Keith Code

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Keith Code
Keith Code at California Superbike School front.jpg
OccupationMotorcycle racer, instructor and writer
OrganizationCalifornia Superbike School

Keith Code is an American former motorcycle racer,[1] writer, and founder of the California Superbike School.[2] He has been called "arguably the best known and most successful on-track motorcycle instructor in the world".[3]

Rider training[edit]

Code coaching a rider

Code founded the California Superbike School in 1980. Code's methodology has been taught to numerous championship winning riders such as Wayne Rainey, James Toseland and Leon Camier.[4] 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.[2] 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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]


Code writes a monthly column in Motorcyclist magazine called Code Break. He has also opened a specialized school for racing techniques, called Code R.A.C.E.[9] He has written three books about sportsbike riding and racing techniques, and also one feature length DVD covering the content of his second A Twist of the Wrist book.[citation needed] His works have been translated into Russian, German, Estonian, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Dutch and Turkish.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

As a member of the Church of Scientology, his life is cited by the church as a success story.[10]

Well, I didn't have an occupation. At the time, my idea toward life was to see how little I could do and basically how much and how many kinds of drugs I could take. I wasn't doing anything with my life. When I got into Scientology a lot changed right away. For the first time ever, I saw that there was hope and that was very encouraging. When I received Scientology counseling to handle my drug problem, my life started going up and up and up and hasn't stopped since.

— Keith Code


  • Code, Keith (1983). Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook. USA: Code Break. ISBN 9780965045018.
  • Code, Keith (1997). A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding. USA: Code Break. ISBN 0-9650450-2-1.
  • Code, Keith; David Gordon (1998). A Gear Higher: The Bicycle Racer's Handbook of Techniques. USA: Haynes Publishing. ISBN 0-9650450-0-5.
  • Code, Keith (1998). Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles: The Technical Procedures and Workbook for Roadracing Motorcycles. USA: Code Break. ISBN 0-9650450-3-X.
  • Ibbott, Andy; Keith Code (2006). Performance Riding Techniques: The MotoGP manual of track riding skills. USA: Haynes Publishing. ISBN 1-84425-343-0.


  1. ^ Fuchs, Marek (2005-05-27). "Wheelie Training: A School for Showoffs". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  2. ^ a b English, Andrew (2002-08-23). "The right way to go round the bend". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2002-11-07. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  3. ^ "Keith Code is arguably the best known and most successful on-track motorcycle instructor in the world today. (Product Spotlight)". Rider. July 1, 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  4. ^ Holmstrom, Darwin (2001). Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles. Alpha Books. p. 306. ISBN 0-02-864258-9. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  5. ^ "Smart Ride" (PDF). U.S. Naval Safety Center. Spring 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Machinery". California Superbike School. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-04. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Gromer, Cliff (February 2001). "Keith Code's No Body Steering Motorcycle". Archived from the original on 2008-05-02.
  8. ^ Hough, David L., "Keith Code's No BS bike", Sound RIDER!
  9. ^ "CODE R.A.C.E Program". Rubber Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  10. ^ "Successes Of Scientology". What is Scientology?. Church of Scientology International. Archived from the original on February 9, 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-15.

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