Why Get Cornering?
Many years ago, motorcycle racer, king of motorcycle cornering and instructor Keith Code launched the California Superbike School. Through years of experience, he identified specific nuances that were occurring with riders during racing, particularly on bends. They were often resulting in slower or faster than necessary entry speeds, incorrect lines, a lack of stability in mid-corner and unsuitable entry and exit speeds.
Today the California Superbike School provides structured coaching to develop a rider’s motorcycling handling skills. CSS is known throughout Europe and America in motorcycling circles.
And yes, we agree, riders can learn great handling skills whilst on track which may assist with road riding but, they are not the whole story.
Get Cornering – Road Riding
We emphasise that our courses are geared to develop a very high level of on road riding. Developing advanced hazard perception and handling skills for on road cornering, more intuitive actions and responses and highly skilful reading of all traffic situations associated with bends. These skills equip our riders with the abilities to ride in all conditions. This professional course examines the rider’s ability to read the Vanishing or Limit Point as it’s known, not once, not twice, but time after time. Knowing what the limit point is for example is not the same as applying it.
The Get Cornering course assesses riders’ responses to all the surrounding hazards on approach to all different kinds of bends, their positional sense, confidence to lean the bike even in the wet and deals with hairpins as well as fast sweepers to those with junctions and those bends with a deceptive or no limit point.
Vision and Hazards
This is all in real time and is nothing like riding on a track. There are people, vehicles, junctions, blind corners, hill crests with bends, adverse cambers, trees and hedgerows. The course deals with prioritising hazards – just because a rider has seen something that another didn’t doesn’t necessarily mean that they were looking in the right place for the actual danger. We have to learn to discard ‘hazard interference’. We learn about focus and peripheral vision but more importantly, how to use them to our best advantage.
Serious Consequences for Minor Mistakes
Some of the nuances that riders have on the track are true of riding on the roads, but there are many other nuances too when it comes to riding on the roads – and, with potentially more serious consequences for even the most minor of mistakes that a rider may make. And yes, we all make them. Get Cornering provides a structured road-based motorcycle cornering course for road riders, with the same goal of developing cornering skills, except in real time and in live situations, on the roads.
Industry Research on Motorcycle Cornering
The Department for Transport and other reputable groups’ research, including the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency, recognize that approximately 40% of motorcycle crashes are initially caused during motorcycle cornering with no other vehicle involved. In other words, we as riders have made a mistake, no matter how small.
Motorcycle Cornering Represents The Highest Injuries and Fatalities
The injury and fatality rate amongst riders is largest in this area of road riding. Crashes on left hand bends are predominantly very serious or fatal due to the collision with oncoming traffic. Right hand bends incur serious injuries and fatalities with trees, lamp posts, parked vehicles and pedestrians. However, staggeringly, proportionate attention to this area of crashes is significantly lacking in the industry and there was no focused course – until Get Cornering launched in 2011. As well as fun, we also take safety seriously too.