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  1. Just locked in today for the 8/17-18 camp at COTA. I had thought that this would be the year for me to make the trek to the left coast for Laguna Seca but when Misti posted up on the S1000RR forum that COTA was on the list I jumped in. Counting the days now...
  2. My $0.02 is that at some point, the thing that will hold anyone back from getting into the best BP will be core muscle strength and your overall flexibility. If you don't have the flexibility to get there and the core strength to keep your weight off your inside peg, that will make it tough no matter how much coaching you get. I'm speaking from experience because my pace has been steadily improving for the last couple of years thanks to the great coaches at Superbike School - but I'm at the lean limit on the bike, getting a knee down, but can't seem to consistently get the rest of my upper b
  3. I'll point out that the Superbike School as a piece of equipment that is designed to help with your manual blipping technique. It looks like one of those kneeling style desk chairs that's been modified with a set of handlebars and a pressure gauge that measures your force on the front brake lever. The idea is to press and hold the brake and then "blip" the throttle and watch to see if your braking pressure changes. I noticed that when I blipped the throttle that my brake pressure would drop slightly from letting my fingers slide on the lever. I worked on it for about 10 minutes between ses
  4. I'll be there tonight for a single day of Level 4 coaching tomorrow and we'll probably scoot at the end of the day to get back home. This will be my first single day school; my first level 4 repeat offender day; and my first time at NJMP. It's looking like hot but clear weather! Giddy up!
  5. I'll take a stab at this one but would welcome feedback (vision continues to be a work in progress for me on the track). My "3rd step" or next reference point might be: - my turn in point for the next turn, - if it's a long turn, segmented RPs for the next section - if it's a straight ahead, my RP for when I want the bike stood up and fully on the gas What else? Wes
  6. I think one of the hardest things for a lot of guys to do is to stow their ego and be open and humble to the full learning experience. I think that's why a lot of street riders don't do track days and why a lot of track day riders don't do professional schools like CSS - even if they can easily afford it. You can be Rossi in your own mind until you measure yourself against others or watch your riding coach pass you like you're standing still :-) I personally think that the one thing that was as important as anything that I was offered to learn at CSS, was committing to the mind set that I'm
  7. That's exactly how it worked for me. I did a 3/4 camp a year after I did the 1/2 camp. After spending the first day working on all the great things that Hotfoot described in Level 3, my Level 4 day was spent getting back to fundamentals of vision. I spent a few track sessions picking better exit RPs that really worked to give me the confidence advance the throttle sooner. We called it 2 step or 3 step or bracketing turn 3, etc. All vision related Level 1 or 2 skills and it completely transformed my laps and my pace picked up substantially. In the last couple of sessions of my Level 4 my
  8. The new R1 seems to be missing some of the reported ponies it was supposed to have. Interestingly, the BMW has almost exactly the HP bump they claimed for the '15 model. Some makes are a bit exuberant with their claims. https://youtu.be/pJAQIYzC45c
  9. I ended up not being able to get back until just this past week at Barber for the Level 3/4 camp. More on that later. Wes
  10. Coming Home It was beautiful weather Friday morning in central Virginia but I was going to have to ride through that mess of level 4 thunderstorms on the way home Friday. Instead I decided to take off for the mountains and rode Skyline Drive back north. I’d always avoided it on the bike due to the 35 mph posted limit but it felt oddly fine, after two days of track time, to roll along on it at a speed that didn’t attract too much attention. I picked up a riding buddy at the school who’d ridden his new R1200GSw to the camp and was also headed back toward Baltimore. We swapped bikes
  11. We all got to ride a couple of laps each day on the camera bike which was followed by a coach critiquing mainly the visual skills we were supposed to be practicing. Target fixing is a bugger of mine and I worked on it continuously for the whole two days and I can clearly see in the video when I wasn’t looking off my turn in point in to the turn soon enough. I’m having a bit of trouble with their video file but maybe I’ll have that to post up later. Somewhere around 3 sessions into the second day they let us use all the gears and full braking. My lap times using rain mode, 3-4 gear, an
  12. Dylan Code explaining some tools for avoiding target fixation: I think I got a woody the first time I rolled past this sign on their S1000RR track bike: Here we all are, the level 1 students, lined up on pit lane. I'm #20: The first orientation lap parade around the track: The first few sessions we were limited to 4th gear only and no brakes. After riding these first track sessions, I’d say that was a fine way to slow things down so you can work on the actual skill they’re teaching – go slow to eventually go fast. The first session was about throttle control – no throttle in th
  13. While I'm working on my post for the Level 3/4 camp at Barber - here's the report I wrote last year after going to the Level 1/2 camp at VIR. Ever since getting back on a bike a few years ago, I’ve been thinking about – no, make that dreaming about getting back on the track. Last fall, I lurked on the CSS web site every few days waiting for the 2014 schedule and I finally called them in mid-November. They said the schedule was going up later that week but I could sign up on the phone. Done - spot reserved in the mid-May VIR 2 day camp. I counted the days, read the books, watched the yo
  14. I did the Level 1/2 camp last spring so a year and a couple of track days later, I found my way to the Level 3/4 camp at Barber where I met Hotfoot and the rest of the CSS cast of amazingly talented coaches and consultants. Hotfoot mentioned to me that while this forum is fun and great there seems to be very experienced riders here and then inexperienced riders posting up - not too many intermediate level folks that jump in and describe their experiences. Hey, that's me. I have to admit to not being very active here or posting up very often so when I get a bit more time I'll post up my exper
  15. Hi and welcome Mario! I'm headed to the 2 day camp at Barber at the end of May - first time there. A place CSS also visits that's closer to you than Barber would be VIR in Danville VA. They just repaved a lot of that course last year and it was pretty amazing to ride in the camp I did last year. Nice, inexpensive places to stay there too. Of course, Laguna should be on anyone's bucket list and if I worked an hour from there I'd be all over that. Ditto on reading Twist II - a lot of the class is based on the rider tech in the book. Also a lot of Keith's articles here and in Motorcycli
  16. I wonder if this isn't caused sometimes by helmets that fit too loosely i.e. your noggin is bottoming out in the hat? I made sure when I bought my SR-1 that I got one that fit well around the crown of my head and then worked with it to get it to loosen up in my cheeks. It's a size smaller than my touring helmet, a Schuberth C3.
  17. There was another thread on here recently about this. My '13 S1000RR has a flawless QS on it so upshifts on the track are never clutched. I'd say about 90+% of my downshifts are clutchless. That video I posted on here a while bike is all clutchless downshifts. It works very smoothly but my own personal challenge that I'll be focusing on this year at the track will be threshold braking while down shifting. I have a hard time keeping a constant brake pressure (and feel) while I'm blipping the throttle. It's a work in progress. The word from Will was that to be careful not to preload
  18. I was told no by Schuberth customer support on the variable sized cheek pads so I set about the process of accelerating the break in on mine. It was pretty tight and uncomfortable at first (my fat cheeks) but the crown fit nicely without my head bottoming in it. Now it's very comfortable for long days of use and I'm really happy I bought the smaller size - it's outer shell is physically smaller so I get better clearance on the neck of my leathers when I'm cocking my head in the tuck. It's light, quiet, and very high quality and looks great. I probably wouldn't have looked seriously at spe
  19. Thanks for the kind words Ronni. Other than level 1/2 CSS camp in the spring, that was the first time on the track for me in about 30+ years. I'm clearly a work in progress and open to any and all critiquing!
  20. 'zactly. However, don't let us discourage you from single days. I haven't done one but everyone I know that has said it was the best day on a motorcycle ever. Another thing I'll add is for me, it was a trip away from home with a hotel stay whether I did one or two days. Given that investment of time and money, my thought was to go all in on the two day to get the most from the time commitment away from home/work.
  21. Once I've completed the level 3/4 camp next spring I'll probably attend some single level 4 days on my own bike until they get tired of seeing me. That said, I think the 2 day camp was a huge benefit to me personally for a number of reasons. 1) knowing that I'll be there for 2 days took some pressure off of me to get it exactly right the first time out - I knew I had a total of 14 track sessions to work on all of it. 2) I really benefited from some great coaching that could really hone in on what I was missing or not doing correctly - I'm not sure it would have been so comprehensive in the
  22. I really like the articles that Ienatsch has written about "The Pace" for street riding. In his original article he said you might not see brake lights all day riding with his groups that ride the pace. He clarifies that in this Pace 2.0 article: http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/09/16/become-a-better-street-rider-with-the-pace-motorcycle-safety-and-riding-skills/ Riding like this has really reduced the times where I felt like I've charged a corner too fast on the street.
  23. Eirik, in your happy, relaxed scenario above, are you trailing off the brakes all the way until you begin to raise the bike back up to vertical? Given what we've learned in the throttle control skill about the suspension and where grip and control is achieved, is the front tire being asked to do more or less work than if you were on the juice?
  24. The Level 1, first skill, Throttle Control was a real eye opener for me. I kinda knew that was the goal but didn't fully appreciate how the bike's suspension and traction at each end could be more consistently managed by eliminating transitions or oscillations in brake & throttle. That practice has led me to a place where I feel like I'm carrying a lot more speed into the corner. Since I'm off the brakes and won't add more than a crack of the throttle until my line is set and assured, I'm only asking the tires to corner and it seems easier to me to tell when I'm near the limit. My goa
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