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Vic last won the day on March 1

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About Vic

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    Scotland, UK
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    Bikes - Photography - Playing in the mountains, preferably on a bike.

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  • Have you attended a California Superbike School school?
  1. Thanks for the heads up! I agree that showing each of the survival reactions in turn, and the cumulative effect, with the all-too-predictable outcome (going into the scenery!) really hits home how small mistakes can add up. This was a real "ah-haaa" moment for me and something I recognised in my own riding which is what prompted me to come to school in the first place. Favourite part - a Harley rider, in full leathers, quick flicking it on the street! That, and the fact that you got Julian Ryder - the voice of MotoGP - to narrate the film. What I found most eye-opening were the overlays of the riders going through the 'esses' (one quick flicking, and the other not) and the result, not only of line but lean angle too. Aye! Agree with you here. I find doing something the 'wrong' way is a good tool to learning the right way. One of your coaches once gave me a tip to keep my non-steering hand on the tank so steering becomes purely one-handed. Great drill! What this highlighted that I was very right hand dominate (I am right-handed) and that my left turn was really weak and clunky. So, even when pushing with my left my right hand was doing the lion's share of pulling, which I was oblivious too.
  2. Good news indeed! The new website and format of the schools looks ace as well!
  3. I like some Sex Pistols now and again, but man, that's exhausting to watch! Faffi, there is a pretty interesting documentary called 'Road Riders' (a shoot-off from the film 'Road', about the Dunlop's racing story) about the Irish road racing scene focussing on the club level and weekenders - the other end of the glory scale of the TT! I think it could be on Netflix...
  4. Amazing! Thanks for all the really good info Hotfoot. It's good to get a coach's perspective on it too. It is improvement that I'm aiming for, but definitely some good food for thought.
  5. Hi Hotfoot, Hopefully I'm not asking you to repeat yourself here. I'm planning some school time for late 2020, either at Laguna Seca or Willow Springs. Can I please ask what makes Laguna a great track, as I've never been? Also, from a coach's view, is it a great track for teaching/learning on? I've been to Streets of Willow before and was wondering which one to plan dates around. Is it best to apply the 'new track - old skills', or 'old track - new skills' approach? Or should I be brave and try a new track out?๐Ÿ˜€
  6. Great video. Thank you faffi ๐Ÿ‘
  7. I like the sound of this๐Ÿ‘ My line always leads me too near the inside of #4 - what is they say about every day being a schoolday!
  8. So, to clarify; as I am treating it as a single apex turn, I'm about 5 feet from the edge of where the first kerb starts, bringing my line in closer to it as I ride up to my (the 2nd) apex (and not paying too much attention to the first one). I'll take that though.๐Ÿ‘ Yes, it could, and I could run it tighter. A tighter first apex would let the bike come out from the kerb, rounding off the corner more so than I probably would be doing, and allow for a tighter trajectory in on the 2nd apex, which would really let you drive the bike up the hill, get it picked up sooner, and set up a good entry into #4. As I enter wider, I exit wider, which is why my entry to turn 4 never seems right - crescendo effect - lightbulbs going on๐Ÿ˜€ There is only one way to remedy this....
  9. Hi Cobie, I would say 5'. From what I recall, there are cracks/ tar snakes extending out perpendicular from the first painted kerb which I 'chop' each one shorter in length to run the bike closer as the kerb goes along, ultimately aiming for my apex at just over the halfway point along the second painted kerb - been a couple of years since I went round there though.
  10. I have found the 1000RR a sweeter ride than my own, and I do like those footpegs too - I did try to get some for my own bike but there is currently no fitting kit available. Sounds like it's time to get myself along to another school๐Ÿ˜€ Many thanks, Victor.
  11. Thanks for the reply Keith - only kidding on the patents! I agree that there is always an element of compromise - even at MotoGP level. Regarding subtle changes, one of the things I took from the road bicycle fitting was what I was doing with my elbows. If you imagine the hands resting on the lever hoods, my elbows naturally sat as though they were hugging a beach ball, or flapping out a bit like wings. By rotating them inwards, the forearms sit parallel with the road and this puts you in a more supportive position. This is one that I transferred to the motorbike, in keeping with forearm alignment on the bars, and found it made a huge difference to comfort, and control. When you mention the drills you've developed for seat position/peg placement; do you have one of the school bikes set up with adjustable rearsets, so a good set-up can be refined then those dimensions used as a reference on an own bike? (I only ask as taking my own to the track isn't an option) Victor
  12. This is a fantastic article, which I have only just read. It really hits the nail on the head with a lot of issues I have in my own riding. I love your idea of an adjustable bike to use as a test-bed to find the sweet spot in positioning. I know from cycling and mountain biking the first things that get changed on a bicycle are the pedals, seat and bars/stem - the three points of contact you have with the bike to set it up more personally, rather than the manufacturer's 'one size' approach. Taking it one step further, I even had my road bike professionally fitted to me. Is there such a thing in motorcycling? (or are you aiming for a patent on the adjustable bike?๐Ÿ˜‰)
  13. To be honest, I deal with it as a single apex turn - wide on approach with a late turn point, aiming for an apex quite far round on the kerb as it goes uphill. Also, getting on the gas early as the bikes transitions through the dip which I suppose counteracts the speed loss as the track turns upwards, and feels fun! Also my favourite turn on the track.
  14. ????!!!!! Sounds like four lives used up too! There's something about the best lessons always being the hardest ones, still, good you came out the other side ok. I'm a bit surprised that the regenerative braking isn't adjustable on the move. Considering on most bikes you can adjust rider modes on the fly, which is somewhat comparable to the regen-braking. The only EV experience I have is in a Tesla, and I was surprised that you can roll that thing to a stop on a downhill without touching the brake pedal (probably on maximum regenerative braking for test pilots like me!) Still interested in these and have a demo lined up. I see they have now released the SR/S - a faired version to reduce drag, ie, go even faster๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  15. Hi Roberts I agree the future is here, but it also sounds like the future can kill you easily... and in complete silence!! I've yet to throw a leg over one, but there is a Zero dealer nearby having a demo day in a few weeks so going to try it out (will heed all your warnings!) Some interesting points, especially about going off road and not being able to de-clutch. Obviously, it is still under power, and braking off road is risky - can I ask how you dealt with that one? I suppose the issue with slowing down all that mass is using traditional tyres and brakes with new, heavy technology. It would be interesting to see if any of the tire manufacturers have taken the extra mass/characteristics of these bikes into account. I guess as new battery technology is refined the weight of these machines will drop dramatically, rather than having the need for lots and lots of Li-Ion batteries. The other thought I had was with the constant improvements in engine efficiency and the likes of BMW having to conform to Euro 5 emissions regulations by using lower friction pistons, lighter components, etc, do all of these changes cut down on the amount of engine braking available? Has anyone at the school passed comments on this with the 2020 bikes? Or are the changes imperceptible? My only other thought extends to a brake upgrade? Or, really embrace the future with a heads-up display helmet to aid 'reality reminders'!
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