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  1. Hi MM,


    Changing the coolant over to a water and corrosion inhibitor mix is a recommendation for our events. ie, not a hard and fast rule. You can use a coolant or water for the schools you have booked.


    The reason it is recommended to change the coolant out is because in the very rare case that a motorcycle drops it's cooling fluid, water will evaporate on its own, and coolant leaves a slippery residue on the track which requires cleaning. Again, that is a very rare occuarrance. I can't remember ever seeing it at a school. Maybe a handful of times at race meetings. It's because of it's rare occurance that it is a recommendation only.


    I think the best approach for you would be to have all the maintenace done before you leave Adelaide. For example, have the bike fully serviced and checked over by your trusted mechanic before you leave, make sure it's in tip top shape, and then don't worry yourself with having to do any mechanical work throughout your journey. That's how I'd do it.


    If you do need any work done on or near Phillip Island there is an excellent little motorcycle shop in San Remo (the last town before you go onto Phillip Island itself) owned and run by one of our coaches. The shop is called iMoto, and their website is www.imoto.com.au . Haydn is the owner and he's a top guy, very friendly and helpful.


    Hope that helps. Feel free to email me direct at adam@superbikeschool.com.au if you need anything further.




  2. Hey Cobie,


    Cool topic.


    Firstly Red, what can I say mate. Thank you so much for your comments. It's always nice to get an acknowledgment for something you work hard on, but particularly so in this case as there's an obserevd application of Keith's tech. That means a lot to me. It (the tech) is, after all, the ONLY reason I'm able to ride the way I do :)


    I could list tonnes of guys I like to watch ride on track, but my favourite is probably a guy named Mike Jones. He's a student of ours, has been for a number of years now. I've ridden with him on track a lot over the years, whether it be at schools or race meetings. It's his use of the throttle that I like most, specifically the initial crack and early part of the roll-on when he's on the edge of the tyre. It starts very early and very gently and it's so seamless you'd almost miss it if it weren't for the 2 bike lengths he pulls on you in that part of a turn!


    I once asked Will (Cobie's favourite to watch) what made him so successful in his racing years. i was kind of expecting him to tell me something about how he was just naturally awesome - if you know Will you'll understand why. His response was "I just did it by the book". I liked that.


    Anyone else?

  3. Hi Sean,


    For the front to tuck whilst you were rolling on the throttle, some other input would have had to occured ie, a steering input, weight in the bars, a checking or rolling off of the throttle etc etc....


    I don't have the book in front of me, but Twist of the Wrist II covers the technical side of this point in a chapter titled "Steer for the rear".


    Do you have a copy of that book to refer to?

  4. This has been something that I've been very interested in over the past 18months or so. What type of physical characteristics most aid a rider, and how does one go about getting them.


    I would suggest that what a motorcyclist requires from their body is somewhat similar to that of a martial artist. I think Bruce Lee would have had the perfect physique for road racing! Fast, light, balanced, and flexible, with excellent co ordination.


    Broadly I would steer away from any heavy weights or weight machines, and towards funtional movements. As Level 3 no doubt showed you the legs and core are the key areas, so as Steve has mentioned squats and lunges should probably form the foundation of much of your training. I personally rate pilates quite highly for its core strength and flexibility benefits. It's no coincidence that many top level riders are also very good cyclists, which again points to the importance of good strength and endurance in the legs.


    You'll notice that I'm somewhat non-specific about this. I'm no expert on the human body, but I'd like to think I have a bit of an idea on a rider's requirements. I think it would be very interesting for someone who has a very good understanding of what is required to perform the actions neccessary to ride a motorcycle (ie a CSS coach or student) to get together with someone who has a very good understanding of how to achieve those things (ie a fitness professional) and see what they come up with.


    Anyone done anything like that?

  5. Yep. Rainey was student.


    Doohan's name gets brought up pretty often in this type of discussion, and for good reason. At first glance you say "His style was way different to what Code teaches", and if you were looking only at the way he used his body, you'd be totally justified in saying so. In fact, with regards to body positioning, there are tonnes of examples of champions who looked quite different on the bike, although there a less and less these days. Elias is perhaps one of the only current world level riders who looks REALLY different.


    The riders body position is the most easily observable element of a riders ideas on riding (their style).


    Ever seen "perfect" body positioning going slow? I have. There's a guy who looks like Lorenzo in the slow group at every ride day I go to. And one that looks like Rossi too.


    What was Doohan's throttle control like?







  6. Great topic, and one I can totally relate to.


    My riding wouldn't be half as good, nor my understanding of the CSS tech half as complete, if it weren't for the thousands of hours spent on a dirt bike.




    Probably more key than anything, it was the dirt bike that really trained me to turn the gas on whenever things got ugly, and that has saved my bacon so many times on the track I can't even count.

  7. Hi Luke,


    Sore legs after Level 3 is pretty common, and is an indicator that you were using the right muscles to stabilize yourself. If you had sore arms we'd be worried :)


    I'm certainly no fitness expert, but perhaps if we look at the ideal scenario in terms of stabilising the rider on the bike, and the muscles required to do that, we can figure out some direction in terms of training...


    Something that seems consistent when you look at top level guys and their training routines is that there's a lot of cycling incorporated into it. It makes sense right? Riding a push bike puts you in a similar position as a motorbike, and the muscles used are also similar.


    Core strength also seems to be a common denominator, and again this checks out. If the legs are strong and can hold onto the bike, and the abs and core are strong and can control the movement of the upper body mass, there is less chance of the rider using the handlebars to stabilize himself.


    Something I read in a Health and Fitness book written by a couple of scientists was really interesting. They said that if you have enough strength to perform 1 repetition of any movement, then the training should be geared towards endurance, as opposed to more strength. Typically, I thought about that in riding terms, and figure if you have enough strength to perform all the necessary actions on a bike at least once, then there is no need for additional strength, only more endurance. They're quite specific in how to go about this, but to simplify it means lots of repititions with low load, as opposed to lifting heavy weights just a few times.


    Anyway, maybe that gives some direction for you.

  8. Hey Patrick,


    I think we've been in contact about this via email, or was that another Patrick asking about coaching?


    In any case, I look ofrwrad to seeing you out at the schools one day. Hopefully you get a call up off the wait list - you gotta get in early these days :)


    Be sure to come up and introduce yourself on the day. Would be good to have a face for the name.



  9. My memories of Peter are, in equal measure, his kind playful nature, and remarkable ability on a bike. I shared the track with him a number of times, and the boy could create and use space that just didn't even exist in my eyes.


    For his passing to occur the way it did makes me think maybe he had something up his sleeve we weren't ready to see yet.


    Rest in peace Peter. May your family and friends find the strength they need to live on as fully you did.

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