Holy Hurricanes! Looks like we picked the right time to get our butts to Arizona for the Fall/Winter! Hurricane Joaquin (pronounced Wakeen) is modeled to hit New Jersey directly and although half of our fleet and beautiful shop could be in its path, we took a few dozen beautiful Yamaha R6s, R1s, R3s, and FZ http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/ models to Inde Motorsports Ranch http://www.indemotorsports.com/ for the Fall/Winter season.
YCRS just wrapped up the Spring/Summer 2015 season at New Jersey Motorsports Park http://www.njmp.com/ in September with one of our most exciting schools since the move from Miller Motorsports Park. We got a visit from the current Yamaha Champions http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport/pages/racing-home on Day One with Josh Hayes, Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff, and JD Beach stopping by to help fill our students with more knowledge. The best part of this visit was the re-enforcement from current champions that they actually do the skills we teach and were so clear in how they explained them.
And then, an hour after these great champions left, a Tornado blew through, a Texas Tornado! Colin Edwards, two-time World Superbike Champion and MotoGP star not only came by to spread wisdom, but he was in his leathers and got to turn some laps with us before being whisked away by Yamaha for some PR duties with the team. Colin also spent a few sessions with us inside the classroom and left the class with some parting words we consider to be a huge compliment… “Thanks for having me, I’ll be back and (class), pay attention here, you guys and gals are in good hands.” Just more re-enforcement that the Champions Habits http://www.ridelikeachampion.com/ that the Champ School teaches, are backed by Champions.
So what’s next you ask? Brake Assisted Steering is next, that’s what. We call is BAS for short. To be overly simple: BAS is YCRS’s term for Trail-Braking. Why does Trail-Braking need another term? Simple, it’s WAY easier than many people think. It’s one of the most important skills you can and should learn on a motorcycle. It IS the difference between staying in your lane vs. running wide across the double yellow line where a truck could be. While Trail-Braking is an accurate term, we believe the reason too many are scared to use it is because it’s hard to conceptualize trailing off brake pressure as you ride through a turn. Brake Assisted Steering is the act of using your brakes to control the speed and radius of your turn, thus keeping the rider in their comfort zone and giving them full control at all times. Think about “leaving your brake light on at turn-in” and you’ll be on your way to mastering BAS. Read this: IT IS EASIER THAN TEXTING!
Imagine this… You’re on your favorite back road and there is a blind right hand curve (of which there are a ton of on favorite back roads). You run into the turn a little too fast, or you’re daydreaming about something and don’t slow down early enough, or there is sand in part of the turn…what do you do? Without Brake Assisted Steering, you are going to run wide. It is physics (radius equals mph) which puts you out towards the double yellow line. Without Brake Assisted Steering, in order to stay in your lane you would need to increase your lean angle which we like to call RISK (lean angle = risk). What if your pipe is already dragging? What if you’re afraid to lean over more? BAS is the answer our graduates have to control their speed, their steering geometry, their fork-spring rebound and their front-tire contact patch. You stay in your lane despite a poor corner entrance.
We want you to use your brakes to control your turn, to keep your radius proper to stay in your lane, safely. We want you to use your brakes to assist in your steering. In the same circumstance as above, if you had entered that turn with just enough brake pressure to turn on your brake light (maybe 2%), you could have smoothly and easily increased that brake pressure to slow down which automatically tightens your radius and keeps you off of the yellow line. Your “brake pads would already be against your brake rotors” and just slightly more lever pressure would control your speed and radius. It’s the riders who “stab” their brakes midcorner who have large and painful problems.
Maybe you’re not a street rider and spend all of your time on the track racing or doing track days? Maybe you’re running wide and missing your apex in turn five which also kills your drive to turn six at NJMP. Guess what, if you used more Brake Assisted Steering your motorcycle would be better pointed at the exit of the turn allowing you to get on the throttle earlier, harder, AND SAFER. All because you used Brake Assisted Steering to properly set your radius in the turn.
At the Yamaha Champions Riding School we use parking lot drills to get you to apply your brakes smoothly and release them just as smoothly. In a half hour your braking is so smooth and your riding vocabulary no longer employs the terms: grab, stab, throw, flop and flick. Then after a few more drills in the parking lot proving that radius does equal miles per hour and getting each student to be able to stop WHILE in the middle of a turn, we use the track to get you comfortable with these vital skills at speed. Before the end of two days, students on a racetrack, on any type of motorcycle, can come to a full stop while leaned over in the middle of a turn. They can also use Brake Assisted Steering to safely avoid objects randomly placed in their path causing them to change their line at the last second. How you ask? Easy: Brake Assisted Steering.
YCRS will be at Inde Motorsports Ranch http://www.indemotorsports.com/ all winter before heading back east around April or May…so close your eyes, imagine going through your favorite turn and having the skill set to come to a complete stop after fully committing to that turn. Two days in Arizona with the Champions gives you that skill set.