The International Driver & Rider Training Symposium was a weekend-long event comprised of demonstrations, test rides and presentations all geared toward understanding and improving motorcycle safety via training, research, education and technology. The event was sponsored by the newly created powersports division of Bosch, and presented by Cedergrens MEK, creators and manufacturers of an innovative new training tool called Skidbike that we got to test for ourselves.
Kevin Duke and yours truly attended the symposium in search of the prevailing trend in motorcycle safety. We’ll report our findings in the coming days and weeks beginning with our test and video of the Skidbike, the highlight of the event for us. This odd contraption has the ability to turn the most unskilled and hesitant pedestrian into a bonafide motorcyclist, as well as safely teach grizzled veterans valuable lessons.
In addition to the Skidbike piece, we’ll also feature Bosch’s new powersports division and the high-tech company’s drive toward a future of smarter and safer motorcycles. The symposium featured a handful of rider-training experts, everyone from coaches like Total Controls’ Lee Parks to the National Motorcycle Institute’s Joe Elliot, a data expert who also happens to be trained nuclear physicist. Conference topics covered Human factors in Accident Causation, Digital Immigrants, the difference between truth and truthiness in regards to motorcycle safety, and how competition drives progress.
If these subjects pique your interest, keep a lookout for updates to this page for future articles. Thanks and safe riding!