine. The school is not about training racers (although they have done more than their share of that). And while the school takes place at the track, it is not a "track day", it is a school and the environment is reflective of that (special thanks to Trevor!).

And the lessons you learn directly apply any time you snap up a kickstand.

I've written reviews on all 4 levels (and the one vs two day formats); I would be happy to send them to you. I was a track noob myself and I was really impressed with CSS from the first day.

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Carey
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

I would like to read your reviews werregl. I like to do my homework. Thanks!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

Hello!, I'm Fernando from Argentina.
I did level I in october ´12 @ Streets of Willow Springs. I started riding sports bikes in 2011. Previously I've been riding street bikes and chopper's.
I'm waiting my chance to trip again and do next levels. In the mean time I'm making track days here in Argentina and reading a lot in this forum. All the data and experience posted here are awesome.
Thank you for share your experience :)
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Hello!, I'm Fernando from Argentina.
I did level I in october ´12 @ Streets of Willow Springs. I started riding sports bikes in 2011. Previously I've been riding street bikes and chopper's.
I'm waiting my chance to trip again and do next levels. In the mean time I'm making track days here in Argentina and reading a lot in this forum. All the data and experience posted here are awesome.
Thank you for share your experience :)


Welcome to the forum Fernando. I've always wanted to visit Buenos Aires; how are the track days down there? I wonder if I could get my bike through customs? :D
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:19 PM


Hello!, I'm Fernando from Argentina.
I did level I in october ´12 @ Streets of Willow Springs. I started riding sports bikes in 2011. Previously I've been riding street bikes and chopper's.
I'm waiting my chance to trip again and do next levels. In the mean time I'm making track days here in Argentina and reading a lot in this forum. All the data and experience posted here are awesome.
Thank you for share your experience :)


Welcome to the forum Fernando. I've always wanted to visit Buenos Aires; how are the track days down there? I wonder if I could get my bike through customs? :D


Thanks Warregl

Buenos Aires has a hot weather these months, so track days are hard for both bikes and pilots. There are a few track available to practice our sport riding (Galvez, Roque Perez, Arrecifes, Dolores).

I think if you have all the documentation for your bike and you do teh paperwork you will not have problems to enter the country.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 02:53 AM

Hello everyone, i am Paul from Ireland but have lived in Austin Texas since 1999.
I have had bikes in Ireland starting in the late 70's on and off thru late 90's.

Started back on bikes in Texas in 2004 with a Suzuki RF900 followed by 05CBR00RR, 08 Hayabusa, 11 ninja1000(old guy sport bike) and currently ride a 2012 Kawasaki Concours1400.
I am an avid fan of motorcycle track and road racing (MotoGP, AMA, IOM TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix).
Recently enjoyed 2013 motogp in Austin. COTA is a beautiful track ,weather was great and event was well organized.

Attending CSS has been on my wish list for years.
I will be attending levels 1&2 two day camp at Streets of Willow June 10&11th. It will be my first time on a track also.
Have my flight booked to LAX and rental car.
Anyone got recommendations for hotels?
To prep for the school I have read TOTW and TOTW2, I also have the DVDs also and look forward to the school. Also doing cycling to build cardio for the track.
Cheers from Texas.
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Posted 29 May 2013 - 10:21 AM

I'm a new rider (1 season riding in New England) on a 2012 BMW F800R. MSF training in April 2012 (first motorcycling) followed by lots of self study/practice, group riding training (Boston Area Motorcycle Riders), group rides and solo rides. MSF training was very effective, and I'm working towards more on-the-bike training.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:34 AM

Hi all,
I´m a newbie here from Hungary, I´m very interested about the suspension systems and tuning possibilities, and also about improving the riding skills. I participate in a club championship with my little 2stroke bike which may seems to be a toy compering to your bikes but it´s fun to ride with:)
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:16 AM

I am a motorcycle journalist who had an accident in July - first one after 8 years of riding everything that was offered to me both on and off-road. Now I am battling some demons returning to riding. I hope to learn, improve my skills, get my confidence back and be a better rider. I plan to take a course but will explore which one will be best before I sign up. I keep playing my accident over in my head to try to figure out what I could have done differently, or should have done etc. I hope more rider training will give me some answers. I wrote about my accident and tried to convey a positive message - you can read it if you like http://motorcygal.co...torcygal-down/. Now it's time to move forward and figure out how to best do that.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 04:14 PM

Marissa;
I want to first say Welcome to the Forum; second, what an entrance! Your story is so vividly written that you put me at least on that backboard remembering an ambulance ride from T5 at a CCS race at Loudon a few years ago.

To your quest for regaining your moto mojo, you are in a good place here as there is an experienced membership and much of what happens here is dissecting questions about riding; your story has a lot of detail to assist analyzing what happened when you crashed. If you have read the Twist of the Wrist books (vol's 1 & 2), you will find explanations to "survival reactions", "tunnel vision" and many subsets of both. These books will outline how the California Superbike School has structured it's core curriculum which should give you some insight whether the School will fit your goals.

Your article clearly identifies both but again, there are multiple survival reactions and your crash probably involved a number of them affecting you at once

Since I am not a coach (IANAC) I will let others offer you some specific insight but as a Forum Moderator I want to say again welcome and thanks for sharing your story.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:17 PM

I am a motorcycle journalist who had an accident in July - first one after 8 years of riding everything that was offered to me both on and off-road. Now I am battling some demons returning to riding. I hope to learn, improve my skills, get my confidence back and be a better rider. I plan to take a course but will explore which one will be best before I sign up. I keep playing my accident over in my head to try to figure out what I could have done differently, or should have done etc. I hope more rider training will give me some answers. I wrote about my accident and tried to convey a positive message - you can read it if you like http://motorcygal.co...torcygal-down/. Now it's time to move forward and figure out how to best do that.


Welcome to the forum. In my personal and possibly somewhat biased opinion :) , there is no better way to get your confidence back than to come to California Superbike School. The school is an extraordinarily safe environment, the education is unmatched anywhere, and there are specific drills to do, to practice the skills you learn. It is a friendly and very positive environment; the atmosphere and structure alone will immediately improve your confidence and the skills you learn will make you feel much more in control of your motorcycle and bring a far better understanding of riding. If you have time, read some of the testimonials on the Superbike School homepage, they will tell the story much better than I can.

I should also point out that Superbike School coaches have some unique training in how to overcome the barriers that can be created when a rider has a bad experience such as yours, I don't know that any other school anywhere provides the tools and training to their coaches that CSS does. Going to a school and getting some personalized coaching is DEFINITELY a much better and quicker solution than just trying to 'ride through the fear' on your own.

I can tell you from personal experience that any school that just tells you to suck it up, or just "trust your tires", or recites other platitudes, is not offering the sort of help you want - when I was a new rider, I tried a lot of schools and found that many schools don't really take the time to observe and work with the rider on a personal level; also some schools feel a need to "instill caution, for the sake of safety" and the result is a lot of scary warnings and a long list of things NOT to do, which is the worst possible approach for a rider that is trying to regain their confidence.

I am a female rider, small of stature, and started riding relatively late in life. CSS did wonders for me, I am on a wonderful journey that started with me being afraid of tipping over in the parking lot, went through beginner track days, then moved up through advanced and expert track day riding and now racing. CSS always makes it fun, and there is no feeling in the world like breaking through your barriers and finding new levels of skill and confidence, I hope you can make it to a school and get to feel that way, too. :)
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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:18 AM

Thanks for the advice, looking forward to learning more on the forum!






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