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Sep 30, 2009

Wednesday Video: A Look At The Making Of Keith Code's Twist Of The Wrist II DVD, Part 1

Dave Williams had the privilege of screening Keith Code's new film, A Twist Of The Wrist II, due out on DVD in the next week or so. In this first video of a five-part series, Williams talks to Code and the film's producer, Matthew Roberts, about how and why they made the flim. Be sure to check out other Roadracing World feature videos. Video provided by ~ And Now, More On Keith Code's New Video, A Twist Of The Wrist II By Dave Williams Each form of media has its strengths and weaknesses. There are things print does better than video, and vice-versa. In fact, there are things photography does better than video. But video does have its unique strengths and they are all employed to fantastic effect in Keith Code's new movie, A Twist of the Wrist II. It's based on his best-selling book of the same name, edited by's own John Ulrich. A few weeks ago Matthew Roberts, the producer and co-editor of the film, gave us an exclusive preview at his studio in Glendale, California. In short, the riding principles presented in Keith Code's book are brought to life by following a couple of new sportbikers bent on becoming better riders. To both Code and Roberts' credit, the film is not just the book on screen. Through the use of live demonstration and sophisticated computer graphics, they bring the principles to life in a way that no text is capable of doing. A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes a moving picture is worth millions. Keith Code's new movie is one of those "sometimes" for sure. What's more, the dialogue of the characters does in fact reflect real issues that real riders face when trying to understand how to control their motorcycles. Keith's actors aren't going to win any Oscars, but they do a great job nonetheless. The story line flows nicely from the street to the track and back to the street again. The film is over an hour long, but the pace is so brisk that my attention never wavered. I didn't find myself looking at the clock even once. Instead I found myself ransacking Matthew's studio for pen and paper so I could take notes. After the screening we drove up to Griffith Park (part of the Hollywood Hills I think) to a section of road no longer open to the public, but which Keith and his buddies used to strafe back in the day, and talked about the making of the film. The first video in a five-part series about the making of the film accompanies my review here. I've taken every major riding school in the United States. I've learned valuable lessons from each one. Some principles overlap from school to school, some are entirely unique to each school. Regardless, I've become a better rider every single time I've chosen to take instruction, and Keith Code's new movie, A Twist Of The Wrist II is no exception. And I must congratulate Keith for having the fortitude to put his instruction out there on video. You'll notice there isn't anybody else making this depth of instruction available on DVD. For more about the release date visit
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