Non-Sportbike Track Day Training

Photos available after the event from Arcy at OTM Pix

Advance your cornering and braking skills

Want to advance your riding skill while having a blast?

Non-Sportbike Street Rider Training Days are a great way for any rider on almost any type of bike to develop their skills without the typical dangers of street riding.

Non-Sportbike Street Rider Training  Days are held on a closed course (racetrack), which means you learn in a safe environment and at real-world speeds.

Learning on a racetrack allows you to concentrate on advancing your skill level without the typical hazards faced on the street…potholes, sand, tar snakes and Buicks.

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2022 Dates

Register for 2022 Non-Sportbike Track Training Days:

* Last minute single day pricing increases within 2 weeks of event – $350.00

Gift Certificates are Available

Please read the Cancellation Policy before Registering!


Palmer Motorsports Park

The Palmer Track Website has options for Lodging.

Fuel is available at Palmer

BMW/MOA Scholarships are available  

The Foundation will award grants of up to $250.00 for MOA members, or up to $100.00 for non-members (neither amount to exceed the actual cost of the training), towards the cost of participation in an approved training course. A committee comprised of 3 Foundation Board members will review all requests submitted and exercise broad discretion in approving training proposals.”

CLICK HERE to apply for the Paul B. Scholarship through the BMW/MOA Foundation.

Please read the Cancellation Policy.

Already registered? Check that your name is on the PAID list.

Non-sportbike Track Training Days are for Street Riders

I know what you’re thinking…I don’t want to ride on a racetrack with a bunch of crazy kids on their GSXRR6CBR Ninjabikes.

Well that’s good, because if you come to a non-sportbike track day, you won’t have to. Non-sportbike Track Days are for “regular” riders on big bikes, small bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, vintage bikes, and even cruisers.

Let me repeat…Non-Sportbike Track Days are training days designed for regular street riders! 

What Bikes Qualify?

This Non-Sportbike track day training day is for those who ride Cruisers, Baggers, Tourers, Adventure bikes, and Sport Tourers and other “non-sportbike” machines.

Examples include:

  • Cruiser models (Harley, Victory, Star, Baggers, etc.)
  • Adventure Bikes (Tigers, Teneres, GSs, Multistrada, etc.)
  • Upright Street Standards (MTs, SV650, CB500s, BMW Rs etc.)
  • Touring Bikes (Gold Wings, Baggers, etc.)
  • Sport Touring models (FJR, RTs, RSs, etc.)

Contact Ken with questions.

This course is NOT intended for supersport bikes.

For the most part, participants will be experiencing their first time on a racetrack. If it’s your first time, rest assured that you will be in good company.

The Next Level of Fun and Learning


Perhaps you’ve taken the MSF BRC, ERC, ARC, Lee Park’s Total Control, or some other advanced parking lot training course.  These courses are terrific for building the fundamentals of motorcycle control, but applying techniques in a parking lot at 20 mph does not train you to deal with challenges you face every day at typical street speeds.
Haven’t taken an advanced parking lot course? No worries, the Non-Sportbike, Street Rider Training Track Day is designed for riders of all skill levels, from those with a few months in the saddle to riders with decades of riding experience.

Photo by Arcy Kusari.

The skills we will be working:

Read more about the benefits of track days.


You ride Your Own Bike for this event.

If your bike is in good condition, bike preparation can be done in 2 minutes!

Your bike must be in excellent roadworthy condition with plenty of tire life remaining. We recommend that tires be within 5 or so years after manufacture, but a bit older is fine as long as they are in good condition… no evidence of dry cracking. Reading tire codes.

There can be no leaking of any fluids – be sure to check your fork tubes!  Brake pads should have plenty of material left.

Mirrors must be taped over or removed.

Plastic headlight do not need taping.  Glass headlights need to be taped with an X… don’t completely cover it.


Riders will be responsible for having full motorcycle gear.  We do NOT provide gear!


Helmets must be FULL-FACED.  High quality modular helmets will be allowed but must remain in the locked position when on track.

Jackets and Pants

At a minimum, you should have a motorcycle jacket and pants. If you don’t have gear, you can purchase it fairly inexpensively.

Cordura Motorcycle Pants are okay as long as they have armor.
“Kevlar” Jeans with armor or a padded under suit are allowed.
NOTE: Regular Jeans are not acceptable. Chaps can be worn over Kevlar jeans with armored knees.
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND a CE approved back protector, but is not mandatory.  If your jacket has a pocket for a back protector, you can get a quality one for about $60.


Gloves MUST leave no exposed skin.  Gauntlet gloves overlap the jacket when you are in the riding position.


Sturdy over-the-ankle boots . These do not have to be motorcycle-specific, but must provide sturdy protection and MUST leave no exposed socks or skin by overlapping the pants when you are in the riding position.


Training Days are held RAIN or SHINE!

Gift Certificates are Available

Scholarships are available through the BMW/MOA Foundation. 

Please read the Cancellation Policy.

3 Riding Groups

  • ADVANCED (Sport Touring) GROUP
  • NOVICE (Cruiser/Big Tourer Bike) GROUP

Check out this video from Ride-CT


–“I wanted to thank you for an immensely enjoyable time! I was a bit nervous coming into the day, it being my first ever track day, but you guys put me at ease very early in the game.  I wrote down on my note pad in big letters RELAX,HAVE FUN.  I wasn’t pressured in any way that I had to go fast. That being said I could feel myself going faster as the day progressed with the observations and instruction of your staff. My friend and I thought the timing of the sessions throughout the day was perfect. Just enough time on the track not to get too tired and just enough time in between your sessions to rest and think about how to improve, have class time, and not get bored. The availability of the instructors was impressive also.” -Glenn M.

–“The Non-Sportbike Track Day was an outstanding learning tool and was great fun! The ability to practice what you learn in the classroom on a controlled track is fantastic. I heartily recommend this to all street riders interested in riding better and having a blast.” Ed C.

–” Once I learned the lines of the track, I was able to totally focus on cornering technique. Since then, I’ve been smoother into and out of corners.” -Todd R.


Craig Ripley from Living off the Slab talks about his experience with the Non-Spotbike day:

Mix of Cruiser/Big Bike (Novice), Intermediate and Advanced Groups:

Sport Touring (Advanced) Group:

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It’s the best investment in fun and skill development money can buy.

Training Days are held RAIN or SHINE!

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12 Replies to “Non-Sportbike Track Day Training”

  1. I’m really glad I attended and am looking forward to the next one! Once I learned the lines of the track, I was able to totally focus on cornering technique. Since then, I’ve been smoother into and out of turns.

  2. Great vids. However, it appeared that some of the riders in the first vid with the cruisers and big bikes; the black helmet and brown jacket, the yellow hi-viz guy, and the grey and black jacket, were using a hybrid riding position, i.e., a partial hang-off, but with the head and torso shifted back toward the outside, counterweighting the bike. They didn’t look planted and in control, there appeared to be some wobbles. The second group also had some, but not quite as much.

    1. John, The 2016 dates are likely to be May 24 at Loudon, NH (or possibly the week before) and August 22, 2016 in Palmer, MA. Check back to confirm the NH date. I look forward to meeting you.

  3. I attended the non-sportbike day at Palmer in August and was totally satisfied with the instruction and the track. This was my second time to attend one of these TTD events and I came away with renewed confidence in my ability to ride on the street. The chance to get professional instruction and practice over and over in a safe setting is only available at track days like this. The track was fantastic and the classroom sessions with the on-track instructors gave me instant feedback on cornering techniques. It was well worth the trip to Palmer and I look forward to seeing more days scheduled in 2017.

  4. Just wanted to say thank you for an awesome day yesterday! The best training I have had on a motorcycle ever! The access to the info from your staff, the post ride sessions and overall experience was unmatched!! Many Thanks and I will absolutely be back again with my friends!

  5. Hi Ken,

    Was wondering if there has been any thoughts on 2022 dates. I have to pick my vacations in November and would like to try and come up for one of the days.

    Bill Schmidt

    1. I will know the exact dates soon but count on the very end of May and the last week of July. I hope that helps. But email me so I can put you on the early notification list.

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