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Vic

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  1. Sanity and hearing are good! That is impressive to watch and incredible the way it makes all the other bikes look like they're barely moving, especially getting on the power out of corners. The squeals occur more the further the video goes on - clearly looks like a kid with a new toy who's starting to play around with it! The one at 3:40m (ish) sounds like he's backing it in, but not sure if this is the case later on - the one at the 7:09 mark sounds like it's coming from the front as he steers, decreases steering and the bike's roll angle before getting back on the steering and power.
  2. Your Bonneville will, obviously, feel more upright than the BMW RR but in your first session (assuming this is your first time at the school) the first couple of laps are slow-speed, follow-the-leader 'sighting laps' which allow one time to adjust to riding position anyway. The first session is usually spent getting used to the track and lines, getting used to the bike, and still early in the day so tyre and track temperatures can still be cool - point being it's not worth going flat out immediately. The coaches really know their stuff and are fantastic at looking after you so you will get a
  3. Hi and welcome! El Colibri covered it quite extensively above. I would add that my first time at the school I used their bike but was apprehensive about riding a sportsbike as I thought it may detract from the learning experience, but they are excellent and surprisingly user-friendly ("pussycat" was the term used!) This was the previous generation S1000RR - maybe someone else on here who has ridden the 2020 version has feedback on it? During the first couple of sessions the bike is in 'Rain' mode (reduced power, more forgiving throttle response) and the option to move it up to 'Sport'
  4. I liked the sound of this too so thought I would try it out before writing. I like the idea of using the outside peg to 'triangulate' a point of the tyres' contact patches to the peg, to create a better idea of where the bike is placed, pretty much as El Colibri found. Also, that our awareness of using that outside peg should already be 'switched on' if we are pivot steering (which I assume we are). As it's new to me, I did find my attention was then slightly focussed at the rear of the bike, which then felt like it was playing catchup as the bike moves forward - perhaps this is just ho
  5. Hi Olivier, Bienvenue! With regards to Pivot Steering/Power Steering; in Twist II video, the analogy of a fencer using their rear foot as a solid foundation describes the technique well. As Cobie said, it is more about "bracing" the lower body and engaging the core - not to push the body forwards, but to prevent it being pushed backwards when we add steering input. Hope that helps a little and maybe see you at school in the future!
  6. If they don't ask they won't get😉 Selling from £31,000 here in the UK, with an additional £4,000 for the MSport Package - which looks like a lot of billeted levers, rearsets, lever guards ( all courtesy of Gilles by the looks of it), carbon wheels and engine casing sliders. Works out to around US$39,000 and $5,000 according to the exchange rate, standard RR here is £15,500/$19,600 Street legal with straight cut gears?!
  7. Hi Merritt C You'll love your time on track with the superbike school! I disagree that the Two-day camp is too intense for first-timers. I attended a two-day camp with just 10 months of riding experience and loved it. The coaches will look after you on-track, as will course control and the instructors in the classroom too. They are a great team who want the best for your time there. Personally, I found the two-day camp really lets you soak up all the information like a sponge then practice at your leisure in your own riding time. You also have two days with the same coach to imp
  8. Resistance bands are good too, and a cheap option.
  9. 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
  10. Good news indeed! The new website and format of the schools looks ace as well!
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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?😀
  14. I like the sound of this👍 My line always leads me too near the inside of #4 - what is they say about every day being a schoolday!
  15. 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.👍 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 ent
  16. 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.
  17. 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 school😀 Many thanks, Victor.
  18. 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 fore
  19. 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 s
  20. 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.
  21. ????!!!!! 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 inter
  22. 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, he
  23. Hello! That's a pretty sweet bonus prize of free BSB tickets - hope it was a good show! I am also based in the UK and a bit gutted that the Superbike School has shut down. Various people have mentioned rumours of a new company taking over the franchise, but I have no idea when this will be. I have done a couple of schools in the UK, but most of them have been over in the States. It might sound outlandish, but maybe worth considering (or not ?!) When you add the school day (or two) to the cost of a flight, plus hotels, it wasn't that much different to what I'd spend gett
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