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About shakabeemer

  • Birthday 10/20/1954

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    My Wife and Family, Long Island Sport Bike Meetup Group, Track Safety, Singing the Blues Our Lady of the Cyclist Catholic Racing Team

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  1. My apologies for not responding to the great posts, but the email account by which I'm notified went south, so I thought no one had any thoughts about the topic. I'll post more soon. Thanks for helping me work on this!
  2. Wondering what everyone thinks of the 2017 Superbikes and what you think is the best street, track, and overall bike this year? I'm leaning towards the Ninja because of the opportunity to get extra power from the race kit cams and it seems like its on par or above overall. Its also currently leading WSBK, though that could easily change. The Ducati also seems to have made extraordinary improvements. There's lots to like about the Gixxer, and I really like the quality and innovation on the R1. Motorcycle News picked the Honda overall but I like a bike with more power. As much as I miss my 13 S1000RR, the unresolvable mis-shifting on my particular bike (most didn't seem to have this problem) and the false neutrals (many had this problem) are two items that have left a bad taste in my mouth. But I'm probably going to buy a Ninja, Panagale, or R1 because I'm selling motorcycles now and those are the brands we have. I noticed afterwords, that I posted this in the wrong place, so sorry for that but a seeming glitch kept me from posting where I wanted. Thanks for your comments and opinions.
  3. My short take on this question is that "perfection of one's thinking can lead to great outcomes". An example of this is "I will stay on the bike, safely, during this race/event, be smooth, and in the lead at the end", in lieu of "oh expletive, I'm out of control and going to crash".
  4. Having started Catholic Racing Group on Facebook... <This post has been MOVED to a new thread in the Cornering section called "Beliefs and Riding">
  5. Its been a long and challenging road for me back to New Jersey Motorsports Park since my unfortunate incident in 2014, yet i succeeded and CSS deserves a lot of credit for sticking by me, even though I also had another bad per incident with Penguin Road Racing School. Ken Hill, Nic Ienatsh, Chris Peris, Kyle Wyman, Mark Schellenger and the rest of the Yamaha Champions Riding School class that I graduated from on May e helped me tremendously over come and identify my bad habits, and to help me start to create champions habits. California Superbike School is my birthplace as a racer, which I have yet to make come to full fruition, but without all of you, this would not be possible. Special thanks to chase, Hotfoot, Trevor, rainman, Tyler, Eirik, The Prairie Dogs, CSS in the UK, Dylan, and who else, but Keith Code, Ride well and ride safe!
  6. Hi Again Phil, Would you please contact me at 347-804-6952. Thanks, Jesus, I Trust In You!
  7. Hi Hugh, Sorry to hear of your difficulties. Things could get better and I hope they do. My wife and I have had many bitter discussions about motorcycles and racing. I have to concede that many of her concerns are correct. The emotional and financial tolls in this realm are heavy. My plans are also scaled back this year, but I'm cautiously optimistic that I can do three days on the racetrack including Limerock. The centerpiece of my effort is to do a day with Yamaha Champions School, first, on May 3rd, where I feel like I can learn a lot from Nick and his staff. I'll try to finish up with Penguin at Loudon and finally get my license. If I can stick in a a Tonys Track Day, I'll be happy, because my sponsor, Todd, at Heroic Racing Apparel, has told me that he really puts his riders above money. I also love that little racetrack at Thompson Speedway, in Northeastern CT. I had huge expenses on my bike due to an accident on the street, and upgrades, and I too, am spending this year trying to get on the plus side of the balance sheet. I may be able to do some more track marshalling which will help me learn, get safer, and pay my expenses. The money at NJMP is pretty good for this, and they always need marshalls. MotoAmerica last year taught me tremendously, and I think this is going to help me in the future. I was, of course, saddened by the passing of Glen Frey, because with him goes my dream of singing with the Eagles. His family and friends, and other band members are still there, so I have hopes left for a closer relationship. I may turn my focus a little more in this direction because of advancing age. I've had a nagging thought to quit motorcycling, and racing altogether, but I feel the sport has given me so much, that its undeniable that I should continue and overcome my fears. Having been a professional bicycle racer in the past, it is helping me with my fitness goals, and I have learned from Roadracing World and Motorcycle Technology, that rider fitness and mental acuity are supreme in this sport. The Long Island New England Sport Bike Meetup Group holds lots of possibilities, including an escorted fund raiser for the Suffolk County Police Athletic League, and the track days. We are also doing Sturgis this year. I'm amazed at how this Group has taken off. I thank God for all of this. Good luck with your job, as I know how increasing responsibilities can be a big challenge and very rewarding. Wishing you the very best, and look forward to hearing more from you, about your career. Thanks for asking about my plans.
  8. I finally followed through and started a racing blog since way back when Laura (Hotfoot) suggested so. Its like me, a little disjointed but, getting better all the time. Here's the link. I'll also post the link on my racing blog on this site. Thanks to everyone and have a great 2016 season! http://nicsmotorcyleracingblog.blogspot.com
  9. I cannot wait to see my first MotoGP. If all goes as planned, I will see the races at NJMP after a track day on 8/10/2015!
  10. Great news, I rode two-up with Eric Wood yesterday and had a wonderful experience in my third School including my ill fated ride with CSS in May a year ago. Things are changing for the better and I am now looking forward to getting my CCS license in less than two months. I have a fully prepared Ninja ZX-650 at my disposal for the next two years at Loudon and New Jersey Motorsports Park. My sponsorship package is coming together now and I can see my way clear for 2015. I hope to see some of you at NJMSP soon. Best Regards to everyone. P.S. I also met Scott Crago, drummer for the Eagles yesterday because he was the celebrity guest of ours, His twin brother, Jeff, is also a great guy and we became fast friends. Scott and I sang "Take It Easy" together captured on my iPhone. I'll have to put the link up to my You Tube Channel on Nic's Motorcycle Racing blog. Happy Days everyone!
  11. Nice going Hugh. I'm moving forward too and rode two-up with Eric Wood yesterday. Looking forward to meeting you. Nic
  12. Hugh, I will be more present for your racing career. Go Dogs!
  13. Watched your forks in action with interest in the video you posted on your racing blog. A light bulb went on and the thought was, "Oh yeah, that makes more sense now after digging into the book". A lot of the above is over my head for the time being, especially as I scramble to absorb everything I learned at Penguin 6/9/15. However, I'm determined, and I'm going to learn enough to get my suspension set properly and change it as needs change. Thanks again for opening my eyes with Andrew's book, your book, and and your writing, I will continue to follow your blog. Go Dogs!
  14. I agree 100% that staying off your rear brake is the way to go except for the circumstances noted. The point I'm trying to make is what are you going to do when your back tire locks up in a panic stop? Believe me, you are in trouble. That was one of the main contributing causes of a nasty crash I had during a CSS Level I School. It also caused me to get squirrelly a couple of times before but not enough to make me give up my stubborn and foolish attachment to the rear brake. I knew the teaching on this but I chose to ignore it and it bit me hard.
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