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FOUNDATIONNEWS FOUNDATION OUR MISSION


The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Foundation is dedicated to supporting motorcycling and its rich heritage for BMW MOA members and the motorcycling public by


funding programs that advance rider safety, education and training.


BMW MOA FOUNDATION OFFICERS


Chuck Manley, President cmanley@bmwmoaf.org


Mark Austin, Vice President maustin@bmwmoaf.org


Bex Becker, Treasurer bex@bmwmoaf.org


Greg Straub, Secretary gstraub@bmwmoaf.org


BMW MOA FOUNDATION DIRECTORS Vance Harrelson


vance@bmwmoaf.org Randy Logan


rlogan@bmwmoaf.org Will McHardy


wmchardy@bmwmoaf.org Peter Perrin


pperrin@bmwmoaf.org


BMW MOA FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS 2539 John Hawkins Parkway Suite 101-111


Birmingham, AL 35244 866-865-1055


Ted Moyer, Executive Director tmoyer@bmwmoaf.org


GEARS, GS Girls and Silipints By Mark Austin #72590, Foundation Vice President


OUR 2017 RALLY IS NOW HISTORY. THE BMW MOA Foundation has played an active role in providing rider safety training and education at the international rallies for many years, as hopefully all BMW MOA members know. This year was no excep- tion, as a number of activities were part of the schedule of events. One of the best-known events is the


annual GEARS (Gaining Early Advanced Riding Skills) program, which provides training for young riders, some of whom had never operated a motorcycle before. We had three females and six males in attendance from as far away as Michigan and Florida. Three of these riders partici- pated in the advanced portion of the train- ing, as they had already completed a basic MSF dirt training program. All students successfully completed the course and were fortunate in being able to spend a little rid- ing time on the GS Giants track. In addition to receiving hands-on train-


ing in motorcycle operation, students also received classroom instruction, including use of the SMARTrainer (Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Recognition Trainer). The trainer is a computerized tool that allows riders to experience simulated potential


real-life dangers that might be encountered while riding a motorcycle on their choice of road types. The SMARTrainer helps stu- dents develop awareness skills and the abil- ity to predict events that might occur while riding on streets. The safe environment of a computer-based simulation can increase awareness and prepare students for their first street experiences. Peter Perrin, the Foundation Director responsible for plan- ning the 2017 GEARS program, reported that the majority of riders advanced their skill levels and that there were no injuries, despite the extra toll placed on riders by the heat. Randy Logan, another Foundation Director, summarized that “GEARS is an amazing program that changes families’ lives.” Parents voiced their gratitude and some of the young riders expressed their desire for an additional day of training. One parent, Ken Hall, was instrumental in lending a helping hand with GEARS. One of the goals of the Foundation is to


“promote programs for first-time riders, with an emphasis on youth, women and families.” GEARS, with its emphasis on young rider training, supports the first portion of this goal. In Salt Lake City, we expanded our outreach by co-sponsoring a


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BMW OWNERS NEWS October 2017


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