Jan 04

Welcome to Ken Hill Coaching

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How do the fast guys…go fast?

Can you really make me a better rider?

How do I know what riding information is right?

How do I know if I am on the right line?

Why do I keep crashing?

How do I win races at any level of competition?

How can I shortcut the learning process?

What is the order to the sport?

I can answer these questions and teach you to ride faster and safer, regardless of your environment. Whether you are new to the street or the track, or are riding in the World Championships, my experience and teaching techniques will enable you to develop the skills and understanding necessary to meet your goals. Since every student is unique and has individual needs and goals, each coaching session is structured around what you need, at that particular time. Having raced for over 20 years and instructed professionally for the last ten, producing multiple National Champions, I have the knowledge, tools, and environment available to make your goals a reality. My dual approach to building on-the-bike as well as off-the-bike techniques will help you create habits that unlock your true riding potential.

Ken Hill

ph: 510-755-3638     khcoaching@gmail.com

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May 25

Tribute to Nicky Hayden

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NH69The first time I officially met Nick Hayden was at a Freddie Spencer Riding school at the end of 2006. NH had just won the World Championship, next years Moto GP bikes were going to 800cc and NH was there to ride with Freddie, working on his next steps for the new era of displacement. Nicky walked in the instructor dressing room that first morning, and after some small talk said, ‘Hey guys, this is what I’m working on, let me know what I can do better….” So for the next few days, we rode with NH, watched Freddie work with him and had full access to his thought process of his riding.

 

Those few days (and a few more like that later) were instrumental in building the methodology and the language I use today. Sitting on the inside of the track at LVMS with Nick Ienatsch, we watched Nicky ride, lap after lap, later talking with him and decoding his thoughts, simply a priceless experience. Nicky’s thought process to his riding was simple, which became the cornerstone for how I teach today. There was no complication, just a very clear and concise way of hauling ass. His dedication to training, to be better at his craft, was simply unparalleled as witnessed by him running low on gas, coming in, filling up to go ride again and never getting off the bike. He just wanted to be better

Losing Nicky is more than losing a good dude. Losing Nicky is losing a piece of what we all wanted to be. His dream and our dream, that a Kentucky kid, brought up in a great family environment through hard work, sacrifice and dedication, could be a MotoGP World Champion.

 

Losing Nicky seems surreal. It can’t be. He was so much hope and inspiration for SO MANY people, larger than life, yet somehow completely reachable, as witnessed by many of the riders I work with that rode and trained with him. Losing Nicky hurts on so many levels, but I will do as Nicky would do – share what you do with others, never stop working at being better and to keep riding. Godspeed NH.

 

Ken Hill

 

May 05

Yes, you need to be there. Topics include: 1) The 5 fundamentals to improve your riding 2) How track riding can improve your street riding. 3) What you can do today to improve your riding, today.

 

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Apr 24

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Apr 24

Podcast #44 – Reference points and the 5 reference points you need to know about

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Apr 05

Podcast #43 is sponsored by www.tracktime.bike

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Apr 05

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Mar 23

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Jan 15

Notes taken by Darren Malone from my Seminar at Redmond Ducati

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Some great notes from my Redmond Ducati riding seminar from Darren Malone – 

I love my FZ1!

 

KEN HILL’s “EXCELLENCE IN MOTION” Motorcyle Instruction Seminar Notes ~ Darren Malone

“To bring the techniques and habits of the best riders in the world, to every rider in the world” http://khcoaching.com/ Podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/ken-hill-534…

1) Why track riding can improve your street riding? 2) The 5 fundamentals of being a better Track Rider. 3) Excellence in Motion – Habits for being a better rider on and off the bike.
A huge gap exists in instruction – No training exists between initial Motorcycle Safety course and Track time. (riders aren’t aware they can practice skills on on Track Days Level 1 or take one of many Schools.) Most riders falsely believe that all tracks are for racing only so they are literally scared away – we need to encourage all newer riders! Explain tracks are actually Road Courses that are used for Riding Instruction AND Racing.
– Street Rules: #1 Anticipate that everything is trying to kill you, keep scanning. #2 Don’t be a dumbass on the street. – Ken rides ANY bike with the same exact techniques (fundamentals) it’s only their application that changes from bike to bike (weight, power, controls, steering geometry, etc change braking distance/throttle roll-on etc.)
Cornering: leave yourself room to remove lean angle (stay on inside line – don’t take corners too wide) (I’ve read 85% of all cycle accidents are single-rider caused and not other motorists – vast majority are attempting corners at too high speed) – Always braking OR accelerating – Bad acceleration is always a result of bad braking & vision. – Remove lean angle & Accelerate as soon as you identify the corner’s exit. Then work backwards – applying max braking up to that spot in the turn – Braking is the key and the first 5% and last 5% of brake pressure is the most important. Don’t stab brakes. Preload bikes weight, suspension & tire bite with smooth initial pressure. Once initial bite happens you can apply pressure much harder. – FIRST 5%: Practice light brake pressure and being to able to roll bike back and forth at same time (that ) – Fastest way around a track? Any line that let’s you ride wide open throttle (WOT) the most amount of time. – Brake only until bike is “Slowed & Pointed” then accelerate. – Trail Braking can use front & rear brakes (or front only) – SLOW Corners: Counter Steering used primarily at slower speeds (pressing bar on cornering side to achieve lean angle) – FAST Corners: Braking & body position
What’s first: Bike placement on entry (reference point), vision & focus (don’t be reactive), motor controls (always first/last 5%), turn-in rate & turn-in point (adjust to corner), Body Position & body timing (never enter brake zone in middle of seat!)
TWO-UP RIDING MADE EASY: *Ride safer & smarter than any other time you ride! *You have taken another’s life in your hands. *Tell passenger to stay put in the seat and don’t lean. *Simply have them look the same direction the rider is looking through the corner. *Explain & Tap the passengers leg if you want them to squeeze their legs for hard braking or acceleration. *If they can reach around you have them brace their hands together on the tank. *Remember to increase braking distances due to increased weighting (your corner tip-in will be more dramatic too with extra top-heavy weight.)
– VISION practice: always scanning for threats, looking through corners, keeps eyes up not down to better anticipate! – RE-FOCUS practice: use a trigger word to keep yourself focused (completely engaged) when your mind wanders (Ken says the word “eyes” to himself.) – Emotional vs Technique Riding. Some get nervous, anxious, or don’t feel positive about the ride or race. Don’t let yourself get emotional, really focus on bettering a technique instead (keep your mind busy and proactive on improving.) Ken has crashed race in morning and won race later the same day. – Use report cards on yourself, analyze what you can do better on. Work on weaknesses. Even .02 seconds lost between a non-seamless corner entry & exit can add up to many seconds in a race. Excellence in technique applies to any field (Ken’s friends) – From former SEAL and top world tactical trainer. There are no secret techniques, just excellent fundamentals – he still practices dry fires 30+ times before actual shooting. – From Top Gun Fighter Pilot. For every 1 hour of flight time there are 2 hours pre-flight prep and 3 hours of detailed debrief that’s where the real learning happens! There are so few actual Carrier landings that they practice thousands of simulated landing over the desert first. (Mental visualization first, actual practice, debrief.)
Darren’s “Doing List” * Get my eyes up more through corners * Start using my knees and grip the damn tank! Reduces arm pump and let’s me use finer bar control * Ask racers how to improve my worst corners (gear, entry, apex, exit) – Spend a few minutes Visualizing Pre-Ride (what to work on?) – Identify corner exits better – Brake later in corners – Keep a tighter line – give myself more room to increase lean angle (especially on street)
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Jan 15

Podcast #40 – What’s the Real Story with the Rear Brake?

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