Motorcycle Rider Training and Skill Development
 

What's New?

Fall/Winter 2017

 

Advanced Rider Training (ART) Returns to Medford

 Central Point ART Track
 Advanced Rider Training is once again
open for business in Medford.

That’s right – thanks to our friends at Go Kart Challenge in Central Point, our signature course will return to southern Oregon in October. ART is where experienced riders hone cornering skills on the smooth, twisting turns of a kart track.

ART is not a high speed, racing-oriented class, but provides riders a chance to build skills on a closed course while getting feedback from expert instructors. Tuition is $179 per person, which includes a full day of classroom and track instruction. Private courses are available. Learn more and sign up here.

Trike Training

Did you know? The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) provides trike training right here in Oregon. While marketed only to GWRRA members, the course is open to anyone, including passengers, for a cost of only $30. Participants get a full day of instruction and practice in the skills needed to operate their trikes safely. Courses run once or twice a year and space is limited. Anyone interested should contact the Oregon GWRRA to learn more. GWRRA contact information can also be found on the Clubs and Organizations page on our website.

New Training Sites in Redmond and Portland

 Deschutes County Logo

Huge thanks to Deschutes County
Fair and Expo Center for providing
a great new site in Redmond.

A new site in Redmond, in cooperation with Deschutes County Fairgrounds and the OSU Extension Office,  will host its first training courses September 8. This achievement is huge – it doubles training capacity and reduces wait times in central Oregon. The riding community in and around Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond has been growing quickly, increasing the demand for rider training in the area.

In Portland, the pressures on asphalt are intense, and we are still searching for training sites (200 x 300 feet of unobstructed asphalt) in the Beaverton and Hillsboro areas. However, the good news is we expect to open a new range at Mt. Hood Community College this fall, which will provide us a much needed training site in the Gresham area. 

Aerostich Returns September 20 - October 1

Our friends from the Rider Wearhouse are popping up their storefront again in Milwaukie this month. Riders are welcome to come get fitted for Aerostich or Darien gear, volunteer to help out or just hang around and talk bikes.

They'll be at the Milwaukie Marketplace Shopping Center, 10854 SE Oak Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day Sept. 20 – Oct. 1. They plan to bring hundreds of suits, jackets and other gear – including police suits and ladies' suits – in various sizes to try on. If you’re in the market for a 'Stich, this is a good opportunity to go meet the crew and get a professional fitting.

Tuition Reimbursement from American Honda

Great news from our friends at Honda: If you complete a state-approved rider training course (in our case, Team Oregon basic or intermediate) within 12 months of buying a new Honda motorcycle or scooter, American Honda will reimburse up to $75 of the cost of the course. What a great way to “get to know” a new bike! The reimbursement also applies to riders who take the course first, get their endorsement, then purchase a new Honda. Download the Honda reimbursement form.

Monthly Prizes Courtesy of Cycle Gear

Team Oregon Booth at Cycle Gear
 Stop by any Team Oregon event booth and
enter to win a $35 Cycle Gear gift card!

Team Oregon has joined with Cycle Gear to provide a $35 CG gift card once a month to one lucky rider. To enter the prize drawing, drop by the Team Oregon booth at a Cycle Gear Bike Night or any other statewide event (see our calendar) where Team Oregon has a booth. There you can fill out a quick three-question survey to add your name in the drawing. Some upcoming events:

  • Cycle Gear Beaverton Bike Night, September 20
  • Rider Wearhouse Pop-Up Event, Milwaukie, September 20-October 1
  • Cycle Gear Portland Bike Night, September 26
  • Cycle Gear Springfield Bike Night, September 26
  • Cycle Gear Salem Bike Night, October 10
  • Beaverton Motorcycles Vendor Sale November 4

Many thanks to Cycle Gear for supporting motorcycle safety and engagement in the riding community.

Clubs Advertise Free!

To help promote community, friends and fellowship, we want to remind you that nonprofit clubs and motorcyclist organizations in Oregon are eligible for a free 1/8-page ad in our printed student workbook (as space allows).The workbook is provided to 8,000-10,000 new riders every year.

Free ads are first come, first served. If you want a larger ad, discount rates apply. You must provide your own artwork – see specifications and deadlines in the ad flyer. Note: If you placed an ad in 2017, you must contact us again to place your ad for 2018.

Oregon Training Linked to Lower Crash Risk

Does rider training reduce crashes? Quite possibly. In 2017, we undertook a review of 268 fatal crashes in Oregon during 2011-2016 to see how many of those riders had participated in a training course. The results were eye opening.

According to a 2012 survey, among registered bike owners in Oregon, about two-thirds (66 percent) have taken basic or intermediate training. That means that of 268 fatalities, 177 of them should have been Team Oregon grads. However, only 50 of the 268 had taken our course. This implies that riders who participated in Team Oregon training were much less likely to be killed in a motorcycle crash than those who hadn't.

Of course, this correlation is not proof that rider training saves lives. More study is needed to determine the direct benefits of training. For more detail on the analysis, you can download and read the short report.

About Us

Team Oregon is a cooperative partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State University, providing statewide training, education and outreach for riders of all levels of experience and riding ability. Since 1984, the program has trained more than 180,000 riders.

 

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