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TRANSFORM YOUR RIDING - COURSE CONTENT

by Tom Killeen- i2imca

Machine Control 1 – using your own bike (training takes place on an airfield)

Section 1.1: Bike Stability Exercises
In this section you will learn why bikes are inherently stable and understand the stories around what does and doesn’t make a bike unstable. This section contains a series of very unusual exercises to help you learn how to maximise the stability of your bike.

Section 1.2: Advanced Braking
In this section you will understand the stories around braking; including why panic braking occurs, how to avoid it, and how to quickly and confidently bring your bike to a halt.

Section 1.3: Counter-steering
In this section you will understand the stories around changing direction and how to use counter-steering to improve the speed, accuracy and confidence of your cornering

Section 1.4: Hazard Avoidance
In the next two sections you will learn about the stories, behaviours and instincts you have created around dealing with unexpected hazards. Building on the earlier braking and counter-steering sections, you will learn how to control the bike quickly and confidently to avoid a hazard.

Section 1.5: Hazard Non-Avoidance
In this section you will learn what to do and what not to do (and why) when you come across a hazard that you cannot avoid. To help you develop the correct instincts and ability to deal with this type of situation, you will get to practice hazard non-avoidance under controlled circumstances.

Section 1.6: Slow Speed Machine Control In this section you will understand the stories you have created about slow speed control and learn advanced techniques for controlling your machine at slow speeds

Machine Control 2 – using off-road bikes (training takes place off-road)

Section 2.1: Bike stability exercises
In this section you will learn more about why bikes are inherently stable and how to use body position and throttle control to maximise the stability of your bike. This section contains an exercise to help you learn how your body position affects the stability of (and your confidence in) the bike, when riding over slippery surfaces.

Section 2.2: Front wheel skids
In this section you will understand the stories you have created about front wheel slides. Importantly you will learn how to prevent, recognize, induce and control a front wheel skid on a slippery surface.

Section 2.3: Rear wheel skids 1
In the next two sections you will understand the stories you have created about what happens when the back wheel slides and learn how to induce and control rear wheel skids.

Section 2.4: Rear wheel skids 2
In this section you will learn how to induce and control a rear-wheel slide while cornering. This section contains an exercise on how to use body position to prevent a rear wheel skid and how to use body position to induce and control a rear wheel skid while cornering

Section 2.5: Hazard Non-Avoidance
In this section you will learn what to do and what not to do (and why) when you come across a hazard that you cannot avoid. This section builds on the hazard non-avoidance section in MC1 by allowing you to practice the techniques over larger hazards on a bike equipped to do so.

Section 2.6: Advanced bike stability exercises In this section you will learn more about why bikes are inherently stable and how to use body position and throttle control to maximise the stability of your bike. This section includes a series of exercises that will help you instinctively maximise the stability of your bike, especially when things get difficult.

Machine Control 3 – using your own bike (training takes place on an airfield)

Section 3.1: Advanced Braking II
This section builds on the advanced braking exercises in Machine Control 1 & 2 and helps you learn more advanced techniques to confidently bring your bike to a halt from higher speeds.

Section 3.2: Braking on bends I
In this section you will understand the stories you have created around braking on bends. Here you will learn advanced techniques for reducing speed in a bend.

Section 3.3: Braking on bends II
In this section you will understand the stories you have created around braking on bends. Here you will learn advanced (race-track) techniques for braking hard in a bend.

Section 3.4: Cornering
In this section you will understand the stories you have created about cornering and will learn advanced techniques for cornering. This section will transform your ability to: safely and confidently lean the bike further; quickly and accurately change direction; and use body position to increase your corner speed

Section 3.5: Riding over slippery surfaces In this section you will learn how to ride confidently over slippery surfaces. Specifically you will learn how to use body position to maximise the stability of your bike; and how to control a rear-wheel slide (braking and accelerating) on your own bike.

Machine Control 4 – using Supermoto bikes (training is on an airfield SM track)

This course is designed to help you understand and unlock the stories you have created that prevent you from safely understanding the limits of braking, cornering, accelerating and stability.

Section 4.1: Very Advanced Braking
In this section braking learn how to control the bike at extremes of braking.

Section 4.2: Very Advanced Cornering
In this section you will learn how to recognize your bike’s (and your own) cornering limits and how to control the bike at these limits

Section 4.3: Very Advanced Acceleration In this section you will learn how to recognize your bike’s (and your own) acceleration limits and how to control the bike at these limits

Section 4.4: Extreme Stability
In this section you will learn how to safely and confidently corner on gravel and dirt. The section also includes techniques for slowing down and for accelerating on gravel and dirt. You will also learn to become confident in moving from tarmac to gravel/dirt and back to tarmac again.

You can transform your riding
The good news is that it is possible to understand the stories you have created or accepted, dispel the myths and release the vice-like grip they have on your riding. The result is a complete transformation in your riding – where the fears you have created simply disappear. More of the fun and freedom returns to biking and you become a significantly safer and smoother rider.

Over the past few years we have been pioneering a new approach to motorcycle training by combining rigorous psychological principles, rapid learning techniques and new research into riding principles. The result is a series of four one-day Machine Control training courses designed to help transform your riding (see attached for a brief outline of each course).

If you’re interested in hearing more, give me a call or email and we can always go and present to your group.

Tel: 07968 837974 and e-mail: info@i2imca.com (web-site: www.i2imca.com)

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Thank you to Tom for submitting these tips. More about Tom: "As a Motorcycle instructor, Advanced road, off road, and supermoto instructor I have been working with Motorcycles for 6 years. In the past five years we have made some interesting steps towards a new style of training which works more on the mind of the rider than skills they use. We have found amazing results by using these techniques on participants and are making big differences to hundreds of riders each year. This could be the future direction of 2 wheel training!check us out @ www.i2imca.com"

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