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Vic last won the day on July 26

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About Vic

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    Inverness, Scotland
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    Motorcycles, Classics, Mountain biking, Snowboarding, Photography, Travel, and not going to the gym!

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    yes, Levels 1, 2 & 3
  1. 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!
  2. Not using earplugs?! Personally I never ride without them, on the track or street. I find the wind noise far too distracting and I can still hear the engine and the bike perfectly, all they do is dampen the noise and reduce it to a more, ear-friendly level. One of the other things I do to reduce the wind noise is to use a Buff on my neck and stuff it up the sides of my lid a bit to help reduce the wind noise, as well as wind-chill on cooler, UK days! I also carry a visor wipe (called a VSponge) to clear bug splatter off my visor on longer rides. Yes, I know I can look through them and try not get distracted, but it's nice as well to have a clean lens after a lunch stop. Oh, I also repeat Throttle Rule #1 on every bend...!
  3. Hi all, Just saw this so thought I'd jump onboard. Definitely No. 3, visual skills and lack of target fixations. I have, although I hate to admit it, crashed on road and off road due to target fixation. Quick reflexes would stem from reacting to what you can see, and then the ability to steer quickly is the brain telling the body to react to what is seen - at least that is my take on it. I have noticed that lower body/leg strength is more important than upper body 'muscling' the bike around a bend, and I like to take the "heavy feet - light hands" approach. Bravery? Is this where the 'if in doubt - flat out' approach applies? πŸ˜‰
  4. Perhaps I'm a bit late and you've already done the camp, but, just in case... The Two-Day is amazing as day 2 flows so well from what you pick up on day 1 and you get, as said above, plenty of coach time as well as plenty of track time. I did levels 1&2 on a camp and found by the end of day 2 I had completely drained my tank (personally!) but that was a good way to be. Single days are great too, although, going from a two-day camp I did notice the coach less on track and there is slightly less chat during the debrief - not inferring anything negative at all, and there was still plenty of feedback and improvement on my part. I think it just highlights how amazing the two day camps are. As it sounds like you will be refreshing your skills I wouldn't think you are cheating yourself in any way. I did the super single day at Willow Springs in October really liked that format. I found that it was a fantastic blend of a single day and the two-day camp. There are only 2 of you to each coach so plenty of input on track and at the debrief. I think, but don't quote me on this, that there are fewer riders on track overall too so less traffic. It is also a good balance of learning and costs and I found it great value and would do that one again given the choice.
  5. Totally agree there. I'm around the same sizes actually so it's interesting to see what their fit is actually like. There's only one dealer locally that stocks them and, apart from their MotoGP exposure, hadn't heard that much about them. Thanks for the info! Will add them to the shopping list and good to know it's well-built, quality gear.
  6. Thanks for the feedback. To be honest I had never really considered an airbag system as I would only planning a handful of trackdays initially and road riding - although plenty of scope for hitting something immovable there. I didn't intend to sound negative against Dainese and certainly have no aversion to them - apologies if it came across that way. What I meant was rather than go for an entry-level set-up, and then upgrade is it better to jump in and get quality, top-drawer gear from the get-go (feel I answered my own question there!) I agree with you on brand identity and I am sure you are paying extra for the name which is why I was inquiring about Rev'it. Always keen to avoid a collarbone break regardless. Going to check out some airbag kit... Cheers!
  7. Does anyone have any info / input on Rev'it? As mentioned in here, fit is vital and I recently tried them on and found they fitted well. I've also had issues with Alpinestars being far too saggy in the torso once they fit shoulders/arms. With regards to Dainese, I have heard good things about them but I assume it is better to go with the best gear one can afford as it's cheaper in the long run?
  8. On the road - downhill, off-camber decreasing radius corners are the ones where confidence is lowest. The main issue is finding a line for the decreasing radius is usually always on the camber, where you would have normally turned in if it wasn't a DR turn. The corner in mind starts flat then drops away so there are suspension and weight forces in play too, making the bike 'go light' proir to the apex. I don't tend to quick flick and use more upper body movement to compensate but perhaps this isn't correct? ps. 'downhillness' - say it with conviction and you've coined a new word! (decline?/downward elevation?)
  9. You'll need to set-up the California Super-Dirt-Bike-School with all the dirt chat here πŸ˜‰ I like a little bit of trials riding, and had a bit of an off-roading adventure in Morocco on KTM 450's - really good fun! Hotfoot - if you can ride a motorbike you can ride a mountain bike!! (although counter steering a 20kg bike with the same force as a 200kg results in a Tron-like, 90degree cornering scare!) I love mountain biking as you have to move around on them a lot, if you stay static or rigid the bike lets you know about it, plus it's good for the cardio and leg workout. Although not riding, I've recently found swimming (front crawl) with closed fists is a good one to work the obliques/core, and replicates the same movements of your upper body on the bike, such as knee-to-knee/hip flicking over the seat.
  10. I agree with JohnC that the search function needs an overhaul - there's so much to filter through to finally find what you're looking for - and also on the Racing front, whether it's people's personal successes, or how long it takes for Marquez and Lorenzo to take each other out! Apart from saying 'hey', and 'hey back' I personally don't see the need for a New Member area - just jump in and get chatting. Articles is good, likewise School Questions. Techniques is a great place to clarify or pick up on extra information Riding gear, great for those like me that are still relatively new to biking and even newer to tracks. A Tech and Tuning/Set-up one is good one to have, otherwise I feel it could overlap heavily into Equipment. I would say that covers general discussion...
  11. Hi Cobie, You read my mind! Please, yes - section on riding gear, boots/leathers, etc would be good. How about a section on track riding for novices wanting to get into track riding - recommended bikes, pitfalls, set-up? New to forums and do find it awkward searching here, although the information is top quality when I find it. Cheers, Victor
  12. Hi, New here so hope this isn't too old to give a thought to, or perhaps you have the issue sorted out by now. I have a similar problem with quick steering as well as riding a bike being very good at finding old injuries, however my issue is more due to seat shape not allowing me to move back so feel a bit 'stuck' in place. (older sports naked!) One of the things I did to alleviate back complaints was to consciously bring my elbows in. Obviously, effective steering is taught to us by being horizontally parallel to the ground but when I am in this position it niggles in places. I am naturally tight across the chest so by squeezing my shoulder blades/opening up my collarbones it allows the elbows to come in, and are then actually below the horizontal - which means I can come up slightly into a more comfortable position. Think a boxer in the 'guard' position, with hands covering the head and elbows tight, protecting the torso is the way I visualise it. I do have to make an effort to think about it when I'm riding but definitely works for me. But, different bike, different physiology but just thought I'd share...
  13. Hi All Thanks for letting me join in. Had a look at some of the chats and lots of quality info in here. Made the trip over to California a couple of years ago to do levels 1 & 2 at Willow Springs - and it was epic! Excited about coming back over this October for some more of your amazing weather and to find out how truly awful I've become at turning left and right on a bike ;-) (just kidding coaches!) Looking forward to picking up good tips here and hopefully I can contribute along the way too...
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