Im signed up and cannot wait.
Anyone else going??
Im signed up and cannot wait.
Anyone else going??
I wish but I don't have $2400 to shell out....
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I understand it is a significant chunk of change, but that is totally apples and oranges.
Think about it, you get your money's worth. Rent a bmws1kr, leathers and helmet, share the cost of the coach with 1 other student, top of the line instruction and practice of same on track for 2 days, plus meals, and access to specialty bikes...mechanical support for the bike, lectures by keith code, etc.
Find another service that provides that for a real comparison.
Going in October to the Vegas one
Please post up after you have gone I'm really curious what they teach you.
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So Im back! Wow. What an experience. Doubly so of course because its my first time on track, and on the s1thouR no less!
14 track sessions over 2 days practicing 10 different drills.
I came off nights, slept a bit, got up and hit the 3pm ferry. Coho website inferred that you had to be there an hour and a half ahead of time, what bs. Anyways, did so more or less and it was spritzing out. After standing outside for a half hour I started to worry how I would hold up on the other side in my perfoeated jacket (it has mesh panels on the inside arms and pits for max airflow, really a summer leather jacket only) so had my wife bring my mesh jacket down with its full liner, much better in the cold and wet.
I hate how they make bikes line up against the wall on that ferry. Angle parking like bc ferries would be so much better...
Well got off the other side and it wasnt raining. 30 minutes later and the clouds actually cleared up somewhat so it turned out to be nice after all. Nice ride down the 101 to shelton, overshot the hotel to look around a bit (fireworks shacks everwhere on the 101, guns & loan shop on main drag in shelton, yup we're not in canada anymore lol!). Turned back, checked in and ate dinner from jack in the box right next to the hotel, bonus. I had left my copy of twist of the wrist at home for cargo space (using only a tankbag and laptop sized backpack to bring everything I needed) so watched some tv. I was tired and anxious but still on night shift routine so stayed up fairly late, 1130ish. Was hard to get to sleep. Thunderstorms rolled through that night.
Rolled out to the track the next morning, what a sparse setup! Basically asphalt, and thats it. Signed in, chatted with a few other riders, drooled over the line of s1rs and got myself some breakfast. Then we got geared up (and without a building, any sense of privacy was out the window, gear being handed out by 1 gal at one end of the trailer, guys in the middle in their skivvies getting into it, and other personell and riders behind them getting food at the back of the trailer! Oh well.) seperated into 2 groups (which also subdivided into levels) and got our first seminar. Then 1 group went on track while the next got their seminar on the drill to be used. While practicing the drill your riding coach would (in most cases) come up behind you, observe you for a lap or so, and then pull in front of you to get you to follow and watch his signals and how he (or she) did it. After each track session, 2 riders sat down with their riding couch to discuss how the drill went and what their coach saw.
This would repeat 5 times with various lunch and snack breaks, with 2 free sessions to finish the day, although you were still practicing something in discussion with your coach.
Sometimes it was hard to focus on the seminars when all you could think about was the riding you just did, and the riding you will do! But the information was very good and presented in an informal way.
Day 1 drills were throttle control, turning points, 2 point turning, quick turns, rider input (relax).
Day 2 had alot of visual drills plus the pickup technique.
Once each day they gave you the video bike to run a lap on and get immediate critique on how and what you did from the video. There was a static bike that at various points they had us all sit on and get pointers on 'locking in' our seating and good leaning.
Day 1 we had access to the braking bike and steering bike, and day 2 on the lean bike. I didnt find the steering bike hugely useful (YMMV), and never got on the braking bike due to practicing my braking on the VISC erc course earlier this year, but really liked using the lean bike, not so much because of its outriggers but because I could get really good immediate feedback on my lean position from the coach.
It was really weird going out to drill with only 1 gear and no brakes at first on the first day (that was both due to the drill, throttle control, and wanting the tires and track (and even riders perhaps) to warm up first I guess), both days started out with those kind of restrictions but progressed to full gears and brakes. Also took some time to get used to the bike and track, having been on neither before.
Track is great, lots of elevation changes and different corner types, took some real getting used to the hairpin at 11 and what looks like the track disapearing into the corkscrew at 13, but by the 3/4th drill I was loving both the bike and the track!
The s1r is heavier than my gsxr but was very solid, planted, and stable. Very smooth power delivery. Gearbox/clutch seemed a bit heavy/notchy at times to me, but otherwise I really liked the bike. Im sure the traction control came on several times, most riders like me were in rain mode at all times, I never asked to get out of it, plenty of power and no need to change up how the bike felt. I never felt like the bike was getting out of control, and could do things with it on the track I never felt comfortable doing on the street. Dragged my toe slider sometimes on both sides!
I had some difficulties hitting their marked turn points in some turns at first, had to draw the track and look at how my lines were different from what were basically their suggested lines to see what was going on. Came back the next day committed to changing my plan and tightening up my technique and nailed them. Great learning experience, re-examining your own methods, really helped doing the lean bike right off the bat day 2.
We had one rider go off track and lay the bike down, but I think they just had a case of target fixation (turn 1) and simply decided to ride it out in the dirt so was slow enough that neither the bike or rider were really hurt. With all the various skill levels out there I was kind of surprised there wasnt more. I only saw the black flag once for someone having an unsafe pass (they want us to be 6 feet clear of anyone we pass, good rule of thumb in this environment). There was 1 older gal on an fs800, everyone else was using the schools bikes.
Overall, a very positive experience! I did not want it to end, and cant wait to do level 3/4 next year and/or get back on the track with my own bike!
I have to admit I couldnt resist playing on the way back to port angeles...I shaved a good 20 minutes off the return trip!
back of the trailers
line of bikes left of that;
coaches area between trailers
corkscrew, turn 14;
me on one of the bikes;
Last edited by CanadianBird; 07-19-2012 at 03:25 PM.
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