NICK’S BLOG

Inside ChampU: The Debut of an Online Riding School

Inside ChampU: The Debut of an Online Riding School

The process and challenge of creating a new rider teaching format. By Nick Ienatsch August 24, 2021   Yamaha Champions Riding School now has an online instructional component called ChampU. Yamaha Champions Riding School    Fourteen months ago we began a...

Racing Vintage Motorcycles at 60

Racing Vintage Motorcycles at 60

Driving an old truck to race an old bike with old friends and hang out with my old mom—a perfect birthday week for someone who loves vintage life. Judy rolled her eyes and said, “Have fun.”

Safe and Repeatable Passing for Trackday Riders

Safe and Repeatable Passing for Trackday Riders

Mandatory Riders’ Meeting, Part 6. By Nick Ienatsch August 10, 2021 Even pros like Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Michael Gilbert and 19-time TT winner Michael Dunlop give each other room at a trackday.Jeff Allen    Last week’s mandatory riders’ meeting discussed...

Rider Responsibilities for Safe Trackday Passing

Rider Responsibilities for Safe Trackday Passing

Mandatory Riders’ Meeting, Part 5 By Nick Ienatsch July 27, 2021 Whether you are passing or being passed during a trackday, as a rider you have a responsibility to be predictable and polite.Jeff Allen    Passing at a trackday is the subject of the next two Mandatory...

Why Body Position Matters at the Track

Why Body Position Matters at the Track

We mimic our heroes’ body position while cornering because it allows us to run less lean angle at the same radius. Less lean angle “points” allows for more brake and throttle points to be used (see YCRS’ 100 Points of Grip video). Add in rain, new tires, non-track tires, cold tires, or worn-out tires—or trying to set your new personal-best lap time—and running less lean angle at the radius you need gains more and more importance.

Motorcycling Consistency, Part 4

Motorcycling Consistency, Part 4

On every back-road ride for the rest of your life, use corner entries to get the bike to a speed and position to safely negotiate the middle and exit of the corner.

Motorcycling Consistency, Part 3

Motorcycling Consistency, Part 3

”Get your eyes up.” Great motorcycling advice because vision feeds our brain to make future decisions. The earlier we see our future, the better we can plan for it.

Motorcycling Consistency: Part 1

Motorcycling Consistency: Part 1

Consistently placing a motorcycle at a desired spot at a precise speed is at the heart of rider safety. Do that on every street ride and you will arrive at destinations while your confidence and skills grow due to consistent rider health.