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The Natural Training Progression for the Motorcycle Rider

  1. Headstart (HS) to get a feel for the motorcycle. Some students take Headstart just to find out if they really want to ride a motorcycle or scooter.
  2. Individual Novice Course Level 1 (INC-1) if issues are identified in Headstart or the student knows that they respond better to individual (private) training. The 1:1 training before the group BRC will give the student a 'headstart' by learning the basics and, thus, handle the dynamics of the group better.
  3. Basic RiderCourse (BRC) to get your license and become familiar with the five basic riding skills. While this is very good course for learning the basics, up to 60% of the students who successfully complete the BRC are not ready for street riding right away. Much more practice and probably more training are needed.
  4. Seat Time(ST) to begin to solidify the five basic skills, especially clutch/throttle control. This is not a one-time course. Take it often, as long as you are learning and responding to the coaching, and until you are ready for the Intermediate Rider Course.
  5. Individual Novice Course Level 2 (INC-2) to work specifically on issues you have identified (or we have identified). Do this before Seat Time if you and/or your instructors identified issues in the BRC. This is also a great course if you’ve taken the BRC and have not ridden for a while.
    Note: The individual evaluation scores during the Skill Test may not be an accurate indicator of each skill if you get nervous when tested. Consider your comfort level during the Skill Test. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is most anxious and 10 is totally comfortable. If your comfort level was six or less, then your anxiety likely affected the Skill Test outcome.
  6. Individual Intermediate Course (IIC) and/or the Intermediate Rider Course (IRC). Repeat as needed. The IIC is a two-hour course. The IRC is a four-hour course. The IIC is 1:1 instructor to student ratio while the IRC is 1:3. You get a lot of personal attention in both courses, but the structure of the IRC allows you to work on more skills/drills for longer while the IIC gives your issues the undivided attention in a 1:1 environment. Either the IIC or IRC are perfect for your annual tune-up if you are a high novice or intermediate rider. Just pick the format that makes you comfortable.
  7. Skills Camp (ESC) – two and a half days (about 20 hours) of intense mental and physical activity with one overarching goal: improvement. It doesn’t matter what level you rate your skills when you begin the course because you will leave rating yourself much higher. Most of the exercises/drills were derived from similar drills used to train police motor officers. You should repeat this every two to three years.
  8. Advanced Skills Course (ASC) – two weekend afternoons (about 8 hours). This is the entire Skills Camp crammed into 8 hours. Very intense, but broken up with a week in between (typically) or at least overnight.
  9. Individual Skills Course (Advanced) - two-hour class with one of our senior instructors working on advanced techniques. This session would be appropriate any time after the IIC or IRC. It is especially useful to work on deficiencies identified during the Skills Camp. This could serve as a diagnostic before the ESC or ASC.