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  2. Have you got any cut off times for the healtech please?
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  4. Thanks Cobie. I will. I have ridden PIR, Seattle Raceway, and the Ridge. I'm looking forward to whoever, whatever assignments you decide. Looking forward to meeting you. Jim
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  6. Faffi adds an excellent point; a little stiffness in the arms (a common in-too-fast survival reaction) will restrict bar movement, add load to the front, and potentially add some countersteering input that leans the bike over farther which can VERY easily overload a front tire that is already near the traction limit. Some braking references in Twist II that might help you (the OP) on info about leaned-over braking: Ch 24 Braking sections "Efficient Braking", "In-turn Brakes", "Crash Statistics", and "Brave or Smart". Also the chapters in Section II on "Rider Input" and Section III on Steering and Lines would be good to review.
  7. Follow what Hotfoot says. Adding lean and brake is probably as ill advised as adding lean and throttle. At 35 degrees of lean, you have about 80% grip left for braking, IIRC, whereas at 45 degrees it is rapidly closing in on zero. This is under ideal conditions; warm asphalt, warm and grippy tires and with a good rider not spending grip by holding on too tight and/or giving the bike confusing/harsh inputs, which also use chunks of your grip account.
  8. I am sorry to hear about your crash. I'm not sure what to say in response to your post; I am coach with a school and our absolute #1 priority is to keep riders from crashing. I know that in the classroom there is quite a bit of explanation about how to do the no-brakes drill. Riders are told that this is a drill and not a rule - riders may of course use the brakes if needed for safety, the brakes are not disabled and the only consequence of using the brakes during the drill is possibly a corner worker showing a blue flag to remind that rider about the drill. The point of the exercise is to focus on setting entry speed properly without relying on the brakes, which slow the bike down rapidly and make it harder to judge an exact speed. Riders are instructed that one must allow extra room for the bike to slow down and that it is OK to use the brakes if needed. Additionally riders are asked to ride at a reduced pace, one that is very comfortable for them, for sure not higher than about 75% of what they would consider their normal riding pace, in order to have enough free attention to focus on the drill. As far as required experience level, this is what is stated on the website: 2000 miles of riding experience is required, along with being comfortable enough to operate the motorcycle and still have enough free attention to take in new information. I believe that info is also restated in the paperwork sent to any student who signs up. For sure we get students who do not understand counter-steering, even some who ride very well and have ridden for 30 years; everyone who rides a two-wheel motorcycle countersteers, but not everyone really understands how it works. Again, I am sorry to hear of your crash; I see that Cobie (who is the Chief Riding Coach Worldwide for the school) has offered to speak with you on the phone if you would like to talk through what happened with him, that is a nice offer and could be quite helpful to you in your riding (he can help diagnose exactly what factors led up to the crash); as you might imagine he has an enormous knowledge base and exceptional riding and coaching experience, and of course he will be very interested in hearing what happened especially if there was something more that could have been done to prevent it.
  9. Basically, no, it is not ok to just add more braking if you are "too hot" into a turn and leaned way over, it would be a very dicey and delicate operation with a high likelihood of losing the front, it is VERY easy to blow past the traction limit or run out of ground clearance (hitting hard parts on the bike) doing that. Brakes should be tapering off as lean angle is increased, not the other way around. Yes, you will have to give up your line; if you are fully leaned into the corner and realize your entry speed was too high, it's too late to salvage your line. You will need to either let the bike run wide (if the entry speed error is small) or if it is way too high you will have to stand the bike up, brake hard, and slow it down as much as possible, then steer it again (at a new reduced speed requiring less lean and hopefully make the turn) or run off (after having slowed down as much as possible first). If you are getting into turns and not realizing your are too fast until you are already leaned over, it sounds like you might be riding over your head. A review of A Twist of the Wrist II book or movie to discover how to choose a turn point, how to set entry speed, and visual skills (when exactly to look into the corner and WHERE exactly to look) would help a great deal. If you are relying on trail braking to correct too-high entry speed errors, you are approaching things backwards - a better strategy would be to do some no-brakes practice to get your entry speed under control FIRST, then add trail braking (to allow for a later braking zone) once the other skills are in place. Using the brakes while leaned over is a skill that requires a very good foundation of skills - knowing how to choose a line, where to look and when, and a good ability to judge entry speed. Without those foundations, trying to use heavy trail braking to adjust entry speed while already near max lean is a tricky business.
  10. Hi everyone - super beginner question: in the context of trail braking and lean angle: as you start to turn in and you start trailing off the brakes, is it safe then to add more brake pressure if you realize you're too hot into the turn? I ask the question assuming the answer is "yes to a degree" but it allows me to ensure we're on the same page for my next question. This is my question: if you turn in and realize you're going too fast so you add some more pressure, what option is left if you're still going too fast and now you're leaned pretty far over and know you can't brake too much more or you'll lose the front? Do you just give up your line and let the bike drift out or is there something else to trail braking as a way to continue reducing speed that I am not aware of? Thanks for entertaining super beginner question!
  11. Well like I say in my original post, I accept full responsibility for my crash and I am not blaming anyone. What I am trying to say is that there should be more guidance on how to properly ride with no brakes, especially on a bike that in 3rd and 4th gear will do 135mph. Clearly I know fire burns, but perhaps I don't know that if I lean my bike too far the peg will catch and cause me to low side? Was I not there to learn how to properly ride? I saw multiple guys out there that didn't even know what counter-steering was and were literally learning it for the first time so "common sense" apparently is limited among new riders. I certainly don't mind anyone dogging me for my crash - I mean there *is* a valuable lesson there that lines right up with what CSBS teaches: reduce lean angle. I don't understand your comment "maybe a little too soon for this course" - I was saying there were people there that probably should not have been there it's not like there's anyone filtering riders for experience when they sign up. I'm not new to riding either. Anyway to make it crystal clear: I do not blame anyone but myself for my crash however there could and should be more guidance on how to stay safe so focus can be placed solely on throttle control.
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  13. Hi Jim, Please come and say hello when you get there, first thing in the morning. We'll chat for a few minutes, and I'll take a look at the coach assignments for the day. Best, Cobie
  14. Hello from the Great PNW! I am excited to join the forum. I have to admit, I have been lurking for awhile. I've followed California Superbike School since it started. I wrenched on bikes for about 7 years in two different shops then due to the area I was from falling on financial hard times I joined the U.S. Navy. I put in 24 years doing that, followed by my current work in the Department of Defense (Navy). Getting ready to retire from "steady" work and put more time in doing the things i want to, not have to. I've kept riding throughout. I rode Kawasaki's for awhile having a 1973 Z1 during Eddie Lawsons reign. Shifted to Yamaha's in 1985. I currently ride a 1987 FZR 1000 that i bought new in January 1988. It's been modified a little, so I can run modern rubber. I've been looking at the new BMW S1000RRs for awhile. Even took one on a test ride. I'm looking forward to learning more about the bikes on track in July at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA. Looking forward to meeting some of you I've come to know a little bit about through the forum. Happy 4th of July! Jim
  15. Exactly the same format, just three days instead of two. :)
  16. Hey all - I have done a few 2 day camps, but notice that Laguna this year is a 3 day camp. What the difference please? cheers
  17. Great article Keith. As you know, I had 35 years of mostly daily street and commuter riding before I discovered the track last year. I have done 6 days with you now and have 4 more booked this year. I have many bad habits ,but think I am in the #6 category above. I have learned a ton for you and your team, and become addicted to track more than the street as a result! 🙂 THX YOU
  18. I have the Kindle edition, here is a link for Twist II for Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Twist-Wrist-II-High-Performance-Motorcycle-ebook/dp/B00F8IN5K6 and here is a link for A Twist of the Wrist (Twist I), it is available on Kindle also: https://www.amazon.com/Twist-Wrist-Motorcycle-Racers-Handbook-ebook/dp/B00BNFIU08/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593622442&sr=1-2 I love having these, because I can search for a word of phrase electronically to go right to the info I want. And it's great to be able to pull up the books on my iPhone Kindle App, at the track or wherever I might be.
  19. On modern tires, might not be more tire in contact with the ground, but the direction of acceleration force on the tire is changed with the bike more upright.
  20. Where do you live, what country/state? Are you in the US?
  21. I asked and found out there is an e-book version: https://www.amazon.com/Twist-Wrist-II-High-Performance-Motorcycle-ebook/dp/B00F8IN5K6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1QXNJ3PJFZBV4&dchild=1&keywords=twist+of+the+wrist+ebook&qid=1593553951&sprefix=twist+of+the+writst+eboo%2Caps%2C205&sr=8-1 There is also going to be an update to this book, Keith has some new/updated stuff to put in.
  22. I'd rather read from an electronic screen than not have access to it at all
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  24. Thanks for the heads up! I agree that showing each of the survival reactions in turn, and the cumulative effect, with the all-too-predictable outcome (going into the scenery!) really hits home how small mistakes can add up. This was a real "ah-haaa" moment for me and something I recognised in my own riding which is what prompted me to come to school in the first place. Favourite part - a Harley rider, in full leathers, quick flicking it on the street! That, and the fact that you got Julian Ryder - the voice of MotoGP - to narrate the film. What I found most eye-opening were the overlays of the riders going through the 'esses' (one quick flicking, and the other not) and the result, not only of line but lean angle too. Aye! Agree with you here. I find doing something the 'wrong' way is a good tool to learning the right way. One of your coaches once gave me a tip to keep my non-steering hand on the tank so steering becomes purely one-handed. Great drill! What this highlighted that I was very right hand dominate (I am right-handed) and that my left turn was really weak and clunky. So, even when pushing with my left my right hand was doing the lion's share of pulling, which I was oblivious too.
  25. I would suggest going to YouTube. and search there. Many videos of lots of different exhausts, with sound clips and you can ask questions to the poster.
  26. I'll ask! I'm so old school, I personally don't want to read any more than I do from an electronic screen...I know, dinasour.
  27. by the by, @Cobie Fair / @Keith Code -- any consideration to putting Twist and Twist II on Kindle? I have two paperback copies already but one that I could keep on my phone or kindle so I don't ever forget it for a track day as well as the ability to search for terms would be excellent.
  28. good evening guys i would like to ask and to get updated about that is new around here so my question is .. what is the best exhaust for Yamaha r6 2017-2020 ...but put in mind that im looking for low and midrange power more than high end power ... for the track use only the bike is 100% stock brand new and it has just 60 miles on it will be fitting the exhaust after i break in the bike thank you in advance 🙏🏼
  29. Good news indeed! The new website and format of the schools looks ace as well!
  30. Riding a variety of track really an excellent idea...really pushes the rider to hone the core fundamentals.
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