Slow Speed Skills Practice Session (Level 2)

One of our riders, John Pina, is hosting a technical riding and safety skills course and has opened it up to SloMo members!  This is a slow speed skills practice, but will be more advanced than our typical beginning session.  A lot of the maneuvers will be based on the police officer motorcycle training courses and will encompass more than the basics.  Space is limited to eight members from our group, so if this is something you'd be interested in, get your Yes RSVP in right away!

He's also invited any coaches to come along and assist, so you experienced riders should plan to attend as well.  If you want to, of course!

Here is the flyer from John:

Technical Riding and Safety Skills Course


Location:    Newark Community Church (See below for address and link)
Date:      March 29, 2014
Time:      9:00am to 4:00pm (Lunch 12pm – 1pm $10)

Space is limited.  RSVP to: [masked]



Gospel Wheels is offering a technical riding and safety skills motorcycle course designed to practice basic to intermediate riding skills. Many of the courses are derived from police motor officer training courses. It is a tactical and defensive training program, and it will challenge you.





Most accidents and collisions can be avoided, and the tactical skills, evasive techniques and situational awareness maneuvers learned in this training program can help you avoid many of them. You will practice the elements of proper turning movements for quick, tight transition turns, and proper emergency braking and turning techniques.  You will be taught the proper method of using "high horizon" eye placement and how it is directly related to accident avoidance.  This course is challenging and a step up from a beginner’s basic riding course.
 


REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  D.O.T. helmet and eye protection, over the ankle boots and good quality gloves, and long pants.  No shorts, sleeveless shirts or open toed shoes will be allowed.


For more information contact:
John Pina (JP)
Road Captain
Gospel Wheels, CMA
[masked]
[masked]


Location:
Newark Community Church
37590 Sycamore St, Newark, CA 94560

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  • wendy m.

    Challenging. I was so tired when I got home I couldn't move!

    1 · June 1

  • Aleks

    You asked for input on what to practice. This from the description: "proper turning movements for quick, tight transition turns" is one of my weakest skills, and I am looking forward to tips and practice. A sidebar to the class, but I think I would be less timid practicing in the parking lot, and riding on the road, if I could pick up my bike by myself; I've tried unsuccessfully in my driveway; I have extra long legs, am not strong, and my bike is an R6; it's got sliders and I'd love to get some tips/practice if there is time/opportunity. So much is in the mind, and I am hoping that by spending a fun day with a cool group, I'll get over some of that. It's looking to be a really nice day tomorrow!

    May 30

    • John P.

      Here is another one with the bike completely over on the side:
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      Hopefully these help. Good luck!

      1 · June 2

    • Aleks

      Thank you! those show helpful ideas that I am going to try. You'll hear me holler when I ever get this accomplished!

      June 2

  • wendy m.

    Thank you for this class. Never knew when I would use my rear brake, now I do! My right turns are much better along with my firgure 8's, especially when, the guys with the long beard was yelling at me like drill sargent to tell me to turn my head. LOL!! It worked! I would love to learn to do more of the obstacles that allows you to better control your bike. Thank you again!!

    1 · June 1

    • John P.

      Maybe if there is time I can put out a fun one to try. I wanted to set up a three circle one, but didn't get time to do it. I'll see about next time.

      1 · June 2

    • wendy m.

      Would love that than I can challenge the guy that said I was riding a scooter. Lol! Sorry I didn't get his name.

      June 2

  • Lorne B

    John, thanks for organizing and hosting this event, it was very successful and provided a great deal of value to those that attended. Please extend thanks to the CMA folks who helped with this event and look forward to future events.

    3 · June 2

  • wendy m.

    WE had more than 9 people at this class.. where is everyone else's profile?

    June 1

    • Aleks

      I think not all of them are slomo members.

      1 · June 2

    • Lorne B

      That is correct, this event was merged with an event organized by CMA and that is where the additional participants came from.

      1 · June 2

  • Shreyas

    Hi John, had a chance to ride up the Santa Cruz hills today and it's surprising how a Slow Speed Skills session helped improve my maneuvering skills at higher speeds too! Would really recommend this session to the others who haven't had the chance to attend...It helps identify the rider's and the motorcycle's capabilities.

    2 · June 1

  • John P.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out! I had a fantastic day. It was great working with each of you. One of the biggest joys is seeing everyone improve. Great day, uneventful in that we had no accidents, and everyone worked hard. Good job guys. You are a great group to work with.

    2 · May 31

    • John P.

      Special thanks to the leaders, especially Lorne for stepping up and helping out where needed. Wonderful job! So much appreciated.

      2 · May 31

  • Aleks

    Awesome day and learned so much. Thank you! Biggest change: I found myself joyfully and safely manoeuvering through traffic and realized how much more comfortable I felt on my bike.

    1 · May 31

  • Shreyas

    Thanks John and team! Was a useful session that helped identify the skills I have and the ones I don't :)
    It was organized wonderfully....

    May 31

  • Mathias

    Very good training session! Thanks a lot for JP organizing and folks helping out. See you guys at the next session.

    1 · May 31

  • Venkat N.

    Great tips! The best one--use rear brake at slow speeds! Thank you!

    1 · May 31

  • Steven

    Great workshop! JP and the rest of the Christian Motorcyclists Association did a fantastic job of teaching the necessary skills to be a successful rider.

    1 · May 31

  • Steven

    Great workshop! JP and the rest of the Christian Motorcyclists Association did a fantastic job of teaching the necessary skills to be a successful rider.

    2 · May 31

  • John P.

    Hello all. Well, the day is fast approaching. The class is pretty full, so if you are signed up, but might not make it, please let me know so we can adjust the list.

    As for getting ready for Saturday, please come a little early (by 8:45am) to sign in and take care of paperwork. This helps us start on time. There is a lot on the agenda, but I am looking forward to all of it.

    Also, please make sure you check your tire pressure before arrival and have at least 1/2 tank of gas. You'ld be amazed at how much slow riding takes up!

    I would like to ask if there is any particular maneuver or technique people have trouble with? If we know ahead of time, we can make sure to address it.

    Thanks, and look forward to seeing you.
    -John (JP)

    1 · May 29

    • wendy m.

      I will bring some extra just in case. :o)

      May 30

    • John P.

      Good Comment Lorne, and thanks Wendy!

      May 30

  • Robbie

    Good Morning John & fellow SloMo riders!
    Just wanted to let you know that I won't be able to make the practice session on Sat. I have a graduation to go to.
    Anyway, I'm on the waiting list, but I wanted to change my RSVP status to "Not Going" but I can't seem to figure out how to change my RSVP?
    So...Enjoy the practice session everyone, and Have a great weekend!

    Ride-on!
    Robbie.

    May 30

    • Robbie

      Lorne to the rescue! Thanks Lorne!

      1 · May 30

    • John P.

      Thanks for the heads up Robbie. The class is full now anyway, but I hope you have a great time at the graduation!

      May 30

  • Tex L.

    It is with regret that I find I won't be able to attend this event. I am already committed to another slow skills riding course on this same day. (I just found out about it!) On the other hand, for those of you who feel this session may be a little too advanced, the Scotts Valley course is geared more towards the less experienced rider. Not to take anything away from JP's class, it's going to be terrific! I wish I could attend BOTH sessions! It just gives all of you a choice. I've posted the Scotts Valley course here as a second Meetup for the 31st, so sign up if you'd like. And I'll be attending THIS one in the future!

    1 · May 17

    • Smitha

      ahhhaaa will you Tex

      May 17

  • One L.

    I wish I can go, I have no bike but willing to buy and learn. I live in San Jose, ca.

    May 12

    • One L.

      Until i get better and then go to two wheel bike.

      May 16

    • One L.

      Until i get comfortable enough, so is there anyone here have TRIKE BIKE FOR SALE, used one is more affordable.

      May 16

  • Susan

    I promisse not to have an hair appointment:)

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • wendy m.

      Love your new color! I didn't recognize you when I saw you at the last ride!

      April 13, 2014

    • Susan

      Thank you Dear, Tex promised to schedule his rides around my hair appointments :)

      2 · April 13, 2014

  • wendy m.

    Yeeessssshhhh!

    March 29, 2014

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