Gaining Early Advanced Riding Skills

A foundational program of the BMW MOA Foundation, GEARS Training has been in existence since the Foundation was formed. The GEARS program is specifically designed to introduce young people to the sport of motorcycling. The curriculum for GEARS training is a combination of classroom seminars from experienced motorcyclist and on bike training provided by certified training providers. Everything needed to ride is provided with the exception of safety gear.

The following video highlights our 2018 GEARS Training Program in Des Moines, Iowa. A new informational video will be available soon. 



GEARS Training is reserved for individuals between the ages of 14 and 26. Whether novice or slightly skilled, students only need to bring proper riding clothes, to include helmet, goggles or glasses, long sleeved shirt, long pants, appropriate riding footwear and gloves. Motorcycles of appropriate size are provided for each rider.

Registration for the current GEARS Training is available online beginning March 10th. All registrants will be required to submit a $50.00 deposit. This deposit  will be refunded upon successful completion of the GEARS program. There are no refunds for those who register but fail to show.

For additional information about the Foundation's GEARS Training, please contact MOA Foundation Director and GEARS Chairperson, Ken Hall.


  • What is GEARS?
    Gaining Early Advanced Riding Skills is the premier rider training program designed for young riders age 14-26 year of age is available through the BMW MOA 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 motorcycle safety, education and training supporting motorcycling and its rich heritage.
  • Who can attend?
    The program encourages young riders between 14-26 years old to attend. BMW MOA club membership is not a requirement, and no riding experience is necessary.
  • How long is the GEARS program?
    The two-day program is offered before the BMW MOA Rally starts each year. In 2019 this will be in Lebanon, Tennessee, and will run June 12-13.
  • What will I do there?
    The GEARS program is structured with classroom sessions and in-field on the bike training by professional trainers. The program will be on the rally grounds and in a controlled environment.

  • How much does it cost to attend GEARS?
    Registrants pay a $50 deposit to guarantee their spot. This fee is completely refundable upon successful completion of the course. There are no refunds for those who register but fail to show. Participants do not need to also enroll as attendees for the rally as attendance armbands are included in their course enrollment.
  • Will I receive any form or certificate after completing GEARS?
    A certificate will be awarded to all who complete the training.
  • Do I need to bring my own motorcycle?
    Motorcycles of the appropriate size will be made available for those who participate in GEARS.
  • What safety gear do I need to bring?
    You will need the basic safety equipment that fits you: a DOT-approved helmet along with a visor and/or eye protection, 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?
    A contracted professional training company will teach the in-field motorcycle training program. We will have guest instructions in the classroom covering a variety of topics.
  • Do I need to get insurance to attend GEARS?
    No; insurance is provided 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?
    Go to the Foundation tab on the MOA website, choose GEARS Training and click on link; REGISTRATION FOR THE CURRENT GEARS TRAINING
  • How many students are in the class?
    There are 12 seats available in the Beginner GEARS class and 12 available in the Advanced GEARS class. 
  • I have already attended GEARS, can I attend again?
    Yes, you may sign up for the GEARS program again. If you are a graduate of an MSF-approved dirt bike school or have completed GEARS, you may sign up for the GEARS advance skills course.
  • Do I need to bring lunch, snacks or drinks?
    No, water, drinks, snacks, breakfast and lunch 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 start on the range while the other will start in the classroom. At lunch the groups will switch with the same thing happening on day two touring.
  • What topics will be addressed?
    It will touch on first aid, equipment reviews and how to select equipment, safe riding practices, packing for long distance travel on smaller motorcycles, riding techniques to make it to one million miles. We will also have a demo of police cone rodeo riding.
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