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About movistar

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    Cornering Apprentice
  • Birthday 03/23/1973

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
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  1. I had to chuckle... the day before the race I met some guys while I was out riding, parked up at a cafe. The conversation got onto CSS and the things that were taught during the schools. One of the more senior gentleman (I'm guessing early 50's) said "I've been racing for years, I wouldn't learn anything there..." When I asked what class of racing he had done, it was mostly Post Classics and Clubmans... The funny thing was, I bumped into him the day after the race (must have been fate) and I said "Did you watch the Superbikes yesterday?" "Yes, I did." So you saw Leon Camier's interview after the second race?" "Is that the tall scrawny one?" "Yep" "Yeah, he was babbling on about that guy you were talking about the other day, wasn't he? Someone Code?" "Keith Code. That's right" "Well it just goes to show that these young guys need coaching then, doesn't it?" I shook my head and walked away. Some people just don't get it, do they...
  2. Street The thing for me is preparation: Bike Prep - Tyres, fluid levels, light operation (headlight, tail light, brake light, indicators (flashers)), chain etc I normally only ride every couple of weeks, but for medium to long distances, 300 - 700km's (200 - 400 miles (ish), so after each ride the bike gets a wash, which is a good opportunity to also give it a good check over, and any adjustments made, bits lubed. Self prep - staying in shape is important, for the body and the mind. I also read as much as I can about motorcycling, the why's and why nots. As with any information, some is valuable, some is not. The hardest part is figuring out which is which! Ride prep - this will depend on where I'm going, and who I am going with. I often ride with a few buddies and we know each other well. There are no egos, and we don't talk about who's fastest or slowest - we just enjoy each others company. Everyone does their own thing, and although we don't break any land speed records, we certainly cover some distance in good time (making progress). We always discuss where we are going, what route we are taking and where we will be stopping during the ride. Things change when riders I haven't ridden with at all, or often, are involved. If someone comes with us, we always take care to explain the above and make sure they 'get it' (in terms of route, stops etc). We also keep an eye on their riding, as we don't want 'incidents' to occur, and if we don't feel that they fit well, we don't invite them again. This may sound a bit pompous, but as I said, we know each other well and trust each others abilities, I feel this is important when riding with others. If I am by myself, then depending on where I am going, conditions etc, it's a good opportunity to practice. Throttle control, turn in, lines, SR's, even road etiquette - but you have to pick your times. If I'm heading somewhere remote, I always give my wife a timeframe when I will contact her, and of course explain where I'm heading to, and more importantly, which route I'm taking to get there. Very rarely will I deviate from this plan unless something unexpected happens. And if it does I will normally text her so she knows. There are a lot of country roads around here which are fun and lead to magnificant destinations, but sometimes there is very little traffic flow, so peolpe need to know where to look if things go bad. Most importantly, it's about having an adventure, and that's what makes it so much fun!
  3. I understand and respect your comments. So for Dunlop Q2's for track day use, what would I aim for regarding cold pressures? (say for a 'B' group rider) And in regards to #3 in the above post, what do you think would be a workable window? (for the track)
  4. A lot of new sports bikes seem to have quite high pressure recommendations (36psi front/42psi rear, cold). Are these pressures to cater for all riding conditions (from just a rider, to being fully loaded with a passenger) to allow for a 'multi' one pressure does all approach? If so, is there a more specific pressure reading for a bike with a rider only? (Suzuki GSXR750 K7) Cheers, Paul
  5. We're renound for "number 8 wire" fix up's and making the most of our resources... Come on down, we'll give you a shot of whiskey, something to watch on the telly, and rip into your knee to have it better than new! Titanium or carbon fibre, sir? Then we can stitch it up with a fish hook and some nylon.
  6. Hi Luke I see the next round is using the long track. This adds some really interesting dynamics! Was thinking about coming down for a look, so if the weather fines up (yeah right!) I'll see you next weekend! Paul
  7. All the best things get sent here for repair...
  8. Yeah, was a great shame alright. Wrong place, wrong time.
  9. I can't find it either. But as a side note, how cool was that 'Gyrocam' on the back of Rossi's bike! Now if they would only mount one on the front of a bike, then you'd get an awesome indication of the lean angle when following someone else!
  10. Dare I say it, Max Biaggi has impressed me of late. He's always been smooth, but he's got that Aprillia sorted and is doing the business! Was interesting to watch the different styles between him and Jonny Rea at the last WSB round. Both won a race, but Rea didn't have the finesse of Biaggi, in either race 1 or 2.
  11. Street riding - clutch up and down. Unless there's an opportunity for a bit of a squirt. Then no clutch up, and depending on the situation, no clutch down. Generally I'll not use the clutch from 6th gear down to 3rd. If I have to change down lower, then I'll use the clutch. Track days - no clutch up or down, but once again, from 3rd down I'll use the clutch. Don't really think about it, just happens. I figure it's got to be a little easier on the drive train at lower gears. And yes, I blip also.
  12. IMO Gardner and Rossi have very similar natural BP. It's also interesting to note they both have a head down, eyes up head postion (more noticeable on corner entry/braking).
  13. His qualifying times have been somewhat impressive, for a privateer rider. I've just watched the Catalunya qualifying (again) and although he didn't end up on pole, he was sure pushing hard. Perhaps like you said Adam, too hard! Seeing him come out of turn 10 (I think it was) left hander with the rear sliding was neat to watch, but I'm sure not the fastest way to do it... Then Stoner spacked out, packed a wobbly and took pole! Until Lorenzo with a cool head and an (at the moment) unmatched perfect technique, took it back off him. There were some great on board shots of Pedrosa, man, was he on the gas hard on that thing! Just squeezed the throttle on, stood it up a fraction, then, WHAM!!! Great to watch, and fantastic to listen to! And by the way, Spies, for the first time on that track, WOW! He sure 'gets' the track early. Great vision.
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