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About Shakespear

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    Cornering Artist
  • Birthday 10/20/1954

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    My wife, CSS, Keith Code fan, My BMW S1k "Black Night" AMA Racing, Home Theater; Audiophile, Wrestling, Football, Bicycle Racing especially Cyclocross. Cars, Coaching, Mechanics, Singing.

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
  1. Did almost 270 mi today practicing practicing practicing. I noticed Keith that you cover your brake with the outer three fingers which is new to me and perfectly logical with the BMW's long flowing curved levers. I think I've heard of "feathering" the gas with the index and pointer fingers before. I noticed this today in a picture of you on your S1k with the comment something like "69 year old Keith Code is still a knee dragger" in an article about your trail braking interview which I did not finish yet but recognized a lot of from previous writings. Someone please let me know if I've got this wrong because I tried the technique most of the day and it worked like a charm. Worked a lot on vision the last two days (yesterday was 140mi trip to Hells Kitchen on the Island of Manhattan from East Setauket and back). Lots of interesting stuff on these two ride days; Just trying to apply all the things from my studies now that the roads are clearing of sand, the potholes are getting filled, and the road surface temperature is rising. I'm falling asleep again because I was up getting the house ready for my wife off to work since I have had lots of hours off yesterday, today and tomorrow, then on the road by 7:45 am and I rolled in around midnight (took a long break in the middle of the day to shower, stretch, relax after cleaning the bike, check the tires, chain and such). I organized an evening ride for the Long Island Sport Bike Meet-up Group and the Last Minute Rider Meet-up Group. Very small attendance and did maybe eighty miles but a worthwhile ride and a good start for Spring riding nonetheless. I always "feel" like I'm a better rider after I put in hundreds of miles doing various kinds of cornering with all that I've learned in School. I've put in a lot of good time on my bike "Black Night". Its amazing how instantly one obtains local celebrity status with a bike, especially one like a modified S1k. I'm so grateful you all Socratic-ally Reasoned me into it. All in all, It makes me "feel" like a good rider when I put in a lot of miles doing various kinds of cornering. Hope you are finding my answer to my own questions based on the feedback I'm getting interesting and useful. Good night.
  2. Thanks Eirik, I was wondering when you were going chime in since this was partially your idea...the thread. Great suggestions and I'm going to respectfully agree to disagree on the limits of my bikes performance cause I'm not sure that's ever happening or I'm just to prideful to say "I can't". Gottta go wife has groceries.
  3. CALM, Constructive, peaceful, romantic, serene. Now more so as I recover from my fatigue. Riding 2up today. Yesterday 26.3 mi on N shore LI in/around Port Jefferson to past ST James, through Stoneybrook U parking lot complete in speed limit partially then fully when I thought I saw a full blown State Policeman then realized it was U other car (Ford police style). Then to 97 Nicholls Rd less than 100 and wondering why SC Police, SC Sheriff continually stop but accept PAL card? as pass. Looking for legit Fireman's badge in racing support to top out and get the full pass hopefully but then can't screw-up and hurt someone. N'cest pas? Become a real E. Setauket Fireman fulfilling another lifelong dream from age 16.
  4. Read Muggets Risk and Cobies Nice Piece on the School and Both made me think even more on what drives me to do what I do, when, where, how, and why, on a bike. Vulnerability is such a difficult thing to put out on the Forums sometimes but I'm doing it but feeling anxious, panicked, and humiliated by it at times. Yet, thank God, sometimes I see others doing the same thing in more subtle and sometimes even overt ways. Others are simply confidently expressing their views. I even see evidence if some of my most distressing personal issues, the death of a loved one, and a medical issue. I've been told that I'm living proof that one can overcome tremendous obstacles. Carefully cryptically at times I continue to travail across the path that let me here and continues yet more each day in the School. Today i promised myself I would read more and write less but these two topics are too tempting to accomplish this completely as of today. At 2am I can hear my wife finally sleeping soundly again in the next room while i recline comfortably on my chez with the opportunity to express myself clearly once again. It takes precious time. I get it right and then I find I'm shot down by the computer...a statement that might raise your ire Keith. That I even address you directly seems maybe too bold especially as sleep beckons. All I can say at this point is I'm doing the best I can so please all don't abandon me as a crazy old man of 60 trying to vainly fulfill a dream with an outworn keyboard. Many missteps. As much as I love married life this too can be a stumbling block. So now finally living in the solution: After reconsideration cf I find good natured not exactly the word I wanted but calm, serene, soulful, finely designed by you Keith. A great new piece on the School which led me back to the very entertaining UK piece by a woman named of all things Sheila after having read an Aussie expressing his views on coaching prompting me to laugh in final misogyny yet finally leading me back to the topic. Wow, what a trip! Now to try again later today.
  5. In addition we are trying to establish a Motorsports park here on LI; A joint venture between NYS Park and Private rescources. This is making the impossible possible to make moot (cow's opinion doesn't matter) the question entertained. Since getting more ridiculous by the minute I will stop and go back to sleep.
  6. Not that tough that I can't find some humor in it such as to float a boat one needs water which we have plenty of after all it is an Island. One need a motorcycle that can fit the bill and ours certainly are. We (here) have envisioned a Motorsports park but need help to get it real to make the question above a non-issue.
  7. Thanks cf, Its new soulful exciting in a good natured way. all, i'm getting it little by little thanks for helping me.
  8. Latecommer nic here, Thank you all for your insights. Caught this looking for recent call for coaches.
  9. Glad i signed up for the ama emails so now im getting daily updates. Daytona is an awesome race.
  10. Keith, Question unfairly posed as I realize now, again that rhetorical may not apply. Can you learn this safely on the public roads? r, Thank you. Breaking the speed limit is a big issue. My lawyer and police (except for a very few who ride hard on the street) wholeheartedly agree with you. Otherwise we share similar experiences but for my lack of track experience. Coaches? Cobie, I know some of your thoughts on this as to the geographic problems for some of us to get to the track because of how you had to travel in the beginning of your career. I think you have strong opinions regarding the safety of others on public roads. All, This is really a tough issue for me so please bear with me.
  11. Man, I just can't get this right...its a paraphrase from Twist II...most of you will know what I mean.
  12. Keith, You posed this question rhetorically because we're supposed to know the answer. With all due respect for some of us not only is this possible but its necessary due to finances and choice. Illegality is yet another conundrum. For students please help me with this.
  13. I find that its possible to "get through the corner with as little lean angle as possible" paraphrase Twist II....at least sometimes I get through a turn with way less lean faster than I thought was possible. I realize we are talking about a special case when maximum lean is a must but choosing when is an art.
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