BMW rider training now available in the U.S.

Official BMW Motorrad rider training is now available in the United States at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina, near BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC, the company said on its U.S. Web site, bmwmotorcycles.com, recently.

The BMW Performance Center is offering one-day and two-day riding instruction for on- and off-road riders. Those without a BMW motorcycle can rent one at the Performance Center. The classes aim to give riders the practical and technical skills to make rides safer and more enjoyable. The courses are recommended for those with intermediate riding experience.

An on-road class only or off-road class only is one day. Riders can take both courses back-to-back for a two-day session.

The off-road program is patterned after the curriculum at the BMW Enduro Park In Hechlingen, Germany, and involves a variety of drills and exercises, ranging from basic bike set up and body position, throttle and clutch control, to braking and cornering. After that, riders hit the trail with a BMW-certified instructor. The on-road course involves some dual-sport drills to help street riders handle gravel or unpaved road riding.

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