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About freeflydive

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    Cornering Apprentice
  • Birthday 01/02/1976

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    Honolulu, HI
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    Motorcycles, flying, skydiving, SCUBA, photography, travel and the next bright/shiny object I see!

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    Completed levels I-IV...returning in May 2014!
  1. My friend and I are signed up for 19/20 May, please stop in to say hello...we'll have our '12 BMW S1000RR (motorsport colors) & red/black CBR600 under a blue EZ Up canopy. If you're in the area over the wkend, we'll be riding Sat/Sun on Lightening with another track day organization. I'll have to pace myself so I don't wear myself before CSS. Cheers, Majdi (mej-dee)
  2. Congrats on the new toy. So, which CSS day are you signed up for? BTW, I managed to put on 600 miles on my 2012 S1000RR within the first 2x wkends for the break in service prior to my first track day...very doable, just make sure to schedule an appointment with the dealership ahead of time. I love my Q3's, but the stock Metzlers are also great tires (at fast intermediate or slow advance pace)...they are comparable to Pirelli Supercorsa SP's (street tires), but were prone damage from road hazard. IRT the sliders, I currently have the R&G no-cut frame sliders, but will likely swap them out for the Woodcraft sliders (requires a small cut into one of the side fairings)...they are low profile, more streamlined and bolt directly into the frame without an offset. I use the R&G case savers and like their look and function. As for rearsets, I've used Sato and Woodcraft in the past, but currently have Attack Performance rearsets. If on a budget, woodcraft rearsets are great, otherwise I'd opt for Attack Perfomance over Sato. If you haven't already found it, S1000RRforum is a great place to learn about the bike. Cheers, Majdi
  3. That is for sure Oh stop kissing up to the head master! How's life in New Orleans treating you? I'm PCS'ing to the DC/metro area in July and will be doing track days at Thunderbolt and VIR. Let me know if you will be around the neighborhood. Aloha, Majdi El-Ahwal
  4. Below is my mental check list as I approach a corner: -Visually identify my turn point -Keep my body weight on my feet/pegs (not the seat)...arms are always relaxed and not weight bearing. -Shift my butt and upper body to the side early on. -Continue to lockon the tank w/ BOTH KNEES (to stop my body from sliding forward when braking...tank grip pads help). -Initiate braking to establish entry speed (arms remain relaxed). (both knees still locked on tank) -Complete braking (when desired entry speed is reached). -Establish the proper/desired body position (my body is already shifted over, so I just lower my upper body and flare my knee as needed). -Initiate the turn/lean at the desired turn point (limit body movement as to not upset the chasis/suspension when leaned over). -Once desired lean angle is established, roll on the throttle (smoothly and continuously throughout the remainder of the turn) to stabalize the bike and maintain speed. -Identify the desired apex. -Identify the desired exit point. Lather, rinse and repeat :-)
  5. 1. Yes 2. Stomp; I like the additional strip they provide for the S1000RR to use below the tank for better grip for us short riders. Asthetically, I like how the clear version shows the painted tank on the '12 S1000RR motorsport. 3. Grippier than tech-spec 4. N/A *I've used Tech Spec on my 1198 which initially provided adequate grip and enabled me to re-use the pad when I change the fuel tank. Unfortunately, the grippy surface became smooth and less grippy with age.
  6. hey how did you make the video? It's not my video...the credit belongs elsewhere. I found the clip online w/ the help of Google. I agree, it's very cool and helped me get acquainted with the track before getting there.
  7. I can't wait to get out there! In case you are interested, here is a link to a great track-day video w/ a course map of Thuderbolt. Thunderbolt Dashware-GoPro Video Cheers, Majdi
  8. I'll be there on both days for level IV as well...look for the dude w/ the shaved head and a lot of cob webs! Cheers, Majdi
  9. Weighing the outside peg provides you leverage lock on to the bike and transition your hips and upper-body to the inside of the turn w/ out using your arms & handle bar to get over. During our level III drill, we were taught to establish our body position for an upcoming turn-point by doing a toe raise (press up w/ the balls of your foot) against the outside peg (this lifts up your outside heel, contracts your quadricep/glute and drives your knee into the tank), while having your heel against the heel guard for additional leverage...this enables you to anchor your outside leg against the bike and use the force from pushing against the peg to get your hips & upper body into position (inside of the turn). Try the drill around a corner you are comfortable in, at 75% of your typical speed. If you have problems getting around the tank, scoot back away from the tank to give you room to get around it. Another way of looking at it is...when walking or standing up on the ground...you pivot from your outside foot to turn into the opposite direction...it's the same bio-physical mechanics/principle to get your body to move to other direction while keeping your upper body relaxed. I hope this helps...if it doesn't make sense, blame it on jet lag!
  10. Majdi Your answer itself begs the question: << What is the rule? >> Ago Rule Number One- "Once the throttle is cracked on. it is rolled on evenly, smoothly, and constantly throughout the remainder of the turn."
  11. Matt got it...I had to look it up! Otherwise I would have thought the ideal line is one which requires the least amount of steering corrections (which does play a roll, but not the answer you are seeking). "The line that allows the throttle to be applied, exactly by the rule, is an ideal line." The book goes on to state the "The "everyman's ideal line" does not exist, and it never will. Different lines are the rider's own personal way of seeing and doing his job: A concatenation* of his strong and weak points, dos and can't dos and machine limitations, and, of course, his SR threshold." (Chapter 4) I appreciated the excuse to reach for the book and dust it off from last year. I'll be attending level IV on 21/22 May at Thunderbolt...I hope to see some of you there! Cheers, Majdi
  12. This simple tip has improved my riding experience...I'm not looking at the top-inside of my helmet anymore!!!I The increased visibility has improved my sense-of-speed and identifying reference points while riding through tight/technical corners. It took me a few days to get used to the new material while the foam-blocks broke down a bit...but its been great in my Shoei and AGV lids. I'm Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I wanted to say thanks. Cheers, Majdi
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