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About trueblue550

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  • Birthday August 13

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
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  1. This is truly my favorite time of year. I signed up for the first class, in February. I was a little hesitant at first because of the potential for uncomfortably cold conditions, but then I remembered that the BMWs have heated grips 😎. See you in Vegas!
  2. I disagree. Steering input changes lean angle, not throttle. I think that if a rider was turning in a circle of a constant radius providing no steering input, acceleration by rolling on the throttle would cause the circle to become larger, i.e., a wider line, but the motorcycle would maintain it's lean angle. Braking would have the opposite effect of tightening the turn radius except for the aforementioned front-tire friction increase that actually causes a steering action and initially stands the bike up.
  3. I am neither a forum moderator nor an accredited expert but here's my understanding: 1. "Standing-up" the bike, or reducing lean angle, is done by pushing on the outside handlebar -- countersteering in the opposite way the turn was initiated. Acceleration will cause the bike to straighten out its path of travel, but the throttle doesn't affect lean angle. 2. No. It's best to complete the steering action before adding throttle. Adding throttle and lean angle simultaneously is asking a lot of the rear tire and traction limits can be exceeded with little or no warning. 3. Yes because as the bike accelerates, the front suspension is unloaded. This changes rake/trail and makes the bike harder to steer. Also, the faster the engine is spinning, the more resistance to leaning because of its gyroscopic inertia. 4. Yes, for the same reasons as above. However, I remember being taught that if a rider were to chop the throttle mid-corner, the bike will stand up initially. A sudden increase in friction on the inside of the front tire from chopping the throttle has the effect as a turning force towards the inside, which tends to stand the bike up. I, too, look forward to the expert responses so I can know if I'm completely mistaken.
  4. Start rolling on the throttle as soon as the steering action is complete and you are on the correct line through the corner. If you charge the turn, or over-cook it, you will be struggling to get on the correct line, or maybe even to stay on the blacktop! If this happens, no doubt your roll-on will be delayed until you get pointed where you need to be. If the road is damp or grip is low, good throttle control is that much more important.
  5. The very first thing I learned from Keith was from that classroom scene in the TOTW II video: "Once the throttle is cracked open, it is rolled on evenly, smoothly and constantly throughout remainder of turn." In my opinion, when I feel I need maintenance throttle it is because my entry speed was too low. I can't imagine getting on the gas before turn in. In some sections like turns 4/5/6 at SOW, I may not ever close the throttle all the way but just stop rolling on while turning.
  6. I noticed recently that it is becoming popular for riders to post videos of their track-day riding on social media and then ask others to critique it. I thought it was a good idea for someone looking for feedback to improve their skills, but it can also lead to a lot of bad advice. This got me wondering if CSS had ever considered doing a Remote Coaching-type service where riders can pay for video review and feedback from a CSS coach. I would think that there would be a huge demand for that, but I also know that the coaches keep pretty busy already with the school calendar. Maybe it's just wishful thinking. In the meantime, I'll keep signing up for school dates! See you guys soon.
  7. That's a good question; I don't really know.. I don't shift based on the sound of the engine but I do like to have the sound as feedback, especially during downshifts. I probably don't need to hear the bike at all on track but it feels important for some reason.
  8. I am guilty of not wearing earplugs on track. I tried using earplugs while riding with CSS a couple of times and I couldn't do it; it was too hard to hear the bike. I tape over my speedometer to reduce distractions! I didn't realize how much I was looking at my instrument cluster until I started masking it.
  9. Yep, sure have!  VIR is definitely one of my favorites.  You will have a blast there!

     

  10. Welcome, Rick. Have you ever been to VIR? I never have myself, but it's one of my favorites on the MotoAmerica circuit and I'm hoping to do a 2-day camp there next year.
  11. Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone rides at High Plains Raceway, Motorsports Park Hastings, Raceway Park of the Midlands (when it's not underwater), or any nearby tracks I might not know about. I don't know any riders in the area yet and it would be great to meet some who have some CSS background. See you at the track, Andrew
  12. This. You'll have so much fun no matter which track you choose. I did Laguna Seca for my level 1 and 2 training and It was fantastic, especially because it was right after the Motoamerica/WSBK weekend and I got to watch the races and then do the 2-day camp!
  13. I actually just registered with a couple organizations to race in a few hare scrambles this year. I've never done anything like that before, but it sounds like a lot of fun.
  14. I had no idea the 2019 schedule was out until you posted this. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Also, welcome! Laguna Seca is a great place for a 2-day camp. Have you driven at that track?
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