Tuesday, May 5, 2022
This is a one day street/off-road course that features real-time coaching held on lightly traveled roads and local dirt roads and some EASY forest roads for the experienced street rider who is new to off-road riding. This is for people with a large dual sport or Adventure bike.
Our day begins with a briefing in or near Ashfield, MA. The meeting location depends on where people are staying the night before. Often, we meet at the Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield, MA which is convenient, clean and relatively inexpensive.
We will spend about an hour or so doing closed course drills. The rest of the day includes training through the northern Berkshires of Massachusetts. We use bike-to-bike communicators for real-time coaching. Sena Bluetooth/Mesh Communicators are provided if you don’t currently have a Sena system installed.
At about 4:00 PM we debrief and I give you your videos before the group heads toward their respective destinations. Have some way to take video home: iphone using Airdrop or a 16gb+ USB thumb drive.
- Personal training with real-time coaching using Sena rider to-rider communicators
- Road Training through the hidden Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont.
- Video of you riding.
Lodging and Food
Lodging and meals are not included in one-day tours. Unless you live nearby, I strongly suggest you stay the night before. The Red Roof Inn in South Deerfield, MA is a good choice and is where we often meet. I can meet wherever the whole group is staying the night before (applies if students are together).
What You’ll Learn
- Slow Speed Maneuver Techniques
- Emergency Braking
- Visual Targets (Reading the Road)
- Lane Position
- Off-road Body Position
- Considerations for riding off-road.
Where Will We Ride?
We will be touring around my little bit of motorcycling heaven in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.
Rides will meet in or near Ashfield, MA.
NOTE: There is no cell service in Ashfield to speak of.
This is what you can expect when riding in the Berkshire Hills.
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- About one season (2-3,000 miles) of experience.
- You must have a current motorcycle endorsement, as well as a legally insured and registered motorcycle.
- You must also sign a liability waiver
What to Bring
- Riding Gear (required at all times)
- DOT-approved helmet
- eye protection (windshields alone do not count as eye protection)
- motorcycle jacket,
- long pants (armored motorcycle pants preferred)
- full coverage gloves
- sturdy, over-the-ankle boots.
- Standard inexpensive 3.5mm wired (not iPhone) earbuds. We use Sena Bluetooth communicators. We can pair if you have a Sena Bluetooth comm already.
- Rain gear. Tours run rain or shine.
- Enough layers (or electric jacket liner) for cool temperatures.
- USB Thumb drive that is at least 16Gb free capacity for video
Road Training help riders increase confidence and enjoyment in real-world conditions. However, this is not a course for raw beginners! Students are wise to take the MSF Basic RiderCourse or have an equivalent level of skill before signing up. A good guideline is having ridden at least a season (2-3,000 miles).
Contact Ken with questions.
We will be riding at moderate street speeds and enjoying a ride through some beautiful countryside with awesome twisty roads. If you want to learn to ride fast in a safe environment, I recommend attending the Non-Sportbike Track Training Days or a Tony’s Track Days event if you ride a sport bike.
Private, Individual Training is Not available for 2022
The Riding in the Zone, LLC Motorcyclist Training Program is supported by the American Motorcyclist Association and the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP).
Scholarships are available through the BMW/MOA Foundation.