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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Yep, sure have!  VIR is definitely one of my favorites.  You will have a blast there!


  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. Today I saw a social media post from another big name riding school that spoke of "the importance of body position and using the lower body to steer the bike.” It made my forehead wrinkle because steering with the lower body is contradictory to everything I understand about motorcycle riding. I sometimes think I should be open to some of the "just trust me" tips from fast guys; the last thing I want to be as a student is closed-minded. But there are some things, like this lower body steering that make me skeptical. I love CSS instruction because they have so much solid data, as you said, to back up what they teach.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. I would strongly recommend against running the clip-ons with only the pinch bolts holding them in place. If you can't find a comfortable position with your current setup, I would look for aftermarket adjustable clip-ons as there are quite a few options. I use Helibars TracStar clip-ons on my Gsx-r. They aren't adjustable but are angled slightly forward and upward. They say for better ergonomics, but I wanted more clearance between my bars and gas tank at full lock. Not needed for the track maybe, but it helps in parking lots.
  11. A throttle body sync was done when the bike was new at 600 miles, and another one is due in about 1000 miles. I think I'll do it this weekend, thanks for the input.
  12. Thanks for the input. I'm hesitant to play with the clutch mid-corner because I could do a lot more harm than good if I mess it up. Cornering in a higher gear does help some and I'd take lugging the engine a bit over destabilizing the suspension. I think an ecu tune might be my next step. I've heard mixed reviews; some people say they gained 15hp and some say no change. If I can get smoother throttle response and a higher idle speed out of it, that'd be great. Any recommendations for where to go for a tune?
  13. I typically ride a bike with an inline four that I would descibe as buttery-smooth when rolling on the throttle mid-corner. However, recently I've been spending a lot of time on a V-twin with strong engine braking and a very lurchy throttle, especially in the lower gears. When cracking open the throttle in a turn, the transition from engine braking to acceleration is sudden and noticeably destabilizes the (relatively soft) suspension. I have been trying to be delicate with the initial opening but so far I haven't been able to eliminate the jerk completely. Often this causes me to hesitate opening the throttle until way to late in the turn. There is a lot of advice online and elsewhere on how others think one can remedy this, such as using an aftermarket tune or getting on the thottle at turn entry and using "maintenance throttle" until the normal roll on point. I don't buy that because it's contradictory to what I've learned so far. So my question is, is this just a characteristic of some bikes that I should live with, or should I be doing something differently to stabilize the bike during roll-on?
  14. My coach at Laguna Seca noticed I was getting on the throttle too early in the second part of turn 2. I told him the same thing, I begin a smooth, even, continuous roll on after steering is complete. He advised me that because a throttle roll-on tends to make a bike hold its line, I should begin roll-on when steering is complete and the bike is pointed where I want it to go. The little bit of extra time off the throttle did help me get a better line and drive out of the corner.
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