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El Colibri

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About El Colibri

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    Lakeway, TX
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    Heli-skiing, track days, dirt bikes, snowmobiles

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  1. Laguna is a great choice, especially if you’ve never been to the area - a lot to offer in the way of off track activities/scenery (Monterey, Santa Cruz, extend your stay and rent a bike to ride PCH). Barber would be high on my list - great track plus the museum. VIR another obvious choice for track. And never been, but I hear good things about the track at the Corvette Museum. Honestly, I don’t think there are any bad or wrong choices. No matter where you go, the two day camp will be a top notch experience - in my mind it would depend on my schedule and what else I’d like to tie into the trip... Visit friends, ride PCH, try to break even on the trip at the tables in Vegas???
  2. Thanks Cobie, those words plus I went back to Twist I & II, let it all sink in for a couple days and it has been helpful. I now realize my ideal braking scenario was drawn from the graph I have in my head that was shown to us during Level II (I think) - the graph of braking force vs time for a pro level racer. I now see how I had created my ideal based solely off that graph and the desire to maintain stability - get to maximum braking ASAP without unnecessarily/dangerously upsetting the bike's stability and then slowly decrease the pressure as I approach the TP. Now thinking of it as a "fine adjuster" and as Keith wrote, "as a reverse throttle" - don't know why those two weren't obvious to me before... I can now see a bit more clearly how I might tweak my ideal braking scenario and still fit that graph - get to the necessary maximum braking first then appropriately decrease the pressure to approach my desired corner entry speed. As Keith wrote in Twist I, "You must treat yourself more kindly and make that one mph easier to find." I realize mere words are no substitute for the actual practice of the art of cornering, yet this discussion has been helpful - looking forward to Level 4.
  3. I’ve done both formats and personally prefer the two day camp format if it’s not feasible to bring my own bike - just seemed to flow more smoothly, and most importantly you get a bit more time with your coach. Those factors plus the use of the school’s bike/camera bike/fuel/tires makes it worth the price of admission in my mind. That said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the single days and since it’s a refresher for you, I’d probably save some $ too. If you have a bike you plan to be on the track with and can get it to the school, then I’d definitely get some coaching while on that bike and the single day is your only option. Either way, I’m sure you’ll make a lot of improvements and have a great time, again.
  4. Hotfoot, I'll try to make my opinion a data driven one... Looking over the first three (most recent) pages of School Questions/General Discussion, it appears that roughly 1/4 topics would not fall under one of the new categories. Thus, seems reasonable to still include a General section. For example, where would a future, "Forum Changes - Opinions Wanted," and/or a hypothetical future "Fleet Break-In" fall under? My $0.02 anyway
  5. Thanks Hotfoot, good points. I too suspect that she had some front brakes while turning the wheel. I’m constantly reminding her to relax her arms and shoulders. Come to think of it, that’s the second time I’ve witnessed her drop it on a low speed right (the first was on a deep sandy right off road and I know she was squeezing the brake while turning there). She’s only been riding a couple of years because I love it so much, she scares the heck out of me sometimes. Thanks!
  6. Jaybird, very similar thing happened to my wife this last Sunday afternoon. Two intersections from our house I watched her go down on a right at a stop sign she rolled through - it was about 60F at the time. I came up behind her, got off my bike and she said, "I don't know what happened, the front tire just..." I replied, "Yeah, cold tires sweetie..." She said, "Oh, I never knew tires could be cold." She scraped up her knee, a few scratches on her Triumph Street Twin (exhaust, bar ends, brake lever), and a scratch on her helmet but ultimately everything was OK. She got right back on and we went on our way. Spent Happy Hour at the bar (no drinks just half-price food) talking about what she could learn from it - biggest lesson was cold tires (and maybe not rolling through stop signs). Lesson for me was I need to pass on more of my knowledge. I couldn't offer much more as I wasn't paying that close attention until just before I saw her bounce off the pavement - luckily it was only at about 10 mph.
  7. Hello all, I've been a fly on the wall for a while now - I appreciate all the knowledge and discussion here. Recently signed up so I could ask some questions and participate. Began riding on a 1983 Honda z50 when I was six and I've been through quite a few bikes since (all dirt until I was in my 20's, now I'm in my 40's and mostly ride street and track, still get on the dirt from time to time though). I've been to a two-day camp and a couple single days with CSS and can't say enough great things about what Keith started and the CSS team carries on. The closest thing to race experience I've had was working as a Corner Marshall at the 2018 MotoGP event at COTA - on Comms to race control at T14 for four days. It was great to see the action up close and participate in the safety of the races. I live outside Austin, TX and about 35 miles from COTA - that and Harris Hill are my local tracks, haven't made it to MSR Cresson or Houston yet. I've been on the fence about getting into CRMA - family and other passions make the financial side difficult to justify. Anyway, greetings, I appreciate the opportunity to become a part of this online community.
  8. Agreed, I was just thinking something like, Going to Barber XX-XX dates. Rented a car, PM me if interested in sharing. Just thought it might help people reduce some of the cost of school.
  9. I booked a private day with AdMo Tours about 8 years ago. I grew up riding in the dirt but lacked confidence taking my big KTM 990 Adventure into the technical stuff. I learned a lot and had great fun - that 990 had to be screaming through the sandy whoops to keep the weight on the rear wheel, holy ! Can’t remember the guys name that I rode with, but great guy. They’re not geared toward MX, more dual sport and enduro. They also offer tours - I’d still like to do their LA to Vegas ride/route. Looks like they’ve added some other cool ones.
  10. In the larger sense I'd say consistently improved lap times - but I realize that is probably too general and likely stems from poor execution of some of the basics. Based on the feedback I got from the end of my last day with a CSS coach was that 1. I braked too hard in certain corners (hence my smooth braking goal), and 2. My body position was inconsistent (sometimes head too high, sometimes hips out too far or too little, and I noticed sometimes I was failing to get my knees locked onto the tank before breaking, thus absorbing brake forces with my upper body and onto the handlebars/front suspension). That being said, I'd say my goal is to achieve consistently correct body position from the time I roll off the gas to turn entry - I'd say that string of events seems to be my biggest road block to consistent lap times and improving them. I feel the most comfortable and confident mid-corner and on corner exit - even with the inconsistencies I experience on entry. What I am consistently saying to myself at corner entry (a milisecond after I begin to countersteer/lean the bike in) is, "oh, I could have carried a lot more speed in here." So I'd say my confidence spikes as soon as I begin to turn the bike and plummets when I get on the brakes (though hard braking isn't my issue with regard to confidence, but more likely with regard to corner entry speed). Exactly how to brake that down and what drills I might need is a bit of mystery but I'd bet a CSS coach could help here - your feedback in the meantime would be much appreciated too. I read Keith's article, "The Fine Art of Braking," and found a lot of great info - as though it was written for me right now. I personally never said, "what the F*%#," about the no brakes section of the school format, but I also thought it was more of a tool for getting students to ease into the day, so we weren't charging right off the bat. I didn't realize that it was also a powerful tool for experimenting with, and refining, our sense of speed and discovering the appropriate corner entry speed. I look forward to playing with that.
  11. Thanks Hotfoot - I prefer the route of seeking the observations of the CSS coaches for what I should be working on rather than arriving with a list of what I think I need. That statement makes me think of the article by Keith regarding types of students... I like to think of myself as the 6th type, open-minded and teachable. That’s why I keep coming back to CSS - I get to become a well trained student with a very well trained coach. Plus I always see a lot of improvement. I do have a couple goals in mind though - consistency and smooth braking.
  12. Separating School Questions/General Discussion into 2 separate sections would make sense to me as they aren't equivalent and would make reading/searching/posting topics more clearly defined. Yes, a separate section for gear (possibly bike and rider prep) would make sense. Lastly, perhaps a section for specific school/student check-in - a place to post who's coming, carpool/rideshare opportunities, split a hotel and rental car, etc.
  13. Last time I was at CSS, about a year ago, I heard something about a Level 4 curriculum being developed... Was I misinformed, is it being taught yet?? I'm always looking forward to returning to CSS and when I ride I'm doing my best to hone the skills taught in Levels 1-3. Lately I've been asking myself, which particular skills do I need to work on? Should I be taking note of the things I'd like to work on in preparation for returning for Level 4 or is there a new a curriculum?
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