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  1. I plan on being at Miller, but on the 9-10 dates. . . Would love to stay over for a few extra days but have to be back on the East Coast on Thursday so unfortunately can't. . . No idea on food for SLC or Tooile. . . .
  2. While helmets may not go bad after a certain date, I would not say there isn't a "lifespan" to them. 5 years is a good average life for them. Now that 5 years might be different if it hasn't been worn vs worn every day. If you wear it every day - with heat, sweat, moisture, etc - I can see where the styrofoam inside the helmet might be impacted vs a non-used 5 year old helmet. . . So I can't say age doesn't play any factor in an helmet. .. I will agree with everyone else here - try on all the major brands and see which one fits your head. There are various shapes of helmets that fit
  3. There isn't too much really close and around LS and I don't believe that there is any lodging on track. You generally go toward one or two (possibly more/further during MotoGP) - areas. . . If you prefer to go cheaper - you head toward Salina. If you don't mind paying a bit more, around Monterey, and if want to pay a bit more then stay in Monterey. Monterey is a nice small seaside town, lots of bars/restaurants, etc. . . Hear the seals in the morning/evening, etc. You could also go a bit further and stay in Carmel - another gorgeous small quaint town that has lots of small shops (you wo
  4. You're probably going to be around a 44 or 46 (or Euro 54, 56) depending upon cut and style of suit. The problem is that some of the Euro or japanese sizing at 56, might expect someone to be 6'2" tall and have the knee protectors a bit 'off' than where they should be for 1 pc suits. 1 pc vs 2 pc ? Well, a 2pc will be more "convenient:" to use day to day and you can use it on the track if it zips around. And you want to make sure you wear your gear, otherwise its useless. So you may want to consider that as a primary option. If you have available funds and will be going to the track (
  5. Is the class going to be in Chinese, Taiwanese or English ? The site is entirely in Chinese so makes me wonder. .. That many Aussie or Aussie Chinese coaches to go and teach that class ? And did you check out the pictures down below on that site you just linked to ? Are those pictures of students/teachers of the school. . If so, you might have a lot more riders stepping up to take the class there (or at least male riders . Wow.
  6. Here is the funny thing - the 1199 engine (in base factory gearing) compared to the 1198 - it is below the 1198 in torque almost linearly until about the 8k rpm level. Then it just stomps on it. So I can see how people are saying its more "like an i4:" because it has absurd amounts of torque/hp in the upper ranges where a lot of i4's really shine. It's rev-limit is still at 11500, so comparing against those 13-14k rpm machines is still a bit different. . I can see where people make the comparisons - but the difference is that its still a monster torque machine down lower - just not killin
  7. You might want to ask the instructors at CSS what they think of the Panigale. I saw some of them take a 1199, S1000RR and a 98R around the track and they were pretty much dead even through the track. It comes down to type of track, type of rider, and most important - ability and familiarity of the bike to the rider. I doubt 99.9% of the riders can extract the difference in performance of these bikes. In terms of power delivery - everyone is saying the 1199 is like an I4 rather than a traditional 2. I'm not so sure about that. The 1199 delivers power pretty much throughout the entir
  8. I should add - I have ridden the BMW S1000RR on the track with CSS and friends who have the bike. . . I have never said it wasn't a great bike. I just wouldn't buy one. There are a lot of bikes I would acquire before I'd get that one. I'd have a Ducati Panigale S, F4 RR, 1098R, even the 848Evo, Aprila RSV4, possibly a Motus or whatever. I would get one before I got a CBR or something (and not knocking that bike either). Just saying its Teutonic and lacks a "soul" for /me/. And as I said - the Porsche is a great car to drive. but you get a different feeling if you are driving a Fe
  9. Actually there were/are people who /were/ trained to slide the bike down in a panic situation like that. This might be 20+ years ago as nowadays its better to reduce speed and keep traction with current day brakes and tires. Mostly in law enforcement where they are taught this and actually do it. I know a few people who have put a few bikes down this way in the past. It becomes instinct to them since they are trained this way. They know that this isn't the case these days with modern tech in brakes/wheels/etc. So I don't agree it would be "complete and utter BS" from everybody. Tha
  10. I have a v-rod as well and I think its actually more dangerous now after taking the school than before. . . Thinking seriously of selling it as I've had a few "oh ######" moments when riding the harley thinking it has enough clearance for a moderate turn when in fact it doesn't. The V&H exhaust scrapes well before the pegs do and its quite scary as you think it'll lever the rear wheel off and remove traction on a corner. But if you take the class in it and not ride the S1000 or a sportbike - then that should be better. I'm just commenting that its difficult to ride a V-rod /and/ say a
  11. I like how you qualify it as the "school's mechanic" :-). Will isn't just some mechanic, as I've seen him ride. If she has any bit of his genetic composition - she's going to be fast, like real fast. . . If I could borrow some of that mechanical or riding skill, I'd be doing great. . ..
  12. I've done that as well. Just make sure your foam doesn't cover up the vent holes at the top of the helmet where alot of these channel air through. ..
  13. I really love your posts Mugget, but I would like you extending your explanation of the quoted statement. Here is a good article for the OP to read: http://forums.superb...p?showtopic=579 The contact patch when leaned over is larger, but there is not more traction. There are more forces(different directions) acting upon that contact patch that takes away from traction.
  14. Cobie = what size glove (or I should say - what size hands you have) do you wear that you would need custom ? Do you have brutish hands with no fingers ?
  15. Did you ever ride a road cruiser during your 150K miles ? If you did - then part of your hesitation might be related to all those miles where you were riding a bike that had limited ground clearance (namely pegs and exhaust). If you've ridden say a Harley for many years and you know you have limited ground clearance on the right because of the exhaust (or footpegs) that could jack your rear wheel off - then yes, that thought might sit with you while you're on a track trying to determine how far you can lean over. I actually still have my harley and have two problems - one) when ridi
  16. I was (and still am) in a similar boat as you. Went to take the 2 day class and it has helped tremendously. I think class notwithstanding - you certainly don't want to try this on most roads. I would say you need to go to a track to try this as most tracks, if you hit the "oh sh$t" pucker factor, you have enough room to straighten up and stop safely. Now, in terms of cornering - once they positioned my body a bit , I found that I felt better and better going around corners. That the bike felt planted when going around. Also, as you keep going around the track and develop the same rep
  17. Did the two day with you guys at VIR. Enjoyed it immensely. Need some remedial training - so going to meet up with you guys on some of the west coast tracks next month. VIR was a first time for me - that roller coaster was pure fun and a great experience. Still couldn't quite get to throttling up on the last turn into the straight when it felt like the bike was bottoming out as you were barreling down that hill and around that last turn.
  18. For protection my best recommendations are Held Titan gloves. Held phantoms are nice one step down but Titans are awesome. for slightly shorter cuff if you don't want the full gauntlet, the Heroic Racing SPR-Pro Short is an excellent glove at the price they are charging ($160 instead of $300 for the full gauntlet). It's like a 1/4 gauntlet (not even half), so some wrist protection, but you get the full stingray sliders, etc. The Spidi Carbo Track is also pretty nice. If you want waterproof, the protection drops off significantly from the race gloves. The Held warm 'n' dry are war
  19. I don't have many track sessions under my belt, but I will tell you what will really help. Forget working out everything as we would all like to do that. Just get on a stationary exercise bike (not a regular bike) and work out for 10 minutes (and hopefully moving to 20) and go for harder and harder resistance levels. I try and get to about level 14 on these stationary (bikes) for that time duration. Once you can get to that type of resistance (I got there in a 2-3 weeks) and I'm carrying at least 30lbs more than I should be - you'll feel your legs much easier to push off the pegs and move
  20. As a multi time student and a Corner Worker for the past half a dozen years or so I've seen almost everything at the School. Closest to a full dress Harley was a Yamaha Royal Star sans bags (although I think she had them with her in her trailer). Rain Most of those guys don't believe or want to corner anyhow. . .. Can you imagine a CSS class with the full dress harleys, tassles flying from the handlbars, saddlebags, and straight pipes. . . No one would be able to hear anything and most of those bikes can't take a corner past 30mph. . .. well I should qualify - most of those bik
  21. Full dress harleys ?? Would love to see that one. . .. That would be pretty funny - though it makes perfect sense if you're trying to get better skills on /your/ bike rather than someone elses. . . I have a Harley v-rod for when I feel like cruising and I can tell you that I'd be afraid to corner hard on that thing on a track. . . I scrape the right side (exhaust/pegs) enough times on highway ramps that I know I would be in trouble on a track with it. . ..
  22. You really have to be careful with Snell. They are a paid group (which inherently nothing wrong) that makes money off of certifications. However the problem is that their last certification before the current one had a /LOT/ of problems. The M2005 has a ton of problems - even enough that Snell admitted they had to update their standards - which they did to M2010. However, there is a lot of confusion in the marketplace as many helmets are still standardized to M2005 and not M2010 (and it's not that easy to tell them apart). The M2005 standard is still applicable and you can still manufactu
  23. Depends on what you get to determine whether things are waterproof. I find if you get the Goretex proshell type of jackets - where the jacket material and waterproof laminate are one piece and NOT a separate goretex liner - then the entire system can be made pretty wind/water proof. I have gone 8 hours in cold/wet without a drop of water. .. I can deal with cold and wet all day. I don't like hot, don't like hot and wet. Cold or cold and wet is a much easier problem to solve than hot or hot/wet. . . As a reference - for cold or cold/wet look at Rukka Armas. Ridden down to 0c
  24. Exactly. but I'm not even debating what is best as I don't think you can argue which is better (or worse) - and thats for a much larger discussion. . . I just noticed on the paperwork that the helmets will be inspected and that they have be DOT or Snell certified. And I wanted to know if my ECE 22.05 certified is allowed to be used. Basically, if any European comes over wearing the same Arai/Corsair/AGV/Bell/Schuberth helmet as sold in the states, it is ECE certified and not DOT/Snell (USA). So if I bought my ECE certified helmet in the UK, can I use it at the school if I come
  25. I am a firm believer in leather. I have used textile before and have seen too many textile garments just not function as one would hope they do (especially mesh). The textiles that do function how I would want, are pretty much the same "comfort level" as functional leather. So I switched back to leather. Perforated leather for hot weather riding. . I do use textile in winter as it actually functions better than leather in terms of warmth/layers (and I'm using the heavier duty stuff). That being said - I can see where textile is useful if you're going on a trip. Because while you c
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