The name of this Yamaha-sponsored motorcycle school includes the word “Champions” for an important reason. Motorcycle road racing champions ride quickly, yes, but even more important is a champion’s ability to finish tire tests, practices and races. Consistency. Riding with efficient habits. Having a plan and goal. All this and more is part of our curriculum because a champion can only reach his or her goal with repeatable, efficient techniques.
These are the techniques that our motorcycle riding school instructors impart to each student, through open lapping, lead-follow, drills, video and consistent, world-class feedback. We teach techniques that work as the pace comes up or the grip goes down.
We help riders who want to improve their bike control—the racers looking to drop 1.5 seconds from their lap times, or the street rider who needs to miss the surprise gravel mid-corner… with a car partly in their lane. We coach new riders coming off of dirt bikes, the rider trading his cruiser for a sport-touring bike, the racer looking to progress to the national level or the track-day rider who wants to run in the A group. Many schools shuffle students through an assembly-line process that resembles nothing more than a track day with a few tips thrown out. Not us; we keep the student count low, and the instructor count high.
Powerful and responsive Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycles are provided for every student (other models available). We get out of the classroom quickly, but students continually hear the reasons that good riders win championships, why we crash, and the type and timing of control inputs. The majority of time is spent on track. The track changes daily to prove that it isn’t track memorization that makes you quick but correct techniques. These techniques are learned while following expert-level instructors, in open lapping or in perfecting skills with drills. There's no timed curriculum because the only goal is to make you a better rider!
Three-day schools launch with the same verve but the extra day allows the instructors to “pick on you even more,” they say with a laugh. This is a sport that hurts when you fail, so our instructors take every minute of all three days to improve your riding. The extra day allows us to add a suspension seminar and hands-on suspension-adjustment session, additional lapping sessions and a few drills that we just can’t get to in the two-day school.
You can learn to ride like a champion at the world's only Yamaha Champions Riding School.
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Hinshaw holds 7 WERA Vintage National Championships.