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El Colibri

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  1. Yes, though we’ve never directly worked together, I always look forward to seeing the entire CSS team. It almost feels like extended family to me, but even better, because it’s always more than a pleasure.
  2. I’ll be back for the 3 single days on my bike. Looking forward to seeing you again 53driver, and hope to see you there this year Cobie.
  3. From the article: “ Erik Buell will not have a role in the new company, according to Melvin, because Erik Buell is currently involved with the electric motorcycle and bicycle company Fuell. “At the end of the day, it’s just a brand name,” Erik Buell posted on his personal Facebook page. “At one time it stood for innovation, but it was parked by H-D for 12 years. Time will tell what becomes of it next.” Link to article: https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/buell-is-back/
  4. Hey Brick, welcome to the forum. Unlikely I’ll see you at VIR, but I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
  5. Quick report: It rained and rained some more this past Saturday at COTA so I was never able to really put outside peg/foot to a true test on the track. I was much more concerned with smooth braking and smooth throttle than I was with trying to hit the apex/curbing with my tires (Q4s, unfortunately I didn’t have rain tires). Judging/feeling tire position just didn’t seem to be that difficult, or much of a big concern, at maybe ~35-40° max lean on a really wet track. I still stand by my previous leap forward/value statement about outside foot/peg though.
  6. Keith, Merlin here. You were my off track coach for all 3 single days at Barber this past May. I believe it was on day 2 - I was able to shave 5-7 seconds (can’t remember exactly to be honest but it was a huge gain) off my lap times with a single drill you assigned to me. if that helps with “credibility” 😉 The freed attention and consistency in my lines with outside peg/foot “felt like” a similar leap forward for me. I think you’re on to something valuable here.
  7. I just went for a great ride on my favorite local twisties and I'm super glad I checked into the forum this morning and saw this post before I headed out. I practiced knee to curb in one of my sessions at Barber this past May - indeed it was helpful. But as this thread inquires about tire vs eye position at apex, I found practicing/focusing on my outside foot to be tremendously helpful today. For me, it really tied together vision (keeping vision and attention well down the road) and precise tire placement through the corners. I played with both knee to curb drill and outside peg dril
  8. El Colibri

    KTM

    Perhaps it’s because I started riding on the dirt and continue to do so on KTMs, or perhaps it’s my Austrian heritage, but mostly, I’m super excited to see another manufacturer getting competitive in the GP class. That they have become competitive in a relatively short amount of time (4 years if I’m correct) is very impressive. I’m very happy to see some new competition in MotoGP. And WOW [last week spoiler alert] That multiple rider yard sale crash! SO close to being much worse and I w
  9. Though October in Vegas will likely be nice weather, I’d bring a fitted thermal base layer (top and bottom that’ll fit under your suit) just in case. Unlikely that time of year but the desert can get cold. I don’t know your age or fitness, but I typically spend some time on fitness and conditioning (especially my lower body) before 2-3 days with CSS - cycling and/or a stationary bike, core strength, plus stretching. Day 2 can be brutal sore if you’re not in track shape already. You’ll have a blast!
  10. 53driver, it was great to meet you. I’m so glad to hear you had a great time and were able to enjoy being a student again. 4 days in a row - wow, way to go! I was beat after just 3. Thanks so much for helping make our “camp” a great place. I hope to see you at another school again soon.
  11. Years ago I definitely felt better/had a preference for lefts. When I first came to CSS I had a coach ask me if I prefer lefts, as he observed my body position look at home on the left but I was tight and twisted up going right. My left was the first knee I got down. Today, after multiple level 4 days and working on it, I can’t say I have a preference. Currently, my right knee puck is probably twice as worn as my left (more the result of riding COTA 5-6 times a year - long sweeping rights, tight short lefts; and MSR Houston - clockwise track). Proper body position, both lef
  12. Hope you had a great time. Did you get your daughter out there too? We had a beautiful day today and decided to ride for a few hours... Yes, it felt really really good. My wife decided to take her bike out as well. So nice to be in the moment on two wheels.
  13. I trust my own ability to moderate my hooliganism, it’s the other people out there on public roads that I’m more fearful of. I might not be able account for their actions. That said, you’ve got me thinking about risk/reward - my mind, body and soul could really use some happy moto freedom.
  14. Watching some old races (MotoGP just put up the top 10 underdog races for free). Installing a few new parts/trying to support local parts retailers that offer online purchases. Pulled the rear wheel and gave that entire area a thorough cleaning. Gotta spread these things out so I’ll probably pull the front next week, then I’m due for an oil change. Studying video of Barber in anticipation of May. I just ran across all my class/level notes from past schools yesterday and will spend some time looking over those. Super tempted to go for a spirited ride as we’ve had beautiful
  15. @Red_Baron I do love birds, I used to be a paraglider pilot and spent a sunset outside Sun Valley Idaho soaring wingtip to wingtip with a bald eagle (years ago), soaring on the foothills looking West over the high desert. Since then, I've lost count of the times Ive been inspected by hummingbirds, as in circling and chirping within 1-2 feet of me for more than a minute or two on some occasions. El Colibri was the name I gave to the KTM 990 I rode to South America and back (2010-2011). I miss that bike and fondly remember the journey so I adopted that name for myself here. Stay safe an
  16. Hey 53 and Red, as of now I've still got the trip on the books but I'll need to reevaluate the Virus situation in about a month and perhaps again 10-14 days out (I assume CSS will be doing the same as per local ordinances/public health concerns). I've been planning to arrive a day early and spend Friday at the Museum, might do a combo of hotel and trailer camping but haven't booked accommodations yet. I have room in my enclosed trailer for an extra bike (coming from Austin area), but my trailer only has a queen bed. Been looking forward to these dates and I'm hopeful we will all be
  17. Comotocon, the company many of us haven’t heard of is growing. Comotocon Holdings, which already owns Revzilla and Cycle Gear, has acquired J&P Cycles in order to increase its presence in the American V-twin market. Article here: https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news/comoto-revzilla-j-and-p-cycles-acquisition/
  18. Yes, I’ve looked into cutting the cord and streaming options. It does appear getting BeIN through Sling is the most economical option ($60+/yr), if the goal is solely being able to watch MotoGP. Unfortunately, for our house, cutting the cord isn’t an option (many out of market programs only available through our current provider). Also, there’s a big difference between race coverage on BeIN and MotoGP/Videopass, which offers access to free practice, press conferences, races going back to 1992, etc. I was simply wanting to inform the people on the forum that there’s a discount f
  19. Wanted to share: @motogp on Twitter is offering 10% off for this season’s subscription - via the link found there. That plus the current $:€ exchange rate makes this season $136.27 vs the standard price of $159.99 (when you see it offered in $’s).
  20. Welcome to the forum and great choice to sign up for the 2 day camp for your first experience with CSS. Im also from TX and will be at Barber for a few days before the 2 day camp (signed up for the single days to continue with level 4 on my bike). You will have a great time and possibly become a CSS addict (like myself). They run an excellent program.
  21. Great realization and good questions: The only answer I (personally) can give is, absolutely my entry speed and turn point take into account the anticipated loss of speed from TP to max lean. Translating this fact into a percentage isn’t necessarily impossible, but would need to make numerous assumptions (i.e. sharp 90 deg on flat surface vs 90 deg turn with 100 ft radius going uphill). Compounding the difficulty in making a percentage translation are the engine braking characteristics of the bike or particular ECU map (e.g. Sport vs Race mode). Engine braking could v
  22. Rocco, Congratulations on your Junior Cup Championship and on winning your spot in Europe at the Rookies Cup next year!!! A few questions if I may: What is your primary motivation for racing - is just purely fun and exciting, is it to become an elite champion - ultimately, why do you race? Be it in practice or in a race, is there a challenge you consistently face on the track? If so, how do you overcome it? Finally, do you set goals for each season, if so, could you share those for 2020? PS Thanks for doing this Cobie.
  23. Yeah, forgot the windscreen for track/sport bike - prefer clear and typically need something a bit taller to get behind in full tuck (especially noticeable/appreciated on the long back straight here at COTA).
  24. 2015 Super Duke, rear brake cylinder wasn't touching, but was right next to (maybe 4-5mm from) the midpipe - pretty much made the rear brake useless 20-30 minutes into a ride. Motul RBF 660 solved the problem.
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