Code founded the California Superbike School in 1980. Code’s methodology has been taught to numerous championship winning riders such as Wayne Rainey, James Toseland and Leon Camier. As of 2019, riders who have been trained either at his schools or by him personally have won 60 world and national racing championships. His teaching has been spread all over the world. His California Superbike Schools have operated at over 90 tracks worldwide in 15 countries and have trained 150,000 riders.
In 2006 he was tasked by the United States Marine Corps to design a rider training program that would be effective in reducing serious motorcycle accidents among USMC riders. The program, called Advanced Motorcycle Operator School, is now considered the gold standard of rider training by Marine safety personnel due to its graduates’ extraordinary safety record over a four-year period.
Code has invented rider training devices such as the No Body Steering Bike which illustrates the necessity for counter-steering to be used, the Lean and Slide Bike Trainers that train not only good body positioning and visual skills but also allow riders to experience sliding the machine with much reduced possibility of crashing, and the Panic Braking Trainer that allows riders to experience front wheel lock up and learn how to recover from it
California Superbike School
Keith sees someone riding a motorcycle and is mesmerized at age 7.
Buys his first bike, a 125cc Harley Hummer. He’s 12 but that doesn’t stop him from riding it around on the street.
Listens to the Isle of Mann audio recording of the race bikes. Goes delirious and wants to race.
Works in an auto repair shop and buys his first new bike, a 200cc Ducati Supersport and falls in love all over. Still too young for a license, he rides every day.
Works in a motorcycle shop on High School Summer break and begins road racing.
Does some dirt track and a couple more road races.
Returns to racing at the club level after 10 years off.
Does four club races, does well, wins one or two.
Starts and continuing racing for the legendary Pops Yoshimura in club events.
Does a few more club races as top finisher.
Starts writing down his research on riding techniques.
Begins the “Keith Code Rider Improvement Program” for club level racers. Gets astonishing results. Student lap times improve an average of 7 seconds a lap. Press dubs him The Guru of Roadracing.
Gets to winners circle in his first ever Superbike race at Laguna Seca.
Begins research on visual skills. Defines reference points and other key visual skills.
Organizes the new-rider training for the AFM South racing club and runs it.
Does the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Riding Coach course in Sacramento, CA
Trains new riders at MSF courses and for dealerships.
Begins publicly sharing his discoveries by holding lectures for racers on riding technique.
Begins to apply training techniques to self and wins 11 out of 12 California events in GP and other classes.
Active member, board of directors, AFM race club.
Retires from Superbike racing.
Keith hooks up with Richard Lovell and forms the California Superbike School. Richard came to America with the idea of starting a track school from his experience at Brands Hatch where he worked for the track’s own school. On calling around to magazines, Keith’s name was given to him as the guy who trained riders. The two established and ran the schools together until Richard went on to family business in Wisconsin in 1987.
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