The Art Of Cornering Video Featuring Keith Code

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Art of Cornering

Is Keith Code the coolest dude on the planet? Maybe. The founder of the California Superbike School certainly looks the part, with his shock of white hair and his surfer soul patch. Code is a motorcycling guru, known for his monthly column in Motorcyclist magazine, “Code Break,” and his influential books, which include A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook and A Twist of the Wrist II: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding (co-written with Doug Chandler). The Art of Cornering is his latest video cameo about the importance and empowerment of riding a bike properly through a corner.

Art of Cornering Lean In

California Superbike School has posted a brief promotional video, The Art of Cornering, shot out at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California, where Code espouses the basics of his riding philosophy, intercut with some cool video of motorcycles on the track during school sessions. Code, wearing Wayfarers and a sly grin, says, “If you’re riding by instinct, you’re doing something wrong.”

  • 200 Fathoms

    Me want go there.

  • Jack Meoph

    I so need to take a school, but I’m leaning more towards Lee Parks, just because I got more out of his book than I did Codes. But I do like Codes columns in Motorcyclist. He gives some really good insights into the basics of MC riding, along with real world solutions that you can easily apply to your street riding. There are just so many resources out there to help you improve your riding (if you want to). I was just sat on a bike and shoved off on my own. There was only a couple of things anyone said; ease out the clutch and don’t crash. Nothing, nothing about how to corner or line of sight or field of vision or brake points or set up or surface conditions or ANYTHING. But I’m still alive!!!

    • Scott Otte

      Keith’s books are… not good, and I agree that his columns in Motorcyclist are great. I want to do his school at Laguna Seca really badly. I’m trying to convince the wife to get that for my birthday this year.
      Having said all that, just going to a track day does a lot to improve your riding and often they are much less expensive.

      • Piglet2010

        Total Control ARC-1 and ARC-2 cover all the fundamental skills you will
        use riding on the (paved) street or track (supermoto excluded). Become competent at all the skills taught, and you will get much more out of your first track day or track school.

  • Jesse

    I sorta just want to ride with Keith Code, be very slow by comparison, and talk shop afterwards over a beer. He seems way too approachable and cool to be real.

  • Brian

    my one problem with Keith Code is that in person his mannerisms and his demeanor leave me with a problem looking at the dude because he looks and acts like a freakin’ Muppet.

    • Jack Meoph

      Evil Elmo?

    • Jake

      He’s a weird dude, I heard he’s big into scientology and whatnot. That said, I would happily take his classes and listen to him speak all things Moto.

      • Piglet2010

        How can anyone become a Scientologist while knowing that L. Ron Hubbard himself did not believe in it?

        • Rob M

          Are you really expecting an organized religion to pay attention to facts?

      • infresig

        I can’t hear him say “technology” without thinking about scientology.

  • gregory

    It’s David Hough, Lee Powers and Keith Code. Read all three of them.

  • Larry

    I like the tone of this video a lot better than Twist of the Wrist 2, which was frankly a bit odd. TotW had good tips…if you could get past the fuckin weirdo scenarios and acting that the producers seemed to think were necessary to sell a performance riding video to it’s audience.

    • Kr Tong

      How about you pay for it, instead of bootleg it?

      • Larry

        I did. Want a receipt?

        • Kr Tong

          Got 25,000 of them?

  • Rau

    Has anyone taken a riding school and found it valuable?

    • Jason Fogelson

      Yes — I took the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and it was incredible. Watch here for a story soon.

      • Mike Lin

        Me too. Nick and team are great teachers.

    • Kr Tong

      I find it valuable just to know folks who’ve gone through one. CLASS is the most popular for obvious reasons. Also Mystery school.

      • Piglet2010

        How different can CLASS and Star schools be in curriculum and methods taught? I have attended Star the last two years, since J. Pridmore comes to my “home” track, while R. Pridmore does not come to any track in the region.

        • Kr Tong

          I dunno about star but keith code does a lot of things. Theres the ‘lean bike’ the ‘going around the track single file with no brakes,’ understanding trail braking, and then understanding the SR’s..

          Theres this series online you can watch called ‘superbike school’

    • Damian

      Yeah, earlier this week I attended CSS level 1 and 2 rider training over two days. By the end of day 2 I scraped my right peg for the first time on my CBR250r. I found that performing one drill at a time enabled some huge gains in cornering – highly recommended.

  • JT

    I am one boring human being.

  • zedro

    Anyone agree with the “if you’re riding by instinct…” quote? I always felt over thinking does me in.

    • Aaron

      When it is instinct, you are not thinking about it. Like if someone throws you something, you catch it, you don’t think about catching it.

    • Michael Howard

      I believe what that means is that you can ride a motorcycle by instinct, but riding it WELL requires you to learn technique and develop your skills.

    • artist_formally_known_as_cWj

      So, relax. Don’t damn yourself before your started. As to his point – learn and practice. Should you ever be in the sudden situation that requires a given skill, you will have faster recall if it is practiced. If you are relying on “instinct” as hecseems to mean it, you are relying on the sudden demonstratation of an unknown or little known skill.

      To put it another way: practiced skill→skillful instinct.

      • zedro

        I just read the print when I posted this so I guess I got the context of the quote all wrong. Carry-on…..

  • Aaron

    Any East Coast schools like this?

  • lordorica

    I was hoping to learn something to help me corner. Here’s an example: hanging off on the street is wasted effort, per Kent Kunitsugu of Sport Rider mag. He says since most of your body weight is above your waist, shifting your torso in the corners is all you need for safe corning in the canyons.

  • deckard

    Ask him about Xenu.

  • Caleb

    Twist of the wrist was helpful, but I found MotoVudu (by Simon Crafar) was more helpful when it comes to balls out riding. I recommend reading/watching both in that order.

  • Avboden

    I took his full school up at The Ridge Motorsports park in Washington State. One of the best things i’ve EVER done on two wheels. Expensive but so highly suggested if you can afford it.