A few weeks ago, motorcycle vlogger, Zach Lucero from Makina, shared a video on “Tae contentAnd how dangerous that can be for the biker community in general. You can watch the video HERE.
In summary, Zach explains tae content (crappy content) as videos that don’t contribute or convey any useful message or ideal to the cycling community, or worse yet, cause divisions and make riders choose sides. Some of the best examples of this type are videos showing cyclists riding recklessly on the freeway, often breaking the speed limit. What’s worse is the subject of ALL their videos.
These videos are problematic because they encourage riders to do the same – ride recklessly and break the speed limit – and in some cases even inspire subscribers to post their own videos. This only encourages kamot behavior on the road, and the number of followers doesn’t help. It becomes a matter of the blind leading the blind.
Rather than linking to these bad examples, we would like to feature a few videos that you can actually learn something from and hopefully improve your driving accordingly. If you are going to use your data or internet plan, it may be for something that will make you a safer and more competent pilot.
Keep in mind that while many of these videos feature large bikes, the tips still apply to bikes like sit-ups and scooters, as the basics are always the same regardless of the type of bike.
Canyon Chasers is a very handy Youtube channel and website that teaches techniques and tips for horseback riding. Despite what the name suggests, the site actually makes driving safety a top priority. The team behind it isn’t a bunch of hacks either. Some are motorcycle safety instructors with Utah Motorcycle Education.
Canyon Chasers’ Youtube channel – especially their Riding Techniques playlist – comes in handy as it conveys useful knowledge on how to handle a motorcycle. Best of all, these aren’t beginner techniques you’ve heard before. Many are more advanced techniques (like track braking or finding the late apex) designed to give seasoned riders new ideas on how to improve their ride. These tips don’t help you drive faster, but actually improve your reactions, reflexes and smoother driving. The increase in speed is just a by-product.
A twist of the wrist
You have probably heard of this instructional video book / series many times before. A Twist of the Wrist is an instructional video series produced by Keith Code, a former professional motorcycle rider who started doing one-on-one coaching sessions with amateur riders in 1976 and some of them quickly became national champions.
These lessons quickly evolved into the California Superbike School, Keith Code’s official riding school, held annually at Clark International Speedway. The courses themselves are expensive, but after taking them ourselves, we can tell you that they are worth it.
We list Twist of the Wrist (educational videos and books, “A Twist of the Wrist” [Volumes I and II] and “The Soft Science of Road Racing Motorcycles”) here because these videos are still the basis for many lessons and levels at the California Superbike School. Many of the concepts taught in these videos are the same as those taught in school.
Of course, they are easier to learn when you have an instructor physically showing you the correct body position and where exactly to cut the top of a track. Still, the videos are a great foundation and can help you determine the skills you need to start training.
You might think it’s just for racing and unnecessary for street riding, but in reality many lessons focus on riding the bike smoother, turning more efficient, braking later. and even on avoiding obstacles earlier. These are valuable skills to have, especially when it comes to our unpredictable roads. They will make you a better defensive rider.
We recommend that you acquire copies of these books and videos in a legal manner. Give them a quick internet search or you can visit their site HERE.
Sylvain Guintoli’s videos offer a unique insight into the world of WSBK and MotoGP. After all, he was the 2014 FIM Superbike World Champion and is currently the test rider for Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP. Guintoli speaks French, Italian and English, and conveniently his videos are downloaded in three languages as well (just choose GB).
We recommend that you watch Guintoli’s videos as he frequently explains some motorcycle racer tips and techniques and explains why they are made. Best of all, it also explains whether it’s useful for street driving or not. Granted, his accent can be a little hard to understand at times, but his videos are worth watching as he frankly tells you why hanging leg and other running tips won’t help you on the street.
The MDPPA is the Association of participants in the motorcycle development program. It is made up of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki Philippines. The Big Four of Japan often work together to promote road safety and good driving habits.
More recently, they have started to hold MDPPA discussions on their Facebook page. These regular episodes deal with pressing road safety issues in the Philippines and are very useful if you want to learn a few things or hear about developments in the industry.
We recommend that you follow their page as they frequently offer free trainings and seminars that you will want to take advantage of.