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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Alright so the past few weeks I have been attending various motorcycle safety schools offered by the Marine Corps on Camp Lejeune, NC. The 2 that stood out was ARTD (Advanced Rider Track Day) and AMOS (Advanced Motorcycle Operator School). For those two school the instructors from the California Superbike School were there, including Keith Code himself. With ARTD it was just a 0.4 mile track set out by cones and it was open to all bikes. Learned alot about my bike and my abilities on my bike and did things I never though possible on these bike (I ride a Custom BTW). The last two days I did AMOS. OMG wow, amazing classes. Instructors were fantastic. If you couldn't get something right, then they just kept working with you and never once got frustrated. The amount of knowledge was kinda intimitating at first but by then end of the two days everything fell into place. I was pulling lap times as quick as alot of the sportbike dudes. I was able to stop this little pig in 29 yards at 40mph, 39 yards at 50 mph, and 46 yards at 60 mph. This bike can perform pretty freaking amazingly. They also had a new decked out BMW S1000RR for us to get a VERY breif testride on it. OMFG that bike is a rocket. Throw it in second and at around 9000 RPM it just takes off and power doesn't fall off, of course I didnt even closely reach the limit of the speed on that thing. It literally felt like it was going to grow wings and fly away. The thing was so light and felt amazingly stable in the corners. Just wicked crazy. It was also one of the smoothest vehicles I have ever operated. I'm getting pretty serious about making this an investment down the road (or something similar). Anyways, useless post, just trying to promote the awsomeness of this school, I suggest anyone of you go. It's without a doubt, one of the best learning experiances I have ever had in my life. OK, sorry it took so long. Stay safe out there guys.
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sounds pretty fun, dont have anyhting like that around here. I have to ask are you a Marine? I was station at Bragg for several years in the 90's, wow I'm freakin old now! anyway thanks for the post!

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I was pulling lap times as quick as alot of the sportbike dudes. I was able to stop this little pig in 29 yards at 40mph, 39 yards at 50 mph, and 46 yards at 60 mph. This bike can perform pretty freaking amazingly. Stay safe out there guys.
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Sounds like a GREAT school!
We forget sometimes (or at least I do!) that the Vulcan is indeed a pretty capable bike.
No...you're not going to reel in a Busa from light to light, but this bike has pretty darned good handling and braking for a 550+ pound V2 bike. It has a pretty big back tire, and the brakes are MUCH better than I thought a $6500 bike could have---and at 50 (more or less) RWHP, it's not to shabby in acceleration either if you don't go betting your pinks on it.

It's a PAIN in the backside having to take MC safety courses every three years to ride a scoot in the military, (something I'm currently 2-3 months DINK on!! ) BUT...you always get something of value out of the basic/advanced rider courses---and they're kinda fun to attend!!!

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...I was station at Bragg for several years in the 90's, wow I'm freakin old now!!
Yeah, I hear you. I was in NAVSTA Charleston (now closed) during the 80's!!! Those PT tests get tougher every year!!!

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sounds pretty fun, dont have anyhting like that around here. I have to ask are you a Marine? I was station at Bragg for several years in the 90's, wow I'm freakin old now! anyway thanks for the post!
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Thank you for your Service Brother! Got a son in on his 2nd tour in Korea now! Tried to sway his decision on the Army, nuthin doing, but I did talk him into keeping his feet on the ground HOOAH!

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You don't happen to know if they do these classes on a regular basis, do you? On the reserve side, they'll occasionally pay for the basic MSF course but that's about it. If they do it again at Lejeune and have any extra slots open, I'd love to get more info. Lejeune is well within range for a weekend course.

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What an awesome experience that must have been. To have someone patiently show you how to make the most out of your bike is a priceless opportunity. Very cool.

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You don't happen to know if they do these classes on a regular basis, do you? On the reserve side, they'll occasionally pay for the basic MSF course but that's about it. If they do it again at Lejeune and have any extra slots open, I'd love to get more info. Lejeune is well within range for a weekend course.
We did have one reservist guy out there. You Just gotta talk to your Motorcycle Saftey Rep.
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I'll drop him a line and ask again. Last I spoke to him about it (just a few months ago), it was hard enough finding funding to cover the basic MSF course and impossible to get us into anything beyond it.

I'm assuming the Marine Corps paid for all this and it was free to the participants?

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