Sunday, May 12, 2013
With my old HeroHD, an hour of video is roughly 1GB at 720p/30fps. The Hero3 doesn't have a 720p/30fps mode, the closest settings are 720p/60fps and 1080p/30fps. With either of those, I'm getting roughly 10 minutes at 1.2GB!! HUGE difference. Had I realized that, I would have bought a 64GB sd card instead of the 16GB I got.
Friday, March 29, 2013
I was probably singled out for being on a bike. If given a choice between the two, I can understand going after the bike as I'm sure the stats would probably be in favor of writing multiple citations. I've seen too many riders who don't even have their 'M' endorsement and others who don't bother with their state inspection. Fair enough. The state trooper was nice and it worked out in the end. *phew*
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
It is up to the rider making a pass to do so cleanly and as safely as possible. This is where holding your line comes into play. Holding your line means I know where you are going and where you are going to be on the track when I get to you, and lets me plan my pass.
Here is a clip where a slower rider enters the turn before me and swings out unnecessarily wide for his speed. It's not an ideal line, but it's his line and that's ok. As I approach, I don't know for sure if he will continue to hold a wide line around the next turn or cut all the way across to the apex. I slow up a bit to let him commit one way or the other. He commits toward the inside and I proceed to go around the outside, but just as I'm pulling along side, he decides to change his line and move back toward the outside forcing me to stand the bike up a bit to avoid a collision. Had he held his line, the pass would have been clean with 6 feet of cushion between us.
Perhaps I could have maintained my speed from the beginning and zoomed up the inside, but that would have risked a collision, or I could have spooked him forcing him to run off track in a not so friendly run-off area. I chose to go with the more cautious approach for both our sakes. That's it boys and girls. Have fun, hold your line, be predictable and be safe!
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
My first outing with the CMRA got off to a rocky start with my dog getting sick (he has heart failure) on Wendesday and got progressively work throughout Thursday. A lack of sleep on his part, and mine meant I slept right through Friday morning practice. But once I got him stable, I hit the road to Texas World Speedway 1.5 hours away in College Station. A fuel stop and heavy doses of traffic delayed me long enough that i arrived at the track just as the last practice session was starting. Oops.
I setup my pit area, unloaded my bike and things and drove 1.5 hours back home to check on the dog. He was doing much better Saturday morning, so I called my 'baby sitter' to come stay with him and drove back out to TWS Saturday afternoon to camp overnight. 7:00AM riders meetings.. Ooof!
Sunday - Race Day!
We were given two short rounds of practice in the morning. As I was suiting up, I took a moment to think and realized that after missing Friday practice, and missing the previous trackday, this was going to be my first time on the bike this year. And the first time on a bike since November of '11. Rusty much?
The morning was extremely humid and there was a nice layer of dew on the ground. Gearing changes, suspension changes and shiney new tires, what could possibly go wrong?
I basically used the first session to scrub the tires and make sure nothing was going to fall off the bike as it was hastely reassembled while looking after a sick dog. My glasses fogged up instantly though the helmet visor was fine. Session done!
I went out for second practice sans glasses and was immediately happier and more comfortable. It's amazing how quickly you can pick up the pace when you can actually see where you are going. *facepalm*
Race 1 - B Superstock Novice
3rd race on the day's schedule and wow, massive grid. 50 riders lined up in 2 waves for the start. I made a poor start from the middle of the 2nd wave, but made up a few spots going into the very wide, sweeping T1 and T2, but T3 had riders bunching up 3 and 4 deep! I fell inline to clear the first lap and made some progress picking off people here and there. I think the stress of the weekend really got to me as I felt too tired to keep my pace and lost a few positions on the last lap ending up 26th (out of 50!)
Race 2 - C Superstock Novice
The 6th race for the day, and my 2nd was another MASSIVE grid. 54 riders, 2 waves. Again I was lined up about midway back in the 2nd wave. Just like race 1, I lost quite a few positions on the start, but made them up through T1 and T2 and then RED FLAG just as the first lap was completed.
The race was restarted minus 1 lap. I made a much better start and was making decent progress until the penultimate lap when my bikes dash started blinking and then the bike just died. I threw my hand up and pulled off the line, but luckily (?) the race was red-flagged again just at that moment for another incident. I coasted to a stop, but the bike wouldn't start. I had to get the embarrasing push back to pit by the out-rider.
I was credited with 22nd place which is much better than a DNF! As it turned out, the positive lead disconnected itself from the battery. 5 minute fix and I was ready for the next race! *phew*
Race 3 - C Superbike Novice
I made my best start of the day yet from the 3rd row of the 2nd wave of a 40 bike grid. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with little traffic once we got to T3 and I was able to turn my fastest laps of the day. Fatigue kicked in again and I lost a few places as I couldn't keep my pace but still managed my best finish of the day with a 17th.
Overall I can be relatively satisfied with my first outing with the CMRA given the up and down week leading up to the weekend. My main goal for the year was to finish in the top half of my races and I did that for the most part with a minimal amount of practice. I'm looking foward to the next round... practice AND the races!
I'd like to thank my 2012 sponsors
.. and special recognition to Dante at Bazzaz for going above and beyond to get my Bazzaz unit built and shipped out to me
Monday, January 09, 2012
I've finally taken the first steps to getting my
In order to race with the CMRA, you have to take their licensing class which is offered by several track day organizations with Lone Star Track Days, Fast Line Motorcycle School and Ride Smart Motorcycle School being the most popular. Keep in mind, this is not a racing class on how to go fast(er), it's designed to get you familiarized with the track procedures, flag meanings, safety guidelines, registration procedures etc, to make your transition from trackdays to racing a smooth one.
The cost for the class is $75, in addition to the regular trackday fee which varies by organization and by track. You'll get a booklet, a yellow t-shirt and a classroom instructor. In order to pass the class, you must do the following:
- Attend all classroom sessions
- Correctly answer 30 of 36 questions on the written exam
- Wear the yellow shirt at all times while on the track
- Do not crash at any time while on the track
- Ride the mock-race at the end of the day
Pass or fail is not determined by a minimum speed or lap time. The yellow shirt allows the corner-workers to easily identify students on the track should they crash which means they have failed the class. A crash is defined as, 'a handle bar touches the ground'. If you happen to run off the track but stay upright, that is ok.
Finally, at the end of the day you get to participate in the mock race. This is where you put the class room instruction into practice. From the calls to the grid, taking your warm up lap, finding your grid spot and watching for the starting boards until finally the green flag is waved and you're off! Run your race, watch for flags and have fun.
Riding along with you and the other students will be control riders. These are instructors and/or racers that will help ensure that you get the full experience and feel of what it will be like to race. Unlike trackdays where most groups have minimum distance requirements for passing other riders, there are times when you may only be inches away from another rider. There are no rules for leaving a minimum amount of distance between you and a rider you are passing. Only that it is a clean pass and it's the overtaking rider's responsibility to make a clean pass. Some control riders may slow down and ride along with the slower riders, passing, and then allowing themselves to be passed by the students.
The mock race is exiciting, and fun, but remember there are no trophies. Finishing 1st or last does not matter. It's not even tracked. What matters most is that you actually finish the mock race.
My mock race. The blue shirts are the control riders.
When the mock race is done, that's it. Congrats! You will receive a certificate of completion that you will fax/mail into the CMRA along with the membership registration forms to get your actual Provisional Novice license.
Also, hold on to that yellow shirt. You will need it to fulfill some requirements racing as a Provisional Novice before you get the full novice license.