Thanks All. I was there doing the California Superbike School also. JRS, I was there on Weds Nov 27 - sorry I missed you. Our class was full of bay area guys. I flew out Tuesday, did the school on Wednesday, and came home Thursday just in time for some turkey dinner. I also rented the bike and equipment. Too much traveling in too short a time, but it was well worth it. I really had a great time.
I had never been to a school before so I don't really have anything to compare it to. I did Level I - you have to start there. Keith Code did all of the classroom sessions (except the first). I was really impressed with him and his teaching style. He is a very likeable guy, very profressor like and down to earth at the same time. I could have sat and listened to him all day. I talked to him for a bit about RA and BHF and he was telling me how they were resurfacing, blah, blah, blah... just a cool guy, very approachable.
On the track you are assigned an instructor (1:3 ratio) and every time out you are assigned an exercise - first time out was finding your own sense of speed using fourth gear only, no brakes. Gradually building up to the last (fifth) session where you could use all gears and full brakes. To be honest, I just wanted to go around the track, the track instructor and spotters were constantly making sure you were doing the drills or they would pull you in the pits... but I guess that was their job. Still I had fun and may have actually learned something. At the end you get a print out of your lap times. You can see your times improving, but I think that has more to do with being able to use the full bike and getting use to the track rather than getting to be a better rider, but hopefully I did. I would like to take Level II when they come to BHF next year, but we'll see.
Eighteen people started in Level I, twelve finished. We had 2 really bad crashes in the first session - one on the sighting lap (???). Both at the bottom of the corkscrew (go figure!!!). The class was older than I anticipated, but it was nice have lots of students the same age as me (40ish).
I'm a huge AMA Superbike and SBK fan, being able to get out to Laguna Seca and ride the track has been a dream of mine for some time... the school was just a bonus and a way of getting a bike... I'm glad I got to do it. It really gives you an appreciation for the sport and how good those guys really are.
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