Motorcycle Rider Training Launches in
car owners that continue to wince at
the gas pump, here's an idea. Forget
about gentle acceleration and fuel-friendly
driving-hop on a motorcycle. On two
wheels, you'll likely be getting closer
to 50 MPG, rather than an SUV's 15 MPG.
hone their two-wheel skills, motorcyclists
should check out the BMW Motorcycle
Rider Training-offered now, for the
first time ever in the U.S. at the BMW
Performance Center in Spartanburg, South
Carolina. Led by professional instructors
and utilizing only BMW motorcycles,
the new program offers BMW motorcycle
owners and fans (at an intermediate
motorcycle riding level) the chance
to strengthen their riding skills on
exclusive on- and off-road courses designed
for year-round safety.
new school will offer a range of classes
that include time in the classroom,
and of course, on the course and in
the seat of various BMW motorcycle models,
including the BMW R 1200 GS, F 650 GS,
G 650 X challenge and G650 X country,
or on the student's own BMW bike.
The following programs are currently
On-Road School: This one-day class lets
students ride on the BMW Performance
Driving School course for exercises
including braking techniques, steering,
accident avoidance, a slalom course,
cornering styles, road hazard maneuvering
and low-speed maneuvering. The on-road
course also involves some dual-sport
drills, which will help riders handle
inevitable occurrences such as gravel
or unpaved road.
School: This one-day course is patterned
after the curriculum at the BMW Enduro
Park in Hechlingen, Germany, and is
designed for the rider who is new to
off-road riding or may already have
experience but would like more training.
Students experience the BMW Performance
Center's off-road course with surfaces
including dirt, gravel and grass, and
focus on exercises such as riding position,
braking, slalom, stopping on a hill,
recovery from a hill, hill climb and
descent and riding ruts and logs. In
addition, riders will do "Enduro-laps,"
which are lead-follow laps in which
students follow instructors through
a series of wooded trails or exercises
in order to practice techniques they
and Off-Road School: This two-day program
combines the experiences and skills
learned at each of the one-day schools
for a comprehensive training program.
The first day is spent with the on-road
curriculum while day two focuses on
off-road training exercises.
costs range from $480 per day (for participants
using their own BMW motorcycle) and
rise up to $650 per day for participants
renting a BMW motorcycle. BMW Performance
Motorcycle Riding Program courses are
recommended for those with intermediate
riding experience, and all participants
are required to wear full protective
gear, including helmet, gloves, riding
jacket, riding pants and boots that
protect the ankles.
For more information, visit the BMW
Performance Center website.
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