I took the road skill course from Superbike-Coach today and loved it! I've been riding on and off for about 8 years and todays lesson taught me a lot. Proper braking, safety, reading lines, proper shifting, etc. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to improve their riding. There's so much to learn and Coach Can is full of knowledge. You can't go wrong for $89. At first i was skeptical but Can was very professional. My only feedback is i wish i would have found Can about 8 years ago as he would of saved me a few accidents. Once i start doing track days, i will be using Can's services. Ren Chand
Coach's instruction: very personlized, Coach John started with where my abilities and inabilites were, and he built me up from there with step by step instruction. Coach John is great at teaching you what to do next, and then take you on the track to do it, then come back in and figure what worked and what did not work so well. I always moved forward in my learning--but Coach constantly made me think! I felt like I was in graduate school for track riding. I thought I knew a little about riding, but now I am thrilled to actually know some things that really work, and why! I also realize there is a bunch I don't know, but as Coach encouraged me, "You have room to improve!" Coach's attitude and knowlege are awesome. Very patient and encouraging, while also bei! ng honest. Coach also asks very good questions, I think I learned as much from his questions as I did from his new instruction.
Steve Curran, Pastor at Babtist Church, Sacramento
Can was very good at getting to the root of riding problems - which are all mostly between the ears. Mental challenges then usually lead to the other issues - line choice, brake points, exits, etc. Can was also very keen on sensing the balance between pushing a rider enough (for motivation) but not too much (which can backfire) by first understanding the personality of each individual. He also looked at the big picture by understanding the racing/pit environment and other members of the team.
Sherwick Min, Racer
Took the wheelie course on 10-25 at Stockton motorplex and Can (John) Akkaya was a perfect teacher, its very professionally run with signing waivers at first and getting to know each other. Its very private only Can is there doing all the teaching. I learned more in that one day then trying out by myself and making mistakes, I was getting my bike up by mid afternoon and that was a first for me. The wheelie bike is actually an AMA spec 450 Supermotard with a wheelie bar attached so no looping at all and can be adjusted as you progress. Since we were all beginners we learn using the throttle to get our bikes up and believe me it works, he even highly recommends using your own bike and we all did. You take turns using the wheelie bike and your own bike, this way you learn on your bike too. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn wheelies in a safe environment, not 1 crash happen. I cant wait to get on my bike and practice this weekened. I'll be taking his refresher course soon.
Coach Can with thick surly german broken english filled the air with humor and a very stern tone regarding “what not to do” when it comes to quick stops. PRO Riders often have a way with words, yet his body language spoke more than his vocabulary. He exposed the myths that other SuperBike Track riders believe and attempted to break the various bad habits each of us shared. Emergency braking is one of those skills that is not just necessary to learn but requires PRACTICE. Who would have thought on a windy moderately cool day, we would be sweating our shirts wet doing Front Wheel Braking exercises. At speeds of 25-30 mph grabbing a fistful of brake could be the difference between a safe controlled stop or running over a baby girl (the imaginary scenario of the Coach’s daughter). In a parking lot, the riders were drilled with exercises on hard stops, making skids marks, controlled lock up releases, even a couple “Stoppies” both by choice and chance. Hard braking is very physical and can be acrobatic as riders launched onto the tank. Coach gave pep talks, pointers and somehow made us laugh at our own efforts. Everyone was given great critiques and he seemed to do it always giving us a smile. We wouldn’t be able to hit the highway until each had performed to his expectations. Coach took his time to follow behind each of us and gave a subtle critique, particularly the comment, “Finish the Fucking Turn”. This is a great class for novice to experienced riders, it’s a much needed confidence builder and all were left with something new or reminded.
Elliott Eaton, Homoto, San Francisco
My favorite riding buddy took Can' s street course and oh man what difference it made. For comparisons sake, I use to school my buddy on this one particular road we ride very often. After he took Can's course I could not keep my friend in site. Simply put, before the class I was faster then him, after the class he was way faster then me. Not to mention he was riding a bike with a lot less power and about 30 lbs heavier then I but he still smoked me. And he continues to do so at the track, in the dirt, and on the street. I highly recommend Can's courses, he has given me great advice on the street that has made me a safer and faster rider as well. I'm definitely planning on taking his courses in the near future. I'm giving my buddy fair warning that I'm coming after him after that.
Dean, Castro Valley, CA
The one on one attention, and how the coach broke the track down into sections and show us every little detail about the track from breaking point and markers to where to apex for maxium cornering and acceleration out of turns. The coach really takes the his time to answer all your questions, and it really shows that he cares about you and your impoverment as a rider!!!
Mary D., Las Vegas
Since I do most of my riding on the track, I always seek for effective information tools that will enhance my riding ability. After taking Superbikecoach’s braking class, I fully understood the theory and physics behind braking. For years I knew very little about effective braking and how it can enhance my riding skills. Let’s face it most us learn from trial and error, take it from me errors can be painful and quite expensive. The second half of the class was applying what we learned. I was excited to do the hands on drills because I knew my braking skill was up to par. FAILED! At that point I knew I have to really focus on what he instructed us to do. Every time I execute the drill, I have ingrain that feeling, muscle memory. He coached us every step of the way, the more we practice, I felt confidence was building up and slowly eliminating my fears. Controlled braking skill is one aspects of riding that takes time and practice. I can’t wait for the next Superbikecoach class!