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California Superbike School Review
I want to start going to the track. I've been riding on and off for 10 years now on the street. I've never been on a track. Some of my friends told me to just jump in and do it. I was debating on doing that, but there are so many variables in riding that i figured taking some sort of class could only be beneficial. Plus, like anything in life, it would be more enjoyable and safe if you know what you are doing. so instead of jumping on a track and risking my life, other rider's life, and my newly rebuilt bike..i decided to take the CSS course.
There are four levels or a 2 day course.
So I believe the difference between the level 1-4 and the two day course is the latter is levels 1-4 crammed in two days. I feel that taking the level one is a lot of info to absorb as is. The 2 day is doable, but may be information overload. I decided to take the level 1 to see if i like it and then continue on. I'm going to practice what I learned and come back for following levels.
For a little review.
Food and refreshments
They provide breakfast and lunch. Food was pretty good, but more importantly, they provided all the ice cold water and soft drinks you can down. I must have drank 2 gallons throughout the day.
YOu can rent full gear or partial. they require Full 1 or 2 piece suit with back protector, full boots, gloves, and helmet. I had everything except for the suit.
I choose to use their bike as opposed to my newly rebuilt bike. They have BMW SR1000RR. I wasn't sure at first about the liter bike, but after the first lap, it felt natural. It is much more comfortable than my 600rr.
The class is well organized and the staff knows their ****. It was taught by Keith Code's son and another older gentlemen. Normally Keith himself would be there but he was in China doing a course this past weekend. I hope to catch him next time.. You get one coach for every three students. My coach was awesome and was very keen on breaking down and teaching me how to correct my screw ups..He is a gentleman by the name of Damien Mackey or Mackie? It's structured in 20 minute blocks. 20 min classroom, then 20 min break, then 20 min riding with the coach. First, he is following you then after watching you, he has you follow him and his lines. After the ride, you have a one on one to discussion with the coach to go over what you did right, what you did wrong and how you can improve. This cycle occurs five times for five different subjects. the subjects for level 1 was throttle control, turn points, quick turn in, relaxing your hands, 2 step.
at first, i wasn't so sure if it was going to help much. but after the fifth subject, everything tied in together and it all made sense. the last time out after the classroom subject of 2 step, i ran the fastest (felt like) and smoothest laps all day. My turn ins felt precise and i was able to carry a lot more speed. i no longer felt nervous approaching turns.
all in all, i had a blast and i recommend anyone who is considering track education to take this course.
Thank you CSS and Damien Mackey, my coach.
Last edited by silvergs; 09-15-2014 at 05:08 PM.