All I really need to know I learned in motorcycle riding school

If you’ve been around the block a few times and want to go faster but still be safe, you will want to do a track school. There are schools all around the country. Just Google “motorcycle riding schools” and you’ll find many within reach of you going on all summer. I took Fastrack’s Rider Development School (, a Southern California-based all-day experience on the Auto Club Speedway’s roval — that’s half oval and half road course. The track day was $229; the school was another $100. It was well worth it.The experience at many schools is sometimes similar. A couple years ago I got to spend about half a day with the Yamaha Champions Riding School at Thunderhill. I learned a lot that day about riding style, cornering and going faster by being smooth.At Fastrack, they balance track time with classroom instruction to help you learn a concept, then go put it into practice. We started out in a small group lapping behind an instructor to see where the racing line was. Then we came into the classroom, got some tips and went back out again to try them out, with an instructor riding behind to note our technique. We did this four times, once each hour. The afternoon was then spent in open lapping sessions with other beginner riders.A lot of what they teach you in a beginning riding class is similar to what you’ll hear in a beginning four-wheel racing school: Get all your braking done in a straight line, know where the apex is and if you can’t pick it out assume it’s late, look all the way through the turn and onto the next straight — smoothness counts.It’s just all far more involving on a motorcycle.