KTM-powered Skip Barber Superbike School opens registration

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Skip_Barber_KTM.jpgWould you pay $2,600 for two days of professional instruction aboard a KTM RC8, 690 Duke and 990 Super Duke at Laguna Seca? We would, assuming we had that kind of money. Skip Barber is a new name in on-track motorcycle training, but in the car world its schools are held in such high regard that they’re considered prerequisite for any job (like mine) that requires performance driving skills.
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The first weekend of classes has already sold out, but there’s 12
others. Classes cover topics ranging from simple, yet important things
like body position to very advanced skills like trail braking. Those
with moderate skill levels can expect to walk away much more competent
and confident, while already advanced riders will have their needs
catered to as well. Over, say, the instruction available at your
average track day, Skip Barber provides heaps of personal time with
instructors, who will record videos of your riding and use them to work
with you to analyze ways in which you can improve. That, plus plenty of
time on someone else’s bright orange superbikes.

Skip Barber Superbike School

  • stacey

    Damn, that’s my college tuition for summer. Any discounts for bringing your own bike?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      They require you to use their bikes.

  • http://twitter.com/marshallhaas marshall

    @Wes

    Will you be getting your hands on an RC8 anytime soon?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We’d like to, unfortunately KTM is absolutely worthless at promoting itself in the US, so it’ll probably have to be a private owner bike.

      • http://twitter.com/marshallhaas marshall

        I hear ya. Did you know that of the scarce KTM dealers in existence, not even all are aloud to service or carry the v-twin bikes? Some dealers are only permitted to carry single cylinder bikes. So in my case, of the two KTM dealers in a 100 mile radius, only one can sell the v-twins. It’s truly a let down when you make the journey to one only to find this out.

  • Zeitgeist

    Well hopefully KTM gets its act together but its been so long in the way it does things it looks doubtfull. When I was fact rep I would run into their guys at events and dealers on occasion. Even they seemd frustrated by things beyond their control.

    What a shame cause they are great bikes but its like they conssistently put barriers up to success. The theory of some dealers not having twins is rooted in making sure the dealer will invest in the back end with service and P&A. They asked for a lot of money up front from dealers and some could not justify the expense to get and extra four units a year.

  • http://www.dainese.com DaineseDan

    Having been service manager at two different KTM dealers, I have to agree that they do a less than admirable job at promoting themselves in the U.S., but I do have to say that they are one of, if not thee best manufacturer I have worked with in my many years. Fantastic technical support, good parts supply and distribution, and a fantastic product. It is true that not all dealers are authorized Twin shops, but that is mainly due to the fact that those shops were not willing to invest in the necessary training and tools to become one. KTM was smart to recognize that not every mom & pop shop should be allowed to mangle a $18,000 machine. The 990′s and 1180′s are a far cry from the kid’s 2-stroke 50′s and motocross bikes that some dealers only occassionally sold, and for some shops, it was not fiscally worth it if they did not think there was a market in their area for the big bikes.