Many years ago, motorcycle racer, king of motorcycle cornering and instructor Keith Code launched the California Superbike School. Through years of experience, he identified specific nuances that were occurring with riders during racing, particularly on bends. They were often resulting in slower or faster than necessary entry speeds, incorrect lines, a lack of stability in mid-corner and unsuitable entry and exit speeds.
Today the California Superbike School provides structured coaching to develop a rider’s motorcycling handling skills for road riders and racers. It is known throughout Europe and America in motorcycling circles.
Some of the nuances that riders have on the track are true of riding on the roads, but there are many other nuances too when it comes to riding on the roads – and, with potentially more serious consequences for even the most minor of mistakes that a rider may make. And yes, we all make them. Get Cornering provides a structured road-based motorcycle cornering course for road riders, with the same goal of developing cornering skills, except in real time and in live situations, on the roads.
The Department for Transport and other reputable groups’ research, including the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency, recognise that approximately 40% of motorcycle crashes are initially caused during motorcycle cornering with no other vehicle involved. In other words, we as riders have made a mistake, no matter how small. Additionally, it is estimated that overall, at least 60% of all motorcycle crashes occur on bends.
The injury and fatality rate amongst riders is largest in this area of road riding. Crashes on left hand bends are predominantly very serious or fatal due to the collision with oncoming traffic. Right hand bends incur serious injuries and fatalities with trees, lamp posts, parked vehicles and pedestrians. However, staggeringly, proportionate attention to this area of crashes is significantly lacking in the industry and there was no focused course – until Get Cornering launched in 2011. As well as fun, we also take safety seriously too.