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post #1 of 2 Old 03-26-2012, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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First of all, this is not an ad. I have no hook up with Streetmasters.

That said - If you are in SoCal and want to learn an awful lot about riding twisties in a day, take a look at the Streetmaster classes at Willow Springs. This isn't a racing clinic or track day type thing. It is all kinds of bikes from very, very big Harleys (small cars w/ two wheels) to cafe racers learning how to ride twisties, but with a new twist (pun intended). (My Vstrom fit in perfectly and my wife rode her Wee too) The idea is not to take a racing line, but to take delayed turn into the apex of the turn that gives you a whole lot more options if you screw up or a truck is coming the other way. It is all about riding the twisties so you will be around tomorrow especially if you are not perfect through the corners. It is a different way of looking at the road that was new to me.

The class is on a hilly twisty track called the Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs. It has a centerline just like a normal road so it is like a real road but without on coming traffic. It gives you the freedom to screw up without eating it. They start you out slow, and gradually bump up the speed through the day - all along emphasizing the delayed apex. The student to instructor ratio is about 4:1 and you get lot of attention from people that know what they are doing. There were active and retired motocops on the staff to boot.

I had a great time and learned a sooo much. Just when you think you have it sorted out, some comes along and shows you a whole different way to do things. It really opened my eyes.

Anyway, I'm just pumped up after a fun day. I never rode on a track before and it was really fun. You can see how the race guys get addicted to trying to perfect a corner. Linking two of them becomes a real challenge and whole track could become a very long term project.

Now to give Ortega Hwy (local twisty) a run for the money with my new found ideas . . .
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-26-2012, 07:40 AM
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Tha'ts really good to hear, that you found something different that will add to the fun you have while riding without someone attempting to make you into a roadracer....that your wife could do it WITH you is even better!!

As an aging exroadracer from the '70's, I can't count the number of times that some yahoo riding GSXRR, CBRR ZXRR (pick one)will ride my rear wheel entering an exit ramp only to find that he comes out long after I've merged into the new roads traffic. Their response is ALWAYS the same, they peg the throttle and zing on by me at 3 digits, never even looking ......but they sure couldn't hang with the old guy in the corner, on his Vee<LOL>. It sounds like you guys had a blast and that it will carry over to real-world situations....very cool!!


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