Choosing a Track School
I'm at the point in my track riding that I really want to do a real school. I've done the novice school with Track Xperience
which was really amazing for not a lot of money. I really like the atmosphere and the 2 group format. I've done a few open track days but I'm no track whiz by any stretch of the imagination. Since unfortunately I'm not independently wealthy. I'm going to need to plan ahead for this. The way I see it,I have 3 viable choices....
Jason Pridmore's STAR
This one is 275-360 depending on the track. I believe it is more track focused than his father's school. I don't really have too much other information about the school. I do think Jason Pridmore is a good guy, not sure if that's enough to go to his school.
Reg Pridmore's CLASS
This one is 275-395 depending on the track and I've been told this is far more street focused than other schools. I've been told that since I have track time already, I would gain the least from this class. But then again I spend far more time on the street than I do on the track so I don't think a street focused school is a waste.
Keith Code's California Superbike School
This one is more expensive 370-420 depending on the track or 620 if I want to do it on one of their Kawasakis. This is the one I've heard the most about, mainly good but some bad. The bad seems to come from how you take to the teaching methods and maybe a little bit how well you deal with Scientology. I've been told that this school tries to break things down into small pieces. One of the really appealing things is that there are different levels, you can come back and take a higher level. It is however more expensive than the others.
I've left out Freddie Spencer and Kevin Schwantz's schools because they are sadly out of the budget at the moment. If money, time and location weren't an issue I'd do Kevin Schwantz's school in an instant.
I've been doing research on which to choose and why and any comparisons between the three. I've been finding a lot of I did this school and its great but not too many direct comparisons
Also, I'm not sure about riding my bike or their bikes. I'm not concerned about taking my Monster 620 on the track, I've done it before so that's not the issue. Since I'm on the Monster I feel that I have to modify the positioning a bit both because of the bike and my own physical limitations. Also, the Monster has notoriously poor ground clearance, I've scraped both my pegs and the kickstand. Its also, to put it kindly, not the fastest bike in the paddock. I've been passed as if I'm standing still down the front straight at Willow Springs all while I was WFO in top gear.
I'm going to have to decide if its worth the extra money to ride their bike and learn the "proper" way and then modify to my bike on my own or take my bike and work it out as I go under the guidance of the instructors. Pluses and minuses on both sides.
So any opinions?