Keith Code's Biography
Here is a chronological list of Keith Code's motorcycle activity; riders he has trained and discoveries he has made over the past quarter century.
Keith at his first race in 1961
--Begins road racing
--Becomes a typical California street squid canyon racer.
--Returns to racing at the club level after 10 years off.
--Does four club races, does well, wins one or two.
--Does a few more club races as top finisher.
--Gets a ride with Yoshimura in club events.
--Continues to ride and test for Yoshimura
, wins some club events.
--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 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.
--Starts the first high performance school, The California Superbike School
--Contracts with Kawasaki Motors Corp. to train dirtracker Wayne Rainey
in roadracing techniques. The rest is history.
--Takes the Superbike School nationwide.
--Writes the instant best seller, A Twist of the Wrist
book. Still selling in quantity worldwide.
--Superbike champion Eddie Lawson
agrees to write his notes and comments in Keith's first book after attending Superbike School sessions.
--Keith asks and Eddie Lawson helps instruct at Superbike School sessions.
--Develops the no-brakes rider training format, used by many.
--Becomes first teacher to break riding into specific drills.
--Coaches Steve Wise
for Honda race team. Steve was fearless but crashed a lot. He made it into the winners circle 11 out of the next 13 Superbike and Formula 1 races with Keith as his coach.
--Works with Superbike champion Wes Cooley
for Kawasaki. Team Muzzy/Kawasaki staff member, Sparky Edmondson said. "What did you do to him, I've never seen anything like that before!" after Keith brought him from a
string of distant 7th place type finishes to winners' circle after coaching him for only one race!
--Develops the panic-stop training bike.
--Works with national champion dirtracker Ricky Graham
to start his roadracing career for Honda.
--First Twist book translated into Japanese.
--First Twist book translated into German. Becomes immediate best seller.
--Works with national champion dirtracker Bubba Shobert
to start his roadracing career for Honda. Bubba went on to win the Superbike championship.
--Starts training dirtracker Doug Chandler
in roadracing. Doug wins 3Superbike Championships.
--Develops and implements first ever high perf. step-by-step rider training format.
--Begins training Donnie Greene
who goes on to win 3 National Championships after Keith's coaching.
--Holds seminars for racers to test techniques he writes about in The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles
book. Riders get immediate results. Publishes the book.
likes the material and agrees to write notes for the book.
--The Soft Science of Roadracing
is published and is still the only workbook for racers. Daytona Winner Dave Sadowski
later says, "I don't need you as a coach anymore, I have the book with all the answers!"
--Writes, produces and technically directs the world's first rider training video
. Still number 1 in the world after 16 years.
--Soft Science of Roadracing
book translated into Japanese.
--Develops on-track style instruction with immediate handsignal feedback.
--Develops on-bike video training
--Twist video is dubbed in Japanese.
--Works with Thomas Stevens
. Later becomes Superbike Champion.
--Coaches David Sadowski
. Goes on to win Daytona and other races.
--Coaches Fred Merkel
. Goes on to win world Superbike title.
--Addresses Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on riding technology.
--Coaches Dale Quarterly
. Goes on to win national championship and quitscrashing.
--Student Doug Chandler
wins his first Superbike race, acknowledges Keith's coaching.
--Twist video translated into Spanish.
--Twist video translated into German.
--Produces the first ever full season of roadracing on TV in America.
--Resumes coaching of Donnie Greene
. Wins another National 250cc title.
--Holds first schools in Australia.
--Holds first schools in Guatemala.
--Starts coaching Scott Russell
. Russell begins Superbike career and publicly acknowledges Keith's help. Wins USA and World Superbike Championships.
--Voted Motorcyclist Magazine's
, Motorcyclist of the Year
, for his students and other rider training accomplishments of the past decade.
--Coaches Jake Zemke
for a season. Jake later becomes national podium regular.
--Coaches Mike Smith
. Mike goes on to win National Formula USA title.
--Coaches factory rider Jamie James
becomes Code student. Wins Formula USA title.
--At age 48 returns to 250 racing to research A Twist of the Wrist, Volume II
. Does pretty well for an old fart. Winners circle at club events, runs in top 10 at some national events.
--Discovers quick turn riding technology.
--Writes Twist Volume II
. Still number one book on high performance riding today.
--Discovers pivot-steering technique.
--Is honored by Motorcycle Safety Foundation for promoting rider safety.
--Discovers hook-turn body positioning technique.
--Writes the world's first researched understanding of Throttle Control.
--Dissects and presents understandable data on rider input and its effects on handling.
--Continues 250 GP racing for grins and giggles.
--Writes columns for Sportrider
and Motorcycle Consumer News
--Twist, Volume II
translated into German. Becomes German bestseller.
--Gets into bicycles and invents a corrective device for rider's shoes, patented.
--Writes A Gear Higher
book on bicycles featuring team Yetti rider Marla Strebb.
--Returns to Australia to do schools, by popular demand.
--Starts Australian franchise of Superbike School.
--Completely restructures Superbike School training format into 4 levels.
--Develops in depth training courses for riding riding coaches.
--Does 125 GP bike schools
with Moto Liberty to test new training techniques.
schools to prove new training format works with any rider.
comes to school and then works with Keith.
comes to school and consults with Keith on riding.
--Works with Roland Sands
. Sands immediately quits crashing (one to three times per race) and goes on to win national title.
--Develops and releases the Steering Drill
: trains thousands of riders worldwide.
--Starts Superbike Schools in the UK. Schools rocket to number one in nation.
--Coaches Sean Higby
. Higby becomes top twins competitor.
--New visual drills added to the schools already successful ones.
--Invents, patents and implements the Lean & Slide bike
--Coaches Tommy Hayden
back to winners circle from injuries and bad finishes.
--Coaches John Kocinski
. Wins World title next season.
--Creates the No BS bike
to sort out countersteering and body steering.
--Lean & Slide bike sales overseas to foreign training centers.
--Australian branch expands into Malaysia.
--Consults with Chuck Sorensen
. Chuck wins national 250 title again and again.
--Develops corner-attack technology and adds it to school curriculum.
--Develops Knee-to-knee, quick flick stability techniques and adds it to school drills.
--UK school wins top road school award at prestigious Motorcycle News
--Race And Competition Experience
--Employes radar at the R.A.C.E.
schools for immediate feedback on technique.
--Schools expand to France and Spain.
--Invents corrective Body Alignment Device
for rider training at schools.
books become audio books on CD
--Completes and introduces his wheelie-trainer device
--Schools expand to Greece.
--Australian branch expands to the Philippines.
--Norwegian DMV adopts Code technique-oriented approach to rider training.
--Student count reaches 100,000 riders trained at Superbike Schools worldwide.
--Twist, Volume 1 interactive CD
--Keith's Slide Bike device becomes standard training for Police, Fire and Civil Defense officials in Singapore.
--The school adds Sweden and Ireland to its tour schedule.
--Superbike School rider's forum is launched at www.superbikeschool.com/bbs
--School adds South Africa to its tour schedule.
--UK school staff train Thomas Luthi
, wins 125cc World Championship.
--Coaches Leon Camier
. Becomes British Supersport Champ.
--Starts coaching 9-year-old Peter Lenz
, goes on to win 9 mini roadracing titles.
--UK branch of the school adds Dubai in the Middle East to its schedule.
--Develops specialized advanced motorcycle safety program for the US Marine Corps, referred to as the "gold standard" of motorcycle safety training by USMC leaders.
--Coaches Josh Herrin
for Graves Motorsports, wins first National.
--Coaches Australian Superbike Champion, Marty Craggill
. Marty returns to the podium in AMA Formula Extreme.
--Keith begins monthly column for Motorcyclist magazine.
--Becomes Ambassador and Speaker for Foundation for a Drug Free World, getting "The Truth About Drugs" booklets distributed.
--French version of "A Twist of the Wrist, Vol I" published and sells out first printing.
--Motorcyclist Magazine asks Keith to do a monthly column called "Code Break".
--Dubai, Turkey, South Africa are added to school schedule.
--"A Twist of the Wrist, Vol II" is translated into Estonian.
--Keith writes and produces the long awaited "A Twist of the Wrist, Vol II, DVD" to worldwide rave reviews.
-- Leon Camier, breaks all win and poll setting records and wins British Superbike championship. Leon is assisted through his stellar season by both British school director, Andy Ibbott and Keith.
--Polish, Russian, Italian "Twist" books and DVD translation deals cut.
--New Zealand school branch opens at the country's newest track facility, Hampton Downs.
--After a great 30 year relationship with Kawasaki, Keith switches to BMW and outfits the school with complete stable of ground breaking S1000RR's.
--Leon Camier lands himself a factory ride with Team Aprillia, Keith coaches him to podium at Miller round of WSBK.
--School and Keith Code private student, Austin Dehaven, wins 2010 AMA Supersport title.
--School and Keith Code private student, Joe Roberts, is the only American chosen for European Red Bull Rookies Cup competition.
--Becomes regular contributor for Fast Bikes magazine in England.
--Bar-B-Que Hamburger is named after Keith by Jon Auster, Seattle, WA
--Turkish translation of A Twist of the Wrist II is published
--Italian translations for A Twist of the Wrist II are completed
--Research showed him that there are 25 recognizable faults riders exhibit while steering a motorcycle. He has developed corrections for all of them.
--This year Keith also cataloged the 57 aspects of body positioning and how to correct any problems with them.
--Using his unique ability to break riding down into simple step-by-step procedures, Keith expanded the school's portfolio of 20 on-track exercises to now having 82 individual drill assignments for his students.
--Racer and long time student, Joe Roberts, annihilated the competition in his first ever National AMA Supersport race. To emphasize the point he went on to win 3 out of 3 series events. This was an unprecedented first in American Supersport racing against the best riders in the class.
--"A Twist of the Wrist" is translated into Mandarin Chinese and released to instant success in Taiwan.
--"A Twist of the Wrist, Volume II" is translated into Czech and will be published and released by the world famous Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic this year during their Moto GP race.
Keith started riding in the dark ages of motorcycling, the 1950's. He first raced in the 60's at age 16, again in the 70's, 80's and 90's. He went to design school; was a photographer; designed and manufactured shoes for the stars; sold pretzels on the street; was a full on drug addict in the 60's; cleaned up with Dianetics; became a writer, inventor and dedicated himself to understanding and teaching the art of riding motorcycles. He was the first person to put words to roadracing and riding, and his research continues today.
Keith lives in Glendale, California with his soul mate of 40 years, Judy. He has one son, Dylan.