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California Superbike School on the V

Has anyone done the Keith Code school? I am going to use my V next weekend at the Barber Speedway in AL. Too old to want to go fast, just want to be a better rider with more confidence. Not sure what to expect, a little concerned as the rental bikes (none were available when I booked) are all fast liter BMWs and I donít want to get run over.
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I did a Reg Pridmore school a few years ago, and have done a couple of track days. For the school I was on a Suzuki GS500. One of the track days was on a Honda Hawk. Usually there are rules such as no passing on the inside. The main thing is to keep a consistent line so anyone passing will know what to expect. Don't brake or turn in too early.
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Has anyone done the Keith Code school? I am going to use my V next weekend at the Barber Speedway in AL. Too old to want to go fast, just want to be a better rider with more confidence. Not sure what to expect, a little concerned as the rental bikes (none were available when I booked) are all fast liter BMWs and I donít want to get run over.
I did the school years ago when they were using the kawasaki gpz550's at Pocono raceway. Than a couple years later at Watkins glen on the schools ninja 600. There is nothing to concerned about they run a very well controlled school. You will have a good time.
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The California Superbike School was great! I did level one and can honestly say I am a better rider as a result. Training is based on the physics and mechanics of why a Motorcycle handles the way it does. Classroom session followed by track, each session builds on the previous with a coach review after each session. Their rental bikes are newish BMW RRs. 403 lbs, 200 HP! I was late to register and the rentals were all spoken for so I rode my 650V.

My objective was not speed but simply to become a better rider with more confidence. While I would have loved to ride the BMW, I am glad I rode my V. She handled beautifully and the chicken strips on the rear tire are all but gone. I now have more confidence in myself and the V.

I highly recommend this training, go as fast as you are comfortable to go on a race track, 50 foot wide track no oncoming traffic. Parking lot training classes are great for what they teach, but this training is totally different. You can read books and watch videos but actually practicing at speed on a track makes all the difference.
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I had some buddies that took the the CSS level 1 at Barber Monday. It made me wonder how my Versys 650 LT would do on the track. I've ridden track days in the past on previous bikes (Tuono 1000R Factory and BMW K1200RS). My main concern with this Versys is the overly soft forks. I'm 270LBS and running stock springs, so it's nowhere near sprung properly for me. Even in novice groups for a standard trackday (STT at Barber or Talladega GP) the average speeds are pretty quick so I was concerned about being in the way. Now after hearing from my friends that took the level 1 and reading this thread I feel like that won't be an issue at CSS.

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I had some buddies that took the the CSS level 1 at Barber Monday. It made me wonder how my Versys 650 LT would do on the track. I've ridden track days in the past on previous bikes (Tuono 1000R Factory and BMW K1200RS). My main concern with this Versys is the overly soft forks. I'm 270LBS and running stock springs, so it's nowhere near sprung properly for me. Even in novice groups for a standard trackday (STT at Barber or Talladega GP) the average speeds are pretty quick so I was concerned about being in the way. Now after hearing from my friends that took the level 1 and reading this thread I feel like that won't be an issue at CSS.
Just crank up that preload. I am about 260lbs myself and haven't found the front end to be too soft once adjusted. I run 5 turns out on preload up front which is perfect for canyon riding and would probably go to 2 or 3 turns on a smooth track. I think they usually have separate groups for novice/slower bikes (i.e. 300s, 650s, newer riders on 600s) and one for the fast bikes (i.e. literbikes and fast riders on 600s).
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