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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2013, 12:48 pm Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about going in September. Anyone ever been? Comments? Interested in going?
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I've been to several, California, STT and Schwantz. I left each with great benefits from attending. They will teach you in a day or two what would take years of riding on the street. A must for beginners and intermediate riders.

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Some day I will be attending. But not in the near future. Travel fund needs fattening.

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I did Level 1. I thought I was clever in picking a date where cool temperatures normally prevailed. Weather gods did not collaborate and the Streets of Willow were bathed in 100 plus degree heat on the day of the class. Most of the participants were younger guns, but I held my own, somewhere around mid-pack when it came to progress and speed.

I found the class to be very invaluable, and the exercises were well designed. Loved the "follow the coach" format. It made me a safer street rider. The BMW S1000RR bikes were awesome, and I thought I was a hero and riding them close to 7/10s. This is when I was told that they were in "Rain mode".

I now need to get the courage, time, and funds together to do level 2.

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I have been doing these for years level 1 through 4 at VIR and Barbar. They have an excellent program and you learn a lot quickly in a very controlled and safe environment.
We all think we are fast and have great form and skills…….we are soooooo wrong :-) The levels introduce techniques in a cumulative manner. You build your skill set one step at a time. Most of the time it was 1 instructor per 3-4 students. If you ask for more help several instructors will jump in, keep an eye on you, and give you great feedback.

Standard format is 20 min classroom, 20 min track, 20 min debrief.
The lean bike, slide bike and video taping are great teaching tools.

I really recommend this course
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man, I am definitely gonna do it!

Do you think the training translates well to riding the hyper?
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man, I am definitely gonna do it!

Do you think the training translates well to riding the hyper?
Absolutely...assuming you're riding the hyper Superbike style?

I've done level 1 and it was invaluable. Same comments as above posters. I want to go back and do levels 2-4.



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What track and dates are you thinking of attending?

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I've done a couple of courses here in oz and they were rubbish in comparison, I did the 4 day course at leguna seca and intending to go back and do it all again, it's that good and that much fun, the beemers are nuts in track mode.

Keith even has his own thread here, worth a read

https://www.ducati.ms/forums/11-ducat...ml#post2642529

and some more reading here

https://www.ducati.ms/forums/17-chit-...ck-school.html

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Plus you get a picture of yourself and Keith.
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