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BMW Motorcycle Rider Training Now Available In U.S.

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 18, 2008
In 1994, BMW Motorrad opened its Enduro Park in the small German town of Hechlingen. Now, for the first time, official BMW Motorrad rider training is now available in the United States at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina. Offering one-day and two-day riding courses for both on and off-road, qualified instructors will help riders to acquire the practical and technical skills to make every ride safer and more enjoyable than ever before.

The courses are recommended for those with intermediate riding experience, and a range of BMW motorcycles can be rented at the Performance Center. Whether you're an off-road rider, touring fiend, or are more sport-bike oriented, the drills and instruction available at the Performance Center are aimed at bringing riding skills and confidence to a whole new level.

The Performance Center’s off-road program is based on the curriculum at the BMW Enduro Park in Hechlingen and involves a variety of drills and exercises, ranging from basic bike set-up, body position, throttle and clutch control, to braking and cornering. After that, riders will then hit the trail with a BMW-certified instructor.

With a low student-to-instructor ratio, access to instructors should be plentiful. Apparently so will access to water.

There is also on-road instruction available, which stresses the same sort of control and finesse, only on the asphalt. The on-road course also involves some dual-sport exercises which BMW claims will help every street rider handle sections of gravel or unpaved road.

“It was a very physically demanding eight hours, but we all learned so much,” said one recent attendee of the program. “If you ever have the chance to attend, I highly recommend it. I also recommend you rent one of their motorcycles as opposed to using your own... I think everyone fell but no one got hurt.”

The program boasts a ratio of four students to one instructor, so access to the instructor should be maximized.

There is more information and downloadable PDF files available online by visiting or for a full schedule of available courses, please call 909-975-5656.

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