I have more than once been accused of over simplifying motorcycle riding techniques in my Motovudu books and instructional videos. They are probably right.
Also, I regularly get emailed questions to Motovudu.com comparing what I teach to CSS.
I used to get passionately upset about some of what CSS teaches, but in recent years I have mellowed and prefer to adopt the saying “different strokes for different folks”, because I have recognised that there will always be a demand for both CSS and Motovudu.
Although CSS’s visual stuff is quite good, and their main techniques are easy to understand and naturally easy to do, they are very limiting. They’ll help a rider reach an average trackday level, but using them exactly will make it in my opinion impossible and even unsafe to try to reach a higher level. Adding to my frustration is the fact that once a rider learns a riding technique and so makes it a habit, it’s not easy to change, making my task of helping an ex CSS rider go from slow or medium speed trackday rider to fast, a difficult task (In all my years instructing on circuit I am yet to come across a very fast rider using strictly what CSS teaches).
I believe there will always be a market for both because I have noticed that there are basically two main types of riders, (although some people blur the lines between these types a little).
Type A) Riders who want riding techniques and goals explained simply and quickly because they are eager to get back out on track and apply it with vigour to see if they can go faster. These riders are more readily prepared to push beyond their inbuilt alarm bells once I show them the areas that it is safe to do so, and in general these riders have less patience for talking about it, they want to ride.
Type B) The riders who love motorcycles just as much as type A riders, if not more, but when riding ultimately prefer not to push past their inbuilt alarm bells and instead prefer to analyse in minute details the physics of a fast lap. These riders often prefer the debrief time to the riding time. Which is completely the opposite to the first type.
As you can imagine, if the main enjoyment from our sport comes from talking about it, everything needs to be explained as technically and long winded as possible. I say long winded because I have no patience for this, I’m from type A.
Like I said, some riders do blur the lines between these two types, but in general the type A riders love what I do and really respond to it. The type B riders respond to a point, but it’s not as easy to keep them progressing (no matter who they’re getting instruction from) and they are sometimes disappointed that what I teach is simple and made up of straight forward tasks, that just take some courage, timing and trust in the bike/tyres and practice to apply.
When riding on circuit there are so many things happening all at once that it’s impossible to think about the very technical side in detail. I believe every rider no matter what type or what level needs to think about straight forward simple tasks.
Riding fast is made up of lots of straight forward tasks, the hard part is deciding exactly when and how much to do them.
I’d like to sign off with a quote from someone much smarter than myself;
“If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand the subject well enough”