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About dmj120

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  1. http://coderace.com/ is the CSS team. But I was talking about the new racer school that is specifically for the WSMC. It was the training, especially the audio CDs and DVD --as I listen to the cds continually-- that truely made a difference.
  2. Had to just go for it - finally. I must say, again, many thanks to Keith and team!! Did the Motoyard new racer school, which was pretty cool. Leaned some goods things from Jason Curtis; his miming trail braking and back to throttle was aweome and the vision of watching how his fingers transitioned from braking to roll-on to full throttle has stuck in my mind. Aside from too many damn crashes, a pretty cool day. Jason got us into both B and C groups for more track time. I have been fighting with a front sliding, vague feeling for sometime now. The suspension guy, Josh, suggested
  3. I think there's several at the socalmoto.org forum who are racing there. I've heard some good things, but have yet to make it out that way.
  4. I'm in SoCal and replaced mine with Distilled water and Water Wetter - temps range from low 30's to above 100. Runs like a champ. I know several people who run this in their bikes as well; never found a problem. Not sure what damage tap water could happen; for that, you'd have to wait for the chief.
  5. Similarly to my chain, I use simple green. Little bit of the green and a toothbrush does the trick.
  6. I've used simple green for years - gets it clean without any ill affects.
  7. As stated by Keith: "It's observed that we generally learn best at about 75% of our ability." So yes, if you can do 100 --for learning purposes-- you would be better served to do 75 concentrating less on speed and more technique. From what I've seen, I didn't think it'd be a problem for the coaches . I thought of this as I watched the coaches maintain the sames lines, turn points etc at multiple speeds - it was pretty interesting to watch lean angles and flick rates increase whilst other skills were relatively unchanged.
  8. First, let me say I had more fun and learned more (simply by observation) whilst corner working.... throttle roll-on, smoothness, set-it and forget-it, and so on -- something that should be on everyone's to-do list, at least once. Oh ya, having a track ALL to yourself is pretty sweet too That said, it was almost agonizing to NOT ask in person: If 'we' learn best at about 75%; at what percentage do coaches "coach?" It seems to me that if learning is best at about 75%, then to be able to instruct, observe, correct, etc. the percentage would in the 50-60% range (or close thereof).
  9. Only seen Andy on the youTube stuff, but he seems like a genuine dude. Get well soon!! First round will be on me...if we ever meet Looking forward to some positive updates.
  10. Hiya Dave. Some good thoughts so far. If I could add my 2 cents. Chicken stips are a mute point. I have em, and haven't drug a knee; but yet pass those who ride to edge and drag a knee whenever "possible." I used to worry about this sort of stuff - I'd be the one looking at his tires reveling at my 'achievement'. Now, however, I look at my tires to try to read the wear patterns to see what suspension changes I can try or where I might have been off throttle. Point being: If I'm around someone really concerned about chicken stips (good natured ribbing aside), I ignore them and/or
  11. I'd definitely recommend the Twist2 DVD, and the audio CDs. I copied them into my cell and listen to them to-and-from work (about 2 hours daily) 2-3 times a week. Have yet to dive into the interactive CD. Josh
  12. Interesting. I've been wanting to through back the tank and dive into [part of] the engine - but not quite there yet. Never thought about valves or plugs; although it makes sense.
  13. If the cause was environmental, then perhaps not; however, if rider induced (like my low-side was), then there's a HIGH degree of probability that the class would have at least offered some help in preventing it. Really sucks, though; especially having to wait like wow! Glad you're ok to complain As Steve said, they might be able to work with you.
  14. Thanks for the input. I was missing the cam chain part - it's been well over 10 years since I've seen the inside of an engine, something that was only a hand-full of times to begin with. I'll have to look in the service manual; maybe I missed that it's supposed to have already been changed.
  15. Correct me me if I'm wrong. It's my understanding that vulcanization is process by which the individual 'bands' of rubber are fused together. The process includes heat (and inside counter-pressure) combined with a curative - most often sulfur. Vulcanization is also responsible for the tire's (or any rubber / polymer item's) tensile strength and pliability. I think the "extrusion" is squeezing 3 lenghts of rubber through a die forming one strip; which is then wrapped around the carcass prior to the molding process. Ok. Then why does the first part of the tread last longer
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