For those of you that don't live in Sydney, Sunday 11th Jan 2015 was a very wet and miserable day. And for those of you that do, you know how wet it was. As I have said many times before, I hate riding in the rain. Anyway I had booked myself in for California Superbike School Level 1 and there was no choice but to attend class. The weather was wet and miserable all day from the moment I woke up and loaded the bike in the morning, till I loaded the bike at the end of the day, then the rain stopped. I felt like a drowned rat at the end, my soaked leathers weight a ton. I've always wondered, If cows are waterproof, why aren't my leathers? While I don't think I'll ever say I like riding in the rain, I certainly don't fear it anymore, like I used to. I was very impressed with the organization and professionalism of everyone that organized the day and thank them all very much for their assistance and attention. The theory classes were very informative. We had the delightful pleasure of having Dylan Code (Son of CSS founder Keith Code) present the classes. As Kieth is semi retired, who better to present the classes? As I had read the book so often, I felt I knew the answer to every question Dylan asked, and I even answered a few. But I didn't interfere with Dylan's presentation as the questions are designed to have an impact on each individual to get them thinking about their own riding. Wazza was our on track coach, and even with restricted time, his ability to pass on the theory from class into practical application was brilliant. The classes are very much based on the books available, and now I understand even more why ATOTW2 is referred to as "The Cornering Bible". And even though I have read and studied this book very hard, there is no replacement for practical experience and a skilled coach showing you how to apply the knowledge. I have my work cut out for me practicing everything I have learned. But I am also buzzed at how much improvement I have made already in my riding. I can honestly say that the technical aspect of California Superbike School is far more valuable than any safety course run by the authorities. While road craft is vitally important. If you can't handle your bike properly, make quick decisions (and the right ones) and follow that up with quick reactions (also the right ones), then no amount of lane buffering or following distance will keep you safe. At some time, some clown will get into your buffered space and threaten your life. Good technical skills will assist you in saving your skin. One of the best things I learned on the day is just how much my bike can move about and how to handle changing traction conditions. With sometimes torrential rain and taking it easy on the front straight, very few riders actually went passed me, which was a big surprise. Along with that, I also learned how to apply the theory in a very practical way with so many of the concepts from the book falling into place. From my observations of the track on the day, I am building my notes with my track plan and reference points for future track days. Also I'm looking forward to putting into practice what I have learned when going out on road rides. But this doesn't mean that because you have learned to ride faster, you can go out hooning on the roads. That's what race tracks are for, and a day on the race track will cost less than a hefty speeding fine. I can highly recommend California Superbike School to every rider, regardless of the bike you ride. Knowledge is power. Can't wait to do level 2 & 3, haven't decided about 4 yet as I don't expect to be a racer, but I want to be the best rider that I can be.