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Hi all i'm doing level one at Rockingham soon and ride a variety of different bikes including a Hayabusa, R1100RT and Yamaha R6 but it wasn't until I started doing track days that I realised how little i'd actually learnt after riding for over 26 years! then after reading the Twist books, I realised even more things i've been doing wrong doh! What I would like to know is this: If I do level one on my R6 how different is it going to be to put the lessons learned into practice on my Hayabusa, which is the main bike I use for the road? Obviously the Busa is a big heavy beast and not really the bike I would want to be doing CSS on. But I would like to think that given time and practice i'll be able to improve my riding on all bikes eg stepping off one and climbing aboard another.

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Hi all i'm doing level one at Rockingham soon and ride a variety of different bikes including a Hayabusa, R1100RT and Yamaha R6 but it wasn't until I started doing track days that I realised how little i'd actually learnt after riding for over 26 years! then after reading the Twist books, I realised even more things i've been doing wrong doh! What I would like to know is this: If I do level one on my R6 how different is it going to be to put the lessons learned into practice on my Hayabusa, which is the main bike I use for the road? Obviously the Busa is a big heavy beast and not really the bike I would want to be doing CSS on. But I would like to think that given time and practice i'll be able to improve my riding on all bikes eg stepping off one and climbing aboard another.

 

I was worried about this myself before I took the 2-day camp last month in Las Vegas.

 

It all translates... after 2 days on their new ZX6-Rs, I flew home and was at a different track 2 days later on my newly track-prepped R6 (first time I'd ridden it in a month since I dropped it off at the shop). My street bike is a Daytona 675 - same lessons apply. I also picked up a new CBR1000RR (Fireblade) Repsol Replica - and the same skills helped tremendously with getting used to that bike as well.

 

My personal opinion - practice is practice. I've also done schools in the dirt (flat track style) to work on throttle control and understanding the limits of traction on a little 125cc Yamaha TTR. That taught me what to do when the back end starts coming loose - a lesson I got to apply twice in Las Vegas when I was a little too hot on the throttle coming out of turns and had the back start getting slippery.

 

Good luck and enjoy it - I learned a tremendous amount.

 

Ryan

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Thanks Ryan that's good to know. I'm really looking forward to it, done a few track days now on the R6 and am sure that i'll benefit from level one, as I can see all the mistakes I'm making quite clearly but not exactly sure how to overcome them, I have an idea from reading the Twist books but it's never the same as someone there overseeing things.

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We've done schools on everything from 125 gp bikes to Harley full dressers. The techniques trained were exactly the same. There is a difference what each bike can do, like the difference between what a full dresser can do and a 125---but overall, same basic concept.

 

Let us know if there is anythign you need clarified!

 

Best,

Cobie

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