TEAM Arizona Tunes Up With American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)

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The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), in preparation for the sizzling riding season ahead of us, created an article in Motorcyclist magazine titled, “Tune Up, Get Out, Go Ride”.  As part of the article TEAM Arizona was selected to provide insight about rider training and the benefits to advancing skills through additional training.

We are excited the AMA is extending great amounts of effort and resources to include rider training organizations like TEAM Arizona in their operational mix.  We at TEAM Arizona think the AMA provides valuable support for the motorcycling community and some key benefits to individual riders.  We encourage you to visit the membership page to see how the AMA can benefit you.  CLICK HERE

Sgt. Sean Kelly from Mesa Police Department was also interviewed to get his perspective on rider training and its effect on riders.  Sean received multiple levels of training from TEAM Arizona and supports the concept of continued rider education.

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The AMA has also greatly expanded its rider training school support program.  They created a “Salute Page” to honor all of the rider training organizations who support the AMA.  TEAM Arizona is proud to be at the top of that list.  In a direct quote from their web site, “The AMA recognizes these motorcycle rider education organizations for teaching safe and responsible riding. Whether you’re new to motorcycling or have been riding all your life, proper training and education is the cornerstone of riding safe.”

So, what are you waiting for?  JOIN TODAY!

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Kelly’s Korner: Have Coffee, Will Ride

In my world, motorcycling does not happen sans coffee — espresso, really. I have a slight addiction. This month, talk to me about some of your most memorable coffee experiences while on the road. Here are three of mine:

The first was during my inaugural solo trip, leaving Flagstaff early on the second morning. I was about to head north on the 89, yet didn’t feel hungry so coffee with breakfast wasn’t an option. Coffee itself, however, was necessary (when is it not?). But I didn’t want to make a lengthy stop and I was not going to stoop to Starbucks. (Give me local, independent, unique coffee over over-roasted, mass-market predictability any day. Yeah, I’m that person.) So I found a parking lot coffee kiosk on my way out of Flagstaff. And if memory serves, I downed a double shot before dumping a triple-shot latte into the bladder of my Camelbak. Hey, a girl needs fuel in her tank and in her system. I remember riding into the sunrise, delighted to be drinking coffee while riding. Of course, I’d pay later. Unable to fully flush the coffee from the bladder, I had to endure the flavor of espresso-tainted Vitamin B Energy Water. Mmmmm. Lesson not learned, though. I’ve repeated the espresso-in-Camelbak antic more than once. Which reminds me that I have ruined said Camelbak bladder and need to order a new one before the weather gets much warmer. Because, you know, it’s important to drink water, too.

Another time, I was riding home from Colorado with a bunch of dudes. We had left a Kawasaki ZRX rally in South Fork and ridden down Wolf Creek Pass before the sun hit the pavement; ice was still on the road and foraging deer threatened to run out in front of us (and a buck did, in front of our friends driving a giant Dodge. That truck’s front end was gone. And so was the deer.) By the time we reached the little town at the bottom of the pass, we were all in dire need of breakfast and a coffee booster. The only open restaurant was a Victorian tea house. We parked our bikes and in we went. Picture this: several men and me, geared up in full leathers and boots, carrying helmets and gloves, seated at tables dotted with doilies, flowers, silver flatware and fine china. It was all very dainty and civilized, unlike us. Never have I sipped my coffee with such care. I don’t even remember how it tasted, just that I was terrified of somehow breaking the teacup.
My third coffee-and-riding story has yet to reach a conclusion. (That will only come about when I’m dead.) I like to go to the Total Control Track Clinics at Willow Springs in California whenever I can. Problem is, good coffee in the Palmdale-Lancaster-Rosamond areas does not seem to exist, especially when one has to be at the track by 6:30 a.m. And the hotel coffee is a weak, watery, offensive excuse for caffeine.

The answer? A travel French press with a screw-in cup for storing or measuring out coffee. I grind fresh beans at home, package them in a travel-size airtight container (oh yes, this happens), find the hot water dispenser in the hotel dining room and voila, thick, strong nectar of life that carries me through the day.A single burner camping stove also has been known to sneak into the back of the car, ready to heat coffee water for me at the track; sadly, though, the wind at Horsethief Mile tends to kick up too high for the burner to cooperate. But that doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying.

There you have it, some of my motorcycling-related coffee outtakes. Share yours with me, and ride awake!

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TEAM Arizona to Unveil Mystery Machine at Phoenix Bike Fest

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TEAM Arizona will unveil a technologically advanced rider training machine at Phoenix Bike Fest this year.  The unit is the brainchild of TEAM Arizona Owner, Ron Arieli.  The concept was brought to life by TEAM Arizona RiderCoach PauL Bober and engineer/fabricator David Duncan.  After nearly two years of development, this prototype is ready to be revealed on Friday, April 4, 2014.  Rides on the mystery machine are FREE!

The patented vehicle is programmable to allow for variations in rider skill; from entry level riders to professional road racers.  The unit can be fitted for any type of motorcycle.  Founder PauL Bober has this to say about this machine, “It has been nearly two years of our blood and sweat into this machine.  We are excited to introduce this project to the motorcycling community at Phoenix Bike Fest.”  CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS

We can’t wait to see it!  If you know someone who is interested in learning how to ride, but is a bit intimidated by the idea, have them come out to ride this training tool.  They just might fulfill their dream of riding a motorcycle for the first time!

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TEAM Arizona to Perform Demos in CycleFest at WestWorld

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TEAM Arizona will be performing several demonstrations in the Cyclefest ABW Bike Arena Area at Westworld April 4, 5, and 6.  RiderCoaches Kevin “Strawberry” Wood and Grey Murphy will be demonstrating several key techniques for riding your motorcycle safely and with skill.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, April 4, 2014
3pm: Hazard Avoidance Riding Demonstration
6pm:  Slow Speed Maneuvering

Saturday, April 5, 2014
11am: Slow Speed Maneuvering
3pm: Hazard Avoidance Riding Demonstration
6pm:  Slow Speed Maneuvering

Sunday, April 4, 2014
3pm: Hazard Avoidance Riding Demonstration
5pm:  Slow Speed Maneuvering

For additional CycleFest 2014 event information, please CLICK HERE.

Swerve a Motorcycle

Notice how this rider’s body stays upright as the bike leans when he initiates the swerve

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Edd and Juanita: TEAM Arizona Riders of the Month April 2014!

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Do you think you’re tough?  We’re thinking of changing the word tough to “Juanita”.  What she overcame to achieve her dream of riding a motorcycle is nothing short of astounding.  We’ll let you read it in her own words:

I took the 4 hour Introductory Motorcycle class and I used TEAM Arizona’s gear. I had no idea how to drive a motorcycle or what I was getting myself into. I had fun and I had sore thighs for the next couple of days from power walking the bike, but I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I was hooked. So, my husband Edd signed both of us up to take the 15 hour Basic RiderCourse in May. That course was the beginning of a new life for both of us.

When it came to actual riding time Edd and I were in different groups. Everything was going really well until the final practice run prior to the test. We were to get up to speed and then perform an obstacle swerve followed by a stop. We were told several times throughout the class not to slam on the brakes in a swerve. Having never ridden a motorcycle before, this maneuver made me a little nervous, but I got up to speed made the swerve and then I thought I was going too fast and was going to hit the wall so I slammed on the brakes. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!

In a split second I was slammed to the ground. I was so very thankful I had ALL my gear on. I know for a fact my helmet bounced three times on the pavement and my eyes were wide open wondering what the heck was going on. When everything finally stopped I had people standing over me asking me if I was OK. I performed a quick self evaluation. My husband stood over me saying “You are OK, get up.” I was helped up and went to the restroom to see if anything was broken. The rest of the class took a break prior to the final driving test. I thought I was OK even though my foot really hurt. The instructor told me I didn’t have to take the driving portion of the test that day; I could come back later. I told him I would take the test provided they gave me a different bike (the bike I was on was totally un-rideable) and if I failed then I would come back. Needless to say both my husband and I passed both the driving and written portion of the test and we both left that day with our motorcycle endorsements. We were both very happy!

When I got out to our car, I took off my boot and my foot began to swell. The next day, walking on my injured foot caused me great pain. I left work early, going to Urgent Care. I was told by the doctor I had an avulsion fracture in my ankle. I was in a “walking boot” for the next 6 weeks. If I hadn’t worn my motorcycle jacket I know I would have suffered a broken arm too. After everything healed I was right back on my motorcycle.

My husband and I ride our motorcycles almost every weekend. We started out on a Honda 250 until we felt comfortable. In May 2011, Edd bought a Yamaha Stratoliner, in July 2011, I bought a Yamaha V Star 950 Touring Bike. Edd has driven his motorcycle more than 20,000 miles and I have driven more than 18,000 miles since Valentine’s Day 2010. We’ve seen more of Arizona in the four years we’ve been riding than we ever would in a car. After trading our Honda 250 for our Yamahas, we took a three hour one-on-one class with TEAM Arizona. In addition, we have been to several free seminars including TEAM Arizona’s “2 Up Riding” course. We believe the more education we get the safer we’ll be.

Three weeks ago we traded both of our bikes in for a Honda Goldwing. Soon we will be taking the Confident RiderCourse “2 Up”. We believe in the value of continued training; helps to break bad habits. We know firsthand the value of “All The Gear All The Time” (ATGATT) wear everything Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

We are so proud of both Juanita and Edd.  We appreciate the fearlessness and desire to experience new things.  We are truly happy to have them as part of the TEAM Arizona family!

Riders, we want to honor YOU!  If you want to become a TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month, entering is SIMPLE.

  • Email Bill (bill@motorcycletraining.com )
  • In the subject line, type “Rider of the Month”
  • In one paragraph, tell us why you deserve the title TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month!

Let’s have some serious FUN with this gang!  There are some great stories out there and we don’t want to miss them, so tell us about YOU!

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TEAM Arizona Riding Tip: Pillion? What’s Riding Pillion Mean?

The fantastic weather is bringing out the motorcycles.  I’m sure some folks are begging you for a ride.  If so, we want to make sure we’re prepared.  So if you’re going to ride with a passenger (aka, pillion!), you’ll want to consider these topics.  Don’t want to read?  Check out this video from a 2-Up Riding Seminar at Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson.

COMMUNICATION

It all starts, continues, and ends with this important “C” word.  As riders, we sometimes take for granted what the passenger may or may not know.  Communicate early.  Communicate often. Make sure to listen.  A first ride well done can translate into MANY fun, enriching shared experiences with a kindred spirit.

PASSENGER READY?

The passenger should be aware of the risks of motorcycling before they even consider riding with us.  If they are under 18, we should consider getting parent/guardian approval before riding.  Keep in mind, it is mandatory for riders under 18 to have a DOT approved helmet and they must be able to reach their own set of foot pegs.  Riding that niece or nephew around the block on the tank may look cute to some, but law enforcement regards this as child endangerment.

Here’s a quick checklist of items to discuss with your passenger:

  • How to mount the motorcycle, especially how to avoid the hot exhausts
  • Where to hold onto the bike/rider
  • How to position the body when stopping and taking off, including keeping the feet on the footrests at all times (no sudden movements)
  • Proper attire before mounting the motorcycle (All The Gear All The Time)
  • Where to look during turns and cornering
  • When crossing over an obstacle, rising slightly off the seat

BIKE READY?

Once again, our ol’ friend T-CLOCS stands at attention waiting to be used like a trusty friend.  Yep, we’ll want to make sure we give our motorcycle some attention before we head out with a passenger on the back.

Here are some things to review:

  • Make sure the bike is well maintained according to the owner’s manual.
  • Adjust the suspension and tire pressures as per operator’s manual recommendations.
  • Review weight limitations of the motorcycle. 

YOU READY?

We will want to prepare for the adventure by considering a few things.  We want to be in the right mindset before we take the responsibility of having another person on the motorcycle with us.

Have we considered the following items:

  • Are we well rested and ready to perform?  Handling, stopping, and accelerating on a motorcycle with a passenger all take on a new feel with a passenger.
  • Are we healthy mentally and emotionally?
  • Are we prepared to accept the risk of having someone else with us?

Part of the fun in motorcycling is sharing the experience with our friends and loved ones.  We’ll want to make sure our skill is up to the challenge of having a bike that will handle completely different with someone on the back of the motorcycle.  An easy, fun way to enhance your skill with a passenger would be to attend one of TEAM Arizona’s advanced courses, like the Confident RiderCourse!

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TEAM Arizona Prepares for More Three Wheel (3WBRC) Training!

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TEAM Arizona took a major leap forward last month towards expanding its three wheel training offerings.  In February 2014, ten RiderCoaches participated in the Motorcycle Safety Foundations’s 3WBRC certification course.  All ten RiderCoaches passed with flying colors and are now capable of coaching the 3WBRC course.  For information about the 3WBRC course, and the ability to obtain the motorcycle endorsement when successfully passing this course, please visit the TEAM Arizona website (click here).

When asked about expanding the rider training options, TEAM Arizona owner Ron Arieli replied, “This is at the core of who we are.  We exist to provide rider education services and that means to three wheel riders also.”

We wouldn’t have been able to complete the certification course without our valued sponsors.  We would like to thank RideNow Powersports Chandler, RideNow Powersports Surprise, Chandler Harley-Davidson®, and Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale for providing training vehicles for the certification course.  We’d also like to thank Don Morris and Carlos Rangel for providing their private vehicles for the weekend too.

Why Should the Motorcycle Community Care?

Simply, having more certified RiderCoaches means more course date options at more convenient locations.  This also means we have better trained, more educated riders on the road.  This is a complete win-win for three wheel riders in Arizona.

Also, we’ll be able to offer mid-week one-on-one training courses.  Currently, courses are provided at these two locations:

In the near future, the 3WBRC will be available at these following locations:

  • Tucson RideNow Powersports
  • Tucson Harley Davidson
  • Glendale Community College
  • Sierra Vista Buena High School

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is also looking to release a follow up training course to help current three wheel riders enhance their skills.  We should be seeing that sometime in 2015.

Three Wheel Vehicles Available for Training

steve-on-can-am-spyderThanks to a sponsorship with BRP, and RideNow Powersports, two Can Am Spyders are now available at the Gilbert training location for student use.

This means individuals can sign up for 3WBRC course, reserve a Spyder in advance, and then use the Can Am Spyder during the course to obtain their motorcycle endorsement.

The big win here is that people can try these vehicles before making a purchase.

If you, or someone you know, has questions about the three wheel training course, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

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Kelly’s Korner: Choosing Riding Partners

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One of the dilemmas newer riders face is finding the right fellow riders with whom to share the road.  After all, you want someone who will understand your capabilities and not push you too far, but who will push you just enough so that you keep getting better.  Plus, we all want to spend our riding time with people we enjoy.  So, really, the criteria are simple: Pick people you like.  Choose people who have demonstrated good decision-making.  In general, people who are asshats off the bike are also asshats on the bike.  And they are no fun to ride with (although they think they are).  Good riding companions encourage and allow you to ride your own ride, ride their own rides and yet do not abandon you.

WHERE DO I FIND RIDING FRIENDS?

women ridersIf you do not have friends who already are riders, you will have to work harder to make new connections.  Attend local bike nights, and find riding groups online, such as through MeetUp.  Ask local dealers if they know of any riding groups.  Head out to the TEAM Arizona Bike Night to meet some great people and avid riders.

New to riding?  Keep your riding pack small.  Initially, find one person you can trust who will support your learning.  The more people you add, the more complexity is added to the situation.  For entry level riders, reduce the variables by reducing your riding group size.

Who Invited You?

two-womenMost of the time we get to choose our riding partners, but there will be times when you don’t, such as when friends bring their friends on a ride. In my experience, some of these people have been really cool, and the others not at all. And it was obvious just from listening to them talk about themselves before we all took off that they were going to be the rude show-off riders, and they were. My response?  To focus on riding my own ride (click here for Kelly’s article on Riding Your Own Ride).  Ultimately, the best decision may be to split from a group if you feel the risk taking is unacceptable.  By going your own way, you get to focus on your own ride.  And isn’t that the key in any riding situation anyway?

So, what’s been your experience with choosing your riding partner?  What wisdom have you gained in the process?  Email kellyteal13@gmail.com to fill me in on your experiences!

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Tyler Goss: TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month March 2014!

Tyler_Goss_ROTM_2014_03When a six foot five giant of a man walked in to take a Basic RiderCourse in July 2012, RiderCoaches took notice.  

When that same person rides in and parks his motorcycle before taking an Advanced Riding Techniques course and both levels of  Total Control training on a 600cc sport bike, it becomes difficult not to find out what this guy is about.  We at TEAM Arizona found it hard to ignore the ambition and motivation exhibited by this individual.  To say that Tyler is unique would limit the depth and breadth of Tyler’s accomplishments.  A thrill seeker.  A perfectionist.  A man who understands the bigger picture.  For these reasons and more, Tyler finds himself as TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month for March 2014!

So what makes this guy tick?  In his own words:

My parents were never really big into the idea of me on a motorcycle;  even me racing at this point has not helped matters. Having met some riders, combined with a longstanding interest in riding, I purchased my R6.  Having had some car racing experience, and backed by my competitive nature, I did a trackday with a loaner track bike at the Arizona Motorsports Park. After that, I was hooked. I proceeded at 120% to giving it everything I had, including what money I had (cry), to building a track bike and building my riding experiences.

It has been nothing but an incredible experience so far and I cannot wait to see what the future brings. I intend on continuing with the racing as long as funds hold out to get my Pro racing license and, at least once, make the grid in a pro AMA event.

Wow.  Lofty goals for sure, but completely believable when talking with Tyler.  He has the drive to make this happen.  Doubt doesn’t even enter the frame.

What advice would he pass along to those interested in riding?

Spend the time and money for classes, gear and pick at the expertise of veteran riders. This hobby is too dangerous and costly to not take the time to learn the right way the first time and learn from other peoples mistakes.

Here, here, Tyler, we couldn’t agree more.  We at TEAM Arizona look forward to the day when you grid up for an AMA road race!

Riders, we want to honor YOU!  If you want to become a TEAM Arizona’s Rider of the Month, entering is SIMPLE.

  • Email Bill (bill@motorcycletraining.com )
  • In the subject line, type “Rider of the Month”
  • In one paragraph, tell us why you deserve the title TEAM Arizona Rider of the Month!

Let’s have some serious FUN with this gang!  There are some great stories out there and we don’t want to miss them, so tell us about YOU!

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More Free Rider Training Seminars!

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    • Mar 19th: RideNow Euro – Helmet Fitment Seminar, 6pm to 7pm
    • Mar 26th: RideNow Surprise- 2-Up Riding Seminar, 6pm to 7pm

For more information and for latest, up-to-date event information, CLICK HERE.

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