Keith Code’s Biography

1952

Keith sees someone riding a motorcycle and is mesmerized at age 7.

1957

Buys his first bike, a 125cc Harley Hummer. He’s 12 but that doesn’t stop him from riding it around on the street.

1958

Listens to the Isle of Mann audio recording of the race bikes. Goes delirious and wants to race.

1960

Works in an auto repair shop and buys his first new bike, a 200cc Ducati Supersport and falls in love all over. Still too young for a license, he rides every day.

1961

Works in a motorcycle shop on High School Summer break and begins road racing.

1962

Does some dirt track and a couple more road races.

1963

In college but rides local dirt and 2 more road races in the East.

1964

Gets into the ’60’s drug culture a bit on the heavy side; sadly but wisely quits racing.

1974

Quits drugs and becomes a typical California street squid canyon racer.

1974

Returns to racing at the club level after 10 years off.

1974

Does four club races, does well, wins one or two.

1975

Does a few more club races as top finisher.

1975

Starts racing for the legendary Pops Yoshimura in club events.

1975

Continues to ride and test for Yoshimura, wins some club events.
1976 riding for Yoshimura

1976

Starts writing down his research on riding techniques.

1976

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.

1976

Gets to winners circle in his first ever Superbike race at Laguna Seca.
Racing at Ontario Raceway 1976

1976

Begins research on visual skills. Defines reference points and other key visual skills.

1977

Organizes the new-rider training for the AFM South racing club and runs it.

1977

Does the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Riding Coach course in Sacramento, CA
1977 Does the Motorcycle Safety Foundations Course

1977

Trains new riders at MSF courses and for dealerships.

1977-78

Begins publicly sharing his discoveries by holding lectures for racers on riding technique.
At Ontario Raceway 1978

1977-78

Begins to apply training techniques to self and wins 11 out of 12 California events in GP and other classes.

1977-79

Active member, board of directors, AFM race club.

1979

Retires from Superbike racing.

1979

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.
1979 Keith meets Richard Lovell and forms the California Superbike School

1980

Starts the first high performance school, the California Superbike School.
1980 Starts the first high performance school, the California Superbike School

1981

Contracts with Kawasaki Motors Corp. to train dirt-tracker Wayne Rainey in roadracing techniques. The rest is history, he goes on to win three 500GP World Championships and AMA Superbike Championship.
1981 Contracts with Kawasaki Motors Corp. to train dirtracker Wayne Rainey

1982

Takes the Superbike School nationwide.

1982

Writes the instant best seller, A Twist of the Wrist book. Still selling in quantity worldwide.
1982 Writes the instant best seller, A Twist of the Wrist book

1982

Superbike champion, Eddie Lawson, agrees to write his notes and comments in Keith’s first book after attending Superbike School sessions.
1982 Superbike Champion Eddie Lawson agrees to write notes

1982

Keith asks and Eddie Lawson helps instruct at Superbike School sessions.

1982

Develops the no-brakes rider-training format, used by many.
1982 Elkhart Lake

1983

Becomes first teacher to break riding into specific drills and employs them at schools.
1983

1983

Coaches Steve Wise for Honda race team. Steve was fearless but crashed a lot. After coaching, he made it into the winners circle 11 out of the next 13 Superbike and Formula 1 races with Keith as his coach.
1983 Coaches Steve Wise for Honda race team. Steve was fearless

1984

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!

1984

Develops the panic-stop training bike.

1984

Works with national champion dirt-tracker Ricky Graham to start his roadracing career for Honda.

1984

First Twist book translated into Japanese.

1984

Keith’s first book, A Twist of the Wrist translated into German. Becomes immediate best seller.

1984

Works with national champion dirtracker Bubba Shobert to start his roadracing career for Honda. Bubba went on to win the Superbike championship.

1984

Starts training dirt-tracker, Doug Chandler in roadracing. Doug wins 3 Superbike Championships and podiums in 500GP riding for Factory Team Suzuki.
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1984

Develops and implements first ever high performance, step-by-step rider training format.

1984

Begins training Donnie Greene who goes on to win 3 National Championships after Keith’s coaching.

1984

Keith persuades Kawasaki to provide test rides at race tracks, a first in the industry.  The program goes on for several years at tracks across America.

1985

Holds seminars for racers to test techniques he writes about in The The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles book. Riders get immediate results.

1985

Wayne Rainey likes the material The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles and agrees to write notes for the book.

1986

The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles is fully tested and proven to work.  Keith publishes it and it 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!”
1986 The Soft Science of Roadracing is published and is still the only

1986

Writes, produces and technically directs the world’s first rider-training video A Twist of the Wrist, The Video, based on his first book.  Still number 1 in the world after 31 years.

1986

The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles book translated into Japanese.

1987

Develops on-track style instruction with immediate handsignal feedback.
1987

1987

1988

A Twist of the Wrist, The Video is dubbed in Japanese.

1989

Works with Thomas Stevens, who later becomes U.S. Superbike Champion.

1989

Coaches David Sadowski, who goes on to win Daytona and other races.

1989

Coaches Fred Merkel, who goes on to win World Superbike title.

1989

Addresses Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on riding technology and bike-training inventions.  Is later given a special award for his innovations.

1990

Coaches Dale Quarterly, who quits crashing and goes on to win national championship.
1990-2

1990

Student, Doug Chandler wins his first AMA Superbike race, acknowledges Keith’s coaching on the podium.
1990 Resumes coaching of Donnie Greene

1990

A Twist of the Wrist, The Video is translated into Spanish.

1990

A Twist of the Wrist, The Video is translated into German.

1990

Produces the first ever full season of roadracing on TV in America, covering the national Formula USA Series.

1990

Resumes coaching of Donnie Greene, who goes on to win another National 250cc title.

1990

Holds first schools in Australia.

1991

Holds first schools in Guatemala.

1991

Starts coaching Scott Russell. Russell begins Superbike career and publicly acknowledges Keith’s help. Wins USA and World Superbike Championships.
With former student Scott Russell

1991

Voted Motorcyclist Magazine’s Motorcyclist of the Year for the help given to his students and other rider-training accomplishments of the past decade.
1991 Voted Motorcyclist Magazine's, Motorcyclist of the Year

1991

Coaches Jake Zemke for a season. Jake later becomes national podium regular and Formula Extreme Champion.
1991-Coaches-Jake-Zemke-for-a-season

1991

Coaches Mike Smith. Mike goes on to win National Formula USA title.

1992

Coaches factory rider Jamie James.

1992

Chuck Graves becomes Code student. Wins Formula USA title.

1992

At age 47 returns to 250 GP 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.

1992

Discovers quick turn riding technology.

1992

Works on writing A Twist of the Wrist—Volume II.
1992 Writes Twist Volume II. Still number one book on high performance

1992

Discovers pivot-steering technique.

1992

Is honored by Motorcycle Safety Foundation for promoting rider safety.

1993

Discovers hook-turn body-positioning technique.
1993

1993

Writes the world’s first researched understanding of Throttle Control.

1993

Dissects and presents understandable data on rider input and its effects on handling.

1993

All research and discovery wrapped up, Keith finishes writing A Twist of the Wrist-Volume II and it is published.

1993

Continues 250 GP racing for grins and giggles.

1993

Writes columns for Sportrider and Motorcycle Consumer News.

1993

A Twist of the Wrist — Volume II translated into German. Becomes German bestseller.

1994

Gets into bicycles and invents a corrective device for rider’s shoes, patented.

1994

Writes A Gear Higher book on bicycles featuring team Yetti rider, Marla Strebb.

1995

Returns, by popular demand, to do schools in Australia.

1995

Starts Australian Branch of California Superbike School.

1995

Completely restructures California Superbike School training format into 4 levels.

1996

Develops in-depth training courses for riding coaches.

1996

Does 125 GP bike schools with Moto Liberty to test new training techniques.

1996

Does Harley-only schools to prove new training format works with any rider.

1996

Ben Bostrom comes to school and then works with Keith.

1996

Eric Bostrom comes to school and consults with Keith on riding.

1996

Works with Roland Sands. Sands immediately quits crashing (one to three times per race) and goes on to win national AMA 250 GP title.

1997

Develops and releases the Steering Drill: trains thousands of riders worldwide.

1997

Starts Superbike Schools in the UK. Schools rocket to number one in nation.

1997

Coaches Sean Higby. Higby becomes top twins competitor.

1997

New visual drills added to the schools already successful ones.

1997

Develops Knee-to-knee and Hip-Flick steering and body position techniques and adds them to school drills.

1998

Coaches Tommy Hayden back to winners circle from injuries and bad finishes.

1998

Coaches 1990 250cc World Champion John Kocinski. JK finishes season with 9 podiums and Wins 1997 World Superbike Championship.

1998

Creates the No BS bike to sort out confusions about  body steering and countersteering.

1999

Keith’s innovative Lean & Slide bikes are sold overseas to foreign training centers.

1999

Australian branch expands into Malaysia.

2000

Consults with Chuck Sorensen. Chuck wins national 250 GP title again and again.

2000

Develops corner-attack technology and adds it to school curriculum.

2000

UK school wins top road-school award at prestigious Motorcycle News annual awards.

2001

Race And Competition Experience curriculum developed.

2001

Employes radar at the R.A.C.E. schools for immediate feedback on technique.

2001

Schools expand to France and Spain.

2001

Invents corrective Body Alignment Device for rider training at schools.

2002

A Twist of the Wrist and A Twist of the Wrist —Volume II are made into Audio CDs read by Keith.

2002

Completes and introduces his Wheelie-trainer device.

2002

Australian branch expands to the Philippines.

2002

Norwegian DMV adopts Code technique-oriented approach to rider training.

2002

Student count reaches 100,000 riders trained at Superbike Schools worldwide.

2003

Keith’s Slide Bike device becomes standard training for Police, Fire and Civil Defense officials in Singapore.

2003

The school adds Sweden and Ireland to its tour schedule.

2003

Superbike School rider’s forum is launched at www.superbikeschool.com/bbs

2004

School adds South Africa to its tour schedule.

2005

UK school staff train Thomas Luthi, who goes on to win 125 GP World Championship.

2005

Coaches Leon Camier, who goes on to become British Supersport Champion.

2005

Starts coaching 9-year-old Peter Lenz, who goes on to win 9 mini roadracing titles.

2006

UK branch of the school adds Dubai in the Middle East to its schedule.

2006

Develops AMOS, the Advanced Motocyle Operators School, a specialized program for the US Marine Corps, referred to as the “gold standard” of motorcycle safety training by USMC leaders.
2006 Develops specialized advanced motorcycle safety program for the US

2006

Coaches Josh Herrin for Graves Motorsports, wins first National.
2006-'07-Coaches-Josh-Herrin-for-Graves-Motorsports

2007

Coaches Australian Superbike Champion, Marty Craggill. Marty returns to the podium in AMA Formula Extreme.

2007

Becomes Ambassador and Speaker for Foundation for a Drug Free World, getting “The Truth About Drugs” booklets and materials distributed. Does radio shows all across America.
2007-Becomes-Ambassador-and-Speaker-for-Foundation-for-a-Drug-Free-World

2007

French version of A Twist of the Wrist published and sells out first printing.

2007

Motorcyclist Magazine asks Keith to do a monthly column. Keith agrees and names the column “Code Break”.

2008

Dubai, Turkey, South Africa are added to UK Branch school schedule.

2008

A Twist of the Wrist is translated into Estonian.

2009

Keith writes and produces the long awaited A Twist of the Wrist II DVD to rave reviews.
2009 Keith writes and produces the long awaited A Twist of the Wrist, Vol II

2009

Leon Camier breaks all win and poll position records and wins British Superbike championship. Leon is assisted through his stellar season by both British school director, Andy Ibbott and Keith.

2010

Polish, Russian and Italian translation deals cut for A Twist of the Wrist I and II books and the DVDs based on each.

2010

New Zealand school branch opens at the country’s newest track facility, Hampton Downs.

2010

After a great 30 year relationship with Kawasaki, Keith switches to BMW and outfits the school with complete stable of ground breaking S1000RRs.
2010 After a great 30 year relationship with Kawasaki, Keith switches to BMW

2010

Leon Camier lands himself a factory WSBK ride with Team Aprilia, Keith coaches him to podium finishes around the world.
2010 Leon Camier lands himself a factory WSBK ride with Team Aprillia

2010

California Superbike School student and Keith Code private student, Austin Dehaven wins 2010 AMA Supersport title.
2010 School and Keith Code private student, Austin Dehaven, wins 2010

2010

California Superbike School student, Joe Roberts is coached by Keith Code and is chosen for European Red Bull Rookies Cup competition. Sets track record at Brno and podiums on several occasions.

2011

Becomes regular contributor to Fast Bikes magazine in England.

2011

Bar-B-Que Hamburger is named after Keith by Jon Auster, Seattle, WA

2011

Turkish translation of A Twist of the Wrist II is published

2011

Italian translations for A Twist of the Wrist and A Twist of the Wrist – Vol. II are completed.

2012

Research reveals to Keith that there are 25 recognizable faults riders exhibit while steering a motorcycle. He develops corrections for all of them.

2012

Keith catalogs the 57 aspects of body positioning and how to correct any problems with them.

2012

Further breaking riding down into simple step-by-step procedures, Keith expanded the school’s portfolio of 20 on-track exercises to 101 individual drill assignments for coaching California Superbike School students.

2013

Superbike School student, Joe Roberts, in his first AMA season won 5 out of 5 series events; a first in American Supersport racing with Keith coaching at every round.
2013-Superbike-School-student,-Joe-Roberts,-in-his-first-AMA-season-won-5

2013

A Twist of the Wrist is translated into Mandarin Chinese and released to instant success in Taiwan.

2013

A Twist of the Wrist — Volume II is translated into Czech, published by the world famous Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic and released at their Moto GP race.

2014

A Twist of the Wrist — Volume II Italian translation released.

2014

The school’s Australian branch runs sessions in Taiwan to rave reviews.

2014

The California Superbike School celebrates its 35th year, its 14 millionth track mile and its 150,000th student.
2014

2015

Keith expands the school’s curriculum to 145 individual exercises.
2015-Keith-expands-the-schools-curriculum-to-145

2015

Goes to Beijing to run the 1st California Superbike School in China with excellent reviews.
2015 Goes to Beijing to run the 1st Superbike School in China

2015

Goes to Australia for 20th Anniversary of CSS in Australia.

2015

Keith’s student, Joe Roberts wins the National Superstock Championship.
2015-Keiths-student,-Joe-Roberts-wins-the-National-Superstock

2015

Long time CSS student, Mike Jones wins Australian Superbike Championship.
2015 Long time CSS student, Mike Jones wins Australian Superbike

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 43 years, Judy. He has one son, Dylan.