Bike Bonding refers to the connection and interaction of the rider and motorcycle. Bike Bonding brings a new level of excitement to our RideCourse offerings.
The MSF Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse (UBBRC) has no classroom and is a partial day riding course designed to provide a low risk, effective, and enjoyable training event for participants who have riding experience. The general objective is for you to practice bike bonding skills on your own motorcycle. The course is typically only four to five hours of riding with breaks.
The overall aim of the UBBRC is to help riders develop smooth and precise control as they manipulate primary motorcycle controls and develop their riding procedures and techniques. Good bike bonding helps a rider automate physical skills so they can devote more attention to road and traffic conditions (searching and evaluating). It helps a rider to be a better decision-maker. A primary value of having good bike-bonding is how it transfers to actual on-street riding in the from of smooth control inputs and more spare "mental capacity" with which to strategize (use SEE).
To participate you should have sufficient riding skills and experiences to operate a motorcycle with basic proficiency. You must provide proof of license and insurance. Additionally your motorcycle must pass a T-CLOCS inspection. If for any reason your motorcycle does not pass the inspection MTII can provide a training motorcycle for use.
The UBBRC consists of 9 riding exercises, the following are examples of some of the exercises you'll ride:
The exercise uses a similar path of travel as Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse, but stop points are added for stopping in a straight line and stopping in a turn.
This exercise uses three circles with differing radii. Riders choose a circle, riding clockwise or counter-clockwise, through a weave. The challenge increases as riders gain confidence to ride the smaller circle.
The Switchbacks challenge a rider's low-speed maneuvering skill and help them bond with their motorcycle. "Snap Steering" is introduced as quickly turning the handlebars to a point at or near the steering lock limit. The path is referred to as a teardrop to help negotiate the exercise.
An exciting, yet challenging exercise, consisting of a circuit of slaloms and circles of progressively decreasing sizes.
This exercise is a capstone for bike bonding at low speed. There are four separate stations: a T-intersection followed by a Figure 8 and another T-intersection followed by a Bowtie. This may be the coolest of the exercises!
SHARING THE ROAD
This exercise is a continuous path of travel that reinforces the social aspect of sharing the road, gap selection and leaving space for others. This exercise allows riders to focus on continuous improvement of the application of skills and knowledge to manage risks.
The Bike Bonding RiderCourses will fast become one of the most valuable classes a new or experienced rider can take to enhance, renew, and refresh their skills. These courses are a part of the philosophy of Safety Renewal, were a rider must continuously take advantage of opportunities to build upon both the Mental and Physical skills needed to be a life long "Learning" rider.
For information on riding gear required for our courses click here.