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Spring/Summer 2021

 Basic Rider Training

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We promise to take good care of them.

Endorsement Training Update

Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety Program is back to capacity with a full schedule of training courses. In all, more than 10,000 seats are ready at 25 locations statewide. The projected number of endorsement-seeking students in 2021 is 9,000 to 10,000.

At the onset of the pandemic a year ago, we switched to online classroom and retooled our range procedures to ensure social distancing and other safety protocols are met. This allowed the sponsors who provide our facilities (state and county agencies, community colleges, private businesses) to breathe easy, knowing we’re keeping their visitors (our students) safe.

The demand for rider training is constant, and Team Oregon is hoping to recruit at least 25 new instructors this year – Instructor preparation courses are scheduled for May and July. If you or someone you know would like to teach for Team Oregon, we want to hear from you. Review Become an Instructor and complete the interest form.

Free Safety Tips

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Through our social media channels, we are honoring Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, teaming up with Motosport.com this year to bring riders life-saving tips for intersections, curves, blind spots (yes, blind spots!) and emergency braking, among other topics. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and get expert advice to improve your riding.

DMV Update

DMV2U.Oregon.gov will soon include a feature to renew driver licenses, permits and identification cards without an office visit starting in early May. This will save thousands of customers a trip to a DMV office and free up appointment times for others … such as motorcyclists.

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New riders need to make an appointment to apply for a
motorcycle endorsement. Many other transactions can be done online.

If you need to add a motorcycle endorsement to your license, you will still need to make an appointment and visit DMV. The same is true if you want to add a veteran designation, change from a regular driver license or ID card to a Real ID-compliant credential or renew in other uncommon situations.

When you renew online, you will be able to print a receipt to carry with you. Law enforcement can verify your driving privileges electronically in the event of a traffic stop.

To find out if you are eligible to renew online, in early May go to DMV2U.Oregon.gov and choose the online renewal option. After answering a few questions, if you’re eligible to renew online, you can complete the transaction using a debit or credit card.

A Closer Look - Advanced Training

Many of our advanced training courses were canceled last year due to the pandemic, but we’re back with a whole suite of course offerings this year.

    

Stop on a dime during the 2.5 hour Braking Clinic.

To help “grease the wheels,” we’ve created short videos highlighting the features and benefits of advanced training. Take a peek at our Braking Clinic, Precision Maneuvering Clinic, and Advanced Riding Techniques course to get a better idea what they’re about and what to expect.

This may be the last year for the $99 Rider Skills Practice (RSP) course, which will be reimagined for 2022. For 17 years, RSP has been Oregon's traditional "next step" for new riders after endorsement training, as well a fun annual event for clubs. For those who promised to take it (again) someday, RSPs are available May-August in Albany, Eugene, Medford, Oregon City, and Pendleton. Learn more.

Riding Tip - Group Formation

A surprising proportion of injuries and fatalities happen on group rides. Too often, groups are preoccupied with staying together and staying in formation. Below is an example of where this can go wrong. In the first image, the merging vehicle, traveling the same speed as the motorcyclists, has nowhere to go. The ensuing conflict will leave riders from the middle of the pack all the way to the back in a very vulnerable position.

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Riders may be sideswiped or forced into the oncoming lane.

Share the road in staggered formation with big gaps. 

In the second image, the group has spread out into smaller pods of 3-4 riders each in staggered formation, allowing the vehicle to make a smooth entrance with much less drama.

The moral of the story: It’s okay to want to ride together, but don’t fall into the trap of insisting the group remain in a rigid, tight formation. Let everyone ride their own ride, and remember: Motorcyclists can to share the road, too.

Free Passports!

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"Rider Passports,” that is. Very unofficial. Not helpful at international borders. But kind of fun all the same. Everybody who takes a Team Oregon course gets one. This durable 4x6” pocket guide is a tool to keep notes on your bike(s) and your riding, plus bits of motorcycle wisdom, ride ideas, maintenance and milestones. When certain sections are complete, passport holders are eligible for a free prize. Sign up for a course and come get yours!

About Us

Team Oregon is supported by grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Safety Division. The program is part of 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 200,000 riders.

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