Track Academy, a New Program by Superbike-Coach

I’m proud I can offer a new efficient and affordable class for track riders and racers—and of course for all those who want to get there…. the ‘Track Academy‘.

This class is fast-paced and for experienced riders, but you don’t need pre-experience with Superbike-Coach. I’ll teach you how to get past mental blocks and grow your skills with subjects and drills others don’t even know.

Suitable for

  •  Track day riders of all levels
  •  Racers of all levels
  •  Track orientated students who went through CSD-1 to 3
  •  Race, track and Sportbikes
  • If you’re ready to drop your lap times

Why on a small track?

You may say, “I won’t learn much on a small track. How will that help me win on the real tracks?”, but here is how: A smaller track means you get to repeat the maneuvers over and over until you have them perfected. The high repeating frequency allows you to focus on what’s really important―you, your fears, your imagined limitations. Think of doing this on the 13-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife

you’ll get in a couple of laps before your time is up. In addition, the slower speeds are not just a confidence booster, they also mean less hurt and damage if you push those limits and make mistakes. Finally, Coach Can Akkaya can see and stop you whenever it’s necessary, give you feedback, drills, tips, and demos that you can immediately apply while he watches. And, last but not least, the cost of being on a small track is significantly reduced. Think logic before saying no.

Sign up promptly, because this class will only be taught once per year.

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Additional Wheelie Course in 2018

We just added a 3rd Wheelie Course to the schedule to cover the steep demand. The additional date is: 7/29/2018

If you are on the October class roster already, but want to make this unique class earlier, then we would simply transfer you pretty quick. No problem at all.

Sign up soon

This is not a knee/Wheelie weekend btw.

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach

How to pick the right helmet size

If you are not a professional MotoGP racer, you probably won’t get much attention of a helmet factory. While these boys getting spoiled beyond the actual design- they also have customized shells and liner/pads to give the perfect fit- while you have to deal with standardized sizing.

The good news- at least the prime helmet manufacturers have a highly strategically selection of standard sizes for their lids which covers the demand very well. In case if not, then a big verity of lining and cheek pads can make the difference. Again… I know that at least the Helmet Top-Guns like Arai and Shorei has this on their portfolio.

So, based on these facts you should not have problem to find a decent size for your noodle, if it’s not extremely out of shape. The problems are mostly the riders themselves when purchasing a new lid- or, sometimes untrained motorcycle gear staffs who often seem to pick a size for their customers to reduce stock.

No, I’m not pulling this out of the blue… I’m seeing almost every day that especially brand new riders (which are mostly depending on size suggestions of that kind) who are coming to Superbike-Coach classes or 1on1- that their helmets dangling around on their heads or even bouncing down to their noses. Don’t laugh, that is really happening.

Let’s have a look at how important it is to pick the right helmet size in general, so here is my logic:

  • a too big helmet is louder
  • bounces into sight
  • can cause more injury as necessary
  • can even fly off your head as you crash
  • shaking can cause distraction
  • might feels OK in the store, but not comfy on the ride

How do I know?!… I’ve been there. I am a burned child, because my helmet flew off my head at my first ever crash. Of course it was all closed, but the quality back then compared to today- oh gee… my Arai Corsair is like a Ferrari around my head today. I’ve picked that helmet back then myself too, and I didn’t spend much of a attention to it as well. So here are two things I’ve learned, how a helmet has to be in the first place:

  1. Damn expensive
  2. Snug as hell

Let me explain point one. The price of a helmet displays its quality and that includes the test procedures a product like this underlays, materials, safety features, functionality, aerodynamics and tests, design, testing staff (racers often included). All of this becomes handy for you when crashing. At that point I should remind that you have only that one head which hosts your most valuable organ, and that should be prioritized over some fancy rear sets.

Point two is easy to put. I have my lids sitting so snug that I barley get in and out. I witnessed it ones, that a girl at a retailer chose a helmet she got easier in/out with. Horrible! It got to sit so snug that there is no way that you could move it around on your head- or to wiggle your head and to slide the sit of the helmet. I think of ‘as snug as possible’. It might doesn’t feel right in the store, but you’ll appreciate it as soon the wind starts playing with it.

So how to start this out?!

Have a friend measuring your head to evaluate the base size of your lid (Arai chart above). That will be also THE MAXIMAL BIGGEST SIZE YOU’LL PICK. Try now the next smaller one and see how much pain you can take :-)

With each size you try this: Shake, wiggle, try pulling it off (closed strap), if your ears are not squeezed, if your nose doesn’t touch the chin guard. The moment where your skin and scalp sticks with the lining… you’re good. Any additional movement shouldn’t be tolerated. If you hang between sizes- invest in different pads to make the helmet yours. You’ll get use to it as long your nose and ears have some clearance in there. I personally use size M for my Arai Corsairs and add a pad on top of my head because I like it sits slight higher, but let me explain that and more in my little video below:

Arai Corsair-X Helmets

Headcoach Can Akkaya Video Blog

The ‘Prius Driver Awareness’ Class

With every class, events and seminars I learn something new about the needs of the people I coach and talk to. To gather intelligence is one of the building blocks of how I design my programs.

One perception goes deep. Actually way deeper as it might feels/looks at first glance, and this is that most riders are actually don’t even know what they are looking for in a motorcycle riding class. When I ask plain, the general answer is ‘I want to be more confident.‘, or ‘I don’t know. I believe I need to fix my body positioning‘. I have my ways to get more specifics from them they begin to warm up and telling me their stories.

It seems that most are looking for solutions based on the situations they’ve experienced, like ‘I am hitting debris in a blind turn. How to deal with this?’- or ‘How to get around a deer’- or ‘…a merging car…’ etc. Some actually getting a little mad when I reject the question. Why?!… well, because my imagination of what exactly their situation was is pretty limited, isn’t it?! I mean… how can you expect to hear from me a 100% solution if I don’t know ALL OF THESE FACTORS:

  • how fast were you?
  • what was your EXACT lean?
  • what was the EXACT distance to the object?
  • what’s your reaction time like?
  • how do you react under panic?
  • what was your EXACT line?
  • was there a bump?
  • how was the grip niveau of the asphalt?
  • was the space to the left/right?
  • at what EXACT point and angle in the turn?
  • how was the light?
  • how is your bike setup?
  • how old are your tires, and what are they capable of?
  • did you have sleep enough last night?
  • did you have a beer or too last night?

are linked with each other and make a plain answer impossible. Sure, I could give a standardized truism answer like ‘counter steer’, but in the end it is just an empty phrase, because without knowing all of the factors above… how should I know where and when to put an eventual live saving counter steer?!

But no, some really get mad and might think that I wouldn’t know or that I’m just sales pitching Cornering classes, when I keep the explanation in a seminar short when questions coming my way in regard counter steering. Of course I KNOW, but if I would try to explain it without doing live demos, drills, and plenty of riding time and to correct you to finally get it down… then it actually is it just like the same as if you would read it in a damn book, where efficiency is questionable (!). Any answer would be just a waste of time and the rider filled only with half-knowledge.

So what is the ‘perfect street rider class’? How about I deliver the scenario to send you through a bunch of blind turns- covered with debris, and let you go back and forth? Or I send you down a long straight into glaring sunlight and let deer’s jump in your way? Those deers would be exchangeable with red, white and silver Priuses so that would be covered as well. How about a class like that?! Sorry no, because the ‘SURVIVAL SKILLS’ you are looking for are to get a other way. How?!…

OK, imagine you are going trough a blind turn, and you are realizing that you are heading towards debris. What do you think is the appropriate procedure to get ‘around’ it (the solution is in the word)??? Yep… you need to ‘corner’ to go around it.
What about avoiding the deer or the damn Prius?… Yep… you need to ‘corner’. What about to hit the ‘escaping’ gap you see opening?… Yep… you need to ‘corner’. What about to have to emergency brake so hard, but you mental coolness allows to make decisions to ease into trail braking and to counter steer away?!… YOU NEED TO LEARN TO CORNER TO GET THE SURVIVAL SKILLS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR! Ergo- A cornering class is what you need for God’s sake!You think you can get it in a parking lot class which copied their drills from others? Is this the way you could get the MENTAL COOLNESS I’ve mentioned?! Sorry no, and please let me add at this point that your mental stability is the skill which kicks in first when hitting debris, the deer, the Prius driver, or that 20 years old driving that SV while texting a complaint on Facebook how f’d up everyone is driving today. I know I can help you with that too.

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Sacramento 03/21/2018

 

Superbike-Coach Sponsors 2018

I finally can announce our sponsors for 2018.

Axo America Inc is Superbike-Coach’s newest sponsor and is local to Santa Clarita, CA,  Its outstanding quality standards is coming from the factory in Istrana, Italy.  So no China/Pakistan junk- but still affordable. No matter what you need, street or dirt gear, a 40% off from Superbike-Coach is a huge deal.                                 www.axo.com

 

The name and reputation have been forged over time, the hard way. Which means we haven’t devoted three generations of the Arai family to the singular goal of no-holds-barred excellence just to turn out helmets like everybody else’s. Arai alone has the experience, the quality.                                                                    www.araiamericas.com

 

Their products rounding up your hobby, on the bike- and in the garage. Parts and tools is what they are doing, and the prices are low.  If a dealer doesn’t have stock on the items you need, they can be ordered and you should generally receive them in less than a few days. BikeMaster was also involved with the ‘MotoGP Project Bike’.         www.bikemaster.com

 

Forma boots are developed with high-end materials, and the look is fantastic. 2015 is the 3rd year I’ve been using Forma Boots for their quality- durability- safety- and design. These guys are bike enthusiasts and we love their passion- and they love what Superbike-Coach does- which is why Forma is donating a 20% off discount.         www.formabootsusa.com

 

TechSpec became famous for their fabulous Gripster tank grips, which makes the rider stays in place and protects the bike. Motorcycle Grip Pads, Tank Grips and Traction Pads have been around since the 40’s. Tech Spec’s “GRIPSTER Grip Pads” takes the concept of gripping and protecting your tank, leap years ahead.                   www.techspec-usa.com

 

Dynojet Research, Inc. is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of performance enhancement products and tools. Their fuel management and diagnostic products, coupled with their personalized services, give you the resources to maximize performance and increase efficiency.                                                   www.dynojet.com

 

High quality products on affordable pricing is hard to find. Race Tech manufactures aftermarket suspension parts such as shock kits, fork springs and seal drivers, and Superbike-Coach has them all over the fleet, and since this year even in the engines. Race Tech also rebuilds cylinder heads, crankshafts and hones cylinders.           www.racetech.com

 

We at Superbike-Coach are proud for these guys, because they are helping us to do what we do- to help Motorcycle riders. Thanks for the support!

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp