Founded by the legendary Keith Code in 1980, the California Superbike School (CSS) offers a step-by-step method of technique oriented rider training in the art of cornering motorcycles. The four California Superbike School Malaysia training levels led by Steve Brouggy, who holds Level 4 (Master) coaching status at the CSS and the only authorized trainer of the CSS without Code in attendance, the Australian team will share the true technical elements of motorcycle riding on different skill levels for all riders. Each of the first three levels presenting precise technical riding skills, taught the old fashioned way – one step at a time. Each skill builds upon the last to create a complete package of control and confidence.
The California Superbike School (CSS) has a system that has worked over 30 years, and CSS are the number one on-track training School with a team of dedicated professionals from US, UK, Australia and New Zealand which guarantee effectiveness by drills, and the ability to demonstrate and communicate to riders with drills that will surely learn and improve.
Each of CSS’s drills cleanly and effectively targets riding barrier or the uncertainty of riders by experience in their cornering. It doesn’t matter what bike you ride, it doesn’t matter whether you ride on the road or track and it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you ride – if you ride a motorcycle, you can improve, that’s what we experience today in the first module, even without using brakes.
The CSS Levels
Each level is a complete and integrated package of technical riding skills. The levels are not structured according to a rider’s experience or ability and all students begins at Level 1. CSS provide a logical, step-by-step structured approach for rider to achieve his riding goals, broken down into easily understood, bite sized chunks. CSS will help riders become a better rider even if you are already good rider and will improve his skills by drilling down to perfecting riders skills and with CSS’s impressive organizational skills defining those goals and provide you with the knowledge to make progress.
Level 1 addresses the six most common errors that riders make and why. You will realize exactly how they have stopped or slowed your own improvement as a rider. There will be a technical briefing for each one, including on and off track drills that put you in control of them and your assigned coach for the day will observe and correct any difficulties you are having with each drill. You will be coached as an individual according to your skill level and you will improve.
Confidence and control are shattered when riders experience vague fears about turn entry speed, finding good lines, bike stability and their own rider-induced errors. These fears and uncertainties are addressed and replaced with confident and precise bike control.
Level 1 addresses the six most common errors that riders make and why.
Once an understanding is achieved of what a motorcycle can and should do for you from the Level 1 drills, CSS move on step-by-step to sharpen the visual skills. Level 2 is all about solutions to problems we face with our eyes.
The school’s visual drills put you in control of the road. This module defines our visual enemies and how to overcome them. Everyone knows that target fixation is dangerous and with CSS’s logical procedures, your eyes become precision instruments. The results of Level 2 are amazing. Riders lose their claustrophobia in corners and gain the freedom and time to really use the roads they ride.
As with Level 1, there are five technical briefings and five track sessions during the day.
Level 3 addresses how you interface with the bike, your body position choices and how these can affect the cornering process. All five of the drills completed in Level 3 are indispensable tools and once rider position and stability are completely understood it paves the way for line selection options that are applicable (and beneficial) to both track and road riding.
Using our body weight we can influence what the bike can do and its stability but we have to move correctly. Jumping around all over the bike will only cause problems that you will find yourself fighting to overcome. You and your bike should be working together and Level 3 shows you how this is done.
The final drill is called Attack Angles will give you a whole new approach to cornering because you will have a plan.
Level 4 takes a completely different turn and is custom designed for each rider. CSS will ask you what needs to be improved. Now that a rider has spent at least three levels with CSS and discussed and practiced over fifteen different riding skills, CSS will design a program uniquely for that rider.
At Level 4, CSS takes a very focused look at the riders skills and tie up the loose ends. Aside from the assigned on-track coach, CSS also provide a highly trained off-track consultant and throughout the day he will coordinate with the rider with on-track coach and gives a one-on-one attention.
Riding will also be videoed and analysed and depending on track circumstances, CSS aim to provide Level 4 students with an extra riding session to work on their individual program.
This is as intense as it can get, one-to-one with one of CSS riding coaches. This is what they do in the GPs, WSBK and BSB with countless club, national and international racers, as well as track day riders. With a tailored program developed to the riders specific needs, it’s an in-depth experience that rewards the rider with vast improvements.
There are several ways of doing private tuition, whether during a School day, track day or pit-lane style, dependent on what the goals are.
The CSS Experience!
As I enter the CSS briefing room normality is suspended. For the next few hours the focus of my 30 years of riding is changed, spotting track reference points, hook turns, counter-steering, learning two-step vision plans and planning the corner entry, corner exit, how to counter-steer out of the corner while still in lean, it’s so intense and brilliantly nerdy, feel like giving up my job and going to speed university!
They hand me a welcome pack, then usher me into the classroom. There are zillions of staff, all of them energetic, beaming followers of the Keith Code system of going dead quick on a bike. When I meet my coaches – one for the track work; one for the classroom and I emerge clear that today will be nothing to do with beating your mate or stuffing it up the inside of anyone but about thinking your way through corners quicker and smoother, which is what I want the most.
The Malaysia school is based at Sepang International Circuit and CSS runs courses all over the world including Philippines and soon in Indonesia and Thailand, but whatever the circuit, the experience will be the the same.
Steve Bruggy was our classroom based coach who has been doing this for 21 years and talked to more than 30,000 riders through Keith Code’s syllabus, we did levels 1 and 2, but looking forward to 3 and 4.
Seeing track instructor hangs around the margins of track on an BMW S1000RR like a cool policeman, watching you, tailing you, leading you and urging a hook turn here or pick-up drill there via clearly explained hand signals.
The syllabus, the whole riding system they preach is based on the radical A Twist of the Wrist manuals penned by Code in the 80s and 90s.
Levels 1 and 2 major on drills for throttle control, turning the bike and mentally mapping the track you ride, the use of reference points and a two-step vision exercise that keeps your eyes moving ahead of your bike are CSS fundamentals.
While Level 3 which focuses more on the rider, his body, and how to move around the bike more efficiently. Level 4 is essentially a refresher and a tweaker where you can spend the day revisiting any of the 15 drills taught on the first three levels.
This was my first real riding course, those reference point fundamentals really gave me an eye opener, installing the a discipline that makes me think of the track and before I try to go quickly round it, even experience going 30-40km along the border of the Sepang Circuit (which i never done it before in Sepang).
I used the early sessions without using brakes to map the fast and technical Sepang Circuit, where to brake, where to turn, where to exit so that I could ride with more confidence and accuracy later.
“The California Superbike School has a bulletproof, step by step method for training riders in the exact skills of cornering motorcycles. They are not famous racers or great businessmen but they we’ve become recognised worldwide, on four continents, because CSS system of training works and riders really benefit from it.
Each of the many riding discoveries over the past three decades cleanly and effectively shatters the targeted barrier or the uncertainty riders experience in their cornering. The Superbike School’s program has matured and become integrated based on the experiences of real riders and their countless successes at overcoming their uncertainties, replacing them with skill and the real rush they’ve always wanted.
As CSS forge these discoveries into defined skills and written material, CSS coaches translate them into simple and understandable techniques to constantly refine the four levels of training. With more effective drills and ways to demonstrate and communicate them, the success rate climbs and climbs. All the students are coached by CSS and the students will learn the fundamental of riding and going fast . The riding barriers get blown away and are replaced with confidence.”
Going for a CSS even you think you are thinking ‘I race, i’m fast, I can handle corners anywhere…but what I got during CSS Program is the most thorough, complete and technologically advanced training process, and since then i have looked at riding in a whole new light. Suddenly i had words for what i was feeling, explanations for crashes and actual plans for improvement, more than just brake later or open throttle earlier.
I get to improve my own knowledge and understanding of riding and shared by the best coaches who are as equally passionate about riding motorcycles. I have experienced the improvements from applying Keith’s Technology in my own riding, i know this stuff works, and it is for this reason why someone who has the budget to at least try out the 1st and 2nd module. You will people experience the same gains in you own riding, bring you to another level and it doesn’t get much better than that!
On top of all this the school is a totally unique, the coaches a bikers, racers, superb and awesome instructors and to think I just completed level one and two! Worth every penny of the USD1600 for the 2 days Module 1 & 2.
*Special thanks to JB, Wayne Ramschie, Raniel Resuello of Tuason Racing School (TRS), (promoter of California Superbike School in Asia), All the awesome coaches of California Superbike School, Joseph Lee & Peter Tan of SBR Trackday, Steve Bruddy, Stephanie Redman & Damien Mackie (my coach for the 2 days), Gary Bailey & Picman Photography (for the awesome photos), Lee Kok Hoong (for the ZX10R) Nicholas Hah (for the ZX-6), Kevin (for the ZX636) and Dom (for the S1000RR) & Peng Tow (for towing all the bikes)