California Superbike School

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  1. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Not quite an off-road or highway trip but I attended the California Superbike School at Laguna Seca for a two-day school the end of September. The bikes used were BMW 1000 RR's. I recommend this school to anyone interested in technically improving their riding and want to understand the underlying fundamentals. I attended the 2-day school with the format being divided 45% class room, 45% track and 10% debriefing with your ride coach. There were 2 groups divided by skills. Twelve of us were level 1 with another 12 being level 3's. Level 4 is the highest rating and it is reserved for racers who come to the school to improved specific items which limit their track performance. While our group is in the classroom the other group is on the track. There is a ride-coach for every 2 riders so you get very personalized teaching where you follow them or they follow you. The debriefing is where they explain specifically your issues. My coach was Cobie. If you ever go this school and are lucky enough to get him then you are in the best hands. The lectures were conducted by the Dylan and Keith Code (the founder of the schools). You are taught one specific new thing prior to your next track session along with the appropriate hand signals for communicating with your ride coach. There is also off-track practice on special lean and slide bikes. Jason helped me out to teach an old dog the correct way to counter steer at high speeds. Thanks.

    They hide the speedo and lose the mirrors on the 1000 RR's to eliminated any distractions. The progression of lectures start out at throttle control, turn points, quick turning, 2-step turning, single turn mechanics, identifying reference points for repeatability, 3-step looking for vanishing points, and wide views through turns.

    On my very first lap on the Laguna Seca track I accidentally got airborne due to too much speed in the famed Corkscrew. Was black-flagged; Got rightfully chewed out by Trevor (course control master) who questioned my sanity and whether I had a death-wish.

    Here's a link to video of my riding early in the first day.

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    The video was still being processed by YouTube when I wrote this. By the end of that day everything was coming together. Would recommend the 2-day course for anyone interested in learning from the best.
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  2. TallRob

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    move it to the day trippin section
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  3. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    thanks. had no idea where this should go.
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  4. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Here's the early second day.


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  5. GB

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    Looks like fun :thumb

    Moved to Day Trippin'
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  6. thunderdoggie

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    looks like you had fun, and have come away with lots of useful information :clap
    I personally can't see myself paying $2000.00 or more for two days of instruction.
    That money can pay for about 10 track days including the cost of fuel and tires, after all nothing beats seat time :deal
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  7. Dan Alexander

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    aren't you supposed to change gears once in a while :huh
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  8. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    On each track session there were limits on whether you were allowed to use brakes and which gears to use. The level 1 and 2 focus is on turn mechanics and not low lap times. Minimizing times from exit of a turn to the entrance of the next turn was not my priority. The 1000 RR has such a linear torque and power curve that it was still thrilling to me staying around 4th gear at 11000 RPM. The last 1/4 of the track sessions you were allowed to brake and use any gears but I was still working on techniques.

    All the level 3 guys and many of my group at the end were working on lowering their lap times.

    The thrill and exhilaration of this class reminded me of scuba diving at 100 feet.
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  9. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Awesome! I would like to do that someday to learn some skills.
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