Superbike-coach Cornering School Day 1 (11-1-20)
Riding motorcycles, for a lot of people, is a year round thing and it’s no different with Coach Can Akkaya’s Superbike-coach Cornering School Programs. These programs are done in 3-days, spread out so not to overwhelm the students. This makes it easier to absorb the lessons being taught and allows time to practice on their own. For 2020, this marked the last of the Day 1 classes and, like all their classes, it was a blast. However, this didn’t mean their were a few challenges, like “time change” but weather wasn’t one of them…sunny and warm!
As usual, the day starts off with students signing in a registration with Marion, Coach Can’s wife, then heading over to see me (Dean, the photog) to take care of their lunch order. From there, Coach starts his lessons, first introducing himself, what he brings to the table, and what the students can expect. The classroom sessions are where Coach Can goes into detail and breaks his lessons into stages; head games, ideal line (yes, even on the street there is an “ideal line”), viewing, and emergency braking.
Once each classroom session is over, Coach sends each group on their way to practice whether it’s on their own bike or the Superbike-coach rental bike, a Ninja 250. During one of the sessions, Coach Can goes out with each group to do some “on track” teaching. Yes, even I get in on this action, mainly to get some on-board video so the students can really see what they are doing, but to also try and help out a little.
Coach’s cornering schools aren’t just helping students find the best & safest lines out on the street, but also help students become better & safer riders. At some point, you’ll need to stop, and not just at a stop light or parking lot, but when you least expect it. In order to safely handle the “unexpected stop”, you need to know just how far/hard you can actually brake and what better way to learn and find this out then at a school. Let me be clear, this part of Coach Can’s class isn’t to teach someone how to do a stoppie, after all, most of the students don’t get that far. What he does here is help his students find out just how far they CAN brake and sometimes this results in a stoppie, which those find out that it’s NOT EVIL and very much controllable.
Don’t let the name, “Superbike-coach” fool you. Their class aren’t just for sportbikes. No, it’s for ALL motorcycles: cruisers, touring bikes, standards/hypers, ADV bikes, supermotards, groms, classics, and yes sportbikes. Coach brings his many years of racing in Europe to his students and shows the techniques racers use can & will help make street riders better and safer. The journey doesn’t end with this Day 1 class. No, THAT is just the beginning. These students learned quite a bit, and some will probably come back for another round (some REALLY need it) of “Day 1” before going on to Days 2 & 3, but you need to start somewhere. Hell, Coach Can even has students coming back year after year even after taking all his corning classes. That in itself HAS to tell you something, right? Check out their yelp page for yourself if you don’t believe me.
Whether you’re a new or experienced rider, Coach Can and Superbike-coach can help you become a better, safer rider…all you need to do is keep an open mind, bring an eagerness to learn and trust what he says, and leave your ego at the gate. For more info, visit their website at https://www.superbike-coach.com/ and to see what the FUN was all about, click here: FEATURE PICS