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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I just completed a day of Advanced Street Skills riding training at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. The training was by Puget Sound Safety that does four levels of Advanced Street Skills as well as Lee Parks' Total Control, off road, and ADV riding training. Recommended highly. I rode in the Dominican Republic (motocaribe.com) with stromtrooper cbrxxess and his lovely wife, and she had taken the women's ADV riding course from PSS. She said it was responsible for her being able to handle the strom in the D.R. much better than she could before the course.

The Ridge was fun. 40' wide track, two years old, still installing amenities like power and bathrooms (soon), and great fun to ride. On the map below, turns 1-2-3 and 13-14-15 were steep inclines. 4--13 were up on the ridge and 16--1 were on the flat. It was big enough that with 11 students and three coaches there were times when I was alone with no other bike in sight. My favorite part was diving down into 13-14-15, steep downhill hairpins, maybe 'cuz I'm a skier.... 12 counterclockwise was my peg dragger--I sometimes didn't read that one right. The coaches might lead their group of three or four around a recommended line, or have one student follow them closely, or stop and give individual instruction. It was not a track day. Speed was moderate, nothing scary. Technique was everything. Passing was permitted on the straights, not the curves. We rode clockwise in the morning and counterclockwise in the afternoon--just like being on two different tracks.
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Great class. Very good coaches and really fun track. The school owner, Bret Tkaks, is a very good teacher and a good guy. He had about a dozen staff there, and we had a coach for every three or four students. There were 11 students in the Level 1 class and 8 in the Level 2 & 3 classes. The coaches were a good group who rode bikes ranging from Gold Wings (you ought'a see them corner!) to 1200 GS to Bret's FJR to sport bikes like a Tuono. Student bikes ranged from sport bikes to cruisers, connies, stroms. In the morning we had 20 minute class sessions, breaks, riding sessions, next class, and so on. The afternoon was three long sessions to practice what we'd learned in the morning. Fortunately we had light rain the first thing in the morning and heavy rain mid-morning, sun in the afternoon. That's good. If you train in the rain, you can ride in anything. Everybody did great, my Pilot Road 3 Trail tires were really secure, and there were no mishaps by anyone.

We learned S-M-A-R-T cornering.
Scan the corner for your best line for good traction and best direction if another turn is to be entered.
Mark your line; outside-inside-outside, or outside-inside-inside ('cuz you can always to outside) for a blind turn or set up for another turn. Deliberately mark a line and have a reason for it. Use the whole width of the lane if suitable.

Adjust and relax your body position (for better bike position) Trust yourself - Trust your bike - Trust your tires. Keep your eyes up. Relax, especially the outside hand & arm. Adjust your body position to the inside of the bike's centerline well before the turn point.

Relax, Allow yourself to press forward on the inside bar and stabilize the bike.

Throttle from turning point to the exit. Either hold constant throttle on a long sweeper, or better, roll on the throttle as suitable.

I received a certificate of completion showing that I am now a S-M-A-R-T A. S. S. rider.

I like the training, I like the coaches, and I like the course. I'll take the Level 2 course next year.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 12:15 AM
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Nice. Would the riding proficiency forum be a better place for this thread?

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Good idea.

"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.

"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."

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Sounds like lots of fun! Thanks for sharing

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That does seem like it would be both fun, and worthwhile!

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