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Steve Rutter

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About Steve Rutter

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    Cornering Master
  • Birthday 03/25/1982

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    Level 1 & 2.

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    Milton Keynes - UK
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    Bikes, computer games and photography.
  1. I think either flick or turn would work in that scenario, had he said the words 'You need to go through the turn faster', or you need to corner faster then you'd have been on the right track with thinking that your cornering speed needed to increase. By saying that you need to turn the bike faster then I'd understand that to mean your steering input. I can understand why the instructor might not like the word flick, as by it's very definition it means 'a light quick blow' and that's not really what we're after, we don't want to be making the input any faster or lighter, we want to keep it
  2. That doesn't sound right about the manual, unless it was written by the tea boy. I don't think anyone ever claims that ABS will reduce your stopping distance, it simply gives you more control and the ability to continue to add steering input without locked-up tyres.
  3. Yes, at the start of the day the idea is to make learning the drills as simple as possible, so if you've not got to worry about braking or changing gear, you can concentrate more of your attention on practising what you're out there to learn. As the day goes on you're allowed to use more gears and start using the brakes if you really want to. It's very helpful for learning how to set your entry speed too. They did the same thing for level 2 when I did it.
  4. It's interesting that you say that you lift yourself out of the seat, have you tried the knee to knee drill?
  5. Explain yourself In the original post, he says "anyone who downshifts before braking, please don't comment" which is a bit blunt, someone might have something valuable to add to the discussion, but to be told not to comment on an open forum isn't really in the spirit of this board.
  6. Your body position looks good to me, especially as that's your first day. There's a reason they don't teach you anything about your body position until level 3 of the school though, as it's more important to lay the foundations and get your vision and other skills sorted first.
  7. My advice would be to forget your body position for now, provided you're not horribly crossed up you'll be fine. Better to concentrate on things like good progressive throttle control and trying out things like the two-step first. I presume with you saying that you're going to your first race school you mean the Haslam school. Be prepared to be told differing things at that and CSS, so don't arrive at CSS with a closed mind thinking that you've been told to do it one way and that must be the right way to do it. Just relax and enjoy yourself really, at the trackday in-between, build up
  8. Cobie; There's a joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall in NY, the punchline is "Practice, Practice, Practice." Malcolm Gladwell wrote about this concept in detail in his book Outliers. He says that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a task. His models include The Beatles, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Rainman Listening to Paul McCartney sing these days I'd say you can also practice too much, he needs to quit.
  9. OK, 1. You apply force much more efficiently to the bars, no force is going in a downwards direction, but is all going horizontally towards the bars. Add in the effect of pushing off your opposite leg and 'power steering' as Keith calls it and you can apply some serious pressure to the bars. 2. It's much more aerodynamic. 3. Your weight is down low and towards the front of the bike, which is a much better place for keeping the front wheel on the ground. It's actually not more tiresome to ride, once you get used to supporting yourself with your legs it's fine, plus unlike a naked whe
  10. Oh for sure. But, I does leave me wondering what the racers in the big series do when they find themselves at a new track where they have never run before, and need to find their way to a reasonable qualifying time after only one or two practice sessions. Rossi usually spends the first practice session at a new track going around fairly slowly on all sorts of lines around the track, much like the changing lines drill at the school.
  11. I don't recall seeing that in the Twist materials, but do remember seeing that tip on Simon Crafar's DVD... It's definitely in there somewhere, I'm just not sure whether it's book one or two. It's in a section where Keith is talking about the tyres having an effect on the gearing of the bike when cranked over.
  12. I made the jump a bit too quickly from my 600 to a litre bike and if I hadn't just forked out a small fortune on suspension components for my GSXR 1000 I'd downgrade again to a 600. I'm attending more track days now and running around mid inters group pace, but a fast group rider on a 600 would leave me for dust. I've seen it written elsewhere that you should get as fast as you can possibly go on a 600, and only then start thinking about a 1000. You'll be learning about cornering at the school, not pinning the throttle, and in almost every aspect of cornering a 600 has the measure of a li
  13. Rossi back on a Yamaha is the only chance we've got of having some exciting races next year, though I do have to agree that Lorenzo is going to come out on top overall. Provided there are one or two moments that hark back to Laguna 2008 or Catalunya 2009 then I'll be a happy bunny.
  14. The black line is just where the rear tyre is sliding along the floor whilst still spinning. Looking at his Tacho, you can see the revs stall just before it lets go, at the same time his hand rolls off slightly, so I think that is the cause, the weight shifts to the front momentarily, rear goes light and lets go, plus nothing the traction control can do, as he's come off the power, you don't see the orange TC light flash on the dash anywhere to suggest it's cutting in.
  15. I'll jump in with a piece of advice from one of the books (forget which one now) where you ideally want to be towards the top end of the rev range coming out of the turn, so if the bike does spin up and you get a slide, it only has a few hundred RPM to develop into, rather than several thousand.
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