BMW Motorrad has launched its first rider training program in the United States.

The new BMW Motorcycle Rider Training program at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, S.C., began offering on-road and off-road courses Sept. 7. Led by professional instructors using BMW motorcycles exclusively, the courses include time in the classroom and on track with various models of BMW motorcycles, including the BMW R 1200 GS, F 650 GS, G 650 X challenge, G 650 X country or a student’s own BMW motorcycle. Classes include:

  • On-Road School: This one-day class lets students ride on the BMW Performance Driving School course for exercises including braking techniques, steering, accident avoidance, a slalom course, cornering styles, road hazard maneuvering and low-speed maneuvering.
  • Off-Road School:This one-day course is patterned after the curriculum at the BMW Enduro Park in Hechlingen, Germany, and is designed for the rider who is new to off-road riding or may already have experience but would like more training. Students experience the BMW Performance Center’s off-road course with surfaces including dirt, gravel and grass, and focus on exercises such as riding position, braking, slalom, stopping on a hill, recovery from a hill, hill climb and descent and riding ruts and logs. In addition, riders will do “Enduro-laps,” which are lead-follow laps in which students follow instructors through a series of wooded trails or exercises in order to practice techniques they have learned;
  • On- and Off-Road School: This two-day program combines the experiences and skills learned at each of the one-day schools for a comprehensive training program. The first day is spent with the on-road curriculum while day two focuses on off-road training exercises.

Classes are available to BMW owners and non-owners. Costs range from $480 per day — for participants using their own BMW motorcycles — up to $650 per day for participants renting a BMW motorcycle. BMW Performance Motorcycle Riding Program courses are recommended for those with intermediate riding experience, and all participants are required to wear full protective gear, including helmet, gloves, riding jacket, riding pants and boots that protect the ankles.