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KAWASAKI CELEBRATES 25 YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH CALIFORNIA SUPERBIKE SCHOOL

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is marking the 25th year of its association with the California Superbike School (CSS), founded by world renowned Superbike instructor Keith Code. Since its inception in 1980, CSS has become the world's most recognized and advanced riding school for motorcycle enthusiasts. Code and his team of instructors have used their Kawasaki motorcycles to train more riders (over 100,000 worldwide) and more champions than any other similar training organization.

Code is proud of the school's many accomplishments over the past two and a half decades of operation. Notable achievements include being the first formal track riding school in the U.S. to completely focus on riding techniques rather than just speed. CSS was also the first to offer motorcycles and riding gear as part of the curriculum, utilizing over 250 Kawasaki Ninja(R) ZX(TM)-6R motorcycles over the course of their 25 years. Code also pioneered the concept of on-board camera rider training and developed both the Lean and Slide Trainer and Panic Brake Trainer as well as his newest creation, the Control Trainer. He has also written "The Soft Science of Road Racing Motorcycles" and "A Twist of the Wrists, Vols. 1 and 2."

CSS curriculum was also the first to offer training comprised of four separate and distinct learning levels. Each level is a gradual progression to the next, offering step-by-step training in cornering, speed and braking control, technical fundamentals, and stability. Each student has their own coach to ensure they receive positive reinforcement while gaining a better understanding of track technique and greater confidence in their riding. According to Code, CSS places all of its focus on cornering. The curriculum teaches students what do in a corner, what can go wrong, and how to identify and correct problems.

However, Code's proudest achievement is the reward of training 42 National and World Champion riders, and has added two more to the list this year. A few of those champions earned their titles while riding Kawasaki motorcycles, including Doug Chandler, Eric Bostrom and Scott Russell, who was recently inducted into the AMA Motorcycling Hall of Fame in 2005. Two-time AMA Supersport Champion Tommy Hayden was also one of Code's students and is currently preparing to battle for the 2006 AMA Superbike crown aboard Kawasaki's all-new ZX-10R.
At 60 years old, Code's Superbike racing days are long behind him. However, the thrill of riding has lived on as he and his staff of expert riding coaches continue to train novice riders and racers from all over the world.

Since 1980, CSS has logged over five million on-track miles on 29 different tracks across the U.S. with nearly 150,000 student-days of training. The school is active internationally through partnerships with 25 additional tracks on six separate continents.

Looking ahead to 2006, Code has in excess of 80 CSS training dates already scheduled, making his school the most active in the industry.
According to Code, "Working with Kawasaki we've proved the value of CSS, and the depth of our schedule - exceeding the combined totals of other schools - certainly attests to its effectiveness which is routinely disseminated through strong word-of-mouth endorsements from the motorcycling community."
Over the past 25 years Keith Code has been a pioneer in the field of motorcycle training and the results are evident. The many skills his students have acquired effectively shattered the imaginary barriers that riders experience as they attempt to better their riding, racing, track day and overall cornering abilities. In short, the California Superbike School's longevity and success is based on the experiences of real riders and their countless successes. It's here where they've learned to overcome their uncertainties and replace them with the skill and rush they've always wanted.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and sells at wholesale Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft and utility vehicles through a network of more than 1,500 independent retailers, with an additional 8,400 retailers specializing in power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 2,400 people in the United States, with more than 350 of them located at the Irvine, California headquarters.

Source: Consumer Hero
 
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