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DLHamblin last won the day on March 27 2017

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About DLHamblin

  • Birthday 04/02/1959

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    Yes, 1986 Mid Ohio, schedule for 2016 VIR in May

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    Cincinnati Ohio
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    Motorcycles (of course), MotoAmerica Volunteer Track/Flag Marshal, firearms competition (IDPA), model building.

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  1. Good points, I will try some next ride (I have tons of foam ones....)
  2. 1. Braking on the limit, both straight up and turning. As much for defense as going fast. 2. For me getting more comfortable with traction/lean at the limit Both not easy to master (safely) on street.
  3. Interesting on ear plug, while on track I get it for noise; but on the street; I think using ear plugs "could" be a way to hide info you need (a racing car engine, sound of tires sliding etc) that could be a tip of something happening around you. Just my thought. As for distractions, riding for me is a way to get away from life's distractions (as you really need to focus just on your riding). That said, I use the same approach to riding my bike as I used to use when flying. Bike may be ready but am I. There have been a number of rides I did not take because I either didn't feel physically or mentally up to it.
  4. I was told by a Dunlop tire rep if I get to where there is no chicken strip on front on the street I am going WAY too fast when I asked that! I think the Q4 can do 62 degree of lean; I know my 2015 GSXR cannot anyway.
  5. This is difficult as to a point these skills will play off each other. So, my opinion (based on street riding, not track though they are likely the same): #1 - Visual skill, lack of target fixation. You have to see the situation or threat before anything else can happen. #2 - Quick reflexes. Once you see the threat/issue you need to make the right reaction. #3 - Ability to steer quickly. If you need to change direction, this is important. #4 - Physical Condition. Its important so you can enjoy your ride and not be fatigued (and sloppy) #5 - A lowly last is Brave. Just being brave will likely get you in real trouble. One skill not mentioned is ability to brake safely and quickly in all riding attitudes (straight up, turning, poor traction etc).
  6. All I have done on my GSX-R1000 is set preload to be honest, I haven't found a need to deviate. My thought was similar to off road bikes; if you start playing with the clickers and now its not right; always go back to stock settings as a baseline/starting point. My son's GSX-R750 and my 1000 is what I have ridden the Q3 and Q3+ on (besides the schools BMW 1000 but I also didn't ride the BMW with original tires). On both the 750 and 1000; when we went to Q3 the handling became lighter (quicker?) and it seemed like you could pick and hold a line easier. Also, on my 1000; I used the stock rear 190/50 17 with Q3. When I went to Q3+ (at recommendation of a Dunlop tire guy at one of the MotoAmerica rounds I was working at) went to a 190/55 17 rear. He said it would make an even more noticeable sharpening of handling (as in theory it raised the rear slightly) which it did and I have stuck to it since.
  7. Couple questions, are you running correct rear tire size/profile? Do you know if suspension is set with stock settings or has been adjusted? Ifs been adjusted at some point (or you are not sure) look up the stock settings from owners manual and set everything back stock and see how it feels. I have found Q3 and Q3+ to generally sharpen up a bikes handling. How many miles on the bike (and current tires)?
  8. Cobie; I may try 29 in rear next ride (by the way, if not clear, I am referring to PSI cold, not hot after ride).. Even on street I am for more grip (insurance) over mileage anyday. My Q4 just arrived but won't put them on for a few more weeks. I am going to attach a Dunlop tire pressure guideline chart I have (keep in mind, its a GUIDE, your needs will likely vary!) 2019-Road-Race-Tech-Data.pdf
  9. I was told 33 front, 34 rear on Q3+ for "spirited" riding. Have been happy with that, will likely start with same on my Q4's (which should be to me Wednesday).
  10. Nope, I get it! Hoping then to do VIR or maybe Bowling green (its only a few hours away) next year for levels 3-4.
  11. Well one new, one an oldie. This is a question for Keith and Dylan. Any thoughts on going back to Mid-Ohio for a school date? Also, have you considered doing any at PIR (Pittsburgh International Raceway)? Dave Hamblin (class of 1986 2016)
  12. Any chance you can get someone to video you? Video can be a powerful tool in these type cases.
  13. YES!!!! I am 58, but still love and prefer a sport bike over cruiser/tourer. Several years ago I was having issues "folding up" into the bike, my neck would get cramped up, and I would be sore and stiff after any extended ride. I was really concerned how much longer I could do it before the discomfort over ruled the enjoyment. Then a friend who teaches yoga suggested I try her class. She was thrilled when I agreed (she said only one other man had attended, and he got sick halfway through and never came back :-) Well, that was close to 6 months or so ago. Unless I am out of town on business or one of the MotoAmerica rounds I go twice a week. It has made a huge improvement. Easily "fold up" to a crouch, no sore neck or back, can move around much better on bike, and can ride much longer at a time. So I am a believer!!!!
  14. IMG_0603.MOV A shot from our flag station of the chicane
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