RideApart 22: learn to ride better with Jamie

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So this Jamie Robinson character is something of decent rider. Racing in the 250GP World Championship, the Isle of Man TT and British Superbike will do that to you. But most rider’s don’t have Jamie’s skill. So, we decided to partially address that, bringing three HFL readers of average ability to a track to learn real world riding skills from the best there is. Hopefully the result is an episode that you can benefit from to, riding well is about continual improvement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.jones.56481 Jordan Jones

    It’s nice to see people with Jamie’s attitude helping other riders out in such a manner that is friendly and non-intimidating. My first experience with an instructor was when I was 18 at my first track day and caught the interest of an ex-USAF Vietnam vet who had some crazy anger issues (black flagging me, screaming at me, shaking me by the shoulders in hot pit, etc) Ever since then, I’ve had to deal with riff-raff instructors and I’ve found out the hard way it’s the people you ride with that make the difference at a rider’s school, which is why I’d rather spend more money on fewer events with higher quality teaching.

    • Kevin

      Maybe Jamie should start a school. I’d go.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.jones.56481 Jordan Jones

        Heck yea, I’d go. A track like that and WR250X or equivalent to rent would be the cat’s pa-jay-jay’s.

      • Matt

        +1. I’d been thinking about some sort of educational track day for a few months now (I’ve been riding for just over a year.) This video has given that thought a significant boost.

  • KevinB

    This was an awesome episode. I will I could go back to those days. It’s so fun when you first start.

  • http://firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com/ Emmet

    Wes makes a 5 second cameo, and what does he do? bitch. haha great episode regardless!

  • sean macdonald

    Marie is wearing the Alpinestars Vika suit (for those who are wondering or those who got mad at me for posting pictures of my friend Lis wearing one).

    • Tyler 250

      Which Dainese suit were you wearing? Looks like something I’d go for.

      • sean macdonald

        here is the article we did on it

        • GarrettK

          Does it come in Red?!!

          • sean macdonald

            people wear red?

        • Tyler 250

          You know, I read that article and even commented on it. Not sure how I forgot about it.

  • Lysis1

    nice episode

    reminds me of another instructional video i liked: (from France – turn captions on)
    To me they were trying to say take a different line on a public road (2 way traffic) then you would on a race track


    • ChrisB

      Nice, thanks for posting that. I’ll have to practice what Serge was talking about.

  • Scott Jameson

    Loose arms is a challenge when I’m not riding frequently.
    Jamie’s charisma saves the episode, again.

  • Dan

    What is the “Riders” patch with the tread pattern on the arm of Jamie’s suit? I’ve seen it before but am totally blanking on where. Is it a UK thing?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Riders for Health: http://www.riders.org/

      • Dan

        Thanks! Looks like a cool charity. Nice to find them while there’s still time to donate in 2012.

  • Cockroach

    Sean, what’s your impression of the NC700? As a commuter myself, I find the bike very appealing in a rational sort of way. But emotionally speaking, it doesn’t seem to be very, well, soulful. Fair, unfair? Your thoughts?

    • sean macdonald

      i think you hit it pretty perfect. the weight distribution makes the 700 feel almost like a scooter in its maneuverability with so little weight on the top half of the bike, but the engine really does feel like a tiny car engine. You feel like the smartest guy on the road and appreciate all the thoughtful aspects, yet don’t necessarily connect with the machine emotionally.

      I’m really considering one, but I’m in the extremely fortunate position that I get to ride lots of other things on a pretty regular basis.

  • Ben

    Sean, did you actually get that Honda, or is it a loaner? Seems like a remarkable swap from the Bonnie.

    • sean macdonald

      in full disclosure, we had some issues and I had to fill in with a loaner nc700. I did sell the bonnie and picked up a baby monster, but I am very much considering getting that Honda.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ross.elliott.963 Ross Elliott

        How does the baby monster compare to the bonnie? I had a monster myself, but I’ve always admired the bonnie’s looks; the articles on here about it made it piqued my curiosity.

        • sean macdonald

          They are similar in power but the monster is WAAAY lighter and has much better brakes and susepension. I feel much better about doing 80-90 on a freeway, even if the pavement isnt perfect and I wouldnt have said that about the bonneville.
          The negatives of the monster are the seat and that it attracts more attention from the police (i got a ticket doing 75 in a 65 with the flow of traffic moving between 70-75).
          Girls liked the bonneville better (minus the one who thinks the monster has “tron wheels”)

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.joshua.silverman Daniel Silverman

    Great episode. I really appreciate you guys posting awesome vids weekly.

  • Dwarfsack

    I ride a drz400sm I’ve seen and read that riding techniques when cornering can differ to sport bike riding especially with tighter turns and body positioning. I’ve yet to find a vid that breaks it down. most vids of supermotos and cornering gets a heap of ‘backing it in’ vids…….which are amazing but I won’t be trying that any time soon on NZ roads. Any thoughts or tips?


  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.sagaci Jason Sagaci

    The Honda is beautiful. Any chance for some good pictures of it? Who built it?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s a sweet little bike, but a fairly standard cafe conversion. It’s a CM200 she just found on Craigslist.

      • Ben Wipperman

        How dare you assume that Jason wasn’t talking about the stunning NC700!

  • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

    @sean macdonald

    I love how quiet that Honda NC700 is. Sounds like it is running on magic instead of petrol.

    • sean macdonald

      i never thought i’d say it, but everything honda has done in the past year or so has that feel.

  • sean macdonald

    the CBR250R, the CRF250L, and the NC700x all have some kind of x factor that just makes them awesome. the 250′s aren’t even all that impressive on paper compared to their rivals, but the butt test really shows a difference. i can’t wait to get on the new 500′s.

  • http://twitter.com/KeyserBroze JB

    It’s the Jamie Robinson School for Kids Who Can’t Ride Good and Want to Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too.

  • Dwarfsack

    Thanks for the tips orthorim. I appreciate it. Chur

  • Eric

    really enjoy the comprehensive explanations, will go to the old parking…

  • Blixa

    Excellent episode. Good mix of people, great instruction. I definitely can relate to Marie. Can’t believe that guy’s first bike was an 1198S! Well, he’s still alive, what can I say. Wish there was a class like that available to me.