GEARS - Gaining EarlyAdvanced Riding Skills - is the MOA Foundation's program to develop riding skills for younger riders. The prime event every year takes place over two days before the International Rally every year. This summer there will be two programs offered - the GEARS basic MSF-dirt bike training and an advanced skills program called GEARS ABC.
All teens ages 13 to 18 years old are welcome to register for the programs, and MOA membership is not a requirement. There is no cost to the participant, and entry into the Rally is included in the registration. Up to 24 students will be able to participate. Participants do not need to have any experience in riding a motorcycle, and by the end of the two day program they will be riding safely and with confidence.
GEARS ABCs (Advanced Bike Control) is a follow-up to the basic GEARS course that will provide returning riders an option to have more fun and learn advanced bike control skills on the dirt. GEARS ABCs is offered to those who have completed a basic dirt bike course or a GEARS course. Effective braking, controlling rear wheel skids, proficient clutch control, improved balance, and traction management skills for improved bike control will be some of the new training offered. If students wish to repeat the basic GEARS, they are welcome to sign up for the basic course.
Both training programs will be two days in length and will run concurrently, Wednesday and Thursday, July 12 and 13, 2017. There will be classroom discussions that will include crash scene administration and basic first aid, and Paul and Voni Glaves will be in attendance to provide much insight into motorcycling from their multi-million miles riding careers. The ever-popular SMARTrainer will be in the classroom with a certified instructor who will help the teens become aware of riding on many different types of streets and roads. The SMARTrainer has been likened to a flight simulator with real world experiences.
Snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on both days of the programs, and a certificate will be awarded to those completing either of the training programs.
All participants will be required to have the basic safety gear: helmet, eye protection, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Bikes will be provided by DirtBike Tech. Sign up today at bmwmoaf.org!