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Nov 22nd 2016, 09:38 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Honda Interceptor
CLASS vs Keigwens

Greetings all.
I would like to solicit your opinions on two different schools. My dad wants to take a school to get better and be able to keep up with me in the canyons. I want to take a school to get smoother, and work out the bad habits I've formed.
My Dad is 63 with four years of riding, and an FJR1300.
I have 6 years of riding, a dozen trackdays, a VFR800, but I haven't been on the track since 2015 when I went down hard and broke some hard parts on my body.

The two organizations we're looking at are Reg Pridmore's CLASS school and Keigwen's at the Track.

Those that have been to these schools, what did you think?

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Nov 22nd 2016, 02:29 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Medford Oregon

Great question!

I cant speak for Reg's CLASS program as I have never been, but I have heard great things from those that have. Reg is a wealth of knowledge and is still amazing to watch ride.

Keigwins on the other hand has a great program and if you can get in on a ken Hill day you can double dip, because Ken does the free seminars on those day.

The control riders are all available to help. And the variation of experience is so well covered you cant help but find a rider to help. Blu, KC, Ernie, Tom, Cory Call, Rob

Best bang fro you buck is coming soon when both K@TT and PTT do a greatly discounted trackday at Sonoma Raceway.

Likewise up north your sure to get great instruction at MotoFit, Pacific Super Sport Riders or 2Fast Motorcycle Track Days & Instruction.

5 great schools and instructors!!
Nov 22nd 2016, 03:09 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
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I'd vote for OPRT's school which has classroom and on track instruction, taught by experienced riders like Michael Mason and Damon Mon Wai. Unless you're wanting to go to california for it.
Nov 22nd 2016, 09:28 PM   #4
 
  Jun 2016
  Seattle

CLASS is more oriented towards street application. It teaches the same skills you need to go fast on a track but takes in certain aspects of road riding that no other track school I'm aware of does. Definitely the school I would chose for a father that wants to pick up the pace on the street.
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Nov 22nd 2016, 10:24 PM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
It's been 16 years since I did a Class School at SIR/PR. It was my first introduction to the track. Just recently did a Keigwins at THill on the tight 2.0 west track 10/22-23/16 on the same bike. It felt like a trackday, whereas, Class felt like school in between sessions and as MacBandit said above is more for improving street skills. I took a ride with Reg on a VFR800 (two big boys) around SIR for 3 laps, his control of the bike was exceptional, effortless braking, shifting, turning.

Keigwins runs a great trackday, no drama, very efficient, not a lot of fuss.
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Nov 24th 2016, 07:07 PM   #6
 
  Nov 2016
  Edmonds

I have taken both courses and tend to agree with MacBandit's comment that CLASS is more street oriented. Both provide excellent instruction, low instructor to student ratios and more than enough track time for the average non-racer. Keigwens puts more attention on the racing angle (line, reference points, track position, etc.) whereas CLASS deals with these items in the context of street riding. Hot sessions at Keigwens are open and can become a bit competitive. CLASS sessions are mostly open although "racing" is frowned upon. I'm not saying your Dad won't be able to pass you , but if you stuff him in the next corner you may see a black flag. At Keigwens, you'll just need to watch for the rider about to stuff you!
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