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Old 07-01-2018, 02:59 PM   #1
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Yamaha ChampStreet School

I had the pleasure of attending the Yamaha ChampStreet Riding School at High Plains Raceway in Deer Trail, Colorado on June 28, 2018.

It was taught by Nick Ienatsch, a forum member here (hopefully he will join in the discussion and correct my errors in the details). This was a 4 hour class and cost 100$. And, boy, it was worth every cent. I learned a lot and had a great time.

Nick introduced his instructors and outlined what the class would cover, including safety considerations. He demonstrated 100 points of traction. Then the fun started: we headed to the track. We were grouped with instructors and practiced his techniques. There was no boring classroom talk.

While on the track we would gather and Nick would talk about a topic. The instructors or Nick would demonstrate the topic and off we'd go to work on the topic. We were regrouped with instructors according to his observations (the Harley riders were grouped together, all were fairly new riders).

The class was small enough that there were a maximum of 4 riders in each group (only one group had 4 riders). Everyone received individual attention.

The last 45 minutes we were “turned loose.” No racing and passing was allowed only in one of the complete stop zones (there were 3). If you caught another rider, he/she would wave you by in the stop zone.

There were no crashes and everyone had a great time. If you get a chance you should attend one of these classes.

I have no affiliation with the school or Nick, just a very satisfied customer. I will take the class again when it comes back to Colorado.
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Old 07-01-2018, 03:23 PM   #2
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Sounds great! Glad you had a good time.

(that Nick guy is a bit questionable, though)
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:05 PM   #3
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Wow only $100. - that's a bargain for any track time, let alone w/instructors
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:17 PM   #4
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Bucketlist item for sure.

I really liked reading Nicks articles in Sportrider. I had the pleasure to meet him in Chicago at a bike show. Very approachable and genuine. He and Scott Russell gave a brief but informative class. Hopefully things turn for me and I can attend a class or 3 out there. Good on you for working on your skillset.
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:56 PM   #5
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That is awesome - super happy you found it and had a good time!

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Old 07-01-2018, 09:07 PM   #6
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Wow. I need to get in on one of these. HPR is in my back yard.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:23 PM   #7
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Wow only $100. - that's a bargain for any track time, let alone w/instructors
Ditto that. $100? Wow. If anyone is anywhere near that school should sign up quickly!
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:38 AM   #8
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Reviving this thread. I just found out Nick is hosting another ChampStreet school at High Plains Raceway east of Denver, CO on May 27, 2019.

The price has increased, but it is still a great bargain at 150$.

Here's the link

The site lists the 27 and the 28, but the class is the 27th.

No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

I'm signing up for this one, too.

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