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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2002, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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No one else (non-MC riders) seems to appreciate this... thought I would share it here.

Clicked off one more of my "items to do before I die" list. Got to ride at Laguna Seca yesterday!!! Haven't been able to wipe the smile from my face yet. Can you say corkscrew!!! Yeah baby...

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Hehe. Always wanted to try it on a bike. Did Laguna in a car though.

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WOW!!!! SWEEET!!!!!!

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Don't have anymore track photos. Sorry. Besides, pictures don't do justice to the elevation changes - up or DOWN!!!

I have a few more of me - but the camera adds a few pounds and I must have had lots of cameras on me so I won't be posting those... other than that just the usual tourist photos.

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that is just awesome - what group did you ride with?
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Very nice! I'd like to ride it sometime too.

What was your take on the track? Was it worth it? Was it a school?
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hey jcc_rr

I did CA. Superbike School on Monday Nov. 25, Laguna Seca.
When exactly were you there?
Rented their Kaw 600, what a gas. I too, wanted to run that track. You are right about the elevation changes, I thought going up the hill after turn 5 at Road America was fun. The first time I hit the corkscrew, I thought my stomach had fallen out of my body. I'd recommend that track to anyone. For Keith Code, steering is everything. And overcoming your fear of what the bike can do.
I will be back there again.
Also, I hope to do Kevin Scwantz' 2 day school at Road Atlanta. Sounds like the elevation changes are just as fun.
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Also, I hope to do Kevin Scwantz' 2 day school at Road Atlanta. Sounds like the elevation changes are just as fun.

They were, with an emphasis on WERE. THey removed the 'gravity cavity' a few years ago.

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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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Jeff,
we had 11 crashes. they told my girlfriend that was the most crashes they've ever had. 2 people left in ambulances. most just needed new parts. one of the three women in our level one session had a small off and did the max. damage, $750. but she finished the day.
I don't know why all the crashes, you could really travel at your own speed and not be bothered by anyone except a faster guy would pass me, while we weren't using our brakes, and I would chase them. Of course, then I would be going too fast for the turns but much fun.
my best lap times were high 2:15s, some 18 year old kid (racer some day) on his own big honda was doing low 1:50s.

I thought the instructors were great, I loved following those guys.

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