AllAboutBikes had the black porn great fortune to ride with Kevin Schwantz and Blake Young on the famous Indianapolis Brickyard just after the MotoGP came to town. The world-renowned race circuit The Brickyard was the stage for Kevin Schwantz the 1993 500cc World Champion and his team of professional coaches to personally show people how to ride a motorcycle at one of the most technical circuits in the United States.
The program we experienced was designed to show riders how to use their motorcycles as they were designed. You can bring your own bike or use one of the Honda CBR600 or Suzuki GSX’R 600 provided by the school. I am not aware of any other riding school that provides two different motorcycles to allow you to evaluate there performance as you learn how to enhance your skills at the same time. Kevin is adamant that the school is not a “race school” he wants people of all levels to come and work with him to enjoy the machines as they were intended, to be ridden fast and safely on one of the best tarmac surfaces in the United States.
The program included plenty of track time to enhance your riding skills under the direction of the 1993 500cc world champion. With classroom evaluation sessions to teach the perfect lines, you also review your riding via GoPro cameras. Also included are braking exercises to make sure you are utilizing the bikes stopping power to it’s full potential and body positioning instruction with gear selection and lean angles all taken into account.
The two day course starts with a bus ride around the circuit stopping at certain corners to watch the professional staff ride through to highlight the corner entry position, angle, pace and overall body positioning so that when you get out on the circuit you can ride the Brickyard as if you were in the MotoGP.
The overall organization of the school is very professional and very thorough. Kevin personally talks about experiences he has had throughout his illustrious career that can help you while riding this technical circuit. The classroom instruction is not laborious but very informative, exciting and did I say thorough. The instruction folder provided goes through each track session individually and breaks down exactly what you have been taught and what you are about to experience on your next session. You go into great detail on everything needed to enhance your overall skills at riding a motorcycle at high speed.
Throughout the two days you focus on something specific on each session. The first few sessions are about your lines and corner positioning, then you focus on body positioning, braking and how to safely get the most out of these very impressive middleweight motorcycles. Another classroom instruction module is making the most of lean angle while always working to keeping the tires planted as you accelerate leaving the corners. All the time you are learning a system and process that Kevin personally used throughout his racing career.
It is not the cheapest riding schools I have been on at $2,750.00 for the two days. But you can see why it is priced as it is. The bikes provided are set up to professional standard the equipment you can hire is also the very best there is. The hospitality is top notch and the family barbecue on the middle evening after your day of riding is excellent. Kevin’s family is all involved and everyone has a great time throughout the event.
Safety is a number one factor of everything that is undertaken and we had absolutely not issues with anyone leaving the circuit or dropping the motorcycles for the whole of the two days on track.
If you are thinking about taking a course to enhance your riding skills working with a world champion is certainly one of the best ways to learn.
The next scheduled school is August the 10th and 11th 2013 and there are still some spots left if you want to get involved. I would recommend this school highly for anyone thinking of learning from the best.