Motorcycles are hard to ride and most of us, sadly, are forced to learn the art of motorcycling on our own. This is not the best way to ride better because motorcycles, unlike many things, aren't natural to human beings and our instincts often lead us into trouble rather than out of it.
The solutions are schools. India now has a few of them. The California Superbike School still has some seats left for its second school - February 12-15, 2016 (www.superbikeschoolindia.com for details) - you should rush your entries in. But if you cannot make those dates, fear not. OVERDRIVE and Indimotard are happy to announce our next Level 1 school will be on March 5 and 6, 2016 at the Kari Motor Speedway near Coimbatore. As usual, open track time will also be available.
The open track time is available to any and all motorcyclists for Rs 8,500. The fee includes lunch on both days. The track session last between 20 and 30 minutes and the first session on both days is about an hour while the students are in class. You will need a motorcycle - freshly serviced, all consumables topped up, including brake pads, riding gear and a undamaged helmet to join. Previous participants tell us the TWO Track School's open track offers the most riding time of all the Indian track days and is the most cost-effective way to feed your track addiction.
Spread over two days, the Level 1 programme covers the basics of riding well, including body position, vision and other fundamental concepts. The days alternate between classroom session and on-track practice. The fee is Rs 13,500 and the number of seats is capped so that the quartet of instructors can offer detailed and personal attention to each student. The fee includes lunch on both days. You will need a motorcycle - freshly serviced, all consumables topped up, including brake pads, riding gear and a undamaged helmet to join. The sheer volume of students who return to re-take the Level 1 programme as well as move on to our Level 2 programme is a sign of how effective the programme is. And of how critical it is to have the basic essentials of riding in place so you can ride better, faster and further. The TWO Track School is not a race school. It is a riding school where the track provides us with a safe environment so you can learn distraction-free. Please note that Level 1 requires that you already know the basics of riding a motorcycle - operating the clutch and all of that.
Apart from the fee, students routinely spend about Rs 10,000 on stay and food during the weekend. Additional costs are transportation to Coimbatore and back for you and the motorcycle. Indimotard can help you organise your stay and they also have a truck that transports motorcycles from Bangalore to the track and back for a fee. Indimotard also has a limited number of motorcycles available for rent during the school - these get spoken for quickly so you'd best hurry.
Registrations for the March 5-6, 2016 are now open for both open track time and Level 1 instruction. To sign up, visit indimotard.com.While our two-wheeler editor, Shubhabrata "Shumi" Marmar is one of the instructors at the school, we sent young Rishaad Mody to learn at the school. Here is his experience from the Two School.
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