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California Superbike School

Saturday Sept. 20th at the Streets of Willow was booked, but they had a discount on the Sunday school, $50 off the regular $390 if you bring your bike, plus free rental on track gear and lap timer.

OK. Twist my arm a little more.

Signed up for Sunday in level 1.

Has anyone done the school?

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Sorry, cannot offer any input but coincidentally I was just looking at somethin out here called Penguin http://www.penguinracing.com/index.cfm . They're last day of the season is in just a few weeks....

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I did the Level 1 & 2 about 9 years ago. They teach you good fundimentals and have you focus on specific drills each session. Some people feel it's a little slow in beginning. I felt I got alot out of the school just don't go there thinking it's like a track day. It's very structered your not there to just rip around the track.

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Sorry, cannot offer any input but coincidentally I was just looking at somethin out here called Penguin http://www.penguinracing.com/index.cfm . They're last day of the season is in just a few weeks....

Wow, those are great prices for a racing school.

Nor familiar with Louden: lots of turns or is it an oval with a few turns like WSIR

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Fun track a couple of sketchy spots aka walls where you don't want them. I love the bowl and back section lot of lean angle and speed

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I did the Level 1 & 2 about 9 years ago. They teach you good fundimentals and have you focus on specific drills each session. Some people feel it's a little slow in beginning. I felt I got alot out of the school just don't go there thinking it's like a track day. It's very structered your not there to just rip around the track.
Do you remember some of the drills covered in Level 1?

Their site does not have much details. I think one of the drills is clutchless shifting; I've been practicing it, but need more work with downshifts.

I know we're not using any of their specialty bikes like the slide and lean bikes.

I was told to bring enough fuel for 150 miles. If you do the math that's around 80 laps, so we'll be doing 5 half hour ride sessions.

I'm looking forward to using the lap timer to see how much I improved by day's end.

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Two more days.

Getting a rear Power 2CT mounted in the afternoon.
Track prep the bike tomorrow; maybe do some safety wiring.

Oh, gotta change the oil in the truck.

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Two more days.

Getting a rear Power 2CT mounted in the afternoon.
Track prep the bike tomorrow; maybe do some safety wiring.

Oh, gotta change the oil in the truck.
Had to wait 90 minutes to get a new rear 2CT mounted; I bought the tire the day before and told them I'd be there between 5 and 5:30. I got there at 5:15 and left at 6:45 swearing that was the last time. And here's the kicker, they used 1.25 ounces to balance it.

I also cleaned and lubed the chain. Took off the front sprocket cover and cleaned all the gunk off.

Time to take a ride.

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Keith Code & Co. have been doing the Superbike School so long that they have it perfected. Very professional crew and great teaching format. I highly recommend this school to anyone interested in making their bikes faster, instead of getting some exhaust cans, or whatever mod you're drooling over.

Level 1 consists of five classroom sessions followed by riding drills with instructors in charge of 3 students. The riding is followed by a debriefing with the instructor/coach.Then it's back to the classroom.

Here's a list of the drills.

1. Throttle Control: the rider's basic job while cornering is operating the throttle, the motorcycle's most used control.
Riding for the session is limited to 4th gear, no brakes.

2. Turn Points: every corner has a turn entry position putting you in control of that turn.
Riding format is 3rd and 4th gears, no brakes.

3. Quick Turning: learning the feeling and action of steering your bike quick enough - when you need to or want to.
Riding format is 3rd and 4th gears, very light braking.

4. Rider Input: persuading your bike to cooperate with you is mostly a matter of technique; the less busy you are the better.
Riding format is three gears, light braking.

5. Two-Step Turning: gathering and processing visual information in cornering begins a moment before you enter a corner.
The format for this riding session is full gears and brakes.

Off-track drill: steering the bike by lightly pushing on the bars with no other input.

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Looking forward to doing level 2 this weekend. We get to use the lean/slide bike. dancing1[1].gif

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Good stuff! I hope you have a blast and learn allot.

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"What kind'a tires you runnin'?"

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Waited till today to sign up and was told that Level 2 is sold out for the weekend.

And I have to work on Saturday.

Maybe if it's not too busy Monday, I can take the day off to go play at Willow Springs with Hyperclub. LE is the trackside suspension vendor.

It's been six weeks since the last track day. break_everything.gif

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6 weeks hell it's been about a year since I have been on the track.

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6 weeks hell it's been about a year since I have been on the track.
Sowwy to hear that.

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Man, getting no love from CSS; Oct. 25 is booked for level 2.
I'm doing a trackday with TrackXperience on Monday, Oct. 27th, so wanted a day to relax after the track school.

Got on the waiting list for the 25th.
I need to get on the slide bike so I can work on bringing my corner speed up.

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25 minutes left to find out if I'm going or not.
I called CSS today and gave them the credit card info; I'm #2 on the waiting list.

Fingers crossed.

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Deja vu...

Five months later, I was #2 on the waiting list for this Sunday...
But this time, I got a call from CSS staff informing me of a couple of cancellations.

I finally get to check out the lean bike in Level 2...

I need to call Jim at LE about the setup on the gixxer. He wanted me to drop the shock to oem height and drop the forks lower than oem using taller fork caps.

And I need to find some of the padding that's used as seats on SBK rear cowls. I'll just glue it on for now till I get the seat re-done...

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Great day at CSS. Probably my best day at the track, and the most I've learned in one day.

The instructors are really on top of it. They solved my visiblity and BP issues in less than 2 minutes on the lean bike. I started off with the left turns first; I was barely done when Cobie rode over in a rush to tell me to "fix" my helmet by stuffing a bunch of folded paper towels between the helmet and the top of my head. The poor visibility was causing me to hang off at a wierd angle.

That and the visibility drills helped increase my confidence, which resulted in smoother handling and faster corner speeds.

I highly recommend this school for anyone looking to improve their cornering skills and survival tactics. Worth every penny.

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I got black flagged for "close passing" this rider. She went from the inside to the outside and back to the inside in Turn 14. I was commited for the pass when she started to cut me off. It was just a "stop, get , and go" black flag.
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This is the second drill: change lines. We do one lap using the left quater of the track, another lap using the right, and one more using the center. After that it's back to using reference points and correct lines (we're limited to 3rd and 4th gears with no braking). It's just to familiarize us with the whole track, in case we run into slower traffic or need to pass.

I'm lapping the riders that are still doing the "right side" lap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kUnBE4heG4

Sorry about the shaky video; it was pretty gusty yesterday...

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so... mikey how did the gixxer run?? better?? handling problems fixed??

and i tried to call ya... gimme a ring tomorrow night if you get time... please..



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The suspension setup was the same as a month ago after Randy was done with it. I need to drop the forks down 5mm for now, but Jim Lindemann recommends running taller fork caps (@250 a pair) to raise the front of the bike. That's opposite what every other race shop runs. It handled good except a few times in T3 (left sweeper) where the front wallowed a bit, but that could've been from experimenting with different lines. I need to go back to the way Jim had it tuned...

The engine is strong and revs real quick with the full Yoshi system. I cleaned the front caliper pistons and installed new Galfer pads (1375 compound), so the brake is not dragging anymore. And the new pads worked great with zero break-in. The 1375 compound is designed for track riding and racing.

The tire rub is fixed. Raising the rear of the upper fairing worked.

Next on the list is chain and sprockets.

Oh, I had to duct tape the seat cover back on, since the T-50 stapler wasn't strong enough to drive the staples into the plastic seat base. It was Mike's (my instructor from Level 1) idea. Dang racers...
I was planning on using the seat base with no foam or cover.
I'll need to get it redone before the next track day.

EDIT: I took half the foam padding out of the seat and that made it easier to ride in the tuck position.

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