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  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.
  14. Thanks r. Functionally its awesome and it's even prettier in person. It makes it much easier to control her as you're plunked down right in the sweet spot and can easily steer under hard acceleration because all the force goes through your body into the tail and not ever from pulling back on the bars. I've used it just a short few days and finding new ways to use it all the time even though it needs a little tweaking. I'll report more when its done.
  15. All this not withstanding its an intricate process and "you can't be in a hurry. I've seen guys in a hurry and they don't make it" Twist II. Every time I think I've got it, eventually I realize there's yet more to learn. Thanks for bringing up the topic. It helped me.
  16. Trimmer, please keep it on a basic level that the average person can understand. Thanks.
  17. I'm planning on the PCV unless there is something new coming around the pike I should look for. I will use it because it has a good reputation. I'm wondering if the Autotune eliminates the need for dynotuning and what pipe you like for the s1k? I'm looking at the Brocks CT Single because I want a quieter pipe that still gives good power. Also, do you think ECUnleashed will do much for me? I have my doubts but am all ears.
  18. To keep me from sliding off the back and from pulling on the bars I designed a seat for my BMW1000RR that keeps me in position. I had Lee at New Image seats do the work after I sent him a foam mock-up and scratched out a few drawings with primitive dimensions. I only have seat time in the model I made and it made it so much easier for me to handle the bike, especially under full power, that I had to send the picture because I was so pleased. I've seen many variations on this theme on all sorts of race bikes. I also had something similar on my Busa and it was super comfortable and functional. The cost was very reasonable. I'm not selling them or making profit. I'm just excited that the idea seems to be working out. I'm also attaching a pic of my very sophisticated (not) model so you can get a better idea of how it works on the bike.. Sorry for the askew orientations. Based on the cold snowy weather here in the Northeast, any bike related activities are better than none. I'll have the seat in a few days and let you know what my findings are.
  19. I've always thought I'd never use a plug until I got caught out about thirty miles from home with a screw in my tire and no way to change it. Fortunately, a great stroke of luck found me in the hands of a private mechanic with a plug. This, by the way. was a three week old tire on a three week old bike so I didn't want to eat the cost of an almost new tire. The Bridgestone Battleaxe don't come cheap. So Carmine quickly and easily put the plug in and I got to use the tire. Plugs have won a place in my tool kit.
  20. Welcome to the Forum. I too have only so far used the books, including Soft Science, and the DVD. I feel like i've learned a tremendous amount this way...my favorite is Twist II on CD which I have loaded into my iPhone for a riding companion. I'm told this all is going to pale by comparison to live coaching which seems plausible but I still want to think I'm a much improved rider as it as and as. Be that all as it may I am much looking forward to Level I in May which I will take time to absorb and practice and then do Level II in August. I'l do the same in 2015 I then I guess start repeating Level IV and do a Code Race eventually. Lots to look forward to. I understand your dilemma with travel to a School as even the four hours for me to get to New Jersey Motorsports Park has some challenges. I expect you will enjoy the Forums and continue to learn as has been the case for me. I spent a lot of time reading Keiths articles in the Forum which is great because I wanted to get it from the source. Once again welcome and all the best.
  21. Reminds me of my 750 ZX7. Nice bike. Black and very fast for me at that time. Rode it to the tracks in Aspen and outside of Denver to watch the racing there. I was having no getting on the track in those days; Way to scary for me. On the way back from Aspen we got caught in a freak summer snow/sleet storm. I was cold to the bone and quite terrified but my riding partner was much more experienced than I and led us to safety. During that trip was also the only 'live or die" moment I can recall ever having on a motorcycle. I was very new to riding and foolishly pushed the bike hard through a corner at about 80mph and before I knew it I was on the edge of the asphalt with a soft shoulder in front of me and I remember thinking something like, "I'm going to die". So I pushed as hard as I could on the bars and, low and behold, I made it. It made me very happy and forever put the "err on the side of caution" into my heart. This was all in the early 90's but it caused me to take a trip down memory lane when I saw all the 750s in the photos. Thanks for the pix.
  22. You seem very excited about this article Keith and when I finally get on a track I think I'll understand more fully why. Thanks for giving me that desire.
  23. Twist of the Wrist II on CD loaded on to my iPhone is my favorite companion to riding. I'm amazed at how much I I've learned this way. I need a lot of repetition to absorb material thoroughly and this is a big help to me. Its really useful to get the idea in the moment when riding where it applies exactly. Music...not so much but sometimes. As was noted above I just love the sound of my exhaust to much to let anything get in the way even a little bit. Riding a powerful bike like my "Black Night" is a privilege and a huge thrill. I've never been on the track and I'm sure I'm going to love it but it will never replace the joy of street riding. Hearing that exhaust note and using it to protect my self and yes, to be seen and admired and unfortunately hated at times is all a part of the joy for me. Phone: I always have that on in case my wife needs me or a friend I want to talk to calls maybe to meet for a ride. I almost always pull off the road to use it though. Not because I find it too dangerous but because I haven't found a system that works well enough (that I can afford so, in fact, I'm going to start saving for one right now!). My earbuds also work as protection from excessive noise. Ear canal buds would be nice but again the ones I've seen are a little pricey. Good topic. Thanks Hotfoot.
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