7:15-8:15 Registration and Tech
Check-in inside the paddock classroom to complete necessary paperwork. Any payment due will be collected at this time. Hot coffee and pastries will be provided. After completing registration, bring your bike and riding gear to tech for inspection (signs will be posted).
Class introductions, and preview what our teaching philosophy and goals are as a school. Why are we here? All of the instructors are introduced, and you’ll meet your “go to” instructor for the day.
Slow ride with your instructor at an easy pace to familiarize yourself with the racetrack, and to warm up yourself and your motorcycle. Instructors will introduce themselves to each individual.
Working in 2nd and 3rd gear only, keeping straightaway speeds down and engine RPM up, and working on lines from mid-track entry points. You will learn how to use engine RPM to control corner entry speed, change lines, and increase motorcycle responsiveness.
Topic of this session will be how we choose the lines we do. Speed and lean angle are what we will use to help us understand how to get through a corner better and more efficiently.
We will work on understanding what causes poor downshifts, which is the first step in helping you fix any issues. We identify the most common issue that most riders have, and how this mistake can cause problems with the entire corner.
A delicious catered lunch buffet with cold drinks is included. Instructors and students will eat lunch together, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
On-Track Instructor Demo
Instructors on track demonstrating correct downshifting, corner entry, and corner exit, while students watch trackside at several select corners. You will see the morning’s lessons put into practice.
Instructors begin on-track filming of students, capturing several laps of your riding while they follow behind you. Jason begins giving Two-Up Rides, which will continue through the remainder of the day.
We will show that it’s not important to drag your head to get the bike to work correctly. There is a ton of gimmicky information out there currently that we address. You will learn how to set up for a corner, where to sit on the seat, the important role that your legs play in controlling the motorcycle, and several critical body-positioning angles that you can look for when evaluating your riding.
Q&A for Day 1
This will be final session of the day. This gives you a chance to slow your pace as a warm down at the end of Day 1, and to review any lessons of the day where you want more practice.
A full buffet dinner will be provided at the racetrack with a Q&A, and a short discussion of what to expect for Day 2.
Enjoy an included light breakfast. Hot coffee and pastries will be provided.
8:20 First Classroom of Day 2
Discuss Day 1 and what is ahead for our second day together.
Walking on the racetrack is something that professional racers commonly do at the start of each race weekend, and for a good reason! You’ll have the opportunity to get a very close look at several of the most difficult corners from a fresh perspective, all while narrated by Jason. You’ll see changes in elevation and camber that you might not notice at speed, and Jason will point out many important aspects of each corner.
Visual Drills and Panic Control
What do you do when you get in too hot, and you don’t know if you’re going to make the corner? How do you keep from running off the track, or worse? Our visual drills will keep your eyes up, and give you the tools that you need when you start to feel panic, all while riding at a safe and comfortable speed.
It’s important after hearing about early downshifting on Day 1 that you understand where your brakes play an important roll into corner entry. Most people don’t use, nor do they know, how much brake to use when coming into corners. We’ll cover when do we trail brake or not trail brake. What scares people the most is, how much brake do I pull on before the front goes? The purpose of this drill is to demonstrate smooth progressive braking, not panic braking.
A lunch buffet will be provided. During lunch we will discuss with students the plan for final afternoon sessions.
Data and Electronics
Traction control, quickshifters, autoblippers, and more – modern motorcycles have an incredible array of electronic rider aids and data acquisition systems. How do we make sense of all this information?
Suspension and Tires
Feel is receiving and processing the information that your tires and suspension are giving you. You’ll understand what your tires are doing underneath you – how your control inputs affect changes in motorcycle geometry through your suspension, and how this affects tire loading and contact patch.
Last session of the day. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!
5:15 Closing Remarks
Final classroom with discussion about our two days together.
About Two Up Rides
From when I was a kid, the single biggest learning experience I had was jumping on the back of mydad’s motorcycle. I always tried to emulate the feeling I got & try my best to understand the inputs he was putting in the motorcycle. Problem was he was so smooth it was hard to feel. I always thought how great it could be to ride in a way that your passenger couldn’t feel a shift, or feel any urgency in steering the bike.
As I progressed and began giving rides myself I realized how far I had come. For the better part of 25 years now the two up rides I have given have served a purpose. All the things that students get to hear in the classroom they can feel if the jump on the back for a 2 up. I have been lucky enough to give rides to my peers, actors & actresses & major sporting figures. Maybe the most fun I had was giving rides to our military when I was hired by Jordan Motorsports. For 4 years at all AMA National events I got to surprise military personnel with a 2up.
These rides are done ego free and not meant to scare anyone. They are used strictly as a learning tool and are catered to whatever speed the student likes. Just one more way to enhance your day at a STAR school event.