Gaining Early Advanced Riding Skills

GEARS – Gaining Early Advanced Riding Skills is the MOA Foundation’s program to develop riding skills for young riders. This wonderful young rider opportunity takes place over two days just prior to the beginning of the International Rally. This year, GEARS will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 – 12, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, the site of the 2018 Rally.

The MOA Foundation, in particular, the GEARS Committee, is striving to build upon past GEARS training, make improvements and expand the age group as well as the training. This year, the age group will be increased to include inexperienced as well as current licensed riders ages 14 – 26. The previous age group was 13 – 18. There will be a new and exciting component added to GEARS this year for eligible licensed riders.

Those who wish to participate, who have little to no experience and will not have a motorcycle available to them, will be eligible to participate in the standard GEARS program that we have all come to know over the years. For those who are licensed motorcycle riders and will have a street legal motorcycle available for use at the Rally, may be eligible to take part in a new offering at GEARS this year. More information about GEARS and this new addition to the program will be released in the coming weeks. We anticipate registration to begin sometime in March.

The BMWMOA Foundation’s Mission Statement includes Advancing Rider Safety, Education and Training. The GEARS Program is just one of our endeavors to help riders become safe and proficient.

As we get closer to the registration period, an FAQ (frequently asked questions) page will be attached. For any other questions you may have, feel free to contact Will McHardy, MOA Foundation Director and GEARS Committee Chair at

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