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All Riders Have Addd: Attention Disorientation And Distribution Disord

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All Riders Have ADDD


Attention Disorientation and Distribution Disorder


Yes, I just made that up but, really, there has been a lot of buzz for years about so-called ADD and ADHD. You’ll hear, “At school, my son or daughter can’t focus and has a hard time learning lessons. Their attention wanders. They become nervous and impulsive.” Well, I have a school and my students (usually the parents) have the same problems with something they really are interested in, improving their cornering skills. Both have run into a learning barrier.


Watching a student hack through a corner with speed, lean angle, steering and throttle errors could easily be described as un-focused hyperactivity”. They don’t want it to be like that or feel like that. As a coach, I have to look for the reason or both I, and my students, fail to improve the riding.


What you experience or what I see in these situations is poor communication. The rider knows what he wants to say to his bike but doesn’t have a clear communication to it. This looks like bad cell reception; riders appear to be shouting commands at the bike that it can’t understand. The control inputs, our communications with the bike, step on one another. WHA (turn) AAAT-T- (look up road) T-T-T (back on the gas) D-D-D-DID (going wide) YOU S-S-S- (ah oh, too late) SAY?…If you can hear me, I’ll call you later!


If you think of a barrier as something that stops communication it will take you back to a very, very basic point on riding. You only have so much attention to spend on anything at any given moment in time. AD, Attention Disorientation is a far better definition for the kid or the rider.


Once we start to multi-task by adding different forces like braking, accelerating and steering and approaching their limits, or what we perceive to be their limits, we start bumping into confidence problems, we become distracted, we see a little hysteria building and it snowballs. When that happens to me, and it can, do I have an ADHD attack?


Riders run out of attention to spend on receiving data from the riding environment, something sucks it up. They lose touch and can’t process the information and accurately direct the bike. This is the barrier: being able to maintain communication, which is an exchange of information, which should then result in clear, distinct and well timed control inputs.


It isn’t an attention deficit in general it is a very specific attention disorientation. The rider doesn’t understand what the game is—what to focus on. The kid got lost in school and the teacher wasn’t bright enough to catch it and fix him or her. They are sent to the school Psych for drugs. I don’t have stock in the drug companies so I have to fix the rider’s problem.


In motorcycling, take hard braking as an example. Worrying about the front contact patch and when it will begin to fail takes an enormous amount of attention and swings it away from your goal: getting the turn entry speed right. That isn’t an overall attention deficit, just misplaced attention and riders tend to generalize that but in the end it results in a lack of confidence while braking.


Without the important data like how fast you are decelerating and calculating an accurate solution that respond to it and then coordinating that with the appropriate control inputs, along with good timing and at the correct intensity; it all becomes guess work which leads straight to uncertainty, the opposite of confidence. The result is that we blow our turn entry speed; usually slower in than we should have gone or wish we could go.


The action of braking can become a bit dim and vague and riders fear it and want control over it at the same time. Similarly, when kids can’t control the words on the page of their schoolbooks they fear them and reject them and become distracted just like the rest of us.


Just as drugs which tranquilize children will never be the correct solution to study problems, this braking scenario won’t resolve until we discover what technical step or piece of experience was missed in his or hers understanding of the braking sequence. Something was missed or misunderstood. This can often be simple. The rider thinks they should downshift before using the brake. Silly idea.

Get rid of what you want the least at the entry to a turn (excess speed) with the control that is very craftily designed for that purpose, the brakes, and downshift a little later. OK, it may go another step. The rider doesn’t know how to smoothly change their gears. Fine. We fix that.


AD, Attention Disorientation, affects riders at all levels including professionals. We’ve handled more pro riders than anyone else in the world, trust me on this one, they have the same problems.


Once I realized we’re peeling an onion in layers and that everyone isn’t suffering from some generalized disability I developed four different approaches, four coaching styles, to help the rider through their precise deficiency. No drugs.


Understanding the words that are spoken in a conversation or in a book is vital to interest. Understanding the desired result from your control inputs is vital. This is how you know if the bike is or is not cooperating with you. Both points are communication with something, a book, a bike, cooking, golf; it makes no difference what it is. Good coaching, not drugs, is the answer.


I hope we get a chance to get your riding attention oriented and focused this season. Take a look at our schedule and sign up now, I’d love to see your big grin at the end of the day! http://www.superbikeschool.com/schedule/


Keith Code


PS: On the ADD and ADHD thing, take a look at this:




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  • 1 year later...

Thanks Keith!

I was planning on attending another two days with your crew this summer, Aug. 31st & Sept. 1st at VIR but work is not allowing it.

Interesting though that I get your news letter now the day after a thankfully not serious crash due to a split second lack of attention.

I was at VIR North Track this last weekend and Monday I was on the North Track with NESBA.

Up on top, the last turn before the right hand turn that leads down into the Roller Coaster, turn 11, I ran off track.

These last few turns up there are sort of gentile S turns but on the last turn before the 90 degree right at the top

of the Roller Coaster the surface falls away slightly down to the right then the short straight to the 90 degree right hander.

I was doing great until I lost my focus and failed to continue to look where I was going and locked in on where I was instead.

Needless to say I ran straight off the track and over the hill.

This could have turned out very badly for sure but resulted in only a ride in the crash truck and very minor damage to the bike.

I managed to ride the thing out until I laid it down before I hit the rail barrier at the tree line. This momentary spit second loss of focus was

all it took to change a fun time into a not so fun rodeo event.

I regret not being able to be with you all at VIR this year because I learned so much from my time with you all the previous years.

My riding season is finished for this year as work is calling me away again and soon the snow will be falling.

I will have much to think about all winter long however just as I did last year. This winter I will be thinking about

keeping focused among other things, most I learned from attending your school.

This year I learned that as we get faster/better and the speeds increase bad habits start to show up again that we thought were gone.

They never really went away they were only hiding waiting until the speeds came up another notch.

I lost thirteen seconds at ThunderHill out in California this summer down from 2:25 to 2:12 which is slow by comparison to 1:56 by the fast guys but a huge improvement for me. This is after my levels 3 and 4 classes with you all out at VIR last year. Hopefully though I will be there with you all next year as long as I stay focused.


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  • 3 years later...

This article might have been easier for me to understand if it had been titled Coaching Correct Turn Entry Speed/ Come to CSS. The drug analogy made it harder for me but it did get my "attention".

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This article might have been easier for me to understand if it had been titled Coaching Correct Turn Entry Speed/ Come to CSS. The drug analogy made it harder for me but it did get my "attention".

More about Drug Analogy because of my belief system which includes the efficacy of FDA scientifically tested drug therapy.
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This article might have been easier for me to understand if it had been titled Coaching Correct Turn Entry Speed/ Come to CSS. The drug analogy made it harder for me but it did get my "attention".

More about Drug Analogy because of my belief system which includes the efficacy of FDA scientifically tested drug therapy.
Keith, I have yet to give your recommendation for research a full evaluation but I wlll. To date I have looked at it and dismissed it out of hand. It deserves my full consideration. Thank you for showing me exactly where you stand on this issue. Nic
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Focus! LOL I have caught myself loosing that in the middle of a turn and wondered what I was thinking? Umm big safety factor forgotten and basic skill. LOL Didn't need a drug, just to much on my plate and my brain wondered and lost focus completely...

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