August 15th, 2019
Cars Can Make Us Better Riders, Here’s How
Grand Prix Scout often preaches the importance of cross-training as it is vital in maintaining both mental and physical strength during your time off the circuit. Now, what if I told you that a simple, everyday activity constitutes as motorcycle cross-training? Today’s lesson focuses on just that -the importance of utilizing ordinary, routine actions to help improve specific skill sets. It doesn’t need to be a race car and it sure doesn’t need to be on a race track, but driving a car can in-fact supplement your riding skills. Whether it be a conceptual idea applied to motorcycles or a physical act, your everyday driving routine could be helping you more than you know.
“…Once you relate a car’s steering-wheel angle to a bike’s lean angle, your four-wheeled practice motorcycle starts to make a lot of sense. Riders must be smoother and lighter with brakes and throttle when we have a bunch of lean angle, and the same is true for cars with steering-wheel angle. All the smoothness you need on two wheels can be practiced on four… Drive it with the intention to constantly improve your riding, to increase your focus and motor skills in a relatively low-risk environment so they are scalpel sharp when you need them—on your track- or streetbike.”
Click here to read the full article written our friends at the Yamaha Champions Riding School .
July 30th, 2019
Safe Acceleration On A Motorcycle Isn’t Just About The Throttle
Before heading to the circuit, there are numerous concepts that must be introduced and then ingrained into a rider’s mind. There are many misconceptions about proper riding techniques and unfortunately many of those put riders at risk for hurting themselves or even worse, those riding alongside them. Today we are going to shed light on one of those misconceptions – how to safely accelerate on a machine that was built for speed.
“…The safety issue is not the speed, but the inability to control that speed. I accelerate because I plan to brake. More speed, more brakes. Important mantras, sure, but also industry-growing, championship-winning plans. Sometimes the written word is ambiguous. Let me try this: The lack of braking, especially trail-braking, is the root safety issue for riders failing to negotiate corners, street or track. Our industry needs to see a lot more brake light. Rider safety will only improve when we increase rider skill, based on the awareness of how the bike is designed to be ridden by the experts who designed it.”
Click here to read the full article written by Nick Ienatsch.
July 11th, 2019
When To Load Your Weight Onto Your Arms
Alright road racers, we’re going to dive into a very popular topic that can sometimes be misinterpreted and can make a big difference in your performance. When should you load your weight on your arms and when should you not? More times often than not, your arms and hands should be carrying minimal weight. With that said, there is one main and very important exception and we are here to lay it all out.
Click the link below to view a brief video that explains when, why and how to properly load your weight onto your arms with Nick Ienatsch, the founder and CEO of the Yamaha Champions Riding School.
July 1st, 2019
How To Tackle Long-Radius, Double-Apex Corners
We see it all the time in racing – a tight ground of riders enter a double-apex corner on top of one another. Some get in and get out with the correct balance of breaking and acceleration, others miss the timing and lose ground on their opponents. The Yamaha Champions Riding School published a great article discussing the proper technique for entering and executing double-apex corners. Want to learn how to ride like the pros? You’ve come to the right place!
“One of the biggest “aha moments” for our students came in these long-radius corners. A double-apex corner requires an approach that puts the bike wide midcorner, where the direction change occurs in order to get the bike ready to exit. Riders are used to “slow the bike, turn, and accelerate.” That approach makes long-radius corners difficult and risky… The concepts are straightforward and logical, but the execution is not easy. This is a simple sport, but riding consistently quickly could be the most difficult thing you do in your life. Put your time in mentally to make the on-track time successful.”
Click here to read the full article.
March 28th, 2019
Making Your First, Or Next, Trackday Significantly Safer
Today we are diving into the do’s and don’ts for safe track behavior with motorcycle racer, writer and instructor, Nick Ienatsch. Nick is the founder and CEO of the Yamaha Champions Riding School and has a weekly column in Cycle World where he transforms his years of experience, into educational pieces that are designed to help you safely get around a circuit. Let’s get a better idea of what this is all about with a quick excerpt from Cycle World.
“…one reason riders will not go to the track is fear of being taken out by another rider… But as every expert-level trackday or roadracer realizes, newer or slower riders also share gigantic responsibility for all riders’ safety. Yes, it’s easy to place the onus for collisions on the passing rider but that simply isn’t reality. Fast riders have extremely narrow margins of error and their usable line around the track tightens to inches, literally. Changing direction quickly on a fast-moving bike to avoid an errant rider sometimes cannot be done. I don’t hear the slower riders’ responsibilities being described often enough and hope this column jumpstarts those discussions.”
Click here to read the full article!