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  1. You're asking a group of people who spend all their spare time and money going to racetracks to ride bikes whether or not you should buy a new bike?....of course you should!....everyone loves a new bike!! Interesting question though. I would say that it depends. Are you coming out of corners spinning up the rear wheel or having the traction control kicking in so that you need newer, lean-sensitive or programmable traction control? Same goes for the brakes - is it under-performing and you need the most advanced ABS out there to remove those moments when you are 'clenched'? Quickshifters are great as well, but with some practice and perseverance (and a few missing gear teeth) you can shift smoothly and quickly without one (this is one I have been working on recently and have finally got the hang of clutch-less shifts and throttle blipping - and I mean finally!) Lately, I was berating the brakes on my 300cc thinking that they need an upgrade from rubber hoses and stock pads to something more substantial, but then asked myself how often I lock up the brakes or get the ABS activating. At my current skill level I can't activate the ABS on a good, dry surface so the brakes' performance is above my own, so pointless upgrading anything, apart from perhaps myself. Those are just some random thoughts, I'm very much old-school as two of my bikes have kick-starters and the other two still have cable throttles - and only one of those has ABS! I'm interested in the answer myself from those that ride and have experience with more technologically superior machinery than my own. At the end of the day, do you need to 'justify' a new bike? ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Good to know, and makes perfect sense. Thank you.
  3. Just out of interest, would you recommend taping over the speedo as well? I know it's covered on the school bikes but was unsure if it's suggested for personal bikes.
  4. Just saw this. Thought by technology you meant ABS, traction control, etc...didn't think it was a lack of suspension! Good stuff!
  5. Red Baron, envious of your tinted visor - RainX is a good friend here! Thanks Jaybird. Regarding contact lenses, I use glasses when driving at night however, legally, I don't need glasses to drive but find that it sharpens my vision (I also opted for lenses that cut down on light glare from oncoming traffic). I did try a batch of disposable contact lenses ( a month's supply) for riding but as I don't ride at night didn't keep using them after that initial trial period. They were soft lenses, don't remember them being uncomfortable and another possible good use for eye drops.
  6. Interested to see these results. As impressed as I am with modern medicine, the eyes are something that can't be transplanted so I tend to look after them. Other precautions I take are to avoid riding with the visor up in anything more than 1st gear to avoid grit/dust blowing in (I just crack it open if I'm hot/fogged up). Also use power tools in my job so always pop a set of safety specs on and use sunglasses on bright days to avoid sun damage ( I gave myself snow blindness once, which is actually sunburn of the eyes by not using eye protection to cut down the UV glare from the sun and the reflection from the snow - not pleasant) Eye exams are recommended every two years (in UK) but I am overdue one at the moment because of, yep, you guessed it, covid.
  7. 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. (I'm sure if Keith has a look he'll blow that idea out of the water, haha!)
  8. 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 lot out of it whichever bike you ride.
  9. 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' mode is available later on but, to be honest, I left it in 'Rain' all day long during level one and two and got on perfectly with it. With regards to the skills learned on a sports machine, they do transfer easily to other bikes and I've put them into practice on various ones - Bonneville, ADV's, Enduro, Vintage and my 300 single. Alternatively, you are familiar with your own bike so don't have to adjust to another one - there is no such thing as the 'wrong bike'!๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. 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 how my faulty cerebrum is wired! But will keep at it... I have used the 'tank over curb' before on the track, but found it takes up too much attention on the street. Admittedly, I am 5'11" on a small 300 so I do need to glance down to see the tank.
  11. 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!
  12. If they don't ask they won't get๐Ÿ˜‰ Selling from ยฃ31,000 here in the UK, with an additional ยฃ4,000 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 ยฃ15,500/$19,600 Street legal with straight cut gears?!
  13. 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 improve your riding at your pace, as opposed to going flat out on one day and burning out! The 2:1 student:coach ratio is fantastic as you get a lot of track time with them which was the selling point for me and worth the extra cash! I also agree with yakura that you can get more from being in a dedicated learning environment for those two days so there is less time spent travelling to and from track on different days, but, as she points out it depends on your learning style and schedule. The kit they use is great, boots, back protectors, etc. I haven't ridden the 2020 BMW RR but the previous versions were amazingly user-friendly. I was picturing ending up in A&E having never ridden a sportsbike or been on track before, but they were actually easier to ride than my own. I have done one-day schools also and they are great, but after having done a camp it is very obvious there are fewer track sessions, less time with the coach on track and there are more bodies on track. The only issue I had with the camp was at the end of the very last session of the last day I was gassed! You sound like a fit lady (fitter than I was!) so I doubt you would have any dramas there - I would say turn up rested, hydrated and go for it!
  14. Resistance bands are good too, and a cheap option.
  15. 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.
  16. Good news indeed! The new website and format of the schools looks ace as well!
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. 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˜€
  20. Great video. Thank you faffi ๐Ÿ‘
  21. 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!
  22. 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....
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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