Ride Faster. Ride Safer. - Feature

Cycle World Contributing Editor Nick Ienatsch co-founds new rider-training website.

Ride Faster. Ride Safer. - Feature

Ride Faster. Ride Safer. - Feature

Have you read Nick Ienatsch's best-selling book, "Sport Riding Techniques: How to Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track"? Are you a graduate of Freddie Spencer's High Performance Riding School, where, for 12 years, Ienatsch was the lead instructor? Or, more recently, the Yamaha Champions Riding School, which counts AMA and World Superbike Champions Scott Russell and Ben Spies among its guest instructors? Surely, you've come across Ienatsch's editorials, features and road tests in Motorcyclist, Sport Rider (which he helped found in 1993) and, for the past 12 years, Cycle World.

Now, Ienatsch and fellow YCRS instructor Ken Hill have teamed up to create a new membership website, FasterSafer.com, that professes to "continuously update you with information that improves your riding."

So, what do you get for $7.99 per month? A lot, claims Ienatsch, including, “street-riding tips, track-day techniques, fitness information, in-the-shop how-tos, tests on the latest parts and pieces; think of it as a constantly evolving riding technique magazine...in motion.”

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Ienatsch and Hill have certainly been busy: In the second week that the site was live, I counted nine new videos and more than 30 short articles. These highly energetic enthusiasts push what they refer to as the “non-negotiables” of motorcycle riding. One of these  “building blocks” is trail braking, which Ienatsch defines as “the practice of trailing some front-brake pressure into the corner.” He writes, “We want to trail brake to control our speed closer to the slowest point of the corner. The closer we get to that point, the easier it is to judge whether we’re going too fast or too slow.”

AMA Pro Daytona SuperSport race-winner Elena Myers spent time last year with Hill at YCRS to refine her speed-shedding skills. "We worked on braking to the apex of the corner and how hard you can really use the brakes," she said. "Obviously, when you're trying to find that next second on the racetrack, it's not braking 100 yards deeper or anything drastic—it's little improvements that make a big difference.

“With trail braking, it was like a light bulb went on. Everything else has been slowly working up to it and finding the limit. Trail braking has made my corner entries like night and day. You think, ‘Oh, I already know all of this stuff.’ But to hear it the way that they put it, it gives you a whole new perspective on riding.”

You don't have to be a professional racer like Myers to benefit from FasterSafer.com. Recounting a recent conversation with 1969 250cc World Champion Kel Carruthers, Ienatsch says, "Motorcycling is supposed to be fun!"

Good advice, indeed.