daesimps Posted April 6, 2012 Report Share Posted April 6, 2012 Hi guys, I'm not sure which section this should go in as it contains a few different points relating to both school experiences, future training and cornering techniques. Sorry in advance if it seems long winded but there's a lot to cover. I attended level 1 yesterday in the UK. I had a really enjoyable day. However, I don't feel like I improved that much by the end of the day. I put this down to a couple of things. The first is that I read TOTW2 after doing CBT before I even got my license. I have therefore tried to apply TC#1 and the quick turn since I began riding. The second is that I have a genetic medical condition which requires me to be permanently on Morphine and by mid day the pain was getting quite bad and therefore not really allowing me full attention on the drills. I feel I did improve, but can't differentiate what was down to the teaching and what was down to simply becoming more familiar with that particular track. In more than one class the instructor asked if I'd already taken the class due to the answers I was giving to the questions. In after session debriefs the instructor gave me a rather basic "you were doing all the drills satisfactorily and gave me nothing for concern". On each session my instructor came past be with a thumbs up and followed me through a couple of corners and then disappeared. The only time he questioned me was when I touched the peg in one corner and that was to simply ask if I knew what had happened and also to confirm that me not chopping the throttle was the correct action. (I was on a hired Yamaha FZ8 in the UK as my joint problems mean I can't really ride a sports bike - the UK school is sponsored by Yamaha so use R6 and FZ8 bikes). Please don't misunderstand - I think the course is very good and I saw a massive improvement made by some of the other level 1 students who weren't already familiar with the techniques. I think in that respect the course is definitely worthwhile, I just don't feel that it was worth the £800 it cost me in tuition, hire, leathers, fuel and hotel costs. The big thing I learned yesterday was that my body simply can't take doing another course (level 2) as by mid-day I am in too much pain. I don't get this when I ride normally but that's probably because the on track exercises, standing around all day and constantly walking up and down stairs etc is far more intense than leisure riding. This is rather disappointing as I think the level 2 stuff (vision) is what I really need to make a big improvement. Now my question(s). Given that it looks like CSS isn't an option for me, what do you recommend I do to try and improve my vision (corner assessment, RP selection and line)? Please bear in mind that I only ride on the street here in the UK. The main issue I have on the street is selecting a TP, Apex point and appropriate speed for the turn. I am usually over cautious and enter too slow. My riding is always described as "safe". Don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place but I do feel I could be a lot better without being over the top for the street. I've passed my IAM test, but discussing with someone yesterday confirmed my issue with this training - they emphasis chasing the VP which doesn't give you a definite point to make a positive and distinct action - in affect it sort of encourages lazy steering and just meandering through the turn. I think my vision is my week point. Even doing the L1 stuff yesterday I found my self narrowing my vision and saying to myself "look up, take the wide view" which had a big impact on my riding. When I persuaded myself to look up and stopped tunnel vision I went significantly faster. It also allowed me on a number of occasions to pass guys on much faster bikes coming out of bends as they were far faster than me on the straights but holding me up in the corners and at times making me not obey TC#1 as they'd slow down mid bend and cause me to do the same. I will be definitely recommending the school to people who aren't familiar with Keith's work (e.g. the wife and a few guys I work with) but don't think I'll be up to doing another day at the school. A couple of half days would probably work, but given the cost, distance and logistics it simply wouldn't be practical for me. Apart from the mix up with the hire bike, which was resolved very quickly, the school was well run and very efficient and professional. The difference in riding for some of the students was like night and day. It's a shame the temperature last week was 22 Degrees but yesterday at the school it was only 7 Degrees and very windy! How much the English weather can change in 7 days! I hope some of you can help, Thanks in advance, Dae. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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