By: Ron Croft
Keith Code’s California Superbike School
Barber. You hear that place-name and can immediately identify anybody in the room that has been there. A grin grows into a smile as memories awakened are revealed on the faces of those who know what it means. You hear tales of a world class museum, Ducati events, and track days… stories about the beauty and majesty of the facility, the manicured grounds, and the seemingly perfect track. You might hear about unforgiving turns, track run-offs, or injuries. You might even hear about death. For people with a passion for motorcycles, there is no place as seductive as Barber. No better place exists for motorcyclists to improve the skills we need for the sport we love.
I am a firm believer in rider training and commit myself to doing something on a regular basis to improve my riding skills. It might be reading an article, conducting a collision reconstruction, trying new techniques on the track or on a ride, or taking a class. A few weeks ago, I had a chance to attend the California Superbike School (CSS) at Barber Motorsports Park just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Even though I’d been to Barber before and trained at other schools, the experience and skill set I left with drastically improved my riding forever.
After I found out that CSS had an opening for the two-day camp due to a cancellation, I decided to ride up to Barber on my BMW 1200 ST. Jeff Sefcik was kind enough to share his back road route, which allowed me to stay off the interstate and avoid all major cities. The ride up was scenic and twisty, and included some of the most beautiful countryside Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have to offer. CONTINUED…