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yakaru last won the day on July 6

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About yakaru

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  • Birthday May 30

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    Seattle, WA & Las Vegas, NV

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
    Yes, many many times

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  1. https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=thighmaster&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
  2. thigh master type resistance work is good. There's also good exercises here: https://weighttraining.guide/tag/pectineus/ as well as https://barbend.com/adductor-exercises-for-strength/ and the Strong Curves program by Brett Contreras, while directed towards women, has a strong focus on glutes and legs and I use elements of that as I can. My biggest issue is consistency, it's so easy to stop doing it for way too long.
  3. On the flipside from strength is flexability and fascia treatment, you don't want to be 'yoga stretching' as Lyle puts it but this still helps keep everything loose and relaxed. Here's my favorite pre/post track prep:
  4. So the bit about the old pairing needing active counter steering or it would stand itself up in a corner really strikes me as odd as it violates some core physics of 2 wheeled vehicles. I'm curious if something like the rear tire not quite being aligned or similar was causing that and swapping the tires corrected the problem indirectly. Just spit balling. Glad you're having positive results after the change though!
  5. Off topic but Keith is still chastising me for using my clutch on my smaller bikes (without any electronics past fuel injection); I've done clutchless up and down on them a few but I've missed enough that I still haven't gotten confident doing it by default. I may also be biased because my transmission ended up needing work done on the subsequent track day after spending a school attempting to get used to being clutchless.
  6. Didn’t know which day(s) you are/were here but I’ll be on the lookout too if not yesterday
  7. I'd rather read from an electronic screen than not have access to it at all
  8. by the by, @Cobie Fair / @Keith Code -- any consideration to putting Twist and Twist II on Kindle? I have two paperback copies already but one that I could keep on my phone or kindle so I don't ever forget it for a track day as well as the ability to search for terms would be excellent.
  9. I didn't know it was Will, but I remember that frame -- huge distortion, if my memory serves it was shifted around half it's width over to the side.
  10. I've got to say that the most valuable parts have changed drastically for me over the years; but my favorite parts are probably the technical demonstrations.
  11. Looks like good news:
  12. If you're heading out west here's my track comments: The Ridge: one of my favorites -- both fast and technical, which is a fascinating mix of skill needs. Big straights and semi straights along with a variety of corner types and elevation changes (including the turn 13-16 "Ridge Complex" super corkscrew) Streets @ Willow: suuuuuuuuuuuuper technical and short. You'll get lots of laps in and learn skills, but it is in rough shape pavement wise and you won't really get to 'wring out' a superbike much. CSS's "home" track. Laguna: Fun and historic, the corkscrew is neat but I'll admit as someone who has done the Ridge complex for years before going to Laguna got used to it pretty fast Thunderhill: Really interesting track -- one of the most challenging tracks to pass on, which made it an area I was able to work on my passing a lot. Vegas: flat as a pancake but 'in town' so you don't have far to go like you usually do for a track. Very frequently offered on weekends making it a great 'get away' school. If you want to try somewhere else out east VIR is the one I'd pick.
  13. Trevor really is the best of the best. I've actually said MANY times CSS should offer a "track control" school for orgs to learn from them how to manage a closed course. Glad you had a great time, @53Driver hope you'll be out again next year?
  14. A lot of this has to do with the specifics of the corner but for the general approach: - You usually want to shift the weight balance forward to change direction. Depending on the bike and corner this can vary from a pause in the roll on, a partial roll off, a complete roll off (preferably with intent, not just chopping the throttle), or application of the brakes. - Once on line you roll back on, moving the weight back, stabilizing the bike. Again depending on the corner and bike the nature of this can vary. There's a corner at one of my local tracks which, on a 250cc bike, I don't even roll off -- the lean needed is not high and the power of the bike is such that I can keep it pinned very safely within the bike and tire's limits. On the S1000RR then it depends on how I came to that section -- on a 'good lap' I need to roll off (though not brake), if my approach is slowed for whatever reason then instead I pause or perform a very mild roll off (very comparable to the "Double apex" throttle control described in TWOTW).
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