California's motorcycle course returns to Wheeler
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Service members prepare to maneuver a curve on a course designed to build their confidence in turn techniques during the first-ever U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii sponsored advanced motorcycle safety course, Aug. 18, 2009. The course returns to the islands Feb. 10 and 11, 2010 for two half-day courses.

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, in collaboration with the California Superbike School, will host a third round of the popular advanced motorcycle course "Train as You Ride."

This half-day training will be held Feb. 10 and 11, here, at the south aircraft parking ramp, accessible from Latchum Road.

"The U.S. Army Safety Center has named this a 'best practice,'" said Sammy Houseberg, director, Installation Safety. "Other motorcycle courses teach many of the fundamentals, but by using an aircraft parking ramp, we can simulate road conditions and operate using realistic road speeds, 35 to 60 miles per hour on a 0.7 mile course."

"The focus of the course will be cornering technique and throttle control in turns," said Dylan Code, California Superbike School instructor and team leader.

"Every lap around the circuit will give the rider an opportunity to perfect their technique, and my team will be observing and coaching them to provide a safe learning environment," Code said.

Since 1980, the California Superbike School has trained more than 100,000 street riders and 15 Superbike Champions at training sessions around the world.

"The 'Train as you Ride' program is the best hands-on training I have experienced in 27 years of riding. The course takes the concepts learned in the Army's Basic, Experienced, and Sportsbike courses to a much higher level," added Col. Douglas Jackson, G1, Hawaii Army National Guard, and a "Train as you Ride" participant.

"As a rider coach and motorcyclist, I recommend it to every rider - for all types of motorcycles," Jackson said.

"We've had more than 300 riders come through the course, and every rider seems to finish the class riding better and knowing more about how to control their bike" said Bill Maxwell, program manager, Installation Safety.

"It's great watching each of the riders improve and gain confidence in just a couple of hours of training."

Classes are four hours and will be limited to military personnel only. Students must register by using an online tool (go to: <a href="https://air.lmi.org">https://air.lmi.org</a>, select "Pacific," "Hawaii" and "Advanced Motorcycle Course.")

Each session is limited to 30 riders on a first-come, first-served basis. More courses are planned for May and August.

Riders will need to show their Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic or Experienced Rider Course Cards and proof of insurance when they sign-in on class day.

There will also be a thorough technical inspection of the motorcycle by California Superbike School staff prior to class.

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<b><i>The above video news coverage is from the Advanced Motorcycle Course held in August 2009.</i></b>

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