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Cobie Fair

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  1. Good observations on your part...and yeah, treat oneself a bit more kindly--not an uncommon recommendation! Best, CF
  2. I guess I'll need to come out of the stone age...
  3. Let's see if we get others interested in this. I don't want to promise something we can't do really well, or half-ass it
  4. Let us know what happened? What was the temp? How long into the ride? What kinds of roads ridden? What kind of bike? What tires. We just did the school at Vegas, in the mid-40's on day 2. I was quite impressed with the Q-3+...did even better than I thought.
  5. Copy on the above, I'll get with Hotfoot. Love to see a few more people sound off on these things. I'm a little nervous on the posting ride/share, split hotel stuff, but maybe that's me just being paranoid about personal info. OK, I'll get with Hotfoot, see about bringing another section back in on the hardware stuff (bike/tires/riding gear, etc.)
  6. Good observation on your part on the no-brakes format. Riders mostly over-brake when they start to add more/harder braking, and loose entry speed. Your overall goal if good, nothing wrong there; the other steps that go in that direction are smaller bites one would take to achieving that. As for braking and then realizing you could have gone faster...that's a not uncommon situation that occurs. Front brakes are the most powerful thing on the motorcycle, consider that a much smaller single rear brake can stop the engine. How about approaching the braking with the idea its a fine adjuster, capable of great force, but in the end, getting the entry speed correct for you (no too slow or too fast) is the key. There are a few pieces to this, we can work on them for sure. Best, Cobie
  7. A tour sounds like fun. I'm pretty spoiled with my lightweight KX-250 though :).
  8. Next question: Should we do a separate section for the gear questions, like: Tires, helmets, leathers, etc. One more easily searchable? Any thoughts on this? All of you can answer on this one, everyone has an opinion even if it's, "uh, leave it alone" or "yeah, get a few more categories up here." CF
  9. Fossil! I've been remiss in my forum participation, good to see that you made it up here again!
  10. One question I've gotten on this subject--why do we keep needing more coaches? The biggest reason is we have continued to expand our coach requirements. We started with just a few on-track coaches. they weren't assigned, but got as many as they could. That has expanded to assigned coaches, as many as 8 on track (with 2 students to each coach at a 2-day Camp). The following is an approximate progression of coach requirements: We added an Off-Track Coach for: Steering Drill, Lean Bike, Slide Bike, Brake Bike, etc. Then we added Video Review Coach (at 2-day camps). At Single Day schools, we added another Off-Track coach. Then we added another Briefing Specialist. Then we added a Level 4 Consultant. Then with so many making it to L4, we had to add another L-4 Consultant. The coach requirement has gone from 2 -3 on track coaches (and one Briefing Specialist) to 12 trained coaches needed at most schools, plus 2 Briefing Specialists. Some coaches are very highly trained (takes years of hard work). We are proud of the boys and girls, they work hard to become coaches and enjoy working with students! Best, Cobie
  11. It'd just scare the hell out of me. Done a few, I actually work to see the person has an enjoyable time. It's hard to do, if a decent sized person is the passenger, the smaller the person the better as far as I'm concerned, but too small has the helmet in the rider's back.
  12. Thanks for that, I'll see about the streaming. I've bit TV in the living room---older unit, not sure I can stream to it. Maybe I'll get my son to show me how. Hilarious avatar pic if no one has said that lately. I feel like that about not having MotoGP on TV!
  13. Francesco B., winning eh? I'll like to see that. Is there any MotoGP on TV these days? I changed subscribers, and found out they had dropped BEIN Sports...I was not happy. Is it anywhere else?
  14. Going to Vegas this coming weekend for our first school (Yahoo!), and it will be cool (below 60). I know, I know, you guys on the east think that's a nice day! There is quite a bit of good data on tires (on this forum). The short reminder is tires do not work cold, and have to be flexed to warm. Meaning tires warm from the inside out (if one doesn't have tire warmers). Most school bikes are ridden in both groups, but one doesn't know the other rider, so if not fast, might never have warmed the tires. Very first thing to do is put your hands on the tires, get an idea of how warm they actually are. A rule of thumb would be if the tire feels cool to you, it's COLD. If it feel's warm (even quite warm) then it's WARM. If you can't hold your hand on it, then it's HOT. There are some cold days, tires never warm fully! Track temp, wind, sun can all affect the overall grip. Often later in the day traction goes DOWN as the temp goes down, or sun comes off the track. Another factor is if a rider pulls in, talks to his coach or for any reason is not on-track, when he/she goes back out--cannot go at max pace, tell the tires are re-heated. These are reminders that we'll give the students this coming weekend, but same applies for road riding too! Best, Cobie
  15. Lanval, Those schools have been around for a while...be interested if anyone else had been there? I did a school with Gary LaPlante, that was fine...maybe time to get a refesher. Anyone recommend a good off-road school in the SoCal area? Not interested in serious MX. Haven't done the Supercamp, could be fun though
  16. Hi Y, Did you get your question answered fully? Sometimes just better to call the office, got a friendly staff that likes talking (weird). Best, Cobie
  17. A number of the coaches have gone and fooled around with Rich Oliver...sounded like good fun, but not sure what bike they used...gonna guess it was a Yamaha :).
  18. Yeah, "try harder" doesn't always cut it! I'll pass along the nice compliment to the boys and girls :).
  19. Looking to get some dirt riding in this weekend...is everyone going to Fontana?
  20. Will anyone beat Marquez? How will Jorge do? Dovi? Rossi? I admire the heck out of Marquez, but I'd still like someone to beat him.
  21. How many ride other disciplines, and use that to supplement (or as the primary) your riding? Riding in the dirt is something I've done little of, and mostly enjoy some good hooligan trail riding. So that's a supplement for me, do it rarely (although more this off season). How many of you ride other disciplines? If so, what? How often? For what purpose? (training to help the primary, physical exercise, fun, social/camaraderie, get out of the house so you don't get stuck with honey-do lists?). Best, Cobie
  22. Hotfoot pointed out (after reviewing forum analytics) that it wasn't as easy to navigate, and use as a reference. Now's your opportunity to let us know what kinds of items/categories/forum layout you might prefer. If you like the new categories, let us know (or if not). Best, Cobie
  23. That's pretty dang cool...if there hadn't been a second red flag, wonder where he would have ended up? 11th to 5th in 2 laps! I'm not biased though.
  24. Anyone been keeping an eye out on Travis and his racing?
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