In 1979, a pilot project in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) explored the feasibility of an Advanced Motorcycle Rider Training Program. Thirty experienced riders (ranging from 7800 to 100,000 mi. exposure) participated in the four-segment 16-hour program; the first three segments comprised three hours of range practice and one hour of classroom lecture and the fourth segment consisted only of riding. Basic skills were first reestablished to ensure that all students had a complete understanding, both theoretical and practical, of starting, braking, and shifting, and to break bad habits. Theoretical and practical knowledge of cornering followed, which led to a discussion of the virtues of collision avoidance vs. emergency braking, and practice on the Collision Avoidance Simulator Trainer. Reestablished and newly acquired skills were then applied in a traffic environment. Upon program completion, each student's progress was evaluated and discussed with him individually. Judgment was made primarily on the student's ability to improve upon his expertise in motorcycle control. Verbal and written student feedback was very positive, with general agreement that this training was a strong accident prevention method. The key to large enrollment is a promotional campaign aimed at the rider's ego; the rider must convince himself that it is possible for him to ride better. A block syllabus is provided for advanced motorcycle range training.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 660, "International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 1, p 283-300.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Morgan, K J
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389640
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 673
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM