Hey 899 members! I purchased my 899 this past February, and I have added almost 3k miles to the bike. With that in mind, I've come to realize that I need more than just practice on the streets!
I commute in the SF Bay Area and it's horrible. One of the freeways (680) has the most aggressive group of commuters I've encountered in my life. I mean, people drive 80mph at the slowest speed, and around 90-100mph on average. Mind you, the legal speed is 65mph. Since then, I've stopped taking that route and have taken another one--less people, same distance, and no more tolls (fastrak) to pay. However, there are a lot of bends, sharp ones too.
I've read a few articles, watched some YouTube videos, and read a few forums that give advice and tips. I've tried practicing them, but it's hard to when most of my time is spent commuting. I've been considering to spend some money to get real training and education on riding.
I am (kind of) close to Thunderhill Raceway and noticed that they have a few events that will occur in September. There are "Track Dayz" and the "CA Superbike Camp." Obviously it seems awesome when you look at the pictures of riders leaning on the track, but besides looking "cool" I'm sure that you learn a lot of techniques that will eventually apply to every day riding.
I'll stop making this a long beginning post, but I would like to ask some of you what your insight and/or experiences are in doing these? The downfall I see with the CA Superbike Camp is that the days are limited and the prices are pretty high. Also, it's a few hundred more just to use the camp's motorcycle instead of your own--I think I'd do that instead of risking my Ducati.
Thanks for any input here!