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California Superbike School – Level 3 SMSP

The addiction is well and truly real and we were definitely not going to let a little wet weather dampen our spirits as we headed to Sydney Motor Sport Park to participate in level 3 of California Superbike School.

Western Sydney had turned on a wet and miserable looking morning for our Level 3 course and several participants had failed to take on the conditions which was a bit of a shame.

However our enthusiasm hadn’t faltered, we had access to Sydney Motor Sport Park which is a great track, the superb BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR M Sport and of course some of the best instructors in the industry in the form of the team from California Superbike School. Put simply motorbikes are the best.

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California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

Like the previous courses we had attended the morning started with a safety briefing, before we were ushered into our groups and moved along to our first classroom session of the day.

Level 3 would be focused on body position and working in harmony with the bike. To tell the truth, yours truly had really been looking forward to this level. We had a quick recap on body position in the classroom before we learnt the importance of setting our body position early to be well balanced on the bike.

Exit the classroom and it was time to hit the track for our first drill. But first two sighting laps to get accustomed to the track and conditions. The gods were starting to get in the mood, the rain had cleared and by the end of our first drill a clear line was developing on the track, so if someone asks God does ride a motorbike.

California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

Our next classroom session would focus on a drill called knee to knee, where we practice ensuring we had contact with the bike at all times and we were locking on correctly to the tank with our knee.

It was back to the track for session 2 to practice the set drill with our expert coaches. At the end of the session we would receive expert feedback from our on track coaches and get areas to work on and of course what we were doing well.

The added bonus for this session was the track had dried and the sun had broken through. At the completion of session 2 it was time for a quick lunch stop, before heading back to the classroom for lesson 3.

California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

Drill 3 was a new technique to add to our riding repoitre called the hip flick.This is a skill which helps you move body weight and position quickly on the bike when chugging direction quickly. After practicing the technique it was time to hit the track again.

Once again we were shown the drill by the on track instructors before they would follow and let us demonstrate our new learning. At the end of the session we would go back and debrief the learnings and skills gained during the drill track session.

Classroom session 4 would have our classroom instructor demonstrate and teach us about the hook turn. Again we would go though the body position on a stationary bike so we were well equipped when it came time to hit the track and carry out the drill with our on track instructor.

California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

It was overcast and remained dry for this session, but clouds had started to form. Again we followed the process to ensure we could complete the skill and be ready to move onto our next and final lesson of the afternoon.

Pick Up was to be our next skill where we would learn this technique to pick the bike up out of corners more efficiently to maximise exit speed. Again we went through a well executed classroom session which gave us all the necessary information to complete the skill before hitting the track to put the theory into practice.

This was where things got interesting and a little mental. The clouds looked ominous and there was a clear storm brewing in the Western Sydney sky. As Thunder cracked and lightning lit up the sky the decision was made to call of the last session of the day for the last group.

California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

It was dissapoinitng, however safety always comes first and not more than two minutes after the call was made, the heavens opened up and opened up in a big way. It was one hundred percent the right call as some of the garage doors were blown off the pit garages, had we gone out onto the track we would not have even made half a lap before the storm.

So there you go, the California Superbike School team are just not geniuses on riding motorbikes very fast around racetracks and teaching riding skills, they are also better than most weather people when it comes to predicting the weather.

Level 3 of California Superbike School has continued to fuel our passion for track riding as well as providing and teaching skills that make us better, safer, more controlled riders on the road.

California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

If you are an avid enthusiastic motorbike rider we can not recommend this journey and course enough. Make it something you start in 2024, you will not regret it. For us we patiently wait for our Level 4 course to roll around, slowly counting the days until we can again hit the track with the team from California Superbike School.

If you are interested in California Superbike School, you can head over to www.superbikeschool.com.au

BWM Motorrad Australia provided our BMW S 1000 RR M Sport, and track test rides can be organised through local dealerships. Images courtesy of SDPICS.

California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP
California Superbike School Level 3 SMSP

 

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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