Hey CLASS mates,
I hope this note finds you happy and healthy as we head into the holiday season. The CLASS season has come to a close having finished up at VIR, and Gigi and I have had a couple of weeks of kick back time. Now it’s time to start thinking about next year, and a lot has happened since I last wrote you.
The past 2 months has been very busy in a 6 week run that began with Labor Day at Streets of Willow with special guest Shoei Helmets. That was followed by the Cops and D-Day, more Streets and then a fantastic week long trip to Virginia. For those of you who joined us this Fall, I think you may agree it’s hard to top the fun.
To play fast an loose with the quip by Mark Twain: “The reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated.”
Things have gone well as of late, so well in fact I have laid out a schedule for 2018 – so yes, CLASS will be back! You’ll notice I’ve cut back a little more, but as far as the places where we have the most fun, we have scheduled dates.
A lot has changed since last summer and we are planning on going full speed ahead at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We have plans to be there Spring, Summer and over a long weekend next Fall — yes with standard schools — I hope you’ll plan on joining us. We’ll kick off the 2018 season there on March 26th and Gigi has set up a very nice early sign up discount, you might want to make some plans early. Thanks Etech Photo for the photos.
D-Day in September was once again two fantastic days with 12 students, 13 instructors, and we watched as skill levels sky-rocketed with the help of our talented and attentive team. Some of you even requested we do D-Day at other tracks, which perhaps is not feasible for a variety of reasons (mainly costs), but you also said a second D-Day would be a welcome addition. So we’ve added D-Day #2 for 2018. If the May dates go well, we’ll proceed with the September dates. I’d love to hear from you if one or even two D-Days 2018 are in your plans! Learn more about D-Day…
We’ll also have a few standard schools at Streets of Willow as well as one Motor Officer Advanced Training date on April 10th. As of now I have had a lot of good response for the Cop day and I expect that one will fill, so if you’re planning on joining us, don’t hold off in registering.
This year our bike rental business was very successful. Many of you had the chance to ride one of our Honda 500s or 300s at CLASS – mostly to rave reviews. As the rental program has gotten rolling, we sold out of bikes for many dates 2017. So in planning for next year, if you think you might want to join us on one of our rentals, get your reservation in early.
I know you “VIR Faithful” may have picked up a glimmer of optimism about CLASS going back to Virginia in 2018. That final wrap meeting on Oct 17th was really one for the record books, and may I humbly add that a standing ovation from you guys for the second year in a row had something to do with it I am sure. Though I have been trying to make a graceful departure from the travel back east, members of the team, including my wife, have weighed heavily on my decision making process. We do love that track and Stuart might just be the best host ever. So with that in mind, I have accepted the dates the track has offered and have included the same October dates for 2018. I would really like your assurance that all those cheers and raised hands will mean you’ll be back too, and if you can get registered early with just the deposit, you will again save money.
One last thing on the 2018 schedule, you’ll see I have scheduled a motorcycle tour of the Mountains and Fjords of Norway. This will be the 5th time Gigi and have taken a group over there – do you think we enjoy Norway? It pretty much sold out when I announced it to a group of friends, but I put it on the schedule in case we have any cancellations which sometimes happens. If this is something you would like to consider, solo or two up, talk to us and we can put you on the waiting list.
I will be in touch as the year winds down and the Spring approaches. In the meantime, feel free to contact me at any time with questions and comments. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
P.S. a couple of things to remind you of as you head into the winter season:
- The Gift of CLASS! The holidays will be upon us very soon – it’s never too early to consider gift certificates in any amount for the Santa season.
- If you would like to purchase a pair of Dunlop Q3+ tires, we have a few sets on order to sell. $275 includes tax and shipping and don’t forget you get a $40 rebate on them if you attended CLASS this year. If you’ve attended CLASS and purchased tires in 2017 and have not yet applied for the rebate, get in touch with us and Gigi will get the proper info out to you.
- 50% off DP Brake Pads: As a CLASS student this year you are entitled to half off DP Brake pads. These are my favorite pads and if you have not yet tried them, you don’t know how much stopping power you’re missing. For details on how to get the deal, drop us a line. Use their fitment guide to find your pads here.
- Check out psr-usa.com where CLASS students get 15% off any order til the end of the year. PSR makes high end aftermarket products for dirt and street bikes – things like levers and covers and even a great easy lift dirt bike stand that Gigi likes in particular. Use the code CMSULVHSI to get your discount.
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