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Hi everyone. The weather is finally warming up here and it's time to go riding again! I went to the level I school last August and plan on going to a track day at the end of May and practice some of the things I learned at school. I've been reading the books again and trying to remember everything, but there's nothing like being on the bike and just moving!

 

I used to ride a Honda Shadow from '88 to '97 but got an '02 CBR600F4i about 18 months ago, so I consider myself a newbie.

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Hi everyone. The weather is finally warming up here and it's time to go riding again! I went to the level I school last August and plan on going to a track day at the end of May and practice some of the things I learned at school. I've been reading the books again and trying to remember everything, but there's nothing like being on the bike and just moving!

 

I used to ride a Honda Shadow from '88 to '97 but got an '02 CBR600F4i about 18 months ago, so I consider myself a newbie.

 

Many try and work on too much at one time. Take a hint from how keith has set up the school, do one thing at at time!

 

C

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Hi Steve,

 

That sure is a change going from a Shadow to an F4i. Sounds like you got the bug for a sport bike after being on the track. :)

 

Have fun on the new bike.

JR

 

I have a 29-mile commute each way to work. One day after work, a friend I work with who lives near me switched bikes on the way home just for fun. He had some sort of Yamaha sport bike (not sure of the model) and I had a hard time keeping it under 90. I finally pulled off to the side of the road to wait for him to catch up to me. There was no turning back!

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Many try and work on too much at one time. Take a hint from how keith has set up the school, do one thing at at time!

 

C

 

I still have the hand-out from the level I school with the drills we did. My plan is to work through those and get them solid so I'm ready for level II.

 

This brings me to something I've wondered- how much track time is recommended between school sessions? On one hand I know you can do level I and II on consecutive days; on the other hand I want to practice the drills and get it down so I get the most value out of the next level class. But then I don't want to practice bad habits too long either...

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I still have the hand-out from the level I school with the drills we did. My plan is to work through those and get them solid so I'm ready for level II.

 

This brings me to something I've wondered- how much track time is recommended between school sessions? On one hand I know you can do level I and II on consecutive days; on the other hand I want to practice the drills and get it down so I get the most value out of the next level class. But then I don't want to practice bad habits too long either...

 

Good idea reviewing that booklet (and the references). Here is the thing: for many, level 2 makes it so they can do the levle 1 skills. The visual skills taught there are so key, you can use them driving a car, or even doing other activities. I've got a few hobbies, found those skills vital to doing them well. It can open up the "toolbox" and add some things that are fundamental.

 

So, get to Level 2 as soon as you can would be my biased recommendation. If you can get a track day or 2 in before then, great!

 

best,

Cobie

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I totally agree with Cobie. As I was completing level 2, I really felt the track "open up" and was not only able to concentrate on the level 2 drills, but also work on the concepts from level 1. Level 2 was huge for me and really allowed me to get past some personal barriers. I regret waiting as long as I did between the 2.

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