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  1. Gripping the tank with both knees helps to stabilize the lower body which helps prevent the rider from having to use their arms to support the upper body. It would also probably help them understand "going with the bike" because it makes it more difficult for the rider to push the bike underneath them, motocross style, when steering. If a rider does not hang off the bike, both knees can be used to hold on. If the rider does hang off, the inside knee is usually opened up into the corner so the outside knee is used to hold on to the bike. Regarding your second question, that will depend on the shape of the corner and the line the rider chooses to use to approach it. There are some corners, like decreasing radius corners, where the rider may set the lean angle early in the corner but have to wait for the bike to arc around and get pointed to a late apex. A different rider might choose a tighter, more inside line approach to the SAME corner (perhaps when passing a slower rider on the entry), and/or may choose to steer it more slowly (perhaps to allow greater trail braking) and have to keep leaning it much deeper into the corner. The simpler answer is: once the bike is on a line that will get the rider through the corner, steering is completed. Where in the corner the bike gets on line will depend on the shape of the corner, how the rider enters the corner, and how quickly the rider steers the motorcycle.
  2. On the conditioning question - mention to your coach and Level 4 consultant in the morning that you have a concern about that and they can take that into consideration as you work with them through the day. As you have already observed, keeping your pace below your max will help with both mental and physical fatigue, and we ask students to do that anyway so they have enough free attention to be able to work on specific drills. Additionally, if you refrain from using an extravagant hang-off body position when it is not needed, it will save a lot of muscle fatigue. Also keeping in mind that you have two days with lots of track time, and not pushing yourself on pace while you are still learning the track will help a great deal; if you have not been to the track before, visuals and reference points will be a big focus at first, to help you learn the track, and there is no reason to wear yourself out hanging way off or pushing yourself while your are still sorting out which way the track goes.
  3. Congrats, I'm sure you will have a blast at the school! Yes the track direction will be run counter-clockwise both days. I couldn't see the map you linked to in your post, but here is a link to the LVMS track data on the CSS site: https://superbikeschool.com/the-curriculum/track-specific-data/#jump4 As far as getting to the track from the strip - there's a little hassle factor in that versus staying somewhere closer, but certainly the hotels are a lot nicer on the strip than they are in North Las Vegas. I have seen students use cabs, and others have used Uber. It can be a little difficult sometimes to explain to a cab where to find you in the track complex, because it is a large facility. Uber seems to do a little better because at least they can see where you actually are on a mobile app. Personally I prefer having a rental car so you don't have to fuss with waiting for someone to pick you up but you'll have to see if rental car rates are reasonable right now and what it would cost to park at your hotel, some of the resort hotels have parking fees. This is just my personal opinion but I'd check rental car & parking rates first, then if that is unreasonably expensive I'd probably use Uber - unless there is a line of cabs sitting at the hotel already, in which case maybe a cab going over in the morning and an Uber going back in the afternoon. Also, this may sound a bit far-out but some of the limo companies in Vegas offer regular cars (like a Town Car, not a stretch limo) and those can sometimes be the same price as a regular cab BUT you can schedule with them for specific pick up and drop off time and they tend for be more reliable than cabs, and more comfortable. It might be worth checking prices on that. Sometimes you can make friends with another student and ride-share, if you can find anyone else staying out by the strip.
  4. Ideally you would keep both knees tight and gripping the tank during braking, only releasing your inside knee as you are leaning the bike into the corner. Both arms should have as little pressure on the bars as you can manage. Do you have any grip pads on your tank to help your legs grip? Why do you have to release your left leg to downshift, is it awkward to reach the shift lever? Are you blipping the throttle to match revs on downshift? Have you ever learned clutchless downshifting?
  5. Rider education and skillful handling are hugely important, of course, and rider training is probably always the best motorcycle investment you can make - but having said all of that, the S1000rr is an extremely rider friendly bike. It is nimble but not twitchy, incredibly powerful but amazingly easy to control, the suspension is electronically controlled so it responds to conditions, and of course the ride modes allow you to set the rider aids how you like. I have other bikes but every time I get on one of the school S1000rrs I breathe a sigh of relief at how comfortable, easy to ride, and confidence inspiring it is. A couple of my other bikes are amazing training tools - because they force the rider to have excellent control - but they are a WHOLE LOT less forgiving than the S1000rr.
  6. Absolutely. You will find the school well suited to exactly what you are looking for. Since you are in Georgia, the closest track for you would probably be Barber, in Birmingham. It's a beautiful track and a neat experience to go there. If you are interested in flying out and riding a school bike, Streets of Willow is the track that would most simulate street riding, with a lot of tighter technical corners. It is definitely OK if you are more focused on skills and techniques than on top speed, we are all about "the art of cornering" and the drills and curriculum will be on bike control and riding techniques, not about trying to get you to go as fast as you can in a straight line. There is no doubt in my mind that you will get what you are looking for AND have a great time doing it.
  7. I am so pleased that A Twist of the Wrist II is available now on Amazon Video! I refer students to it all the time. One of the specific items I recommend it for is the great CG illustration of how countersteering works. It's much nicer to be able to stream it instantly instead of waiting for a DVD to arrive. You know what else? If you are ever looking for something to watch, when you go to the Twist II rental page on Amazon, it suggests other movies that people who rented Twist II watched, and it is such a cool list of motorcycle movies! Here's the link, take a look: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B089ZNVBW9/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r
  8. Exactly, so turning in early makes it difficult, and counter productive, to quick turn the bike Your plan to investigate your two step sounds like a good starting point for improving your quick turn in those turns where you can see both TP and apex at the same time. If you can eliminate turning in early, you may find it much easier to improve your steering rate, which could then allow improvements in entry speed.
  9. Welcome to the forum and I hope you had a great time at VIR!
  10. If a rider had a correct apex chosen but turned in a little too early, what would the rider have to change about the steering to still hit that chosen apex?
  11. That is a good observation. Do you give the turn point less attention in those situations? How much attention do you allocate to each point, or do you just view them together? If you allocate more attention to one point than the other, does that change during the corner? If so, when and what is the shift? If you increase your entry speed, do you still keep the same turn point or do you turn in earlier?
  12. I don't claim to know this for a fact, but my first thought is this: countersteering takes the front wheel out of line with the direction of travel, creating the lean, and that creates resistance and some temporary deformation of the tire, and that if you try to push the bar quickly (but without increasing the force) the tire just sort of bounces back at you and you get a wobble instead of a real direction change, whereas a STRONGER push really turns the bars and creates a larger force at the contact patch to lean the bike over rapidly. That's my thought, but I'll try to get a more technical answer for you from the boss. The main thing we are trying to avoid is riders trying to "punch" at the bar, because that creates instability and a wobble in the steering. That is easy to test, go out and ride and try a very light (low force), controlled push on the bar and see how the bike steers. Then try a much firmer push with similar control (harder but not faster). Then try a very quick, low force stab at the bar (faster but nor harder) and see what happens. Which gives you a faster and more controlled steering result? When you try this, make sure you are going at a decent speed, over 25 mph, so that you don't accidentally oversteer and lean too far - it takes a lot less force to lean the bike over a very slow speeds so that makes the whole exercise of playing around with the steering more difficult.
  13. What sorts of corners trigger your SRs? What do you think (or what do your SRs think) will happen if you push on the bar harder? There are way too many contributing factors involved to try to calculate how hard you'd have to push at a given speed. Handlebar length and angle (giving you more or less leverage) is an obvious one that can dramatically change the force the rider needs to impart, and its an item that varies a lot by motorcycle type and model. Steering angle of the bike, type of tires, etc. would all contribute too. Far simpler just to experiment with it for yourself on your own bike. For corners where you feel a bit uncomfortable steering the bike quicker, here are some things to observe when you ride, that could impact your confidence steering the bike quickly: 1) Do you have a specific apex chosen that you want to hit? 2) When do you look in to that apex, do you give yourself enough time to see it, to be able to make a positive and effective steering input? 3) When do you move your body, are you solidly in position before you have to make your steering input?
  14. Yes, the amount of lean angle will depend on how LONG you push on the bar, and the steering rate (how quickly the bike leans over) will depend on how HARD you push. And your last sentence is stating it correctly, yes.
  15. I have never worn contacts but my first thought it this- if is is really dry out, desert dry, or windy or dusty, glasses might be better, so that your eyes don't get irritated from the dust or dryness, and if it is humid, contacts may be better so you don't have to deal with glasses that might fog up. Which track are you coming to?
  16. The pillion seat cover is not a problem as long as it is secure so there are no concerns about it coming off. You can remove the mirrors or just tape over them, or we will tape them for you during tech inspection. It will get you through tech faster in the morning if your mirrors and brake light are already taped. It sounds like you have it covered - good tires (90% tread), check your throttle and make sure it turns smoothly and closes on its own when released, make sure your brake lever operates properly, that nothing is leaking. Make sure to bring your key, and fuel. We will have a mechanic on site so if your bike needs adjustment for something (chain tension, suspension, etc.) we should be able to help with that. Gauntlet gloves that cover your wrist are preferred, so there is no gap between gloves and suit. I always recommend an underlayer or undersuit for the leathers, something like UnderArmour, much more comfortable than a cotton tshirt and cooler. (Not a requirement, just a suggestion.) You'll have to call the office to check on spectators at VIR. The rules will depend on what the track is requiring at the moment, CSS will certainly not mind your wife and son being there, but I don't know what protocols at that track are right now, things have been changing constantly the last two years with tracks all over the country.
  17. The information is definitely still relevant. There have been revisions to the books, with additions and updates, mostly having to do with the changes in the motorcycle features available today such as traction control and ABS. One easy and fun way to brush up on the info is to watch A Twist of the Wrist II video, which is now available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video. It goes through a ton of info from the books and has some terrific comparison videos illustrating the effects of different line choices, body position, and steering rates, and has great CGI animations of what happens to the tire during countersteering, and close-ups of suspension movement, it is a really well done video. Glad to hear you'll be back at school soon! What track did you choose? PS - bring those original print date books to school and have Keith sign them!
  18. You can bring cooler, canopy, etc. if you like. For a single-day school (as opposed to a 2 day camp) you do get some breaks - you will ride on track, then have a classroom session, then a break, and it rotates like that through the day, plus a lunchbreak. There will be water, snacks, and hydrating drinks available from the school, and lunch. The school has most anything you might need, so mostly you will just need your bike and fuel. Don't forget the key to your bike! I do strongly recommend a good underlayer, like an undersuit or UnderArmour type two-piece underlayer. It makes a big difference on being able to get in and out of your leathers, keeps you cooler, and is a lot more comfortable under leathers than regular clothing. Feel free to ask any others questions you have, there are lots of experienced CSS folks on here to help.:)
  19. Best thing to do would be to call the office to ask about spectator details for the particular school and dates you are attending. Different tracks have different facilities and opportunities for access for spectators, especially right now since covid guidelines vary by state and many are changing over time.
  20. Yes that can be done. Call the office to set it up, so that they can be sure to have a set of tires reserved for you, and to give the mechanic a heads up. The tires may be installed the morning of your school rather than the day before, but talk to the office about that so they can tell you which is best. Talk to the office sooner rather than later, I’m not sure what day the trucks will leave for that school.
  21. That is a thoughtful and well-stated analysis! Very well done on the no-crash record, in all those days. The philosophy of working on technique first and adding speed later is very smart. I bet you would be back up to speed faster than you think, if you start with a couple of CSS days. Personally I feel a LOT less pressure to "go fast" at a CSS school day than I do at an open track day, which makes it a lot easier to make improvements and get up to speed using good technique, with fewer distractions and errors, resulting in more gains and lasting improvements.
  22. It will probably be cheaper overall. To anyone who hasn’t done much track riding that might seem unlikely but to those of us who have purchased and track-prepped a bike, paid track day fees, bought warmers and a generator and a trailer or toy hauler and numerous canopies (they break a lot) and tires and race fairings and paint and gas and laptimers... it doesn’t sound surprising at all!
  23. You can try the racer forum at www.wera.com, or there are a variety of forums by motorcycle brand, there is an s1000rr forum, and R1 forum, etc., you can find them on Google, or you can try racingjunk.com. Good luck with the sale.
  24. No, I know you are half kidding but I’ll answer anyway. The ride sessions are just the right length; as long as you drink water (or hydration drinks like Skratch) between rides you’ll be ok, but a cool underlayer REALLY helps on hot days. Students generally get tired in their legs and core, so quad exercises and Thighmaster type machines to prepare are a good idea, and some core exercises, and also being patient in your first rides so you are not pushing yourself too hard mentally, help a lot to have the stamina to ride all day both days.
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