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India is (as you hopefully know if you have been paying attention) quickly becoming the largest motorcycle market in the world. Over the last several years there, the market has finally started to see motorcycles with displacements in excess of the seemingly ubiquitous 125cc motorbike which every family owns.
Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, etc. – all the major players have introduced full-sized, large displacement motorcycles of many different classes to the Subcontinent and the dealers are having trouble keeping them on their showroom floors.
Now, India does have a huge education system – though it does under-serve its population, it is incredibly advanced and expansive – but they lack racing schools, at least any which are professionally organized and staffed. Keith Code’s California Superbike School (CSS) will now hold classes inside this huge Asian nation with the help of local appliance giant Preethi.
The California Superbike School was founded by Keith Code in California some 30 years ago. That time has been used very well by the riding instruction genius as he has managed to expand the school into 15 countries all around the world. Code has also hired experienced riders and racers to instruct the students in the best way to get a bike around a track; the instructors are all very communicative, understandable, and they know well what they are talking about.
CSSCalifornia Superbike School’s Keith Code (old photo) has developed its own technology to help with instruction off of the track. Some of their training aids have even created controversy in the industry they support, but some have proven some long-held beliefs wrong. Everything the CSS does is geared towards learning and improving your ability to ride a motorcycle. And, whether you believe it or not, taking a class with them will help you ride any motorcycle better – period.
Keith Code actually started his CSS work in India last year; it went very well and CSS had a roster full of participants from all over the country. That success led CSS to return again, but this time they brought an all-star instructor squad with them. In fact, Keith Code himself participated in teaching students, and he had a blast doing so.
The most recent CSS event was held at the Madras Motor Sport Track in Chennai back in January. Over 100 riders – including several Indian professional racers who also joined in to hone their own already excellent riding skills – New CSS BMW S1000RRparticipated over the five days of classes offered. The sessions were very successful and every student walked away impressed with the school and what they learned; all were eager to go again.
CSS will return to what is the world’s second largest motorcycle market again in 2012, and they may even expand beyond their one-track setup. In fact, the CEO of Preethi, TT Varadarajan, who has attended CSS classes since the 1990s, will be working to make the school a fixture in the nation of India. According to Varadarajan, helping India’s racers improve their skills to further their growth in the racing world is one goal, but making the nation’s riders safer is their primary focus.
Based on the results, with riders traveling from all over the country to attend, and all of them praising their time there, CSS and Preethi have hit upon a fantastic idea. All they need to do now is find a way to accommodate the huge number of riders in India who wish to attend – any riding instructors interested in moving?
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The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame has just announced the members of the 2011 class. Don Emde, Evel Knievel, Del Hofer, Michael Prugh, Gloria Tramontin Struck, and Mike and Margaret Wilson will be inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame this year. “One person still riding at 86 years old…”
“The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community,” said the Sturgis Museum in a statement.
The 2011 class will be inducted at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle hall of Fame Breakfast on August 10th, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.
|Don EmdeDon Emde was born into a motorcycle family in 1951. He has raced as an amateur scrambler, a road tracker, and a road racer. Don and his father Floydd were the first, and are still the only father son duo to have won the Daytona 200. Emde was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, and will now be honored by the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.|
|Roger Craig “Evel” KnievelPossibly the most widely known motorcyclist of all-time. Evel Knievel was a stunt motorcycle rider who impressed audiences around the world with more than 75 ramp to ramp jumps. The caped motorcycle daredevil holds the Guinness Record for being a survivor of the most broken bones. Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69.|
|Del HoferDel Hofer has been selling Harley-Davidson Motorcycles for more than 50 years. Hoffer is the longest-serving member of the Harley-Davidson Advisory Board, and is an active member of the AMA.|
Michael Prugh is as much of a designer as he is a teacher. Prugh has designed many classic bikes, but is also a motorcycle advocate. He’s built numerous bikes for charity. Prugh took second two years in a row at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.
|Gloria Tramontin StruckGloria Tramontin Struck is a long-time motor maid. In fact, since joining in 1946, she is the longest serving member of the motor maids, and she still rides a motorcycle. Struck started riding in 1941 at the age of 16. At the age of 76 she took a 6,500 mile trip across Europe, spanning 8 countries. And now, at the age of 85, she can still be seen on the back of an Iron Hog.|
|Mike and Margaret WilsonMike and Margaret Wilson have owned a Harley-Davidson and a Honda dealership, and have been active in the motorcycle community for over 50 years. Mike raced in the TT, and Margaret is a golden member of the Motor Maids, celebrating her 60th year this year. Mike and Margaret both serve on the board of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.|
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Carlos Checa has won three of the first four races in the 2011 World Superbike season. Checa won both races at Phillip Island, finished second in the first race at Donington Park, and just won race two in dominating fashion.
Checa won the second race at Donington Park by more than three seconds ahead of race one winner, Marco Melandri. Melandri’s performance at Donington keeps him right behind Checa in the points standings. Checa leads the series currently with 91 points, 19 points ahead of Melandri.
Leon Camier took third place today behind Melandri. Camier challenged Melandri for second throughout most of the race, but couldn’t keep up in the final laps, and Melandri finished with three seconds of breathing room.
Leon Haslam took fourth place for the second time today, and World Superbike rookie Joan Lascorz had his best finish of the season in fifth.
A diverse line of manufacturers filled the top five spots, and with Jonathan Rea finishing 6th with Honda, and Michel Fabrizio finishing 7th with Suzuki, the top seven spots were filled by seven different motorcycles.
Max Biaggi, who could only muster a seventh place finish in race one, was disqualified from race two. Biaggi was called into the pits to serve a drive-thru penalty, but continued to lap. Biaggi was black flagged, and earned no points in the second race at Donington. Biaggi’s poor results at Donington dropped him down to fourth place in the overall standings behind Leon Haslam.
World Superbike Race Results – Race 2 – Donington Park
- C. Checa – Ducati
- M. Melandri – Yamaha
- L. Camier – Aprilia
- L. Haslam – BMW
- J. Lascorz – Kawasaki
- J. Rea – Honda
- M. Fabrizio – Suzuki
- J. Smrz – Ducati
- A. Badovini – BMW
- R. Xaus – Honda
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Pfeiffer is a 4-time World Stunt Riding Champion, a 4-time European Stunt Riding Champion, and he won Stuntwars in 2006. Needless to say, Pfeiffer knows how to do a few tricks on a motorcycle.
BMW has teamed up with Pfeiffer to put together a little series on how to do some motorcycle tricks.
Here is part one of the series. How to do a wheelie.
If you need a verbal breakdown of how to do a motorcycle wheelie, check out Pfeiffer’s website.
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