Saturday and Sunday, Sept 16-17, 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 at Elmer’s Store, 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 just down the road at Elmer’s Store and stay at the Inn on Norton Hill.
Day 2 begins back at Elmer’s where we’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast (included) 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.
- Dinner and Saturday night stay at the Inn at Norton Hill and Sunday breakfast at Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA .
Lodging and Food
Included in the fee is Saturday night accommodations right next door to Elmer’s at the Inn at Norton Hill.
If you want to stay at the Inn Friday night and/or Sunday night on your dime, contact the Inn to reserve a room. If there are no rooms available, click here for a list of local lodging.
Since we will be starting and returning to Elmer’s each evening, you can leave your overnight gear either at Elmer’s or at the Inn, so you don’t have to carry it with you.
Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast at at Elmer’s 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 the same 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