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  1. I don't have an "all timer" but the first occasion that comes to mind was avoiding a head on collision with another motorcyclist in my lane, caught on film too but all you see is the black flash of him being a tool (noting, that here in oz we ride on the LHS of the road). I was corner carving through some twisties with a mate straight after I completed CSS and my visual skills were still quite accute. It was a marked 35km/h left hander hairpin that had 2 hairpin feeders comming into it. I had id'd a late turn in point and began my 2step drill. Still on course for hitting my turn in, I look through the turn for my apex and I see another motorcyclist in my lane comming straight at me (not at 35km/h) He had no where to go because he was being an idiot and overtaking cars from the outside lane through blind corners on their inside So to avoid a collision and becomming a statistic, all I did was take an earlier turn in. For this instance, the one skillset CSS taught me that I can soley attribute to it all going well is the visual skills.
  2. I like your approach Mark. Truthfully, you've helped me remember a thing or two. I think I felt most intuned to my speed during CSS aswell. Cheers mate. Ryan
  3. Elton, What a CSS experience - and so well written! So much so, I feel im on the ground next to you in the debreif. I get a real sense of your exhilaration, appreciation and respect for the coaches' diligence and commitment. They are quite skillful in negotiating that old adage: "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink", hey? My experience was not dissimilar to yours, and I am truly happy for you there brother. Awsome
  4. Oooo yeaaah, well done. I think that when you try not to draw attention to yourself and people notice you for good reasons, it makes it taste all so sweeter. A good win right there! Hey Mark, that looks like a fast corner too, about how fast is that?
  5. LOL, Absolutley! - good call! And I shall, certianly not enough charm **pics have been paid for**
  6. THANKYOU Cobie and all of your associates at CSS - u dudes r awsome. You're extremely approachable and always helpful. If there's no one around to speak to, then there's here. Your input has been very valuable and it is greatly appreciated RD
  7. My last trackday, the first one since attending the school. For the details of my massive moment, follow the link: http://forums.superbikeschool.com/index.ph...amp;#entry15758
  8. I was at my local track (Eastern Creek, NSW, AUS) on Sunday 10 of Jan and had a personally redefining massive moment! Which is why i decided to post here, because my time spent at the school just keeps on paying itself off, time and time again! The air tempreture was heading for 42. C with a cool 10kts easterly breeze (tail wind on the main straight). I hadn't riden track for about a month but I was mad keen on practicing the school techniques and trying to really make it part of my riding. I decided to back myself and all that I had learned from the school, so I put myself in green group, which here is the medium/fast group and the second fastest group circulating the track. I had made some changes on my bike: the gearing, new chain and suspension. So most of the day was learning new reference points relative to the new gears, and turn in points for the more responsive suspension and shorter wheel base of the new chain. My moment was comming out of the last turn into the home straight. I had good corner speed, was happy with my line and began my roll on. I hit my apex and began my pick up drill. My intention was to smooth the gap between roll on and pinning it by being in the power earlier with the bike more upright and utilizing as much of the track as possible. I think I acheived this. I hit my exit reference point ontop of the ripple strip with good power and was on my way back to the black top. On my line, I could see at the end of the ripple strip a patch of gravel between it and the track. I didn't want to make dramatic steering inputs to avoid this, I wanted to be smooth. I figured I had been given tools by the school to deal with this, so the job was on. I was locked in, loose on the bars, the bike was upright and travelling almost dead straight with the power on. I was a third of the way down the main straight, went over the gravel and back onto the track, and my word, did I get a tank slapper! I thought "I am going to keep this" and remained loose on the bars, barley hanging on because I didn't want that wobbling transferred through to the back. And then, it got worse, the steering felt like it went from full lock to full lock. But then it recovered. I glimpesed down at my speedo on recovery and it read 171km CSS Instructor Al was there on the day and I caught up with him after. He told me I was 3/4 right in dealing with that moment. What I should have done was apply more throttle and unweight the front. This is why it got worse before it got better, because I rolled off slightly it transferred more weight onto the already unstable front tyre. CSS level 1: Survival Reations 101. how about that. Well, 3/4 right is better than not right at all and California Superbike School paid itself off yet again. Thanks guys eastern_creek.bmp
  9. hells yeah! she rocks I don't know if my vote counts but +1 for that thread.. awsome!
  10. Hi OveRRev. Welcome brother! Nicely worded opinions on the racing scene over there. I too am keen on track and would like to race, so I find your article and opinions of extreme interest (though Im from Oz). Nice 1. Keep up the good work and hope 2 c u around
  11. thanks cf :) u & the crew r awsome, a shout out 2 mikey from the US coaching in oz: thanx 4 everything brother

  12. I just completed Lvls 1 & 2 (yesterday and today) at Eastern Creek in Australia - First and foremost a big thankyou to all the CSS staff! I had an incredible and fantastically, a deeply enlightening experience. One that I hope I remember as clearly as yesterday in years to come. I am really proud that I was able to experience (even if it were just on one corner or a couple in a row) a clearer, cleaner, efficient, effective and ultimatley a more aware way to ride my bike - the CSS way. How well is a totally different story though . But for now, Im aiming to keep these skills as my base and build on them. The operative word being keep. Miraculously, my tution already paid itself off today . In the second last session of Lvl 2, I got wheel slippage in my front and rear mid corner on 4 different occaisions. In my eyes, that was 4 potentially expensive crashes I worked my way through and out of because I attended the school (PS In hindsight because I attended the school, I also know what it was that I did to get that slippage too). The resault being I rolled out for my last session with much more positivity and it turned out to have a zeal similar to sessions earlier in the day. So a big thanks to the school: Keith, instructors, support staff and all those who help make peoples dreams become reality. By the end of the day I was hitting my marks within a smaller tolerence (0.5 - 1.0m) with more consistancy and had begun that very personal journey of exploring traction and confidence. the track is my temple and riding my religion - I am completley converted RD
  13. 2001 I owned a cbr250 without full insurance and it got stolen some 12 months later . I spent 12 months commuting and staying fairly upright (even though I owned TOTW1) I cancelled my CSS reservation and always dreamed of the day I would be able to ride again. June 2009 rolled around and I was ready to commit. Got myself a 2007 cbr600 and havn't looked back. So, 6 months real riding
  14. Wow! thanks for the pics! Geez you look like your having a great time (sooo jelous) I liked your report so much, I hope to post one up myself once I do the school. Cheers Shauna. Ryan
  15. 99: I understand that all tyres have different recomended pressures, but am confuesed why they recomended for street use a lower psi for the rear then the front. I thought the general rule of thumb was 42 rear and 36 front not vice versa - weird. I be keen to read what responses you get and clarify this. Regarding pressures for Dunlop Qualifiers: I switched to Dunlop Q's becuase it made sense to set the bike up with the tyres the school runs so if I needed replacements, it should be a straight swap - the suspension is already set up and I'd be familiar with their handling. So I was at my local track last week to test my new setup before CSS and the dude giving us the rider breifing said that Qualifiers had a thick side wall and therefore can handle lower pressures. I was told I could run the 190 rear at 24-26 psi cold and the front at the standard 28-30 cold. After logging the pressures before the warmers went on, then just before the each session and then straight after, I noticed that they did in fact average a hot gain of 5-6 psi (f and r). So am I right in running these pressures as the standard for tracking Qualifiers? Thanks, Sincerley RD
  16. Great report! What an awsome read! I didn't think your note seemed long at all. Have you got your pictures yet? You can add me to the "would like to see" list RD
  17. Anyone seen or read the twist II dvd/book? If you have experiences and gains from the twist publications, please share them with another avid cornering junkie. Post em up cause I'd love to read about it!! Cheers I just received my long awaited copy of twist II in the mail and boy oh boy, was it waaay over due. You know that passionate driven feeling you get as you begin a new learning curve and some of it starts to make sense? It's like a road racing renaissance and I can't wait to attend the school in the Aussie summer. I got the dvd on Friday and was blessed all weekend with awsome weather to practice. For me, big gains accross the board came from understanding. Understanding the forces at work on the bike's weight distribution, suspension, tyres and ultimately traction under acceleration and breaking. Once I knew what I was doing and how it was wrong I could fix it. That to me was an awosme feeling: solving some of my own problems that always bothered me that I knew I had, but wasn't able to articulate it previously to the twist II dvd. I've just got blipping the throttle on the down shift with concurrent breaking. I don't know how I got by so long with out doing it this way. No wonder I compression locked up a couple of times when I first started out. (lol and back then I was like OMG ) Not forgetting to mention BIG gains through understanding my throttle control Also connecting to the bike, locking in, paid me massive dividends. No wonder why I wasn't able to relax my upper body previously. I used to love the feeling of cornering but this has taken it to a whole new level. I mean, it feels real nice. More effortless, smooth and balanced. More in control. Thankyou to all, instructors and staff, CSS and of course da man Keith Code. Sincerley RD (I can't wait to attend the school in the Aussie summer )
  18. CF: I have a similar proportioned build and I think your answer would contain some relevence. What is meant by the term "binding"?
  19. CF try this for the rest of 'em! http://www.600rr.net/vb/misc.php?do=getsmi...d=vB_Editor_001 Cheers
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