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  1. They'll be posted here: https://www.etechphoto.com
  2. In the pictures you posted there are a number of good things going on: --your body and weight are on the inside --your shoulders are not counter-rotated away from the turn (as you describe doing), they are square to the front --your left arm appears relaxed and isn't stiff-arming the bar. This is better in the top 3 photos and not quite as good in the track day photo. The pics are from a left turn. If the problem is primarily with flexion/adduction at your left hip, I'd expect to see the riding results more on right hand turns, as you'd have difficulty locking on your left (outside) leg to the tank. Do you know if this is the case? If you come to level 2 of the school, the lean bike is used to take a closer look at your riding position and work within your physical limits to find a position that works better for you. If the braking remains a problem w/ adduction, I'd suggest using tank pads on the Duc to widen out the rear of the tank to the point where you can grip effectively. Also, stompgrip is a great addition.
  3. It's the north course. layout: http://virnow.com/track/configurations/ and video:
  4. I definitely think you're not splitting hairs, since the exact timing of when you get on the throttle is important. If you say "My lean angle increases towards the apex and decreases towards the exit," what does this mean for the number of steering inputs you're making per turn? Does constantly steering your bike through the turn make you feel busy? Could you make the bike more stable and smooth if you quick turned it to the lean angle you need for that corner and _then_ got back on the throttle? As Cobie asked, if you get on the throttle as you're turning, do you go wide? About the front/rear weighting, if you finish your braking before turn in, allowing you to get off the brake, how does the front/rear load change?
  5. Trolling the forums and realize this is a little old, but thought I'd add to it anyway. Razor- one more bit of info about level 2 (visual skills) and body position. The off track drill for level two is the lean bike (provided there is enough skid pad space to run it). This is a great tool to get your bp sorted out, since it allows you and your coach to focus on getting the proper lock on and body position so you can be comfortable on the bike.
  6. I have some general riding goals. I think if I can keep improving on the first 2, I'll have fun and get faster (which is fun). And these are things I can continually improve, so they're long term: 1. more relaxed on the bike 2. smoother inputs 3. faster (on the track- not when I'm commuting). However, I don't focus on these when I'm actually at the track. I keep these in mind as the "big-picture goals." To actually work on them, I realize I need to find more specific, shorter-term, attainable goals. So when I'm actually at the track, I focus on there specific, attainable goals. For example: a. better lock on my left leg going in turn 6 (helps goal 1 above, allowing my upper body to be light on the bars and relaxed). Once you get a good lock on the leg, it's locked and that's as good as it gets, so it's attainable that session. b. slower release of the brake lever in turn 2 (smoother inputs) When I'm riding for fun on the street, I do keep the big picture goals in mind and ask myself if I'm relaxed and smooth. When I'm commuting, I have one main goal - not get killed, and one secondary goal - get there soon. These obviously compete, since I don't spend all my time riding 10 MPH .
  7. Since you're going to be putting something in front of you to help with body position, are there some reference points on the bike you can use to help you get the correct position with your upper body? Maybe align a part of your body with a part of the bike? One comment about how I ride on the street and how it's different on the track. My BP on the street is geared toward giving me a good view of traffic, so it's necessarily more upright. Choco, you do this in the vid, where your head is leaning away from the turn (this also keeps the horizon level). This is a good technique for the street, keeping your head higher to see more and avoid all the cars trying to hit you. On the track you don't need to do this. So how would you change your head position? Enjoy Level 3, since it will focus on getting your body to work with the bike.
  8. I'll let one of the UK coaches say where they put the x for the turnpoints drill. But I did find this clip showing motogp riders using a turnpoint a couple of bike lengths before the white line. Do you think they're quickturning at this point or taking a longer time to bend it in?
  9. There's always this: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=36....mp;t=h&z=17
  10. For my fastest lap times, I want a rider who is a second or two per lap faster in front of me. If not, I'll go it alone so I can focus on what I'm doing. I do find that if I'm following someone with good technique who is a little faster, this helps me look at other options for that turn (brake points, entry speed, angle of attack, turn point, etc.). I know through trial and error I can solve these things on my own, but it speeds my learning to see other successful solutions to a corner. Of course, this is quite picky. If the person is too much faster than me (stuman) it doesn't do any good, since I'm only going to be able to observe for a couple corners before he's gone. So by myself or with someone just a little faster is when I'm at my best.
  11. I'll answer Stuman's question first: Right now, on turn 10 at SOW, I release the brake right before I turn in. Then I turn and I'm on the throttle. I think I can do better. If I can coordinate the brake release with the throttle going on, I can be smoother. I can start coming off the brake before the turn in point, but it will be a slow release. Then at turn in, I'm still lightly on the brake when I make the steering input. Then, as soon as the steering input is made, I can finish the release of the brake as I'm rolling on. This should keep my suspension up-and-down motion as smooth as possible. Smoother than if I release (causing the suspension to pop up -the amount of "pop" being determined by how quickly I release the brake lever) before the turn then turn in and get on it. Now to Cobie's q: I don't think "maintenance" throttle prior to the turn is a good idea. He's already pointing out the problem of running wide if you start the roll on before the turn. Also, it would cause the suspension to lift, which would increase the trail and therefore the amount of force you need to apply to get the bike turned. Likely, you'll turn in slower and have to be turning longer to get on the line you wanted. If you're still releasing the brake at this point, your suspension will be compressed and you'll need less force to turn in, your turn in will be faster, and you should, with practice, be able to get on the chosen line sooner.
  12. 1) You will probably finish about 5:30. The last on-track session will probably end a little before 5pm, then you'll have a final classroom session. You could probably make a 7:30pm show and still get a good nights rest, which you will definitely want. 2) Yes on the books, videos, clothing, stomp grip pads, tires and other assorted things I can't even remember. 3) Yes. When I first took the school, I used their leather, but brought my own helmet, boots and gloves. Especially since I felt better about sweating in my own gloves. 4) as Homer Simpson would say, "D'oh!!" Or you could arrange for another weekend trip and visit LA and go riding with some of us down here...
  13. You seem to be doing a good job of answering your own questions. Yes, if you work on your quick turn drill from CSS level 1, you can have a later turn point and use less lean angle. If you have ToTW2, study the diagrams on pages 68-69 to see how steer rate works with TPs, lean angle and corner speed. You already mention that late braking is not the answer, and you're correct there too. Keith talks about how late braking is not the answer to faster lap times if you're already off the pace (ToTW1 pg 63). Use the brakes to accurately set entry speed. However, quick turning, and being able to carry more corner speed with less lean angle, or being able to pick the bike up sooner and apply maximum throttle will improve the lap times.
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