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AdamZisa last won the day on June 25

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About AdamZisa

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    Cornering Apprentice

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Learning to corner, LEARNING, getting it right. Also being a positive life force and motivating my friends and students.

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  1. AdamZisa

    2018 Predictions- WSBK, MotoGP

    Lorenzo's outside pass right on the edge around Marquez in Austria I believe....WOOOF. That was one heck of a hook turn trying to keep it on track and out of Marquez's trajectory upon exit!!!
  2. AdamZisa

    2018 Predictions- WSBK, MotoGP

    Worddddd. I just see the highlights on instagram. I do not have BeIn Sports anymore. I just like to watch the passing and how to get better at it.
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    2018 Predictions- WSBK, MotoGP

    How did your predictions go?!
  4. AdamZisa

    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    NOW THATS A FEELING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. AdamZisa

    Consistent vs Accurate Lines

    At Thunderhill west in T1 and T2 I was getting on the gas early. Same premise of "get on the gas as soon as your lean angle is set." But again, it's as soon as possible. I learned about scrubbing speed and setting lean angle and waiting until the bike is pointed to where I want it to go. Made such a difference. It felt slower, but then the adage of slow in, fast out came to mind. Can't go flying in there out of control. With the scrubbing speed and slower approach, I felt I was able to be more precise with where my front tire would go. On the road, I look wayyyyyy ahead and recognize that my perfect apex point or where I want my front tire to go may not be feasible due to traffic or other conditions. By looking in front of me, I can prepare with that hard focus you all referenced, and use the soft focus to see cars or other obstacles. I still make it through swiftly but I may miss the perfect apex point which to me on the street is OK. I would rather get through quickly and safely and know how to react/ fix my line in an emergency, rather than focus on a small point on the road. When racing, and please feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but if someone is blocking your apex, you cannot exactly hit that same spot 1-inch from the curbing every time. My opinion is that it is almost better to know how to handle that situation, how to adapt and realign yourself to pass them next time or to do what is safest. If you are going for best lap and no one is in front of you, then heck yeah I wanna hit that apex spot and be precise as heck!!! When someone is in the way though (intentionally or not) I would rather be accurate and confident to handle the situation.
  6. Hope it went well for you, Raven! And hope it clears up for your time there, Catfish. First time on a track and the track is VIR. That is sick. I have not ridden my bike there, but I assisted with flags during some car racing events. Awesome stuff. Let everyone know how you both liked the school!!!
  7. I went to Thunderhill West this past weekend with my dad. I was doing level 4 for Saturday and Sunday. Saturday felt great, I learned the track, I felt fast, and left feeling like I could get through the track comfortably. Sunday came and for some reason it was a different story. I went off track three times and would let my SR's take over in Turn 1. I could not figure it out. I felt like I was only adding 10-15 mph down the straight just to up my pace. Why was this such a big deal?! First of all, after consulting with Johnny, adding that much speed is too much. I needed to add it gradually, 1 mph at a time even. Gerry was my coach for Sunday. We found that my vision was hindering me. By adding that much speed, I had to PLAN for my turn point earlier. I just kept focusing on the turn point itself and by the time I hit it, I was already beyond it and therefore turning in late with a new sense of speed....I would panic and become stiff on the bars. Gerry coached me to look WAYYY ahead. Go at my normal pace, and look wayyyyy ahead at Turn 1. I did and suddenly the track felt slower. I felt like I was scooting along on a pedal bicycle down the straight and going into Turn 1. I got my lap times recorded for Sunday. My fastest lap time of a 1:40 was during my second session, when I was still affected by my vision. Surrounding that time was a bunch of 1:50's or even 2:00 +. Crazy variance..... After listening to Gerry and using my vision to slow things down for the last session, my lap times were consistently 1:43 1:44 and staying in that range. I know it is slower, but the consistency is important. This shows me that if I can stay consistent, I can begin to work on my speed. I was doing the same thing every single lap and talking to myself in my helmet, "2 step, no greys." This meant use the two step and look way ahead. No greys meant to not hit the gray curbing at all and to look 4-inches to the side of the curbing so I could place my front wheel there. I wanted to thank Gerry and Big Andy for their coaching on both days as well as Johnny for his consulting between sessions both days. We came up with a plan every time and after execution, the results were showing in timed laps as well as overall confidence on the track. Gerry also taught me how to use my peripheral vision to sense movement. This would help with passing others and my goodness it made such a difference to my whole experience!!! I was passing other riders safely and with enough space and speed. It really changed things. I cannot wait to implement this at my next track day/ race. I will take time today to write down my plan for my home tracks and how to approach different corners. I really like that once you leave a track with CSS and go to your home track, you can apply what you learned to your home track. You did not have to sit there and say, "okay I learned the track with them...why don't them come here so I can learn my track with them?" It is more like, "OH! This turn is JUST LIKE turn 2 at Thunderhill! I know how to do this!" Thank you all for the great weekend and learning. We will be back and my dad wants to do Level II! The photo below is of my dad and I. I caught up with him for the photo op to look like a doofus (I am on 21 and he's on 22).
  8. AdamZisa

    How Much Weight On The Seat?

    Loved this read and thread!!! I admire how the OP was willing to experiment and how Dylan provided resources. As stated, there exists so much information and it is difficult to decipher what is right, what COULD be right, and what is total opinion. Awesome read and I love that no one was mean. Side note: I have been reading Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (not a text to do with cornering or riding) and it was cool to see the logic and philosophy stuff mentioned. You gotta think before you ride, during your ride, and after you ride to really get this stuff...and actually ride the bike!
  9. Thank you! I am a counselor as my profession so I try to bring up the feelings associated with the experience...and Cobie may know/ remember this: but I want to be a coach for CSS!!! So I try to use a lot of empathy in what a student may be feeling or experiencing to work with them effectively and on a personal level.
  10. Realize that it is a SCHOOL, not a sales-pitch! The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and when they are discussing technique, form, or common mistakes, it is not to sell you on their ideas or ways of riding. They are teaching you a new technique. You try it out, and if you do not like it, let the instructors know when you have your post ride meeting with them. Let them know what was uncomfortable. Chances are, they will spot it before you do and tell you exactly what to change or address. For me personally, my first school I went to, I loved it. I was so excited and ready and scared. I went in with an open mind and took it all in. There may be some people in your class that "argue" with the ideas or challenge the instructors based on their personal experiences. It can be frustrating because the instructors are there to teach, not to sell. They are offering a new perspective, new techniques, they are not trying to change you. They are not telling you this is the ONLY way to ride a bike. However, they have done their research, they show you the research, and they have proven techniques. It is up to you whether you leave the school and take the lessons with you! Go in with an absolutely open mind. If you go in with this approach, I guarantee you will enjoy it so much more and your riding will drastically improve!!!! Also, if and when a coach pulls you over on the track, do not take it personally. They are not mad at you, they are there to keep you and other riders safe. If they notice something dangerous, they will bring it up. Lastly, do not worry if you are slower than others in your class. You learn best when you ride at 75% of your ability. And sometimes with even less speed you can focus on your riding and the technique at hand. In summation... 1) Go in with an open mind. 2) Don't take it personally if you are "having a talkin' to" by one of the coaches. 3) Ride at a pace you are comfortable with, do not worry about the ability of others. Focus on you!
  11. AdamZisa

    Finally Got My Knee Down ! Yes !

    I look forward to this day!!! Hahaha
  12. AdamZisa

    Las Vegas, Classic Course

    The first day at CSS for me and one of my favorite drills is riding the course for a sighting lap. Ride the outer perimeter for one lap, and then the inner perimeter for another. Ride over all of the surfaces, realize that they are not as slippery. Or look for dust and debris. This helps so much to make you less "edge shy" and become acquainted with the surface. I do this on my canyon rides now and the first lap of my track days. Looking forward to checking out Thunderhill in June!
  13. CW! I am excited to try the crested hill again. When I go through it CCW, it looks like you can almost go straight through it.... I must be psyching myself out. I will see what I can learn at Level 4 in June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thunderhill raceway.
  14. AdamZisa

    S1000RR Rear Suspension

    Very cool and insightful read!!!! Got dang I need to get me one of them data loggers. This is really helpful for high analysis. Thank you for this post.
  15. Went back to Chuck again and lowered by 3 seconds to get a consistent 2:14! Higher entry speeds, less brakes, and following faster riders. I need to relax though! Hands went a little numb towards the end of the day. Photos indicate that I am not hanging off enough and still have at least 4-Inches of clearance of lean angle. Going to ride with Dale Kieffer next time and see if I can hit that 2:05 or less mark. It is nice to know that I am at least at pace for the back of the pack during racing now! Having issues with three turns there. "Patience," turn 5-6, and the super slow section where you have to crest the hill on the edge of the track... And I could definitely up my speed and attack angle in the bowl. More to learn!!!! Need more tires first....