When you slow down your motorcycle by using the brakes, or rolling off the throttle or by engine braking, the weight shifts forward putting more weight on the front suspension than on the rear suspension. When you ride through a curve/turn, you should have equal weight on the front and rear suspension to maximize traction, which is crucial on a motorcycle since you only have two tires holding you up vs. the four you have in your car. You can accomplish this law of physics by trail braking. Trail braking is basically using the throttle and brake(s) simultaneously to slow down and while entering a curve/turn.
When you take the Trail Braking Course (TBC) with us, you will learn the theory and concepts of trail braking, and practice trail braking on your own motorcycle on our practice riding range. No need to take a track course to learn this technique. (Trail braking is not just for sport bikes. It can and should be used with any type of motorcycle).
Sounds contradictory, doesn't it? Motorcycle riders, in general, only lean their motorcycle up to 30% of it's capability. Why only 30%? Fear of leaning which is the fear of falling. You can actually negotiate your curves/turns better by leaning your motorcycle beyond 30%. You can actually lean your motorcycle more by leaning less. It's called the "Kiss the Mirror" technique. When you take the TBC with us, you will learn the theory and concept of "Kissing the Mirror" and practice it along with trail braking on your own motorcycle on our practice riding range.
Before you take the TBC, you must first take, or have taken, the MSF Basic eCourse, which is a 3-4 hour interactive online refresher course you do at home on your own at your own pace. (This is the same Basic eCourse requirement for taking the BRC1, the BRC2 and the APBRC with us). When you complete the MSF Basic eCourse, you will receive a Certificate of Completion with an ID#. (If you already took the Basic eCourse, just re-print the Completion Certificate and bring it with you the day of the class. You can access your Basic eCourse Completion Certificate with this link; https://www.msf-usa.org/eCourse.aspx ). If you haven't already taken the Basic eCourse, as soon as you register for the TBC, you will receive a link in the confirmation email that enables you to take the Basic eCourse for free.
The TBC is an all riding 3-4 hour course (no classroom sessions are involved) that covers the concepts of trail braking, "Kissing the Mirror" and Delayed Apex, and lets you practice these techniques on your own motorcycle in our large, enclosed parking lot with 11 other students taking the course. You get hands-on training with two certified motorcycle safety instructors. The class is held rain or shine unless the conditions adversely affect traction. The maximum number of students permitted in each class is 12.
THE MSF BASIC eCOURSE
As stated above, taking the MSF Basic eCourse is a pre-requisite for taking the TBC. If you have an issue with the Basic eCourse, contact the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 727.3227 x3158 Monday thru Friday between 8:00am - 4:30pm Pacific Time. Tell them your name and the username/e-mail that you are using to log in to the eCourse.
Bring the following with your own motorcycle;
You will not be allowed to ride the practice riding exercises unless you have all the items listed above. (If you do not have all the items listed above for the practice riding exercises, you will be dismissed from the class and forfeit all of your money).
MAKE SURE THE TIRE TREAD ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE IS GOOD AND THE TIRE AIR PRESSURE IS CORRECT FOR MAXIMUM TRACTION. The class is held rain or shine unless conditions are too severe for adequate traction. If they are, we will contact you by email, phone or text and tell you the class is cancelled.
No passengers are allowed to ride the TBC exercises with you.
The price for the TBC is only $110. There is a 10% discount for graduates of the BRC1 or the BRC2. You must show your BRC1 or BRC2 Completion Card the day of the class to get the discount. The discount will be refunded on your credit card after completing the course.
The TBC is held at Montclair State University in parking lot 60 located at 35 Clove Rd in Little Falls behind the student bus platform and the bus garage. (From Rt. 46 East, make a right onto Clove Rd, which is just before Six Brother's Diner and McDonalds. Bear right after going under the train trestle and go to the end of the lot by our storage container).
Click here to go to our Course Schedule page and select the class you want to attend. We accept all major credit cards. Click here to READ OUR CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS POLICY BEFORE YOU SIGN-UP FOR A CLASS SO YOU KNOW YOUR OPTIONS ABOUT REFUNDS, SWITCHING CLASSES, NOT BEING ABLE TO ATTEND A CLASS YOU SIGNED-UP FOR, DROPPING OUT OF A CLASS, ARRIVING LATE FOR A CLASS, BEING DISMISSED FROM A CLASS.
If a TBC class is not posted on our website, sign-up for our newsletter on our Home Page so you'll be notified when the next one will be held. You can also follow us on Eventbrite, "Like" our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to be notified when the next one will be held. The TBC is usually offered 3-4 times per year.
Because of the high demand for our classes, our classes sell out very quickly. We sell out our classes before any other motorcycle school in the State. If a class is sold out, you can get on the Waiting List for that class. Just go through the process of signing up for the class, even though it is sold out. It will tell you there are no seats left and ask you if you want to sign-up for the Waitlist. If we get a cancellation for that class, an email is automatically sent to the first person on the Waitlist. That person has one day to register for the class. If the person doesn't register for the class after one day, another email is automatically sent to the next person on the Waitlist. You can sign-up to be on the Waitlist for several classes.
If you want to order a Gift Certificate for the TBC for someone, click here.
Love that "Kiss the Mirror" technique.....Ralph Picceriello
The TBC really improved my turning technique......Christoph Aneish
Loved the TBC! I enjoy my turns so much more now.......Daniel Saporsito
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Our mission is to help reduce motorcycle crashes in the State of NJ by providing high quality rider education to all NJ residents with user-friendly training motorcycles provided by the most reputable motorcycle dealerships in NJ at a quality training location in NJ. Our vision is motorcycles sharing the road with other roadway users with zero crashes.
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A partial schedule of our courses for 2022 is posted on the Course Schedule page of this website. We usually post classes two months in advance.
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