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  1. Were you riding an S1000? Have you ever experienced a front wheel lock, that you knew for sure was a front wheel lockup under braking? The first time for most people is often a quite a heart pounding experience. If you aren't absolutely sure of that feeling, I HIGHLY recommend taking a whirl on the brake rig. It's definitely my favorite contraption at the school. During the last school I got on it again to continue to refine my braking ability. One thing for me to offer. I generally never use the back brake, or use very little back brake. There have been a handful of occasions where I accidentally locked up the back under braking and was totally surprised as I thought I was using none or only a little rear brake.
  2. Hey Eirik,

    Last name is actually Klepper, I believe it's of German descent!

  3. Hi! Just noticed what may be your last name; Klepp - and wondered if you have Norwegian ancestors? Klepp is just 10 miles from where I live. Eirik

  4. If you're in California where lane splitting is legal, I'd say that as far as legality goes, the cage is at fault here. If not, it seems like 50-50 fault because both drivers were breaking the law. Judging by the description, and as far as responsibility goes, i'd say the squid should have probably slowed down a little bit if he can't handle an emergency stop at relatively low speeds. But let's be honest here, lane splitting is dangerous and there are situations that even the most experienced rider would not be able to avoid. If you are in a car's blind spot, and he cuts his wheel as hard as he can to make an impromptu lane change without checking, you could definitely become a pancake regardless of your skills or reaction time. By virtue of lane splitting alone the rider is putting himself in a precarious position and is definitely responsible if something happens. The rider should know that most people don't check or care if a motorcycle is lane splitting, or even not lane splitting for that matter. Our safety is definitely our own responsibility, and we understand that in some case safety can be out of our control, most especially during street riding. I hope the guy is OK and wish you would have gotten it on GoPro.
  5. 1. Yes 2. Stomp Grips. They have the most grip. 3. The way they are engineered is excellent, they fit perfectly on the bikes they are designed for, often included tiny pieces that stick to the smaller crevices on the tank. I think i use the new model stomp grips. They stay on for a long time as well and they are offered in black or clear.
  6. This is a really interesting question. On top of what everyone else has said: Focus - Early in my riding career, I found that *really* focusing on the CSS drills does wonders in understanding the techniques you are practicing. It is very easy for our minds to wander and get through 5 laps on the track and say, oh yeah i'm supposed to be quick turning this session. It is often easy for ones progress to be undermined by procrastination, or losing site of the goal. Doing Something Wrong - This is a technique CSS practices today. Go out there and do something the way you know you're not supposed to do it. That way your mind can weigh the consequences and benefits between both methods and you can develop your own conclusions as to why you should do something a certain way. This technique I think should be used sparingly and in some cases not at all, for example skydiving. Easily Digestible Content - Many people are gifted with the ability to take a very complex subject matter, and explain it or teach it in a way that makes sense to persons who are not dedicated to the field. As a trainee or student, it is invaluable to have someone with a wealth of knowledge on the subject matter who can take their many years of experience and wrap it up into a few simple sentences or illustrations to relay the concept. I personally love seeing illustrations as in many cases they can be more valuable than words.
  7. Yes, you are pushing the front. This summer I was at NCBike, and the trackside vendor only had Michelin Power Pures. My Dunlops were finished and I went with a set of Power Pures for my second day at the track. The front slid more in a day than I have ever slid the front on a Q2 or GP-A tire. I checked and double checked that I was running the right pressure and still kept feeling front slides. This track in particular had incredible grip so I would assume it's worse at other places. The slides were really quite in control and I just stayed on the gas and it wasn't a problem. But who wants to ride on a tire like that? I will always choose a Dunlop or Pirelli over a Michelin after that experience. Now, they did have two different profiles for the front tires. One was rounded, and one was more V shaped. I went with the rounded one, maybe the V shaped front would have held up better under track conditions. Jeremiah
  8. I'll be happy to post a Code RACE review once I get back from Willow in October. Luckily I have been to a regular school there once already so the track won't be brand new to me. Haven't done a RACE yet, but I believe it's treated much like a real race weekend where you do several practice rounds, a qualifying, a warmup, etc. Then you are pitted against the rest of the students in a real race on track. Happy that i'll be doing it at the end of the year since i'll have a good amount more track riding under my belt and really get to end this season off with some awesomeness. Can't wait.
  9. My very first taste of motorcycling was riding my dad's Harley Sportster. I was 'baptized by fire' meaning I drove it on the open road without ever having ridden a motorcycle. After dragging my boots for about a mile I was able to slightly comprehend what I was doing. Somehow, after that harrowing experience, I decided that I loved motorcycling and picked up a Suzuki Katana 750. I've always been a fan of performance over comfort and had no desire for a cruiser type motorcycle. With only a few months under by belt on that bike, I traded in for an 848 and haven't looked back since. This will be my 4th year riding a motorcycle, and my 4th track season as well. The Ducati Manhattan dealer invited me to a track day after getting the new bike, and I was hooked from that day forth. In my first season, at a regular track day, my instructor told me "When in doubt, gas it". It then became abundantly clear that I needed to find a professional motorcycle training organization if I wanted to really learn the mechanics of riding. This season will be my third year riding with CSS and I find it to be the safest, most knowledgeable, professional, well staffed and friendly organization out there. Nothing puts a smile on my face like seeing those CSS trailers and the people that make it happen. As far as racing, I haven't raced before and don't have any real aspirations for it (other than in my dreams). We'll see what happens after the RACE school!
  10. I'm also going with the notion that your coach will see what you need to work on each session and be able to give you the best guidance there is. Surely you can have personal goals of your own, and speaking with your coach is the best way to understand if your goals are inline with areas that you need to be improving on. My *personal* progression was much like this: Completed first level 4, was worlds better riding a motorcycle Needed to work on body position, especially between my right and left turns, and being able to feel more 'loose' and comfortable on the bike. Once I sorted out that, I was able to start going faster through corners. I needed to then roll back to the most basic of visual skills, the two step, in order to start feeling more comfortable with the speed. Working fairly well with the two step in corners, I then needed to turn the bike faster, quick turn. Now I needed to work on drive out of corners, the pickup. So basically, you are always going to be going back to the basics, in my experience. This season I want to work on my reference points. The coaches have noticed I am extremely good in certain corners, and other corners I am lacking. When they ask me to think about why, I realized it's because I was very comfortable with my reference points on my best corners.
  11. My first track day: After progressing through all the levels @ Keith Code school & being a notorious repeat offender:
  12. Hi ladies & gents. It's Jeremiah aka Baby Bear, signing in. I just discovered this forum yesterday, how could I have missed this! Can't wait to see everyone this year, our first days are in May at VIR. Also signed up for a Code RACE at Willow later in the season, among many other days! You guys are obviously the best. Keep em on two until I get there alright? Patiently waiting, Jeremiah
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