socalsupermoto Blog General ramblings of socal supermoto 2014-09-02T22:19:16Z WordPress http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/feed/atom/ Administrator <![CDATA[Upcoming Socal Supermoto School Dates]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=588 2014-09-02T22:19:16Z 2014-09-02T22:19:16Z Saturday Sept 6 – Warfest, Adams Motorsports Park Riverside
Sunday Sept 7th – Socal Supermoto School, open spots
Saturday Sept 13th – Private, sold out
Sunday Sept 14th – Supermoto school with Guest Instructor Stuart Smith, 2 spots open
Saturday Sept 20th – Supermoto School, Adams
Sunday Sept 21 – Supermoto School SOLD OUT
Saturday Oct 4th – Sportbike Fundamentals
Sunday Oct 5th – ASS (advanced sportbike skills) w/ guest Stuart Smith
Saturday Oct 18 – Guest Pro Instructor tba followed by WAR racing.

As usual book up a day here: [http://socalsupermoto.com/school_sumo.html](http://socalsupermoto.com/school_sumo.html)

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Administrator <![CDATA[WARFEST!!!]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=585 2014-09-02T22:17:38Z 2014-09-02T22:17:38Z Here’s the press release corporate whipped out for Supermoto at Warfest for their newsletter and the SCHEDULE. This is going to be a don’t miss! “Socal Supermoto and WAR Supermoto racing series will be Joining WARFEST this Saturday Sept 6th at the Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside California. Supermoto is a combination of roadracing and mx, and is arguably one of the most exciting forms of motorcycle racing. Come watch some of the best in the nation top it out in 5th gear on the straights, slam it down 3 gears at once, and “back it in” into the corners. If you haven’t seen Supermoto live you will not want to miss it. In addition the event will feature world class drifting, vendors, and live music by Pato Banton.

Racers will be invited by Matt Stewart of AMA Supermoto racing. Socal Supermoto in addition will have bikes to rent for the race for $90. Racing is free although you’ll be required to buy a $10 insurance pass. To rent a bike contact brian@socalsupermoto.com. Here’s the schedule for Supermoto:
Practice 3-3:30
10 lap heat race 5:30 – 6:30
Supermoto Main Event 8-9pm”

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Administrator <![CDATA[#sunsoutgunsout!]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=582 2014-08-24T03:26:25Z 2014-08-24T03:26:25Z Relax, it’s sarcasm.

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Administrator <![CDATA[Upcoming Socal Supermoto]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=578 2014-08-24T03:24:55Z 2014-08-24T03:24:55Z Well we admittedly havn’t done much in terms of blogging. We’ve just been super busy with the school! But I will try to atleast post up our upcoming fliers as we make em for our newsletter. Hope to see you out at the track!

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Administrator <![CDATA[Review: Vanson Full Perf Custom Jacket]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=567 2014-06-26T23:47:22Z 2014-06-26T23:47:22Z Full disclosure: We’re proud to have Vanson as a sponsor of our supermoto school. But, as always, we promise to give it to you straight when it comes to reviews.

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I’ve used the Vanson sm suit for a few years now (old review when it was new and purty). I went down it at about 65mph a few months back and damn near nothing happened to it. It’s pretty much my work uniform and I absolutely love it. Cool, flexible, super protective and I forget that I’m wearing it. In other words, everything you want in a track suit.

So I asked Vanson to make me a full perf jacket that I could use for trips back and forth to the dmv for the dmv test bike, doing lessons, and just general around town hooliginism. Here’s the lowdown on a 0-10 scale.

Quality: 10
Even with semi routine crashing, this thing will outlast you, your kids, and your grandkids. They mean it when they say “heirloom quality.” The jacket is handstitched and looks it which I think adds to it’s character. Just hold this thing in your hands and it is obvious it will last forever.

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Style: 10/0
I think it’s a 10. Maybe you hate it, but then you can get whatever you want being that it’s custom. I wanted it to look like the motorcycle team sweaters from the forties and got it. Being a Vanson, it won’t look dated ten years from now like a astars/dainese/icon jacket will. They make jackets that’ll last forever and pretty much look the same in terms of style ten years from now as it looks today.

Protection: 9
It’ll save your skin/won’t rip apart. The armor is beefy and where it needs to be including the back protector. Personally I’d love to see some chest protection built into jackets the way back protectors have become the norm. Yeah I know I can put one on but but having it integrated would make me a lot more likely to use it.

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Comfort: 5 (will become 10)
That is what is awesome/kinda frustrating about Vansons: When new it’s like having a part time job trying to break the thing in. Frankly, damn near anything off the shelf will be much more comfortable. However after they break in they feel absolutely glorious. For all the features in the world there is nothing that makes you feel as good as a custom fit leather proper motorcycle jacket. Nothing.

Breathability: 10
The full perf works so well it almost works too well. If there is any clouds at all you’ll tend to get a little chilly. Anything 70-100 is where the jacket really shines. This is the reason I got the jacket and it works perfectly.

Versatility: 2
It’s got a nice inside pocket which is why it didn’t get 1. A full perf leather jacket is a one trick pony, which is why you buy it. Even in mild San Diego you wouldn’t want this as your only moto jacket. It does one thing exceptionally well, and that is works as a proper motorcycle jacket to be worn when it is Sunny and 75-100 degrees out. It gives you the feelling of wearing nothing/feeling of being fully protected like nothing else can. When the sun is out, the way the breeze blasts through this jacket feels amazing without any compromise at all in protection.

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Summary: At our supermoto school on the last session I tell my students to just go out and ride. Slow down and don’t worry about what we went over that day. Don’t worry about air pressures, lines, laptimes, apexes, throttle inputs, etc. Just back it off a bit and go ride and remember why you started riding to begin with: because it feels great to just go down the road on a motorbike. If you want that feeling, and the sun is out, this jacket is the perfect companion for that. I’ve used it at the track and it worked exceptional, but I’ll save my 1pc for the track thrashings. Around town on any remotely nice day I find myself leaving my 3/4 lenth revit jacket at home and grabbing the new Vanson everytime. It is like having a new moto friend. You can order up your own custom Vanson here.

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Summer Jam BBQ this Saturday 6/28
Almost here! As of now we have 2 spots open.
SATURDAY 6/28/14
8:30AM - WHEN YOU’RE TIRED
FREE DAVID EKENRODE BBQ





















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Summer Jam BBQ this Saturday 6/28

Almost here! As of now we have 2 spots open.

SATURDAY 6/28/14

8:30AM - WHEN YOU’RE TIRED

FREE DAVID EKENRODE BBQ FOR ALL WHILE IT LASTS

BIKE, TRAINING, TRACKFEES, PHOTOG,

TSHIRT, AND BBQ $239.

SPOTS OPEN, BOOK AT:

WWW.SOCALSUPERMOTO.COM

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Pic of the week

Front wheel kept doing this, I suspect from too much rebound. Justin took a pic to help us diagnose the problem.

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Random Internet bike of the day

Guy Martin's turbo'd Pikes Peak racer!!!

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Administrator <![CDATA[What to expect when expecting, your first trackday.]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=562 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?
Awesome.

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!

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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 www.socalsupermoto.com, and we’ll see you at the track!!!!

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Administrator <![CDATA[Upcoming]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=559 2014-01-07T03:18:09Z 2014-01-07T03:18:09Z UPCOMING:
1/8 SOLD OUT
1/11 SOLD OUT
1/12 SOLD OUT
1/17 FRIDAY, ADAMS
1/19 SOLD OUT
2/2 SUNDAY, ADAMS

$239 FOR BIKE, TRAINING, TRACKFEES, TSHIRT, AND PHOTOGRAPHY.
BOOK AT WWW.SOCALSUPERMOTO.COM

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

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Administrator <![CDATA[Socal Supermoto Named One of the Best Performance Schools in America!]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=555 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.

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Administrator <![CDATA[There is an alternative.]]> http://socalsupermoto.com/blog/?p=537 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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