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About nicenezy

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  • Birthday 05/15/1934

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    yes - Level IV several times
  1. Daniel, Sorry about your mis-hap. Difficult to answer your question about the school. Yes, it is not for beginners. And yes, you should attend as soon as you feel comfortable riding a motorcycle. Have you years of riding experience ... or just the one week before your unfortunate accident? I suggest that you call the school and talk with one of the coaches. A conversation with one of them should give you a good plan of action for attending CSS.
  2. Thanks for the feedback. Twist of the Wrist I says the same thing - you can study all you want beforehand, walk the track etc. and none of it matters until you actually ride it and make your own observations... The 90 degrees weather comment is good info! I can leave my long underwear in Michigan! Thanks! Faye Coker I wouldn't necessarily leave your long johns at home. I have been riding The Streets regularly for about eight years, corner working over six of those. The track is located in the high desert. We've been there in late March and had snow in the surrounding mountains. Morning temps can range from a morning low of 35 and afternoon high of 60 ... or if we're lucky, it'll warm up into the low 70's. The most fearful thing might be the wind. In the desert, it tends to gust up to 25 or 30 knots. That's when, if the temps stay low, you get cold. The wind is always a factor. Many of us "regulars", including some of the coaches, pull heavy sweatshirts on over our leathers. Riding that way does not seem to be as bulky as trying to bundle lots of layers under the leathers. But, as Kevin says, it can also be very, very hot. Like I said, you are in the desert, and the temps can be extreme over a 12 hour period. So, bring 'em in case you need 'em.
  3. Why don't you check around with a couple of dealers to see if they might know where to rent. Also, Kendon Industries makes and sells trailers. They are located in Santa Ana if I remeber correctly. Perhaps they can give you an answer. Here's a link to their site: http://www.kendonusa.com/index.htm I'll have to agree with Kevin and the rest ... U-Haul is the best idea. One other thought. One of our cornerworkers who does not have the ability to tow a trailer, simply rents a standard pickup truck for a couple of days and hauls his bike that way. Puts the mileage, wear and tear on a rented vehicle rather than his personal auto. Since I just mentioned corner workers, we're looking to expand our roster here in SoCal. Go to our website and if you are interested, let us know. http://socalcornerworkers.com/ It's a great way to put into use what you've learned in the school. And you get as much riding in as a regular student ... plus the added benefit of having the track with corner workers only during lunch ... usually 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. Before going into a very lengthy reply to your question it might be best to read the CSS Corner Workers program as it has been laid out. After reading this, then you might be a little more specific with your questions. http://www.csscornerworkers.com/index.htm As a regular CW for CSS on several tracks in the Southwest, I must emphasize, the first priority of all CSS Cornerworkers is SAFETY. Creating a safe learning environment is why we are there. Most of the CWs in my area are all Level IV riders who know what the drills are and what the student should be focused on doing. What track have you signed up to attend school at? You're gonna have a blast. Jim
  5. If you Google LVMS you can see the track used by the school. It is located in the infield. Actually, it looks as if there is more than one track, but the school combines the entire area to make one track. If memory serves me, there are nine distinct turns, including one large sweep which requires more than one input to get around properly. No part of the main track is used. CSS will have it's trucks and classrooms located in the fourth garage if we are in the same spot as in years past. It's the garage furthest from the entrance tunnel and the medical complex. LVMS is a very large complex, and there are several different tracks, many in use at the same time. Also, it is located next to Nellis AFB, so we often get to see some great air shows. I'll probably be sitting in a corner somewhere, and hope to see you out there riding. Jim
  6. The blue painters tape works best. One thought ... if you can, pull the fuse that controls your lights, both front and rear. The heat from the headlamp tends to melt the tape glue to the lens. If there's no heat, the tape pulls right off and leaves no residue.
  7. Don’t know what the school’s policy on this might be … but I can tell you that your helmet cam might be a major distraction to your learning. If you happen to be doing the 2 day camp, you’ll be riding the camera bike. That will give you, and your coach worlds of information on your faults, but also will show your assets as well as your progressive improvement. Finally, remember that you are in a school invironment. You’ll want to give your riding full attention. I believe that a helmet cam might keep you from riding to your best abilities. Just my .02. ymmv Full disclosure: I’m just a mere corner worker, but a level IV rider-student with CSS.
  8. Are you interested in honing your track skills with some extra track time? Want to earn some free track time while helping out at the school? My name is Howard Ferguson and I am the head corner worker for the California Superbike School in the Southern California areas, covering the Streets of Willow Springs and Las Vegas. I am currently looking for new corner workers to add to our roster. I am looking for riders with the following qualities: Reliability Have completed 1 or more levels of the Califrnia Superbike School Safety conscious Observant Able to dedicate 4 or more days per year (mostly weekdays) to helping out as a corner worker Looking to improve your riding skills There are no speed requirements for these positions. Fast or slow, its attitude that counts. There is no monetary pay for corner workers. Our pay is free track time. When you took our class, remember those guys out riding without bike numbers, or while you were eating lunch? That's us! If you are interested in applying please contace me off list at: Howard@socalcornerworkers.com. If you would like additional information, go to: http://csscornerworkers.com/ Thanks -Howard- (Reposted by nicenezy for Howard)
  9. Will do - if I was patient, I'd have waited till the school was at the Poconos - that's only 3 hours away. If it goes well in Vegas, I'll probably take at least a day when they hold the school up in PA. Ryan I'll see you in Vegas and will be riding the track with you. You'll also see me in my corner watching to see how much you'll improve with each session.
  10. I'll second what Kevin had to say. I too have been a long time corner worker and Level IV student. Sitting on that corner I've watched riders begin their day, totally afraid to take the corner. But, by the end of the day, they have become so much more confident in their riding abilities. If you're taking the two day camp, at the end of the second day you'll be riding like a real champ. One thing I would suggest that Kevin didn't. Read the books written by Keith. If you study Twist of the Wrist II prior to taking a CSS course, you'll be much more familiar with the terminology you'll be hearing. References to such things as SR's (survival reactions), throttle control and rider input will be familiar words to you. And don't worry about being a newby on the track. We all were newbys at some point. Also, you'll have your coach watching you (and watching after you) to help you master the skills for your riding sessions. Finally, remember that you are at the school to learn the art of cornering. Also, don't forget to have fun when you ride the track with CSS.
  11. Even easier, call the school, tell them what you need. The school and it's staff will do all they can to accomodate you. Finally, don't be late. Arrive early so you make sure you can get the leathers you need.
  12. Hi to all. I've been a lurker here for many moons, but I'm guessing it's time for me to acknowledge that I'm a member. If you ride with any of the school's tracks in the SoCal area, you've probably seen me. I'm one of those who wave that obnoxious blue flag at you when you drag hard parts. Actually, I'm really enjoying lurking Reading the thoughts of Cobie, Will, Stuman and of course "The Guru" himself inspires me to ride more efficiently. Regards, Jim YZF R1
  13. I can agree that the front brake should be used full time ... except when running off into dirt or sand. But how about manuevering (sp) at parking lot speeds. I find that I'm much more comfortable using the rear brake rather than the front. Especially if I'm in a tight turn.
  14. Take Level I the first day and Level II the second day. No problem. One caveat!! Be in good physical shape. Riding two days back to back and your a** will be whipped. Your brain too. But, since you'll have to travel to get to the school, it's the best thing to do. Have fun.
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