Machine Control 1

Pre-requisite

The ability to ride and change gear without much conscious thought

Who's it for

Anyone that wants to build confidence & improve their riding ability

Gear

You'll need to bring your own bike and gear

Duration

1 Day

£120 at York

£150 at Norfolk

£180 at Three sisters Wigan

£150 at Exeter

£150 at Ireland

£180 at Isle of Man

Section 1.1 - Cognitive Responses to Riding

We begin by focusing on how riding makes us feel. Correctly interpreting what your body is telling you, even if it can feel different to your expectations, is important in learning how to enforce positive reactions and to reduce negative behaviours.

Section 1.2 - The Core

By understanding how the body works to maintain its balance you will learn to manage it. We will help you develop simple, practical ways to improve your core stability, which will hugely benefit your overall control and precision in all riding conditions.

Section 1.3 - Bike Stability and Mechanics

Bike Stability and Mechanics There are different stages of machine stability which govern it at different times. We will help you understand how the core responds to those stages, and how to ensure it remains calm and prepared at all times. Why you feel the way you do, and why at times you ride the way you do will become clear.

Section 1.4 - Experimenting with the Machine

Experimenting with the Machine To understand the bike it helps to contrast our imaginary perception of what might happen to how the motorcycle actually behaves with and without making any conscious inputs to its controls. Through a series of carefully-designed experiments you will observe what the machine would do, how to, and how not to influence it, whilst remaining composed and in control when facing risk, danger, and...fun!

Section 1.5 - Grip and how it works

In this section we demonstrate and explain the system of grip. We will dispel some common misconceptions to help you understand how grip develops and what influences it. This will give you an awareness of how grip changes as the machine moves, slows down, changes direction, and accelerates, helping you respond calmly when needed.

Section 1.6 - The Mechanics of Changing Direction

No other area of motorcycle control is filled with more grey areas and well-intentioned misinformation than cornering. After explaining several common techniques of changing direction you will try and test each of them yourself. It will become very clear to you what works, when does it work, and what never does

Section 1.7 - Braking using advantages in grip and understanding ABS

Braking Using Advantages in Grip and Understanding of ABS This very important skill affects everyone, every day. You will gain a confident and calm approach to braking informed by accurate and extensively tested techniques. Your stopping distances will shrink. You will become deeply aware of how grip, ABS, and the choice of brakes are interconnected. You will become a safer rider whilst getting the maximum out of your brakes.

Section 1.8 - Turning and Riding Slowly

Turning and Riding Slowly Due to a range of factors including our brain's ability to create emotions based on what we expect to happen, some riders struggle needlessly at slow speed. We will help you see that the machine is quite stable at slow speed and that it could be a misinterpretation of what the machine needs to do that is causing most of the anxiety. We will help you experience the principles that govern really slow speeds thus changing the way you feel when riding slowly.

Machine Control 2

Pre-requisite

Completed Machine Control 1

Who's it for

Anyone that wants to build confidence & improve their riding ability

Gear

You'll need to bring your own bike and gear

Duration

1 Day

£120 at York

£150 at Norfolk

£150 at Exeter

£150 at Ireland

£180 at Three sisters Wigan

£180 at Isle of Man

Section 2.1 - Advanced Braking for higher speeds

This section builds on the advanced braking exercises in Machine Control 1 helping you learn more advanced techniques to confidently bring your bike to a halt from higher speeds.

Section 2.2 -Advanced Braking through core feel

This section brings the braking technique together with an awareness of weight transfer and a powerful core connection to improve the smoothness, speed and ability of the rider to brake harder, faster and with more precision often referred to as developing a “feel”.

Section 2.3 - Braking on bends 1

In this section you will understand the stories you have created around braking on bends. Here you will learn advanced techniques for maintaining bike stability while either reducing speed or braking hard in a bend using front brake.

Section 2.4 - Braking on bends 2

In this section you will understand the stories you have created around braking on bends. Here you will learn advanced techniques for maintaining bike stability while either reducing speed or braking hard in a bend using back brake.

Section 2.5 - Advanced Cornering

In this section you will understand the stories you have created about cornering and will learn advanced techniques for cornering. This section will transform your ability to: safely and confidently lean the bike further; quickly and accurately change direction; and use body position to increase your corner speed.

Machine Control 3

Pre-requisite

Machine control 1 and 2 advantageous but not essential

Who's it for

Anyone that wants to build confidence & improve their riding ability

Gear

You'll just need to bring your gear as we use our Triumph Street Triple R

Duration

1 Day

£250 Other Venues

£199 at York

Section 3.1 - Stability/Core balance/Steering

This section builds on the advanced techniques in previous modules but also creates a detailed and inspiring environment to experiment, investigate and develop a new level of calmness on the machine through which amazing precision can be attained.

Section 3.2 - Setting and maintaining constant lean and turn radius

This section is focused on the ability to plan, set and manage a constant rate of lean to create a constant turn rate. This is vital if precision is our goal. For many riders this is the goal for which they seek training to achieve.

Section 3.3 – Dynamics and limits of cornering effecting grip

In this section you will be clearly briefed on the limits which place a practical barrier to using more lean in bends.

Section 3.4 – Overcome the body's resistance to lean

In this section you will understand and overcome your body's fear of lean, why it happens and how easy it can be to retrain the core to allow you to adjust and maintain positive body position to create higher corner speeds and reduce risk of slides.

Section 3.5 – Promote Calmness in turns and Improve vision

In this section you will learn to focus on the exit, plan your route calmly and have more precision and control of your route through a bend along with the safety margin of knowing where you will be at the end of a turn so your exit is more accurately predictable.

Section 3.6 – Advanced positioning to measure lean

In this section you will understand how to develop powerful positions on the machine to help improve your awareness of lean and measure the amount or lean safely without going too far.

Section 3.7 – Advanced positioning to measure lean

In this final section, if you wish to and if you can position your knee in the correct place, (some riders just don’t have the flexibility) you can have a go at cornering with your knee on the ground like a pro. One of the many benefits of this is to be able to confidently lean the machine over without worrying about grip or grinding something solid like centre stands or exhausts.

Machine Control 4

Pre-requisite

Machine control 1 and 2 for safety

Who's it for

Riders who have done the other courses and want to explore the demo routines we practice to deliver the training courses

Gear

You'll need to bring your normal road riding protection gear. We'll provide you with a suitable road bike.

Duration

1 Day

£199

Section 4.1 – Introduction to the demos and overview of the day

This section will help you to refresh your memory on all the demos which we use as part of the other courses. This is to enable you to focus on which of these you may have tried and those which you have not. It will also help us map out the best way to run the day to get the most enjoyment and challenge yourself without it being demotivating or too tough. Our aim here is to help you realise that until such a time as you can consistently achieve these demos without mistakes and staying calm, you just need more time and practice at them.

Section 4.2 - Extreme braking/stoppies

In this section you will learn what it feels like to brake harder but also faster in order to achieve higher braking power. You will be more relaxed even when the rear wheel comes off the ground. Your braking will be improved beyond the limits of the ABS systems on motorcycles giving you a racers feel in order to brake better.

Section 4.3 - Braking beyond the limit

This section is one of the most difficult skills to learn on a motorcycle as it requires a total loss of traction before it can be practiced. Although simple in essence we just want to be able to use the brakes beyond the point where they can deliver grip and thus create a slide from locking the wheels. Key benefits in achieving this is an awareness of how much braking can be done before the limits are reached, combined with a greater sense of the variables which effect that limit.

Section 4.4 Experimenting with ABS systems

As the new regulations stop motorcycles having the ability to switch off the ABS system, we can give you a great in-depth experience of what the ABS is doing and how it feels without it. Understanding how the system works can help to perfect the feel you have with the brakes as well as aid your ability to test and measure grip in all conditions .

Machine Control 5 Off Road Techniques

Pre-requisite

Mc1 and 2 are ideal to have done previously

Who's it for

Riders who want to learn to develop and control slides , practice dealing with larger obstacles using wheelie techniques to get the machine over things that would normally block your path.

Gear

Road gear or off road gear

Duration

1 Day

£250 at York

Section 5.1 Standing and Sitting position

To assist riders we use an off road bike for this course so we will use this first section to help navigate the position to ride the bike in. Foot position whilst sitting and standing , techniques to maintain control and reduce the overall issues when riding on loose surfaces.

Section 5.2 Cornering position and slides

Focusing our efforts in this section on the effects of cornering whilst on a slippery surface we will help over come initial nerves and retrain to cope with movements during cornering . This touches on a few areas which often cause concern, slides, cornering and position whilst on a loose/slippery surface . Our aim here is to stop trying to “fix” or “eliminate “ the slide and learn to control it and stay calm during slides .

Section 5.3 Wheelie techniques to keep the front wheel light

Unlike road riding , off road riding requires a rider to develop the ability and technique to get the front wheel off the ground quickly at will in order to get the machine over obstacles we may face to get over. This is not like learning to wheelie on a road bike so if a rider wanted to learn to wheelie road bikes it would be better to do a wheelie focused training day which does already take place at Rufforth venue with ExtremeWheelie . Out of professionalism we won’t be covering any of the roadbike techniques they use or practice on road bikes. We are aiming for a light front wheel here not a balance wheelie so it’s a very different principle using compression of the suspension to achieve it.

Section 5.4 Negotiating obstacles and slow tight routes

If you want to push your control , this is how you do it. Getting over things like hills, rocks, tree trunks can be great fun but also challenging and rewarding . This is what off-road bikes are designed to do but can give a great confidence boost whilst riding road bikes .

Section 5.5 Braking on slippery surfaces

At this stage we can help you experiment with techniques to develop or reduce grip whilst braking. Directly applicable to road bikes and gives a great insight to the benefits of using each break independently or together.