Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 2017
The tour features lightly traveled roads that wind through bucolic New England scenery. Our route includes various challenges ranging from hairpin turns to long, open sweepers that are suitable for most experience levels. Expect rolling and twisting roads with many blind turns and some rollercoaster hills.
We will meet in Ashfield, MA at the quintessentially New England Elmer’s Store. Ashfield is nestled at the base of the Berkshire Hills and is home of peaceful Ashfield Lake, Rockwellesque Ashfield Hardware and birthplace of the famous movie director Cecil B. DeMille. Between days one and two, we will stay just across the street at the newly renovated colonial-era Inn at Norton Hill. * You may choose to stay the night before on your own.
Day 1 begins with a breakfast meeting, followed by closed course drills. The rest of the day includes our training tour through the northern Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Southern Green Mountains of Vermont. During our tour we coach you on how to become a safer and more confident rider. First day mileage, not counting drills, is usually 150.
In the evening, we will enjoy dinner together. If you select the full package, you will stay at the Ox and Rabbit B&B and we pay for your Saturday meal.
Day 2 begins back at Elmer’s where we’ll enjoy breakfast and discuss riding strategies. We will then ride the southern Berkshires loop where students will take turns leading and following through even more curvy rural roads while receiving feedback to help measure progress.
At about 4:00 PM and after an average of about 150 miles, the tour ends in Ashfield where we debrief over a beverage before the group heads toward their respective destinations.
- Personal training with real-time coaching using rider to-rider communicators
- Tour through the hidden Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont.
- Video of you riding.
- Full Package Option: Dinner and Saturday night stay at the Ox and Rabbit B&B.
Lodging and Food
NEW “Training Only” Option:
Training Tour without lodging or dinner. $825.00
You pay for your lodging and your portion of the Saturday evening group dinner . Lodging Options can be found here.
“Training, Lodging & Dinner” Option:
Full Package includes Training Tour, lodging or dinner. $975.00
Included in the fee is Saturday night accommodations at the Ox and Rabbit B&B. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast is included.
What You’ll Learn
- Slow Speed Maneuver Techniques
- Emergency Braking and Swerving
- Visual Targets
- Lane Position
- Body Position
- Cornering Precision
- Cornering Lines
- Identify visual clues to increase cornering safety and confidence
Riding in the Zone is a partner with Stayin’ Safe Advanced Rider Training and shares similar methods for conducting training tours, however some terms and approaches may differ somewhat. No matter. You can rest assured that both Riding in the Zone and Stayin’ Safe are 100% compatible and meet the highest standards of rider training.
Where Will We Ride?
We will be touring around my little bit of motorcycling heaven in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. The beautiful Berkshire foothills have miles and miles of killer motorcycling roads.
Rides will meet at Elmer’s Store in the center of Ashfield, MA.
NOTE: There is no cell service in Ashfield to speak of. However, The Inn and Elmer’s have free WiFi.
This is what you can expect when riding in the Berkshire Hills.
- At least one season (3,000 miles) of experience.
- You must have a current motorcycle endorsement, as well as a legally insured and registered motorcycle.
- You must also present proof of health insurance, sign a liability waiver
What to Bring
- Riding Gear (required at all times)
- DOT-approved helmet
- eye protection (windshields do not count as eye protection)
- motorcycle jacket,
- long pants (armored motorcycle pants preferred)
- full coverage gloves
- sturdy, over-the-ankle boots.
- 3.5mm earbuds with an inline microphone. EXAMPLE
- Rain gear. Tours run rain or shine.
- Enough layers (or electric jacket liner) for cool temperatures.
- USB Thumb drive that is at least 8Gb in capacity for video
On-Street Training Tours help riders increase confidence and enjoyment in real-world conditions. However, this is not a course for raw beginners! Students are wise to take the MSF Basic RiderCourse or have an equivalent level of skill before signing up. A good guideline is having ridden at least a season (3,000+ miles).
Personal one-on-one On-Street Training Tours are available where I can customize a training program based on your skill level that will ensure satisfaction.
We will be riding at moderate street speeds and enjoying a street ride through some beautiful countryside with awesome twisty roads. If you want to learn to ride fast in a safe environment, I am available for Track Day Personalized Instruction at Tony’s Track Days.
The Riding in the Zone, LLC Motorcyclist Training Program is supported by the American Motorcyclist Association and the Massachusetts Rider Education Program (MREP). Scholarships are available through the BMW/MOA Foundation.
Riding in the Zone, LLC is chartered and insured through the American Motorcyclist Association