GEARS Frequently Asked Questions

GEARS FAQ

  • What is GEARS?
    Gaining Early Advanced Riding Skills is the premier rider training program for teens that is available through the BMWMOA Foundation.
     
  • What is the BMW MOA Foundation?
    The Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation separate from the BMW MOA social club. The Foundation promotes rider training and safety.
     
  • Who can attend?
    The program is open to anybody 13-18 years old. BMW MOA club membership is not a requirement, and no riding experience is necessary.
     
  • How long is the GEARS program?
    The two-day program runs in conjunction with the BMW MOA Rally each year. In 2017 this will be in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will run July 12-13.
     
  • What will I do there?
    You will be introduced to and taught the basics of riding a dirt bike safely. How much does it cost to attend GEARS?
    Not only is there no cost to the participant, admission to the Rally is free to the participant.
     
  • Will I receive any form or certificate after completing GEARS?
    An MSF Dirt Bike School Certificate will be awarded to all who complete the training.
     
  • Do I need to bring my own motorcycle?
    Motorcycles are provided at no cost and are of a size that is appropriate to each participant.
     
  • What safety gear do I need to bring?
    You will need the basic safety equipment that fits you: a DOT-approved helmet, gloves, long sleeve shirt and full-length pants, plus over-the-ankle boots.
     
  • Is there any safety gear available for my use?
    No, you must provide your own gear.
     
  • Who provides the training at GEARS?
    An MSF-certified company that is qualified to teach the program. In Salt Lake City that will be DirtBike Tech out of Minnesota.
     
  • Do I need to get insurance to attend GEARS?
    No; insurance is provided by DirtBike Tech, by the MOA Foundation, and other MOA organizations.
     
  • Is there emergency medical assistance nearby in case of an accident or injury?
    There will be on-site First Aid available at the Rally, and staff will call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance should it be needed.
     
  • How do I apply?
    By registering at bmwmoa.org/event/gears17.
     
  • How many students are in the class?
    Class capacity is capped at 24.
     
  • I have already attended GEARS, can I go again?
    Yes, you may sign up for the same basic GEARS program. If you are a graduate of an MSF-approved dirt bike school or have completed GEARS, you may sign up for the GEARS ABC advance skills course.
     
  • What is GEARS ABC?
    GEARS ABC (Advanced Bike Control) is a follow-up course that will provide returning riders an option to have more fun and learn advanced skills on the dirt. GEARS ABC 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.
     
  • Do I need to bring lunch, snacks or drinks?
    No, water, drinks, snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.
     
  • What is the schedule for a typical training day?
    The day will begin at 8:00 AM sharp. The participants will be divided into two groups, based on experience or the lack thereof. One group will go to the riding course, the other will be in an air-conditioned classroom; each group will have a two-hour training segment. The groups will then switch locations. Snacks and drinks will be provided at this break time. After lunch, the groups will again go to the starting point of the day and after two hours will switch again. The SMARTrainer will be in use and a qualified instructor will be there to assist the student in operating the simulator in street riding mode. In addition, multimillion-mile riders Paul and Voni Glaves will be on hand to encourage the participants and to share their riding experiences from basic bike maintenance to long-distance touring.
     
  • What topics will be addressed?
    For the riding course the proper gear will be addressed, along with providing an understanding of the motorcycle, its controls and safety features. Positioning on the motorcycle, use of the controls and safe operation will be addressed. In the classroom, there will be an introduction to crash scene management and first aid so the participant will understand the basics of what to do in the unfortunate case they happen upon a crash scene.
     

Register now at bmwmoa.org/event/gears17! You can also download a flyer for the 2017 Camp GEARS in Salt Lake City.

 

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