socalsupermoto Blog General ramblings of socal supermoto 2014-01-07T03:25:28Z WordPress Administrator <![CDATA[What to expect when expecting, your first trackday.]]> 2014-01-07T03:25:28Z 2014-01-07T03:25:28Z Or everything you wanted to know about your first trackday but were afraid to ask:

Will the other kids be nice to me?
The supermoto track is a bizare happy place where newbies, pros, trackday regulars hang out, give out free advice, smack talk, and sit in crappy chairs kickin back between sessions. Nobody cares if you’re fast, slow, fat, about your political leanings, race, wether you have any money, etc. It really is this strange moto utopia, where for the most part everyone gets along extremely well. Be humble, smile, ask questions, and you’ll make friends.

What if I’m slow?

What if I’m fast?
You’re not. And that’s ok, just ride within your ability level.

Will I get killed?
Maybe. There’s a obvious inherent risk anytime you ride fast on a motorcycle. But with no oncoming traffic, guard rails, gravel, cliffs, cops, squids, cars, etc, riding your motorcycle here is safer than anywhere else.

What if I get in people’s way?
You won’t. Or you shouldn’t. Your responsibility is not to be fast, or slow, or to get out of peoples way. YOUR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY IS TO HOLD YOUR LINE AND BE AS PREDICTABLE AS POSSIBLE. Never turn your head to see who’s behind you, and never swerve to let someone by. By trying to get out of someone’s way you may be swerving into someone who is passing both of you. Having loud scary motorcycles on your back wheel can make you feel anxious, but the rider behind you isn’t anxious. They’re likely just waiting for a safe spot to pass, and we’ll likely pass you exiting the turn…..on one wheel…..crossed up, you know, to help inspire you. Just look where you’re going and ride your own pace!


What if I crash?
We’ll pick you up. But you shouldn’t crash. I rode supermoto for 6 months before I ever crashed. You don’t need to go down to “find the limit”. These bikes will let you know what you’re doing right and wrong. Pushing the front or rear, having the suspension load/unload quick, or dragging pegs your first day, are all warning signs that you are about to crash. Pay attention to them. Someone on the track is going faster than you without any of those issues, so listen to your instructor and work on technique and the speed will come.

What should I bring?
To our trackdays: 3x more water than you think you’ll need, and food. Gear that includes: armor on your knees, hips, back, shoulders, elbows (leather, textile or mx), boots (street or dirt), full face helmet (street or dirt). I prefer 1pc Vanson supermoto leathers with mx boots, neck brace, and mx helmet.

What’s the order of things?
We do 15 on/off with the go karts. The rental karts “arrive and race” will be additional groups. At the end of the day you’ll be exhausted and have more tracktime than you can handle. General order of things:
Riders meeting: Track safety and intro to supermoto
Slow lead/follow around the track.
Open practice with instruction in the pits while the karts are out
1pm-ish: Dirt school talk, and opening up the dirt section.
More open practice, instruction, and photo sessions (don’t try to show off and crash!)
4-5pm, pack it up, crack a beer.

Will I learn how to back it in?
Maybe. Sliding in, when done correctly is a side effect of speed, not the means to achieve it. Brake late, countersteer hard, and you’ll start drifting out the rear. In regards to “trying to back it in”, just remember that the instructions on how to back it in, and how to highside, are identical.

How do I get started?
Funny you should ask, I just happen to know of a supermoto school. Use the buy now button at, and we’ll see you at the track!!!!

Administrator <![CDATA[Upcoming]]> 2014-01-07T03:18:09Z 2014-01-07T03:18:09Z UPCOMING:


Here’s marathon man Troy Archer showing proper technique in taking the checkers:


Administrator <![CDATA[Socal Supermoto Named One of the Best Performance Schools in America!]]> 2014-01-07T03:16:10Z 2014-01-07T03:15:51Z Socal Supermoto Named One of the Best Performance Schools in America!

Thank you Rideapart for the shout out! It’s an honor to be included with those other amazing programs. Check out the article HERE.


Administrator <![CDATA[There is an alternative.]]> 2013-09-26T15:47:23Z 2013-09-26T15:45:32Z If I am totally honest, I’ve become a bit numb to riders dying. I’ve been reading about it every week going on 20 years. Sometimes it’s a result of bad luck, absurd drivers, or lack of rider skill. We do not continue to ride out of ignorance. We are keenly aware of the risks. But for many of us the risk/reward ratio of riding canyons no longer seems to make sense, especially when there is an alternative which is fun, much safer, and more exciting. In Shane’s words:

“Apex is only an hour away from SD county (hour and 15 from my house)
Adams is only 20 minutes further.

Apex Racing Center (Sumo/Mini) All day riding $38
Adams Motorsport Park (Sumo/Mini) All day riding $15-$45

STTARS hosts racing events at Apex and your first race class is only $60. Additional classes are only $20. This includes practice. Each race class has (2) races. They do give out medals that you can take home if you podium. No membership fees required.

Apex also hosts FUN races. These are $38 to practice all day. Signing up to race is free and optional. They do give out trophies that you can take home if you podium. No membership fees required.

Random facts about Supermoto and mini riding:

Fact: You may already know someone who rides at these tracks.

Fact: Famous road racers (Moto GP/WSBK/AMA) have been known to frequent these exact race tracks. You may actually see them there. Ever wanted to ride with a pro?

Fact: Many racers have spare bikes to let new riders try out.

Fact: You don’t have to try to dirt sections if you’re not comfortable with dirt.

Fact: You GET TO TRY OUT THE DIRT SECTION if you’ve never tried it!

Fact: It’s possible to go an entire season on one set of tires with a Sumo or Mini, depending on how many events you go to.

Fact: Both style bikes can burn less than a couple gallons of gas the entire day.

Fact: Minimoto riding is a great way to learn corner speed without the life threatening speeds of a road racing bike. Minis are the best stepping stone to learn your race craft before you step up to a full sized bike and bang bars with the sumo racers.

Fact: Supermoto is a great way to learn bike control and quick cornering techniques that translate into riding a sportbike more confidently. Sumos are also a ton of fun and let you get away with damn near anything on two wheels while providing opportunities for hooliganistic wheelies and catching some fresh air off a jump.

Fact: You can use your knee out technique while riding Sumo or Mini. You can also learn totally new styles of riding that will translate into making you a better rider on the street. Think of it as expanding your vocabulary in the language of motorcycling.

Fact: Some supermotos are street legal.

Fact: Supermotos and minis are easy to work on.

Fact: Parts and upgrades can be had without breaking the bank.

Fact: You can have a competitive bike without spending a fortune.

Fact: Lowsiding a dirtbike = $0 in damage
Lowsiding a sportbike = Broken Piggy Bank

Fact: Cost of doing a sportbike trackday can cost over $500 after you factor in all of your expenses and travel time. Racing a sportbike for a race weekend can cost $1,000 or more.

Fact: Racing a Supermoto/mini can be done for less than $100. Some race events are as cheap as $38.

Fact: Kart tracks provide all of the excitement of a full course without having to commit to triple digit speeds

Fact: You can ride all day at any one of these tracks and still be home for dinner.

Fact: No one is going to arrest you for speeding on the track. In fact, you may even get a trophy!

There is a pretty tight knit group for both the minimoto and the supermoto crowd that are here in San Diego. We are always willing to bring new riders into the fold. If you’re not sure if you will even like this style of riding, you can find folks that will let you try out their bikes. If you want instruction, SoCal Supermoto offers a class that provides the bike.

Racers are not aliens. We are just street riders who wanted to go faster without getting arrested. We WANT you to come ride with us. We want you guys to come out and have fun with us. If it sounds like we’re preaching, it’s only because we love what we do and there’s no other way to explain it other than to have you try it. Some of the best times we’ve had at the track are actually had in the pits. Bench racing and bar-b-qing are just as rewarding and griding up with your opponents. Come try it out. Post up if you want to try. Contact Brian Murray if you want to try a school. Message me if you want to try a mini. Hell, just post up if you want more information. You guys want answers and solutions to getting your go-fast fix? Here it is. Come ride with us.
- Shane Liberty

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Administrator <![CDATA[Socal Supermoto Performance Dry Shirt by Champion]]> 2013-07-12T14:33:08Z 2013-07-12T14:30:41Z I picked up one of our cafe press performance dry shirts by champion. The hope was that it would be perfect for those 95+ degree days as a underleathers layer, and comfy for the rest of the day when I’m teaching, wrenching, taking pics, etc…

Fit: Dated and lousy. Maybe I’m too used to our american apparel shirts, but this one felt dated like it had sleeves that bell’d out like a trumpet horn, and the bottom of the shirt kinda skirts out. Lets call it loose fit for husky kids. Go a size smaller than usual and I think it would be fine.

Logo: Steller, coolest moto logo ever.

Underleathers: Lousy. Definitely better than a tshirt, but far inferior to any performance under layer shirt, ie goapparel. With my go apparel and perf leathers, it feels like air conditioning at the end of the straight. Not so with this shirt. In addidition the go apparel is USA made, and has held up well for me.


Off the bike: Again works better than a tshirt for walking around and taking pics, and it does wick so it doesn’t get sweaty and sticky. It does have one huge advantage over a underarmor style shirt and that is you don’t feel like you’re walking around in your own one man wet tshirt nipple contest.

Overall: Skip it. I’ll stick with my goapparel quick wick base layer for under leathers, and socal american apparel t for the rest of the time.

Administrator <![CDATA[Hey Brian, what kind of supermoto should get?]]> 2013-06-02T21:03:07Z 2013-06-02T21:03:07Z I still get this question all the time, so posting it up here: The world famous Socal Supermoto “What supermoto should I get?” flowchart!

Yeah, I know I forgot some bikes. You’ll live.


Administrator <![CDATA[MXD Labs Iphone lap timer]]> 2013-05-29T02:34:23Z 2013-05-29T02:34:23Z Socal Supermoto MXDlabs Iphone app Lap timer mini-review:

You can learn a lot from our school, from other schools, by listening to other riders, riding different kinds of bikes, trying different styles of riding, experimenting with different bike set ups, riding smaller displacement bikes, trying to follow faster riders, watching instructional vids, racing, etc… And you can learn A LOT from a lap timer. After you find your riding plateau, a lap timer is probably the best tool to improve.

Stuart Smith is a non stop source of moto gems, and one of my faves is “there is a huge difference between what feels fast, and what is fast.” The only way to really differentiate between feels fast/fast is a lap timer. I experienced this first hand. I went out and ran aggressive (for me) hot laps, full of slides, peg grinds and near crashes. It certainly felt very fast. I then followed it up with concentrating solely on riding as smooth as possible. My smooth laps were drama free, felt slower, and were about 1 second per lap faster. Lesson learned.


Now mxdlabs (not a sponsor). It’s a iphone (android coming) app that is incredibly user friendly. Just select track, walk out on track to select start/finish line, hit start and go ride. It provides lap by lap times, fastest lap, and separates it by sessions, or in mx talk “motos”. I didn’t get to verify the times with a standard timer. Accuracy is very dependent on where it’s mounted. Inside my boot or jacket it only recorded maybe 40% of my laps due to the gps interference. I had the best luck putting it in the drz’s “purse” on the rear fender which brought the number to 90% laps recorded. So it’s not perfect, but if you treat it as a training tool that it is, it is very effective. Meanwhile for user friendliness I give it a 10/10. I dig it, if you ride any track regularly it’s definitly worth a go.

Next week I’ll review their quickmount.

Administrator <![CDATA[Socal Supermoto motorcycle chock review]]> 2013-05-28T21:58:43Z 2013-05-28T21:58:43Z Most of the time it feels like my real job is bike hauler. I’ve been loading and unloading bikes on a daily basis for ten years. So here it is, the official Socal Supermoto motorcycle chock review! Your life is finally complete! I have all of these mounted in my van right now, here’s the lowdown.

#1. Condor quick release motorcycle chock $225
The good: It’s indestructable, quality made in the USA kit, that’s built for the zombie apocolypse. It’s also the only quick release chock I’ve used that is actually quick release. One screw which can be removed with your hand and the chock slides right out. You can quickly take it out of your truck and use it in the pits. It’s also by far the most stable of the chocks. If you have a bike that 1) you care about or 2) is big, this is your chock. It’s a big no-no but often times I’d haul a bike around on short trips and not even use tie downs. It’s that good. Despite the stability it’s also the easiest to roll bikes in and out of. Finally the condor works equally well with a 120 wide front tire, or a 160 rear. Out of these chocks, the condor is the only one that you can load a bike using the rear wheel, mandatory if you plan on hauling three bikes and need to put one backwards.

The bad: It’s expensive (you get what you pay for). Once removed it’s kinda bulky and takes up a good amount of space. The cross supports that allows you to easily use it once dismounted takes up a good amount of floor space when mounted. Finally for a trailer or truck it’s perfect, but in a van it can be clangy and loud.

Overall: Long term only real downside is the loud bit, and this is by far the most stable, easiest to use chock.


#2. Harbor Freight motorcycle chock.

The good: Cheap as hell. $26 with a harbor freight coupon. The harbor hold bikes securely, but at times you have to fight it to get the bikes out. It requires a double pull. You give the bike a quick yank, grab the front brake, then give a second quick yank and out it comes, a bit of a hassle but not a deal breaker.

The bad: Chinese kit that I wouldn’t trust with a expensive bike. Not quick release although could easily be moded to be so with “quick nuts”

Overall: Good design that is tough to beat for the price.


#3. Pit Posse Removable chock $79

The good: Stable but just slightly less stable than the harbor, but admittedly I havn’t played much with the adjustability of it too much. It does seem to be adjusted properly, and I get more bike lean with this than with the others. The pit posse is also “quick release” meaning that with a few hex bolts you can take it out leaving just the mounting plate behind.

The bad: not quite as secure as the others with a 120/70 tire but still works pretty well. Like the harbor requires a double pull to remove bike.

Overall: Buy this if you need a chock that is removable and don’t have the cash for a condor.


#4 Cycle gear chock. I’m not a fan. It’s a bitch to get a 120 tire out of. Yeah i know the put a rag in it trick but who wants to deal with that. All of the others here work better.


General overview: If you’re not using chocks, then all of these will be a huge advantage. It’s one of those “once you start using them you can’t imagine life without them” kinda things. I love being able to huck the bike in the van and have it sit there without falling over. The simple is if you have a couple bucks, pick up the condor, if you’re broke get the harbor, if you want something less expensive but still removable get the pit posse. All of them make life considerably easier. Well it feels that way if your life is loading motorcycles.

Administrator <![CDATA[Moto-Fitness bootcamp – On Track Wellness]]> 2013-04-29T15:35:33Z 2013-04-29T15:32:47Z On track wellness Moto-Fitness Camp

No time to ride every day to work your Moto Muscles? Not sure what exercises or routines to hit at the gym to work those body parts needed for riding? Come get a great motorcycle riding inspired workout lead by Certified Personal Trainer Nate Church. The session will include a workout specific for riders of all types followed by a session on a foam roller to release muscle tension.

There will be time for specific concerns and questions to be answered and how you can make your workouts more efficient.

Date: May 4th
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Location: Bird Rock Fit
6875 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $30 per person


Administrator <![CDATA[Recommended/ Mandatory mods for the drz400sm]]> 2012-12-04T01:27:35Z 2012-12-04T01:06:28Z We all know you can throw tons of money at almost any bike and build something amazing, but with the drz that defeats the purpose of cheap/reliable fun. That said some mods really transform the bike. After 4 years, and currently owning 5 of them, here’s my list of recommended and mandatory mods for the drz. There’s a million more out there, but here’s where I’d start.

Mandatory: Zeta rubber killers. They’re cheap, and completely transform the bikes handling. Stock the front end feels super vague, and everytime the bike is dropped the bars twist in the mounts. These are only $16 or so and solve both problems immediately.


Mandatory: Thumpertalk locktite fix. Just do it, and save yourself a lot of hassle down the road.

Mandatory: MOTYdesign 2×2 lithium battery. The stock batter weighs a ton, and is positioned all weird in the back left tail of the bike. The moty batteries are tiny, last forever, never require a battery tender, and slip right in. I’ve abused the hell out of my bikes for years and have broken near everything, except these batteries. Buy one now, you’ll love it.


Mandatory: Dunlop Q2! The stockers are near impossible to get heat into. The q2’s warm up quick, feel super stable on the brakes, give excellent feedback, and have near slick levels of stick. BUY THESE NOW. We did out tire comparo here.. The q2’s were the clear winner.


Recommended: Handguards. Zeta and cycra seem to be the best, but even those will bend. If they do and start to interfere with the levers just put a large nut as a spacer between the guard and the handlebar. Also the tripple clamp side mounts are the way to go!!! If you don’t have the cash I’ve had some decent luck running these chinese cheapys



Mandatory: Quick turn throttle. The drz feels like it has no power. 1) because it doesn’t really and 2) because the power it has you can’t get to without cranking your arm around and down. Solution is a quickturn throttle. You can mod a 05 r6 throttle to get this done for only $9, or you can order one up. The ones I modded will sometimes stick once in a blue moon so now I just order one up like this.


Mandatory: Front steel braided brakeline. The stocker will work on the street, but on the track it boil and you’ll find yourself heading towards a barrier in no time. No fun. Get one, put it on, wait til you see god, then brake…


Recommended: 3×3 mod and a dyno jet kit, k&n filter. You can get a lot farther with a full pipe and fcr, but this will get your bike in the ballpark running better/cooler. Just google it, it’s all over the internets.


Recommended: Suspension: Our suspension approach is super scientific. I max the compression and rebound adjustments front and rear, and add a few spins of preload in the rear. Whammo, bike no longer rides like a noodle!

Recommended: graphics. Our bikes with stock graphics looked tore up after 6 months. I installed the amr kit, the bikes were dumped another 800 times, and they still look great. Here’s a pic from last week.