Before we even go into the new year, we could work out all dates for our popular Cornering School program in 2018. Here are the dates for each day:

Cornering School Day 1

Cornering School Day 2

Cornering School Day 3

Cornering School Day 4

Make your plans early, because we are booked up almost every time. I look forward to meet new students and to see old ones again. I love this program and can’t wait to get it started with 1/28/2018.

Happy New Year 2018!

Coach Can Akkaya

I think this was the most intense year Superbike-Coach has had so far. I feel so blessed to have met so many riders of all different levels. Working with such a diverse variety of characters was never boring. All of them letting me part of their lives… Firemen, Comedians, Police Officers, Marines, Stuntmen, Movie Stars, Doctors and many, many more.  Some have even became friends.  They came see us from all over the planet… Japan, the UK, China, Brazil & Italy…to name just a few.  And the respect that I feel as their coach is very special to me. It is hard to put into words the bond created with riders when they have worked so hard training with me.

The same goes for my team, who I couldn’t be more proud of. Their loyalty and respect for what Superbike-Coach stands for is unlimited. Their effort to give our students the best experience is outstanding. So, a special thanks goes out from me to: Marion, Dean, Gary, Brian, and Ben. Even my daughter Jill helps out every once in a while. In 2018, there will be even more new team members to come.

I would also like to thank all of the Superbike-Coach sponsors who support what we do.  Some of them have been with us from when we started in the U.S. back in 2009. There is BikeMaster, AXO USA, Race Tech, Dynojet Research, K&N Filters, Tech Spec, Arai USA and Forma Boots USA. I’d like to thank all of them for their loyalty.

You might notice the “Christmas” mode I’m running in right now.  I don’t want to bust the moment.  So, I’ll leave this message as short as possible :-)
Just know that we’re working on our 2018 schedule for classes and track days right now and the website is getting refreshed. Also we have a new class coming up for track riders and racers… the ‘Race Academy’ that we are very excited about.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!  Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year :-)

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Sacramento, 12/20/2017
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And here we go again into another holiday season. I always look a lot forward to it- but- I’m always super slow with the presents for my loved ones. If you are kind of like the same, then I might have a Christmas Gift idea for you.

How about to have a nice Gift Certificate for any Superbike-Coach program. We figured that it might be not so easy for you to pick, so we have these credit certificates now which leaves your presentee the choice for a cornering class, track day, knee or wheelie class. Even better… our gift certificates don’t expire and we can design a individual card for you.

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I wish some relaxing holidays to anyone. May all your wishes come true. Marry Christmas!

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Sorry, but unfortunately we have to reschedule the Day 3 class on coming Sunday. We’ll inform all students soon in regard the new date.

Headcoach Can Akkaya

We just ran the last Cornering School Day 1 class this year back on 11/5/2017, and it was a blast.

It was pretty cold in the morning so that we brought our 100 cups coffee maker which our 30 students had a good use for. I loved seeing those guys improving session after session and even Ryan, a editor was pretty happy with what we’re doing (read article here).

I can’t be more proud of my Cornering School team Marion, Gary and Dean. Thanks for doing this with me for all those years. It never feels the same, and I can’t wait to publish the Cornering School schedule for 2018. Love you guys!

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach

I can tell ya… the Ducati Panigale is a beast, and truly a challenge to your balls- also in regard heat!

The 1199R is a race bike- period. People are surprised how hard to ride it actually is. The faster you go- the better it is, but the slower you go- the more this bike can be a pain in a butt. It needs time and money to solve these issues if you want to use a Pani on the street in traffic.

I gave lots of advice and suggestions in this article series, but the ‘heat management’ was secondary to me first. Now since i am riding it more often for pleasure, to teach Track Drill 1on1 on race track, or Road Skill 1on1 on public roads- the more I realized I should have prioritize this problem.

The significance is the ride-ability and performance. Cool gas is power and engine elastics- and not to get the boiled keeps riding fun up. The rider sits literally 3 inches above the rear cylinder of a 195 horsepower bike, and the heat is conserved. You’re standing in California waiting for green light, while the water temp of the monster climbs up to 220f. It’s time for improvements.

So, my goal is it to drop temperature, and to gain engine performance. Not looking for the ‘perfect’ though, because that is not existing. First, I uninstalled those ugly cylinder plastic covers. I believe they conserve the heat around the rear cylinder just a little too much and to affect its performance. Also- the conserved hot air is literally lead right between your legs and the lowest part of the gas tank. After riding it without those covers it was actually a little better- so off they go.

I was actually planning to get me some heat shield mattes and to cover everything on a logical bases to block or to lead hot air. The ‘good’ material which is in use by NASA, Formula 1 and MotoGP is expensive though, and I would have to puzzle it… but then I found the “Panigale Heat Shield“. The adhesive kit includes all puzzle pieces, like to cover the seat pad and the sub frame legs. Some tools, a de-greaser and about 30 minutes later the job was done, but I wanted to do more though. The part of the gas tank which is buried in the sub frame, hovers about an inch above the cylinder. Sooner as you might think, the entire aluminum body is warmed up and affects comfort and gas temperature.

A additional piece of foam behind the gas tank reduces the hot air floats under the seat, and leads to the cutouts in the sub frame legs. These modifications should also help reducing the mechanical noises a little.

So, thanks to ‘Panigale Heat Shield‘ I could save some time of work and to find the right material. Even if you don’t have a Pani… go and find the weak spots on your ride, and enjoy ‘creating’ and to improvise things. Make it YOURS :-)

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Protecting the gas tank with some kind of pads makes sense in multiple ways. Let’s just name scratch protection, resale value, or upgrading looks. For me, and that goes for decades of riding on and off race tracks- the main reason is to stay in place where I want. In fact- I am almost ‘abusing’ my gas tanks. Here is how:

  • Squeezing knees in the tank cove pads while braking (keeps weight low and in the rear AMAP)
  • Dragging ass over the seat to the other side by pressing outside knee in the tank pad

There are some products on the market, but my requirements are narrowing it down, especially since i have a healthy wear of those tank pads. I always end up with TechSpec Gripster Tank Pads for some good reasons also for my Ducati Panigale 1199R:

  • Easy to install (smooth material)
  • Looking real good (that’s clearly individual preference)
  • Giving the right amount of hold (other products killing your gear)
  • Reliable (protect function and price)
  • Easy to remove/replace (no stain, no paint killer)

TechSpec’s theory of achieving a solid grip is based on material properties and surface area contact. Their products are available in two materials: Snake Skin and the XLine.

What I personally like is that I easily could customize a pad if necessary.  We have TechSpec pads mounted on all Superbike-Coach bikes. Especially on our Supermotards, the wheelie 1on1 bike and the rental bikes, because they give the hold on to the gas tank my students need once that front wheel goes up. TechSpec even makes installation videos which shows how easy it is:

So, my recommendation to you is… what’s good for me should be good for you. I think that this is one of the first upgrades a rider should do to the motorcycle. Not just before scratches even happen… also to not to miss out on that extra hold when you might need it the most… in an emergency braking maneuver.

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp