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  1. I've been getting out when the weather's nice. I have a buddy who just picked up a 2020 S1000RR and wants to get the miles in so he can get that 600 mile service so I've been riding with him a lot. When I'm not doing that or working I'm playing Ride 3 on my xbox one lol. I can't stay away from 2 wheels haha! I have that track itch so bad right now. 

  2. I personally would opt for #3 and I'll explain why. For #1, having a "fast machine", doesn't necessarily make you a fast/better rider. You still need the skill set IOT be able to push that machine to the limit and utilize most if not all of its potential. For #2, yes equal machinery levels the playing field, but now you're not battling a superior machine, you're battling other riders and their skill sets. I can say with all honesty and confidence lol that I don't believe my skill set is there to take a podium against other riders with way more track time and experience than I have, at least not yet anyways. I opt for number three because in my opinion, in order for me to beat superior machines and riders with an older and what some might consider "inferior" machine by today's standards, that means my skill set is at a level waaaaaay beyond where it is now, and that would mean I've reached or have gotten closer to that personal goal that I have, which is to become a much better rider on the track. I want to eventually compete in a few races at some point but given my age and level right now, I'm pretty sure MotoAmercia is a far cry for me to reach lol, and WSBK, my dream lol is even more unrealistic lol. Not impossible but.... very very difficult to say the least. If im at that level in option 3, that would mean Im right there and those dreams are more within reach than ever, and I've become that rider that I want to be. That's just me personally, sorry for the long response.

  3. @PittsDriver

    I'm not an instructor or coach so you can take whatever I say with a grain of salt. In regards to addressing number 1, I think what's helped me is to not underestimate how dangerous target fixation can be, in fact i think I over estimate it if that's possible. I've made it a priority in the list of things in concerned about when I ride so when something sketchy happens, it's the first thing that crosses my mind. I've learned that it helps, helps me at least, to keep reminding myself not to fixate. I ride in new York city and long island, and those of you who have ridden here can attest to this, it's a madhouse. I have been able to use it as a means of training myself I guess. I have lost count of how many times I've seen a driver do something irresponsible, or an accident, or just a close call. The initial reaction is to look at it, but as soon as i see it happen I tell myself "don't fixate, don't fixate, look for a COA, don't fixate". It's surprising to me how fast I can recite that in my head. I have gotten to the point now that i only say it once and I'm off that "target" and looking for an exit strategy but it took some practice to train my mind i guess. It's not a 100% fool proof plan to cure target fixation but for me, it's a way to get me off of it and it has helped quite a few times. Most recently last season at NJMP, turn 9, coming too hot for my comfort level. Im sure the bike could've made the turn but mentally I wasn't ready, came in wide, saw nothing but run off grass, told myself "don't fixate look in to the corner where you want to go" and I was able to stay on the track. Muscle memory for my mind?

  4. On 11/15/2019 at 2:43 PM, yakaru said:

    I've considered picking these up (I'm actually a game designer/engineer) but have a sort of feeling that they're, at best, just specialized driving sims -- I'm not sure they'll encourage proper technique or skills in any notable way (can anyone check if you go down by adding throttle and lean?) :P

    This i have done in the game and yes.... you go down 🤣🤣🤣

    The rear gives, you slide and it leads to a high side

  5. I for one am excited to see next season. It's awesome to see Gerloff make the jump, I hope he does well. Not sure how well Bautista is gonna do on the Honda. The Hondas were not doing very good this past season. It IS a brand new SP model however. This new edition is supposed to give the rest of the pack a run for their money. Hopefully they don't have the bad luck Sykes and Reiterberger had with the new BMW in its inaugural run. It's gonna be interesting to see how BMW improved as well, especially with the addition of Eugene Laverty. I can't wait! Wish it was spring already...*sigh* 

  6. I have Ride 2 and Ride 3(3 is obviously the better version, just wish it had as many bikes as 2 to choose from). I gotta be honest I don't know if there's any thing to really gain from playing the game. Maybe this is because i don't live near or ride on any of the tracks in the game? It's definitely a fun and challenging game to play worth the buy in my opinion. I have it for xbox one btw. If you do decide to go with a PC game, I'm sure the xbox controllers can pair up with a PC or laptop. 

  7. I think that was another contributing factor. A track day is a track day right? No one goes there to "race" anyone so to speak. We do track days to practice, and better our craft/hobby.  However, as the day rolls on, you can't help it, you find someone who passes you but you're close enough to follow and pass them back. Sometimes its a friend or buddy, sometimes it's a stranger. Either way, it makes you want to push a little harder. In the video, you see a rider pass me at turn 6, i had been going back and forth with this guy all day, he'd pass me, I'd pass him. It wasn't as if I was trying to race the guy or vice versa, it just happened due to lines, technique, etc. I have to be honest, when he passed me that last time, I wanted to stay on him and follow, you know, see if I could stick with him, so Yeah, i think i got a little overambitious and rolled the throttle on a little too soon hence the second steering input leading to the low side. No ill will or irresponsible riding just, a mental rider error smh. 

  8. @Hotfoot It could just be me but I think i see a slight second one just before i start to roll the throttle and the tire gives. Thanks for the input, I had a suspicion that the tires could have been the biggest contributing factor along with some rider error on my part but, being as fairly new to track riding as i am (3 track seasons under my belt, total of 11 track days) I was leaning more towards the latter being the root. I couldn't help but scratch my head when watching the video though and wonder if it was really all me or some tire grip factor. These tires are definitely getting tossed this off-season for some Q3s. I was gonna actually go with those before this track day but I didn't have the time to get it done. 

  9. 10 hours ago, Jaybird180 said:

    When you ride, do you get arm pump? Cramped hands?

    No, very rarely if at all and I'm cognizant of it. I remind myself to grip the tank and relax if it does happen. That wasn't the case here, I was completely relaxed, no tension in the hands. The only times I ever feel my hands tense up really if it all is in the transitions in turns 3-4-5, and that's only if my position on the bike is off. Again, something I notice very quickly and correct. 

  10. Here's a short clip of the low side. I'm still wondering if it was the rear tire or the front that gave out. @Jaybird180 I also noticed that the RPMs do rise up a little quickly but I think that was after the rear tire gave out and started to come around. I don't remember ripping the throttle open, just cracking and rolling it, but, I am starting to wonder if the roll one was a little too fast??

    I hope the video upload comes out decent.

  11. 15 minutes ago, Hotfoot said:

    How many miles or track days do you have on that tire? 

    This was my third track day on this motorcycle with those tires, however, those tires do have some mileage on them. The actual amount I honestly don't know (I know, shame on me, I know better), i should've changed them but due to my work schedule I couldn't make the time to get new tires, I figured I could squeeze one more track day out of them, after all, I'm not at the level where I burn through tires easily. They do have a lot of meat left on them though. 

  12. I gotta be honest, given how the previous sessions went, i figured one lap was good for a warmup seeing as how that's what I did from the second session on (in the first session i gave it two laps). So after one lap, i felt better grip and got a little more aggressive. I had one more session left so I didn't expect this one to be my last. Wasn't "going in" as if it was the last run of the season. Throttle control felt smooth, I remembered to ROLL it on, I didn't whack it open. I don't recall the RPMs shooting up, I just remember the rear coming around. I was pretty surprised that it wasn't a high side too. The bike didn't tumble either. It just laid down and slid on to the dirt. The frame slider, rider foot peg, passenger foot peg and rear spool saved the engine case. One thing i do remember was very briefly when i began to roll the throttle, i didn't feel the settling/squatting of the rear I had felt previously throughout the day when driving out through the exit (i guess this is the connection with the rear that you're talking about?) but before I could put it together the rear was sliding out. I have video footage of my tach because I had a go pro sitting on the gas tank cover so I gotta go review that and see what I made the engine do and whether or not I really rolled the throttle or whacked it open. 

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  13. Thanks for the reply jaybird, going over the video footage from that day I was averaging about 2 mins a lap(not very fast, I know), but it felt consistent every lap. Left and right turns felt the same. I never felt any slip or give on the first lap of any session because I dialed it back for the first lap each time out. After the first lap, I felt like the bike gripped a little better so I would up my pace. This was the case in that session where I went down. It gave without warning. I didn't notice anything different between the lefts and few rights. I never thought to check tire temps after each session so I can't give you any honest feedback on that. I've been running 28 psi because it's what one of my coaches at NYST always had me set my pressures to. I would imagine (forgive me if I'm mistaken on this) that lower tire pressure to a point would give you a little more grip because of a bigger contact patch? I gotta take another good look at the rear tire and inspect it. 

  14. So I THINK I was guilty of doing this this past Monday at NJMP on thunderbolt. It was lap two of session six on the day, turn 7 (left hander, second turn after ther hill). The strange thing and what confused me at first was that before that session, all morning and afternoon I was, in my humble opinion crushing that corner. I was getting good drive out of it all day, using what i believe was a good line(I was trying to follow the line JJ used when he recorded me this past July in level 3) and decent BP. The track was great, sunny, clear, temp of 69°F, tire pressures were at 28 psi. In session six, second lap, I proceeded to do what I believe I was doing all day, as soon as I was done steering, I saw my exit line and cone and began to roll on the throttle. Suddenly I felt the rear start to come around to which i responded with a semi flabbergasted and laughing "aww fudge" only, as in the movie A Christmas story,  "i didn't say fudge". Bike low sided as I let go and sat down a little hard and slid a few feet. I was able to get the bike back up and ride it back to the pit believing that I added lean and throttle causing this low side. I was talking about it with a guy from the intermediate group (i was riding novice) who was next to my trailer and he made a comment about my tires saying that he believed it wasn't my technique or anything i did but my tires that failed me. I didn't wanna believe that at first because I thought it was totally me until I looked at the wear on my tires. He stated that riding on the tires I had was like riding on cinder blocks. I recalled that a month prior on these same tires, the rear slipped a little bit coming out of the last turn at NYST twice in two different sessions and I KNOW for a fact that I wasn't leaning the bike enough to ride past the edge and slip, my wear marks indicated and still indicates that i had some room for error. So... now I'm wondering if in fact it was the tires or me. It's messing with me mentally and this was my last track day of the season so I know this is going to be on my mind all off season until I go back there smh. The tires are metzeler m5 interacts which are supposed to be (although it's a street tire) a decent tire and they have plenty of life on them. I added a picture so you can see that I wasn't even on the edge of the tires grip. I guess I'm searching for an answer or guidance on whether it was my technique or if it's time for better tires/tire warmers. Sorry for the novel and thanks in advance for the input/insight/feedback.


  15. 4 hours ago, CoffeeFirst said:

    Always amazed at how when I nail my entry speed everything else (riding line, weight distribution, apex precision, exit drive, SR avoidance, etc.) seems to go well - and when I get it wrong everything suffers. 



    Everytime I get my entry speed wrong, everything is off. Before I even reach the apex im already annoyed in my head because I know that I'm off the line, I either came in too slow and now I'm making mid corner adjustments, or I came in too hot and im running wide and making mid corner adjustments. When I get the entry speed right however, like you said, everything else falls in line and it just feels right, feels better, feels amazing!

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