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post #1 of 11 Old Mar 23rd, 2016, 7:16 pm Thread Starter
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Advanced riding course recommendations

Hello from central Wisconsin! I am getting back into riding after a 10 year layoff. Very recently acquired a 2011 R1200RT and hoping to build my skills for general riding and long distance touring.

Does anyone have recommendations for an advanced rider course in Wisconsin?

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Hello from central Wisconsin! I am getting back into riding after a 10 year layoff. Very recently acquired a 2011 R1200RT and hoping to build my skills for general riding and long distance touring.

Does anyone have recommendations for an advanced rider course in Wisconsin?

Thanks!
Many dealers know about local courses. Try a BRC2 and then a Ride like a Pro class.


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Hello from central Wisconsin! I am getting back into riding after a 10 year layoff. Very recently acquired a 2011 R1200RT and hoping to build my skills for general riding and long distance touring.

Does anyone have recommendations for an advanced rider course in Wisconsin?

Thanks!
Not quite Wisconsin, but BMW has a great advanced skills course at their facility in South Carolina. I took it several years ago, and it is phenomenal.
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Re: Advanced riding course recommendations

Thanks! Has anyone tried the Lee Parks Total Control courses? There are some offerings in Illinois this year.
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Not sure about where you live but in Michigan they have classes at most of the community collages. The fee for the riding endorsement help defer the cost so it is only $25.00 for the basic and I think it is the same for the advanced.
They supply the motorcycle for the basic and you use your own at the advanced.
The cost at a few of the Harley shops is over $300.00 for the same class.
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Not quite Wisconsin, but BMW has a great advanced skills course at their facility in South Carolina. I took it several years ago, and it is phenomenal.
I took it as well. Great instructors, great bikes supplied, lunch which is more about talking with the other "students" than the food and held on a real track. Contrary to logic, it's more fun if it rains during the training! And you get a neat hat! Beautiful area as well.

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I took it as well. Great instructors, great bikes supplied, lunch which is more about talking with the other "students" than the food and held on a real track. Contrary to logic, it's more fun if it rains during the training! And you get a neat hat! Beautiful area as well.
You are so right about the rain. When I took it in March, the temp was in the 40s, the rain was turning to sleet at times, and it was fantastic to see how well the 1200GS performed in these suboptimal conditions. Emergency braking with ABS both on and off was stressed on the wet track. I feel like taking the course again, since I don't push myself like this at home.
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To start I'd check local Harley Dealerships the price can vary from one shop to another. I take the advanced every few years last time I paid $100. Even after 35 years of riding it doesnt hurt to hone your skills.
If that doesnt work check AMA's website they also offer courses. In my area there is a GA state trooper who offers a free course a few times a year.
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Re: Advanced riding course recommendations

Is the MSF ARC (Advanced Rider Course) offered in Wisconsin? If yes this provides more cornering & swerving challenges than the BRC2 does.

No experience on the Lee Parks Total Control program.

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Re: Advanced riding course recommendations

I ended up take the BRC 2 course through ABATE a couple weeks ago. The course turned out to be an excellent refresher and reintroduction into riding. Morning consisted of classroom time, and the afternoon was the riding portion. Riding portion included mostly low speed handling and safety issues.

Turned out to be a great course, the instructor was very knowledgeable and made the day challenging and fun! The content was based on the MSF program.

Next I am looking for a course more focused on higher speed turning and bike handling proficiency, to lead towards some track time.

Has anyone taken the Road America Street Skills Course 2?

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Re: Advanced riding course recommendations

I know this is way late but I took the Street Skills II course over at Road America and really enjoyed it. You get to run on a track, not a parking lot, with just about every curve-type you can imagine. The instruction was great and it really helped me gain confidence after a 30+ year hiatus.

The cost is very reasonable ($150) and the MOA actually reimbursed me for the course through their Scholarship Program!!

Only drawback is that it's only held twice a year.

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