Happy November!


What, you’re not happy it’s November?  Come on, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Saturday, decorating for the holidays!  What’s not to like?  Oh, what?  Cold?  Aahhh, you live in an area that gets a bit chilly and you can’t ride any more for the season?  OK, we I understand…you should be grumpy!


Or you could come down and join us in sunny and warm Arizona.  We’ll be riding every month through April, maybe longer.  That’s right, we don’t like leaving Inde Motorsports Ranch and it appears they don’t like us leaving either…so we’ll spend a little more time with them this year.  We just added March 14-15 and April 4-5 to our Inde schedule.


YCRS Traveling Circus

For those who cherish the bitter cold, snow, ice, and wind-chill factors so you can save your dough for the next season, don’t worry, we are currently working with NJMP on dates for 2016.  And good news: YCRS will be traveling after our early-summer NJMP schools, looking at the Chicago area and then heading south for the winter.  We love NCBIKE and are looking forward to Dominion in Virginia and possibly NOLA.  Thanks to additional inventory from Yamaha we should be able to keep a fleet of bikes on both sides of this great country, extending our schooling seasons on both ends of the US.


Stage Show: IMS

What else is going on with YCRS?  How about IMS?  The International Motorcycle Shows have again asked YCRS to join the 2015 shows to put on our “Champions Habits” stage show and riding clinics.  We will be on stage in Portland, Oregon right now this Halloween weekend, as well as Long Beach November 20-22, and New York City December 11-13.  Why does IMS ask us back every year?  It’s directly due to the feedback riders and potential riders give them regarding our on-stage clinics. We make riders safer and the information they get at our stage clinics increases the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle! Imagine what a two-day YCRS can do!


ChampShool: All-new One-day Clinics

Starting in 2016, riders who can’t afford the full two-day $2400 school can sign-up for ChampSchool, our intense one-day program.  This $495 riding school will highlight some of the more important skills we teach in depth during a full two-day school.  ChampSchool will focus on the Champions Habits, working on trail braking, control inputs, understanding tire grip and suspension, eye movements, mental preparation and bike placement. The cost is more affordable and the information is priceless.


SRO: Street Riders Only

YCRS helps track and street riders equally but we realize there are cruiser, touring and adventure riders who may have no interest in a school at a racetrack. We’ve got a great answer: SRO (Street Riders Only) clinics.  SRO is a three hour, $150 program based on the successful “Sunset Clinics” we debuted last year in Colorado.  These three-hour clinics are hugely successful because you ride your own bike and use the three hours to work on skills like trail braking, emergency stops (midcorner!), rev-matched downshifting, bike placement in your lane, eye-movement priorities…all the skills you need to enjoy street riding.  Details on ChampSchool and SRO to follow shortly.


Hi, I’m Your Coach

Have you ever ridden with data acquisition? You will during Private Coaching!  If you haven’t heard already, YCRS has introduced private coaching at Inde Motorsports Ranch. These private days happen on your schedule or can be a third-day option after an Inde two-day YCRS. But wait…we also a offer semi-private option at all of our schools and that’s been a popular option for YCRS returning graduates.


Ride your own bike

This year we also opened the door to students riding their own bikes at YCRS.   This new option brought customers who just weren’t comfortable riding anything other than their bike, or people who didn’t want to be responsible for our bikes.  While we feared Yamaha might not be a fan of the idea, it turned out to be a blessing:  Getting students to take a few laps on a new Yamaha during “Championship Laps” yielded quite a few sales for the tuning-fork brand! (Yes, they’re that good.)


Round of Applause Please

This is a good opportunity to congratulate all of the YCRS instructors and customers who used skills taught at the Yamaha Champions Riding School to ride and race at the highest level available in the United States: MotoAmerica.  Congratulations to Kyle Wyman for reaching the podium in his first-ever 1000ccc SuperStock race and finishing another season as one of America’s top riders…Chris Peris and Ben Walters for their second-consecutive WERA national championship…Nick Ienatsch for winning seven of the seven AHRMA races he entered…Shane Turpin for dominating in his AHRMA effort…Anthony Mazziotto for finishing second overall in the country and winning races in his rookie season of KTM390 Cup…Mark Heckles for winning at Laguna and finishing third for the season…Casey Tobolowski, CJ LaRoche and Anne Roberts for earning their best finishes yet.  More YCRS-trained riders who deserve congratulations: Benjamin Smith, Eziah Davis, Jaret Nassany, Xavier Zayat, Anthony Kosinksi, Kaleb DeKeryl, Mason DKeryl, Jason Uribe, Jason Agular, and Adrian Hacket.  These riders are a testament to our program and confirm that the best way to ride is to Ride Like A Champion.  If we missed anyone, congratulations to you too!


Here’s Our Riding Tip for November

So let’s finish up the newsletter with some riding advice: Keith Culver our COO went on a street ride yesterday with a group and here’s his story:


“There was a young lady out on her new 600 after upgrading from a little Ninja 250.  In the past, she could barely keep up with the group but this time, she was right there all day.  I watched in the mirror and was impressed.  It wasn’t just the bike, she looked more comfortable and I could see her “dropping her head” in almost every corner.  Intrigued, I got in behind her to see if my mirrors weren’t playing tricks on me and they were not.  Although we would need a later conversation about using more brakes, I was still impressed.  While looking GP to go GP may not be the best path on the street (seems to attract the 5.0 a little too easy), we still encourage a little butt movement and getting the head on the inside of the bike enough to weight the inside pegs  She was doing this.


After the ride we went for coffee and I complimented her and asked how she knew to do this.  She said during one of our rides in the spring, she heard me talking with another rider about this subject and remembered the exercise about standing with feet shoulder width apart and trying to weight one foot without moving your head.  The 30-second exercise stuck with her and not only has she been using it to help her motorcycle turn, she (a poor college student) is also now saving up to take a YCRS class.


I bring this up because body position can be an interesting topic that not everyone agrees on.  That’s OK.  Us mortal riders, and I’m included in this, may not be able to hang off like Lorenzo but I can tell you that none of us get off as much as we think we do.  Our student video laps prove that 100% of the time.  By saying,  “look GP to go GP” we are trying to get you off enough to make the motorcycle work the way it was designed to work.  The baseline is the center line.  If you draw a line up the motorcycle through the middle from the tire, your head needs to be on the inside of this line to make the motorcycle work the way it was designed, period. If saying “Look GP” gets students to be inside that line, then we are doing our job.


Finally, let’s do an analogy with football and riding/body position:  All the best quarterbacks in the world throw with their fingers on the laces. Let’s say you don’t throw well right now but you want to improve. Shouldn’t you practice your throwing with your fingers on the laces, just like the best quarterbacks in the world? Think about it!”