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49er GS Training Courses


One of the top goals of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California is safety through rider education, and as a Club we regularly offer road and track training opportunities to our membership.

Recognizing that the GS is a big part of the BMW brand and the ride of choice of a lot of our Club members, we use the backdrop of the 49er to focus on the off-road side of the spectrum. Plus the Mariposa Fairgrounds is really well suited for off-road training.

This year we are proud to partner again with Pat Jaques/ADVWoman and Black Swan Moto to bring truly outstanding training opportunities to GS riders. These classes have well developed curriculum designed for riders of all skill levels, and riders will see improvements to their off-road riding and boost their confidence.  And after these courses maybe consider entering in the 49er English Trials competition or even the GS Giants challenge course!

Be sure and attend our hosted reception for all participants after the training in the Bier Garden from 5 to 6 PM .


Ladies, come train with Pat Jaques and take your riding to the next level! Last year we had rave reviews of this course from the participants so be sure and sign up early if you develop your confidence off road. Space is limited to 14 each day.  

If you’re a woman ready to learn in a safe environment tailored to your needs, looking for comradery and connection of other women riders and instructors, ready to transform and grow, increase your confidence, ride safer and have tons of fun then please join ADVWoman at the 2019 49er Rally!

Adventure Essentials-Friday May 22 8 am to 3 PM

“Adventure Essentials” class teaches new and seasoned riders proper body position, how to handle tall seat heights and get one foot solidly on the ground for balance and control.  Each skill builds upon the next. We teach throttle and clutch control in deliberate, safe, steps.  Then we move onto slow turns, flat cornering, braking skills, riding uphill and downhill, how to turn the bike on a hill if you stall, and how to pick up the bike.  Adventure Essentials will be taught on the rider range at the fair ground.

Adventure Intermediate-Saturday May 23 8 AM to 3 PM

“Adventure Intermediate” builds upon fundamentals teaching riders skills to handle various terrain and conditions.  Learn to safely navigate gravel, sand ruts, water crossings (if available) and obstacles like logs. Adventure Intermediate class will be taught on local trails and back roads.  Riders will enjoy integrating rider range skills in a natural terrain environment.  (Lunch will be on the trail.  Please pack a lunch.) It is highly recommended that all riders complete Adventure Essentials training prior before attempting Adventure Intermediate class.  Riders who completed Adventure Essentials at 2019 rally are encouraged to continue training with Intermediate training.

If you have any questions about the courses please email Pat. 

About Pat

On and off her motorcycle Pat Jacques is a genuine, courageous, authentic BadAss! She’s a pioneer woman who raced men’s motocross, successful entrepreneur, and founder of ADVWoman. In 2016 she hosted the first ever Adventure Rally for Women, by Women emphasizing on range and classroom training. Pat’s passion is empowering women through personal and motorcycle coaching. She’s been riding, racing and teaching motorcycling over 40 years. She has a unique talent for breaking skills into teachable pieces, inspiring confidence, and helping riders to achieve tremendous success. Pat lives and rides high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and is intimately familiar with the backcountry. She’s energetic, vibrant, and quick to laugh!

And be sure and check out some of her outstanding training videos to get a taste of her great approach to training.     



New this year we are working with Black Swan Moto to bring their award winning off-road training curriculum to the 49er.  This training is appropriate for all riders and will be scaled according to each individual skill-set.  

Black Swan Moto Master Instructors are professionals. Expert technicians in the craft of off-road riding whose enthusiasm combined with experience equals an intense, rider-focused program.  Del, Jeff, Kurt and Michael together represent over fifty years of riding and instructing, both on street and off-road, training, traveling, and touring.

They have combined their decades of personal knowledge into a well-developed and proven instructional method that will Transform Your Ride.  The result?  Each training class is designed to deliver clear-cut information and well-guided instruction sure to get you off the street, on the dirt and headed to your next adventure. We are offering two levels of courses as follows 

Adventure rider BASICS-Beginner/Intermediate

Instructors guide you through our time-tested Methodology: the essential set of off-road riding skills. Training begins with proper clutch, brake, and throttle control, followed by body positioning, starting, stopping, and skid management. Students learn, then practice, momentum and slow speed control, turns and directional changes, before moving onto applied exercises like trail riding, navigating terrain, and recovery techniques. You’ll achieve the confidence to ride effectively in the dirt and onto your next adventure.


Friday May 22 9 AM to 1 PM-Intermediate/Advanced

Saturday May 23 8 AM to 12 Noon-Beginner/Intermediate


Adventure Rider Advanced Rider Skills and Techniques-Intermediate/Advanced

Instructors tackle nuanced riding techniques and technical know-how rarely offered in training.  Skills like skidding into and powering out of turns, lofting over obstacles, ascending/descending steps, etc., are steadily developed through demonstration and repetition.  Instructors deliver an intensive and comprehensive breakdown of body position, controls, and how to get power to the ground. Students advance their learning through speed and challenging environments, pushing the limits of possibility on adventure motorcycles. 

We are offering two classes a day as follows

Friday May 22 8 AM to 12 Noon-Beginner/Intermediate

Saturday May 23 9 AM to 1 PM-Intermediate/Advanced

Afternoon Trail Ride

Research shows that the putting skills to practice is important to truly developing new skills.  So each course includes a guided trail ride  with the instructors that will further hone your skillset. The trails and scenery will be spectactular as well!

Plus you get a cool Blackswan Moto T-shirt and a $100 gift certificate for any of their regular training classes!





          

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