Lately we’ve had a number of people email us to ask us who we are. In fact, it’s been common enough that we thought we’d post it for all the world to see.
First off, we are a school. We run a full curriculum in the classroom and on the track. We have multiple classroom instructors (both professional teachers and corporate trainers) to ensure the product is consistent from school to school. We also have a team of roughly 30 on-track instructors who ride with us.
While we can work with just about any skill level, the heart of the curriculum is focused on the physics of how a motorcycle works and how you make it do what you want, whether that is on your way home in the rain or striving for your first podium finish.
We tend to have a Euro-centric clientele, and a high percentage of our customers would be classified as professionals (bankers, lawyers, TV weathermen, etc.). Our roots are with BCM Ducati back in the late 90s, so we have a strong Ducati presence at each school. We now work very closely with Seacoast Sport Cycle and MAX BMW, so you’ll see a fair number of BMWs as well. However, we literally have everything from full dress Harleys to dedicated track bikes to beautiful vintage machinery to Honda Groms at just about every date.
We separate the students into 3 groups, Advanced (A Group), Intermediate (B Group) and Novice (C Group), based on rider preference and skill level. (You can see a fuller description of the groups here.) We build a roster for every school where students are paired with an instructor, so there is a staff member who is responsible for that individual whose job it is to make sure the student’s needs are met as the day progresses. In other words, we don’t just turn people loose and let them fend for themselves. Depending on instructor availability, our typical instructor to student ratio is 1:3, and we’ll lower that number if we can. A ratio of 1:2 makes us very happy. We start the first session of the day with an instructor lead-around to get everyone settled in. The Advanced (A) Group is free to ride on their own after the first session, the Intermediate (B) Group after the second session and the Novice (C) Group after the third session. As riders choose to ride on their own, it frees the instructors to do more dedicated one-on-one time throughout the afternoon.
We limit the number of signups for each event. Traffic jams, both on the track and in the pits, are a drag, so we keep the numbers low enough that we don’t have to worry about that. The idea is to make the day safe, instructive and FUN. The limited signups go a long way toward keeping it that way.
We eat like kings. When you arrive, you’ll find fruit, pastry and amazing coffee supplied by Vermont Artisan Coffee. You’ll also find plenty of water to drink throughout the day. We stop everything to enjoy a fully catered lunch provided by Smoke Shack Southern Barbeque in Boscawen, NH). Josh, our caterer, does a great job with the food, there’s always plenty to eat, and we eat together to facilitate fabricating stories of how amazing we all are at riding motorcycles. Our goal is to build a community as much as provide a safe, controlled and monitored place to ride.
Lastly, we’ve built a community where the maturity level is very high. Our clientele ride with us because they are serious about becoming a better, smoother and more competent rider, and as a result we’ve built a reputation of being one of the safest organizations around. While everyone is out to have a great time, we’re also very aware that the job that allows us to play at the track is waiting for our return the next morning.
We started Fishtail a number of years ago because we were looking for a way to hang with our friends in the context of sharing the sport we love without any of the negativity that can be associated with riding at the track. It’s great fun, and we’re really proud of what we’ve built. Come join us. We’re confident you’ll love the experience.