Keith Code

Code founded the California Superbike School in 1980. Code’s methodology has been taught to numerous championship winning riders such as Wayne RaineyJames 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

1952
1952

1952

Keith sees someone riding a motorcycle and is mesmerized at age 7.

1952

1957

Buys his first bike, a 125cc Harley Hummer. He’s 12 but that doesn’t stop him from riding it around on the street.

1958
1958

1958

Listens to the Isle of Mann audio recording of the race bikes. Goes delirious and wants to race.

1960
1960

1960

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.

1961
1961

1961

Works in a motorcycle shop on High School Summer break and begins road racing.

1962
1962

1962

Does some dirt track and a couple more road races.

1963
1963

1963

In college but rides local dirt and 2 more road races in the East.
1974
1974

1974

Returns to racing at the club level after 10 years off.

1974

1974

Does four club races, does well, wins one or two.

1975
1975

1975

Does a few more club races as top finisher.

1975

1975

Starts and continuing racing for the legendary Pops Yoshimura in club events.

1976
1976

1976

Starts writing down his research on riding techniques.

1976

1976

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.

1976

1976

Gets to winners circle in his first ever Superbike race at Laguna Seca.

1976

1976

Begins research on visual skills. Defines reference points and other key visual skills.

1977
1977

1977

Trains new riders at MSF courses and for dealerships.

1977

1977-78

Begins publicly sharing his discoveries by holding lectures for racers on riding technique.

1977

1977-78

Begins to apply training techniques to self and wins 11 out of 12 California events in GP and other classes.

1977

1977-79

Active member, board of directors, AFM race club.

1977

1977

Organizes the new-rider training for the AFM South racing club and runs it.

1977

1977

Does the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Riding Coach course in Sacramento, CA

1979
1979

1979

Retires from Superbike racing.

1979

1979

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.

1980
1980

1980

1980

Starts the first high performance school, the California Superbike School.

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