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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    yes, level 1-3
  1. Yeah, I can see Norris. The 'stache was pretty ridiculous...and just like Chuck Norris, I can slam a revolving door.
  2. I know...I just mean getting close to the limit. I've been in situations where I could feel it getting close and that's about enough for me. I know there are those who are comfortable riding that edge and maybe pushing the front a bit and I'm just saying I'm not one of them. I prefer to have a significantly bigger cushion than some of the other guys. Guess that's why they're so much faster I should have made a more clear delineation between a small slide being where I was getting comfortable with traction at the back, and just feeling the approaching limits with the front end.
  3. It was only toward the end of this last year that I started to get somewhat comfortable with the traction at the rear of the bike. That is to say, I got to where I knew at certain corners I could get a little slide on the exit and I could roll with it and not lose any attention to it (thanks to James Toohey for his help on this one). I haven't really gotten comfortable with the front end traction yet. I've felt the edge a few times and it wasn't at all comfortable for me. A few good rain days with the school definitely helped me get much closer to that, but I know that my technique isn't quite good enough for me to hang out on the edge like some of the other guys do, so I'm just going to have to work on that for a few more years.
  4. He's 11. As far as red bull racing etc.... there's no doubt he has the talent, I've chased that little guy around the track a bunch, but I'm not sure what he and his dad have on their sight picture for him.
  5. eh....that's a normal morning drive to the track with certain members of our crew That's INSANE! I don't know if I'd have been the guy on the little Segway. That's some trust there.
  6. 1. accurate understanding of the mechanics of how the control functions of the motorcycle operate 2. accurate understanding of how to operate them 3. Ability to accurately/precisely operate them 4. Training on lines, how to select them, why they work and don't work 5. perfect practice (or as close to it as one can get) of the above, with appropriate feedback from a super-awesome coach. 6. experience ^ intentional grammatical error for humor & emphasis purposes
  7. WOW! He took 8 seconds off his last race school? WAY TO GO PAUL!!!!!!
  8. I'm really falling in love with the world superbike scene. And just as here in America, it seems the best racing is at the 600 level. I'm a big Johnny Rea fan with world supersport. If Johnny Rea is nearby, there is soon to be a battle. Here in the states...again, my favorite guys are in the 600 class. For the established guys, I love watching Josh Herrin, but I'm keeping my eye on my boy Josh Galster. He's had a bit of a setback with his injury, but mark my words, we're gonna see him fighting with the big boys one day.
  9. I agree with acebobby, but I've seen a few crashes that even with really bad throttle control they would have made it through were it not for one big error... A lack of understanding of countersteering leading to the rider holding pressure on the bars/manhandling it through the turn and sapping front end traction as a result.
  10. I think what it boils down to is that these techniques FEEL safe and effective. Corners are scary. Straight line speed is one thing, but add a corner to it and the fear goes through the roof. Well, if speed is the monster, then the brakes (and decelerating by being off the gas) are our salvation right? Fortunately someone has taken the time and effort to show that this really is not the case. I must admit I was a bit of doubter when I first heard of the school as well, but there really is no arguing with logic and data. It just works, it's got data to back it up, and it's not based on someone's feeling. Some of the techniques I've read about in magazines (I was a big fan of that particular column as well) seem to be either racing technique mis-applied to the average street rider, or as I opined above, based on someone's feeling on the subject. I agree with LeftLaner that it's all about who you choose to listen to.
  11. Sure, just call up the office and let them know. People do it all the time. On the morning of the school, you could also remind one of the folks at registration as well.
  12. Like Will tugging on Peter's elbow as he passed him this past Tuesday oh, that was funny. I was right behind them when will did that. Looked like he startled peter pretty good there.
  13. http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p166/mi...l/sbkbarber.jpg Still having trouble with the photo attaching buttons on the page, so I'm just going to post a link to the photo. This was taken this past weekend at barber.
  14. The BB code image tags have been disabled on this site as well. I tried to do that to get around the actual image attachment button but found that bb code tags were blocked as well.
  15. I don't know exactly what Will could do for you, but at my last couple outings with CSS I saw a few vertically challenged ladies find ways around it. If you can at least hang off a little bit to one side and stand it up with one foot, when you come in from the track the instructors or other students are quick to take the bike from you and park it. I'm not sure how they worked lining up at Hot Pit prior to the session starts, but other than that I don't see any other places where touching the ground is any issue at all. A little prior coordination with the instructors and you might be OK. If you can reach the controls, you should be good. I'm sure the staff will be along shortly with a much better answer.
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