Originally posted by grasshopper
Z hits it on the head Keith is an A**. He never really made it in racing, but did compete for many many years. Unfortunatly it is hard to respect a person's ideas when they act like an a**. Having said that, the fundamentals he teachs are extremely important and valid. Just got to get past the man. He has a lot of good information in his books, and he has a wealth of knowledge, which is why many school emulate his, well him and Pridmore.
There is a forum of his somewhere. I locked horns with him a couple of times. It was fun. Couldn't razz him too hard, most of the folks on the board have their heads gently stuffed into Mr. Codes a**, would have gotten hammered pretty bad.
For me, like z was saying, it is a lot of common sense, but a lot of it is not. One thing Keith stresses is to not learn a bad habit. I say read as many different author/experts ideas, try them all, pick one that serves you best, and practice like a mofo. Always listen to the smart a**hole even though his breath stinks.
Look, sometimes in life, people don't get to the highest level of their sport, and accomplish great things. But alott of times, they understand what it takes to help get others there, i.e. some of the best golf teachers, never made it to the big time, but they have the ability to show, and teach others how to become very good at whatever it is they want to lean..I think this in some ways applies to Keith, plus I think if you rounded up some of the fastest club racers, he would smoke them, even at his age..
The idea is, he has a good grasp, on the techniques of motorcycle racing..and he's had some pretty sucessful students. You may not like him, or his approch, but you can't deni his accomplishments in teaching.
And No, I've never taken his classes, nor have I met him, I do know lots of guys that took his classes, and one of his instructors, who by the way has set track records..
I do agree, that it's a good idea to read all you can, and from as many people as possible, same goes for taking race / riding schools....just my 3 cents..