Keep up to date with Team Oregon news, course offerings, fresh Web content and safe riding tips.

Spring/Summer 2022

Our advanced course Rider Skills Practice, has been improved for '22. Renamed "RSP Road Riding Tactics," it delivers the tricks, tips and techniques for surviving the streets with skills, smarts and a smile. It's a half day of training for endorsed riders on their own bikes for $99.

RSP is geared to anyone with 6+ months and/or 1,000+ miles in the saddle -- perfect for recent grads of an endorsement course, but just as beneficial for experienced riders who never had training. Give your precision and confidence a boost this year! There's more to know than just the basics. Courses are available in Portland, Albany, Eugene, Medford, Bend and (soon!) Hermiston. Learn more.

Russ Hayes riding motorcycle
Big bikes, little bikes - we welcome them all.

We all know not to assume too much about other drivers. But how about this one: “Assume other drivers don’t see you.” While we are sometimes proven wrong, for a rider keen on minimizing surprises, that’s a pretty good assumption.

As winter ends and riding season ramps up, be aware that other drivers are probably not expecting to see us – if they ever were. Assume they don't see you and take steps to make yourself visible with good lane positioning, space cushion and high-viz helmet, jacket or vest. Learn more about visibility, positioning and intersections here.

Every year we roll out something special for motorcycle safety awareness month. This year, join us on Facebook or Instagram for tips on dealing with other drivers, being conspicuous, improving your skills, waiting at stoplights, choosing riding gear, honing judgment and more. Every rider is invited to join our online community and share their favorite tips!

Three-wheel training returns to Oregon in 2022! We have basic classes available for anyone -- beginners use our Can-Am training machines. We also offer Cornering Clinics and Advanced Riding Techniques (ART) classes, taught on a kart track, for experienced 3-wheel riders who use their own trike or reverse trike. Learn more.

Courses cost $79-179. Basic courses available in Albany and Canby. Advanced courses available in Canby and Medford. Come try out one of these truly unique vehicles or hone your skills on your 3W pride and joy!

three wheel rider

Our friends at the ODOT Transportation Safety Office (TSO) remind riders that the two most common factors in fatal motorcycle crashes are also completely within the rider's control: Speed and alcohol/drugs. Mind the posted speed as the maximum legal limit under the best of conditions, and always separate drinking and drugs from riding – save those “refreshments” for after the ride.

A third common factor -- curves -- requires a bit more finesse. In Oregon, we lose more riders in curves than any other place on the road. Fortunately, Team Oregon has what you need. Come take a basic, intermediate or advanced course to learn good cornering lines, countersteering and directional control. You should never have to feel like ??? in a corner. Shop advanced training courses.

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No rider should feel like this in a curve.

Everyone who takes a Team Oregon class gets a Rider Passport. The Passport helps keep track of our bikes, maintenance, gear, training, trips, milestones and other moto-fun. Better yet, when you fill it out and show it to a Team Oregon instructor at a public event you get a prize!

As pandemic restrictions end, you can find our instructors out in the riding community at the various swap meets, shows and rallies on our Events Calendar. If you don’t have a Passport yet, take a course, or come find us at one of these events and we’ll hook you up.

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Don't forget the One Show is in Portland in next week! It's time to commune with Oregon motorcycling -- the creativity, the bikes, the gear, the racing, the culture, the community. It'll blow your mind. Our instructor Jim Donnellan has a bike in the show -- go find him with your Passport and claim your prize!

Any friend of Team Oregon (if you’re reading this, you are a friend) can get a 20 percent discount on the ticket price using the code TEAMOREGONMOTO20. Brought to us by the good folks at See See Motor Coffee. Follow them @THE1MOTO. Visit One Moto Website.

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Come check out this uniquely Oregonian experience.

Team Oregon is supported by grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Safety Division. The program is part of Oregon State University, providing statewide training, education and outreach for riders of all levels of experience and riding ability. Since 1984, the program has trained more than 200,000 riders.

Spring/Summer 2018

Team Oregon is looking for a full-time motorcycle mechanic based at HQ in Corvallis. The job will be posted until September 9, 2018. If you'd like to join the team, or know someone who might, don't delay! View the job posting

The number of riders participating in training in 2018 is up about 10 percent this year, after tapering off the last couple of years. A total of 9,323 Oregon riders took a training course in 2017, compared to 10,149 in 2016 and 11,340 in 2015 – a drop of about 10 percent each year.

While motorcycle training is still strong, the total number of endorsed riders has been rising at a rate of only about 6,000 riders a year. And the number of registered motorcycles has flatlined, suggesting that some riders are letting their endorsements lapse and selling off their bikes.

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On a brighter note, courses using the eRider® online classroom continue to gain traction. About a quarter of beginners opt for the online classroom; nearly a third of intermediate students (riders with some experience) choose online. eRider uses modern tools and interactive video – a very different classroom experience than most riders remember! You can take a look at some examples in our Video Library.

Did you know? The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) provides low-cost trike training right here in Oregon. While marketed only to GWRRA members, the course is open to anyone, including passengers, for a cost of only $30.

The next trike (TRC) course is in Stayton on May 6. Participants get a full day of instruction and practice in the skills needed to operate their trikes safely. Courses run once or twice a year and space is limited. Contact Dawna Hitch at Oregon District GWRRA 503-551-3083.

The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety (GAC-MS) is a volunteer body of eight Oregonians who advise the Governor and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) on motorcycle safety, training, education, and roadway maintenance and operations. All have motorcycle endorsements and are active riders.

Based on rider input and past proposed bills, a subcommittee of the GAC-MS is preparing a literature review on lane splitting, aka lane sharing. Chris Henry, GAC Vice-Chair, leads the effort which includes representatives from law enforcement and rider organizations. The report will focus on the safety aspects of this practice to support data-driven, informed decision making.

Another major task is the finalization of the GAC-MS Strategic Plan. The plan, along with ODOT’s recently adopted Transportation Safety Action Plan, will guide the GAC-MS in its efforts to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes involving riders. 

The GAC-MS produces a map of recommended motorcycle roads in Oregon as well as a brochure about the unique challenges to riding in the Pacific Northwest.  For these and other materials, please visit the official GAC-MS website.

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California highway, courtesy Citybike. Multiple lane-splitting bills were introduced in Oregon in 2017, however, none passed. Lane splitting is still illegal in Oregon.

Team Oregon will attend dozens of motorcycle events this year, including:

  • ABATE, BACA, BMW, GWRRA, and HOG meetings and rallies
  • BikePAC Awareness Rally, Chief Joseph Rally and Pendleton Bike Week
  • GAC-MS meetings, ODOT Region 5 Roundup and State Motorcycle Safety Administrators summit

With advance notice, we can provide custom seminars, instructors and safety support for most motorcycle events free of charge. Contact Megan Wong at 541-737-9967 to invite Team Oregon to your event.

Team Oregon currently offers advanced training courses for experienced riders and clubs at 10 sites statewide. Perennial offerings are Riders Skills Practice (RSP), which is a half-day tune-up on the range for $99. Advanced Rider Training (ART) is a full-day course using go-kart tracks in Canby and Medford for $179. Both courses will have you enjoying riding more with fewer “uh-oh” moments. Group rates are available. Pick a course this year, get a few friends together and get signed up!

There are new additions coming to our Rider Skills Circuit. Team Oregon is testing a shorter, 2.5-hour RSP using just the circuit ride; a 2-hour, higher-speed braking clinic; and a half-day, low-speed challenge called the Precision Maneuvering Clinic (PMC). We hope all these courses will be available to the public soon.

Oregon clubs have been invited to send one representative to a free PMC pilot test this year. Dates are June 9-10 and Sept. 8-9. Contact Pat Hahn at 541-737-9113 for more details.

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Advanced training is not just for expert riders.
Advanced training is how you become an expert rider.

Fall/Winter 2017

That’s right – thanks to our friends at Go Kart Challenge in Central Point, our signature course will return to southern Oregon in October. ART is where experienced riders hone cornering skills on the smooth, twisting turns of a kart track.

ART is not a high speed, racing-oriented class, but provides riders a chance to build skills on a closed course while getting feedback from expert instructors. Tuition is $179 per person, which includes a full day of classroom and track instruction. Private courses are available. Learn more and sign up here.

Team Oregon ART track in Medford
Advanced Rider Training is once again open for business in Medford.

Did you know? The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) provides trike training right here in Oregon. While marketed only to GWRRA members, the course is open to anyone, including passengers, for a cost of only $30. Participants get a full day of instruction and practice in the skills needed to operate their trikes safely. Courses run once or twice a year and space is limited. Anyone interested should contact the Oregon GWRRA to learn more. GWRRA contact information can also be found on the Clubs and Organizations page on our website.

A new site in Redmond, in cooperation with Deschutes County Fairgrounds and the OSU Extension Office,  will host its first training courses September 8. This achievement is huge – it doubles training capacity and reduces wait times in central Oregon. The riding community in and around Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond has been growing quickly, increasing the demand for rider training in the area.

In Portland, the pressures on asphalt are intense, and we are still searching for training sites (200 x 300 feet of unobstructed asphalt) in the Beaverton and Hillsboro areas. However, the good news is we expect to open a new range at Mt. Hood Community College this fall, which will provide us a much needed training site in the Gresham area. 

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Huge thanks to Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center for providing a great new site in Redmond.

Our friends from the Rider Wearhouse are popping up their storefront again in Milwaukie this month. Riders are welcome to come get fitted for Aerostich or Darien gear, volunteer to help out or just hang around and talk bikes.

They'll be at the Milwaukie Marketplace Shopping Center, 10854 SE Oak Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day Sept. 20 – Oct. 1. They plan to bring hundreds of suits, jackets and other gear – including police suits and ladies' suits – in various sizes to try on. If you’re in the market for a 'Stich, this is a good opportunity to go meet the crew and get a professional fitting.

Great news from our friends at Honda: If you complete a state-approved rider training course (in our case, Team Oregon basic or intermediate) within 12 months of buying a new Honda motorcycle or scooter, American Honda will reimburse up to $75 of the cost of the course. What a great way to “get to know” a new bike! The reimbursement also applies to riders who take the course first, get their endorsement, then purchase a new Honda.

Team Oregon has joined with Cycle Gear to provide a $35 CG gift card once a month to one lucky rider. To enter the prize drawing, drop by the Team Oregon booth at a Cycle Gear Bike Night or any other statewide event (see our calendar) where Team Oregon has a booth. There you can fill out a quick three-question survey to add your name in the drawing. Some upcoming events:

  • Cycle Gear Beaverton Bike Night, September 20
  • Rider Wearhouse Pop-Up Event, Milwaukie, September 20-October 1
  • Cycle Gear Portland Bike Night, September 26
  • Cycle Gear Springfield Bike Night, September 26
  • Cycle Gear Salem Bike Night, October 10
  • Beaverton Motorcycles Vendor Sale November 4

Many thanks to Cycle Gear for supporting motorcycle safety and engagement in the riding community.

Team Oregon stand with poster
Stop by any Team Oregon event booth and enter to win a $35 Cycle Gear gift card!

To help promote community, friends and fellowship, we want to remind you that nonprofit clubs and motorcyclist organizations in Oregon are eligible for a free 1/8-page ad in our printed student workbook (as space allows).The workbook is provided to 8,000-10,000 new riders every year.

Free ads are first come, first served. If you want a larger ad, discount rates apply. You must provide your own artwork – see specifications and deadlines in the ad flyer.

Note: If you placed an ad in 2017, you must contact us again to place your ad for 2018.

Does rider training reduce crashes? Quite possibly. In 2017, we undertook a review of 268 fatal crashes in Oregon during 2011-2016 to see how many of those riders had participated in a training course. The results were eye opening.

According to a 2012 survey, among registered bike owners in Oregon, about two-thirds (66 percent) have taken basic or intermediate training. That means that of 268 fatalities, 177 of them should have been Team Oregon grads. However, only 50 of the 268 had taken our course. This implies that riders who participated in Team Oregon training were much less likely to be killed in a motorcycle crash than those who hadn't.

Of course, this correlation is not proof that rider training saves lives. More study is needed to determine the direct benefits of training. For more detail on the analysis, you can download and read the short report.

Spring/Summer 2017

BEND – With spring at hand, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is advising motorists to be on the lookout for migrating mule deer on US 97 and other Oregon highways.

“Deer migration is beginning in early April this year,” said Cidney Bowman, wildlife biologist for ODOT, “So motorists need to be on the alert for deer on the highways.”

The bulk of the deer migration starts in early April and extends until mid-May this season in central Oregon. ODOT expects the deer to be moving in large numbers through the hotspot corridors along US 97, US 20 and OR 31. Most of the animals will be traveling during the dawn and dusk hours, but motorists can expect to see them at any time. “Motorists need to know that if they see one deer, there probably are more nearby”, said Bowman. “Dawn and dusk are especially critical times for motorists to be on the lookout.”

Riders are particularly vulnerable in deer crashes because they lack the protectiion of enclosed vehicles. Team Oregon advises motorcyclists to avoid riding from dusk to dawn, particularly during the spring green-up and fall rutting seasons. However, riders should expect to encounter deer at any time and be ready to respond:

  • Be prepared for deer no matter where or when you travel in Oregon.
  • Deer can be unpredictable. When you spot one near the roadway, slow immediately and prepare to stop.
  • Beware of vehicles behind you when slowing. Flash your taillight if time allows.
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If you encounter an animal on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes result from swerving to avoid wildlife.

For more information on deer migration, crossings and the impact on Central Oregon Highways visit the ODOT website.

On July 1, Team Oregon welcomed Aria Minu-Sepehr as the new director. With 20 years of experience in education and management, Aria is primed for his new role in motorcycle safety.

“The riding community will face new challenges and opportunities in the next 20 years,” Aria says. “As director of the premier motorcycle education program in the nation, what excites me most is that we have the tools and the horsepower to get out in front of these problems. I’m confident we’ll meet the growing demand for training in Oregon and know that no one else can match what we offer the riding community.”

Aria takes the baton from Steve Garets, who served as Team Oregon director for the program’s first 32 years. During that time, Steve built a strong organizational culture of enthusiasm and teamwork and a cadre of instructors who truly put their hearts into rider education.

Steve’s future plans will bring him closer to his long-term priorities. “You get into a rhythm running a motorcycle program for three decades. I’m looking forward to creating a new rhythm – spending time with friends and family, and using my motorcycle more for fun and fascination than for business,” Steve says. “It’s all about the journey – and I’m looking forward to many more journeys.”

Thanks for your efforts on behalf of Oregon’s motorcyclists, Steve – and welcome, Aria!

Aria Minu-Sepehr
Aria Minu-Sepehr

The Oregon riding community was shocked and saddened by the unexpected loss of Steve and Annette Skinner of Discount Motorcycle Parts, Inc. who were killed in a car crash in August.

Since 1992, the Skinners had owned and managed one of the largest apparel and accessory shops in Oregon. A memorial ride and service drew more than 400 motorcycles, their riders and passengers to remember the Skinners and say goodbye.

The Skinners were well-known to Team Oregon, too. Longtime Eugene instructor Patrick Fitzharris recalls “Their shop (across the street from the DMV) was the place to warm up on cold days. Back when Team Oregon helped train DMV employees in skill testing, Steve would see us out there, walk over and invite us in for coffee. They were humble, genuinely caring people.” 

We are sorry to see the Skinners go. Our heartfelt wishes and support go out to the families, friends and loyal customers who will miss them most.

Steve and Annette Skinner of Discount Motorcycle Parts
Steve and Annette Skinner of Discount Motorcycle Parts, Inc. 

The crew from Duluth is coming back to the Pacific Northwest! The Rider Wearhouse is the long-time partner and supporter of Team Oregon and motorcycle safety that manufactures the iconic “Aerostich” suits, jackets and pants that many of us use.

The Wearhouse does not have dealers. Typically, they sell only by phone, online and from a storefront in northern Minnesota. Lately they have been taking the factory showroom and products “on the road” to meet their customers in person and measure them for riding gear.

During October 13-16, the Aerostich team will be here again for their second Oregon pop-up event. (The organizers told us the welcome they got at the Milwaukie event two years ago was the best they’d ever had.)  They’ll be at the Gresham Town Fair Shopping Center, 818 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, Oregon 97080.

For store hours and more details, visit their official website. They’ve given Team Oregon free space to set up a booth and talk with riders about training and safety – please stop by, say hello and enter your name in a drawing for a $50 Aerostich gift certificate!

Aerostitch apparel
The iconic style of Aerostich is coming to Gresham, Oregon October 13-16. 

Yes, we already announced this last June – but we figured it was worth mentioning twice. That curve you know you can take at 30 because the sign says 20? Well, maybe now it really means 20.

ODOT has begun a statewide highway project that will directly affect the motorcycling community: Curve advisory speeds across the state will be increasing. Riders and drivers alike are going to need to recalibrate. For those Oregonians accustomed to the older, more conservative advisory speeds, you may be in for a surprise when the 25, 35, 45 mph corners you approach are sharper than you anticipate!

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An ODOT project will raise the advisory speeds on many curves throughout the state of Oregon. Riders, be wary!

There is still time to place your ad in the Rider’s Guide and put your business or organization in front of 12,000 new and returning riders in 2017. As a thank-you, all paid advertisers get a complimentary online banner as a Supporting Dealer. Details, prices, and specifications can be found in our advertising flyer. The deadline for orders is October 28.

Did you know? Non-profit clubs and motorcyclist organizations can advertise free in the student workbook. This service is offered first-come, first-served as space allows. Team Oregon reserves the right to modify or reject inappropriate ads. Ads must be 3.75” wide and 2.375” high, grayscale, 300 dpi, in TIFF or PDF format. Send ads to by October 28.

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Advertise in this book and put your business in the hands of 12,000 motorcyclists in 2017.

 American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)

A nonprofit organization that coordinates motorcycling activities and campaigns for motorcyclists' legal rights.                                                                                                                 

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 Discount Motorcycle Parts, Inc.

 Motorcycle apparel and accessories.

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 EagleRider Motorcycles

The world’s largest motorcycle travel and tourism company, we offer over 3,000 perfectly maintained motorcycles in more than 70 locations worldwide.

Milwaukie, OR

Get 10% off your rentals on a huge selection of motorcycles in addition to regular seasonal and mileage service, tire replacement, oil changes or detailing.

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Explore the West LLC, Epic Experiences on Two Wheels

Join us in sunny Central Oregon and learn all aspects of all-road motorcycle adventuring! Ideal for beginner to intermediate riders and small to large bore motorcycles. Taught by enthusiastic and experienced off-road guides.

Prineville, OR

10% off for Team Oregon graduates!

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 Nutcase Helmets

The Nutcase Motor Sport Helmet collection blends the classic open face helmet you love with vintage-inspired graphics and modern features.

 World Headquarters in Portland, OR   

 Get 20% off your MOTO helmet purchase when you click here and use CODE:  TeamOregon20. Offer valid 10/20/15-12/1/16.             

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Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® offer enthusiasts an all-access pass to
the world of motorcycling, featuring the latest motorcycles, gear and accessories, plus hours
of entertainment.

10 shows nationwide, including Portland, OR.

Save $3 on tickets when you purchase online with promo code: WEBTO16

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Vespa Milwaukie

Vespa Milwaukie is Oregon's largest dealer of Vespa and Piaggio brand scooters. Ranked #1 in volume sales in the northwest.

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Bring BRT completion card and save: Refund of course cost on any new scooter; free helmet with purchase; 20% off accessories; free delivery.

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Spring/Summer 2016

Longtime leader, shaper and producer of world-class motorcycle safety programs Steve Garets will retire this year. Several candidates have fine-tuned their resumes and presentation skills to vie for his position during a national search, which is now underway. Team Oregon expects to have a new director by the beginning of July.

Steve has served as director of Team Oregon since 1984, its first year. He has nurtured and guided the program as demand for rider training has increased exponentially, from 400 students in 1984, to 4,000 in 1999, to more than 11,000 last year. Steve was there to meet the challenge head on when training became required for riders under 19 and 21 in the 80s and 90s, and more recently when training became mandatory for all new riders. For 32 years, Steve has ensured that quality motorcycle training is available to everyone in Oregon who wants it or needs it. 

With Steve’s leadership, Team Oregon has come to be known as one of the best training programs in the world. Steve has recruited the most committed and enthusiastic corps of instructors to train new and experienced riders – your friends, family and riding buddies – in the art and science of safe riding. He has assembled the finest staff in the country and partnered with numerous agencies in Oregon and the United States to make motorcycle safety work here. The riding community has been lucky to have him. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you, Steve! We’ll see you on a good road. 

Steve Garets headshot
Steve defines expert motorcyclists as “Riders who use expert judgment to avoid using their expert skills.

Has motorcycling been good to you? Are you ready to give back? Here’s your opportunity: Team Oregon is recruiting motorcycle safety instructors to teach basic and intermediate rider training courses. In teaching motorcycle safety, you’ll earn a few bucks to support your motorcycling habit, serve on the front lines working with new and returning riders, and become a better rider yourself.

Ken Hall in the Dalles
Team Oregon instructors are the heart of our program.

The communities in critical need of qualified instructors are Coos BayKlamath Falls and the eastern Oregon cities of PendletonLa GrandeBaker City and Ontario. If you live near one of these places, or know an experienced rider who does, we need to hear from you. We also have openings for instructors in Astoria, Tillamook, McMinnville and Roseburg. For more information, visit Become an Instructor on our website.

You can watch a short video about the professionals who teach for Team Oregon and get the inside scoop on what makes teaching motorcycle safety so much fun: Click here

The State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) is the national association of motorcycle safety experts and professionals in the United States. This year, the SMSA will be holding their annual conference right here in Portland, September 21-24. The SMSA “Training Summit” is a four-day, comprehensive, professional development opportunity aimed primarily at motorcycle safety instructors, mentors, trainers, managers, program coordinators, law enforcement and state officials. The Summit will be hosted by many of Oregon’s leaders in motorcycle safety, including:

  • Transportation Safety Division, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Oregon Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety
  • Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety Program

On the agenda will be multiple professional development workshops and presentations on research, technology, training and teaching tips, outreach, licensing, law enforcement, drugs and alcohol, motorist awareness, riding gear and conspicuity, social media, communications and program evaluation. Out on the parking lot, multiple states (Oregon, Idaho, Washington and others) will display training equipment, provide riding demonstrations, conducting riding activities, and provide training and skill-development workshops.

All riders, clubs and organizations with an interest in motorcycle safety are welcome and encouraged to attend. Vendor space and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit the SMSA website or contact Team Oregon directly at

instructor helping a cyclist
The SKIDBIKE folks will be at SMSA to demonstrate some new and innovative approaches to rider training.

Thanks to a generous donation from our partners with the Bend Police Department, Team Oregon has welcomed two retired, “lightly used” and highly charismatic BMW R1150RT motorcycles as new rolling stock in the equipment fleet. The bikes were quickly serviced and badged for use for outreach, public awareness and riding community events. If your business, organization or group is planning a motorcycle safety event this year – we want an invite! Contact us at Our staff and instructors will be glad to attend and help educate your guests about rider training and safety.

Team Oregon bikes
Coming soon to an event near you!

 Fall/Winter 2015

Great news for Oregonians! Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® are gearing up for their first-ever show in Portland October 31-November 1 at the Oregon Convention Center. 

A fun event for riding enthusiasts of all ages and types, you can check out the newest street and off-road machines, shop for riding gear, parts and accessories, and explore dozens of sources of powersports equipment, motorcycle and ATV culture and entertainment.

Team Oregon instructors will be staffing a booth at the show – course graduates (and future riders!) should stop by, say hello and pick up some free information and goodies. Even better, our friends at the show have offered a $3 discount when you buy tickets online. Click here for the discount and use promotional code EMTO16. There is complimentary parking for motorcycles; kids under 12 get in free. We hope to see you at the show!

Oregon Convention Center

In August, Team Oregon began offering two new courses approved for Oregon’s mandatory training requirement. eRider™ Basic and Intermediate, similar to the existing Basic and Intermediate Rider Training New Feature(BRT and IRT) courses, combine hands-on riding practice with classroom instruction – except that classroom is now done at home on a computer.

“The course covers the same need-to-know content, but adds powerful interactive features like video scenarios to practice situation awareness, hazard identification and decision making,” said Steve Garets, Team Oregon director. “Our traditional classroom effectively serves the needs of today’s riders. The eRider option helps us look ahead to serving the riders of tomorrow.”

Samples of the new online classroom are available in our video library. Tom Mehrenand Derek Roberts of Sound RIDER! interviewed Team Oregon Communications Manager Pat Hahn to learn more about the focus and philosophy this unique and interesting classroom. The interview begins at 1 hour 9 minutes into the podcast. Derek also wrote an informative article about his online classroom experience.

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While rider training in almost every other state in the US either flatlined or decreased this year, Oregon’s training numbers are up. A warm, dry spring led to hundreds more riders taking a class early in the year. As the increased demand settled back down, Oregon registered a four percent gain over 2015, and has so far trained more than 10,000 students.

The largest growth was in advanced training for experienced, licensed riders. Rider Skills Practice (201 students) and Advanced Rider Training (156 students) saw increases of 68 and 11 percent, respectively. This increase is largely due to motorcycle clubs and organizations taking advantage of group rates for advanced training – kudos to Coos Bay HOG South, PDX Easy Riders, Rose City HOG, STAR Chapter 146, Sunset HOG, and the 173rd Fighter Wing (Klamath Falls) for their dedication to being better riders. For more information on group rates, contact Pat Hahn.

Advanced Course Training Numbers Year to Date

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This riding season in Oregon saw several great radio and TV stories about motorcycling.

Basic Training Part 1: Before the Course
Portland instructor Jeff Earls has a lively discussion with automotive radio personalityNik Miles (Test Miles Radio), a beginning rider who wants to take Basic Rider Training (BRT). The radio interview begins at 19:50.

Basic Training Part 2: During the Course
Nik and Jeff talk in a television interview about the allure of motorcycling, how to get a motorcycle endorsement and some of the finer points of rider training.

Basic Training Part 3: After the Course
He passed! Nik and Jeff re-tell Nik’s BRT experience and talk about what riders can expect from the course. The radio interview begins at 19:10.

Watch for Motorcycles!
Medford instructor Mike Goldsberry recently provided a television interview to KTVL’s Justin Matthews about rider safety as the seasons change and daylight becomes scarce.

Mike Goldsberry

Spring/Summer 2015

In 2015, a strengthening economy, low gas prices and nice weather have contributed to the best start to the rider training season ever. As of March 31, Team Oregon has trained almost 2,000 students – an increase of 34 percent over last year. Many dealers and businesses are seeing a similar increase in demand for street bikes, riding gear, parts and accessories. At this rate, the forecast for 2015 is 13,000 new and returning riders taking a Team Oregon training course. Welcome!

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Team Oregon is proud to announce Pendleton High School as a new partner in motorcycle safety. In summer of 2015 through the end of the year, PHS will host basic (BRT) and intermediate (IRT) classroom sessions while our friends at Sunridge Middle School install a much-anticipated new HVAC system. Range (riding exercises) will still be conducted at the ODOT District 12 yard. We appreciate the Buckaroos’ help in providing uninterrupted service to the Pendleton community.

Advanced Rider Training (ART) is the course taught on Mondays at Pat’s Acres in Canby to hone advanced riding skills. About 130 riders take an ART course every year. In the interest of keeping the course relevant to experienced riders, Team Oregon surveyed 2014 ART participants. The objective of the survey was to gauge how ART improves riding skills and what riders like most about the course. Overall, riders indicated a 22 percent improvement of skill, precision, confidence and cornering.

Even better, 70 percent of respondents said they now enjoy riding more. The top three reasons for this were “improved cornering skills, greater control of the motorcycle, and greater skill in managing transitions.” What’s more, 57 percent stated that they now have fewer “uh-oh” moments when they ride (close calls or near misses in traffic). You can see the difference training makes in the charts below.

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Want to enjoy riding more with fewer “uh-oh” moments? There are 144 ART seats available in 2015. Come join us and master the art of cornering!

After five years of development, testing and refinement, the eRider™ online classroom is due to be approved by ODOT as a basic (BRT) and intermediate (IRT) classroom option this summer. Far more than just an online workbook, eRider™ uses multimedia and interactive video to help riders understand risk, identify hazards and make decisions in realistic situations.

The online classroom was tested by more than 400 students in 2014 and found to be as effective as the traditional classroom in test scores, learning outcomes and preparing students for the range (riding exercises). Overall, the eRider™ classroom takes less time than traditional classroom, allowing students to proceed at their own pace, go back and review as needed or return after course completion.

Team Oregon staff will attend the Oregon Association of Community and Continuing Education (OACCE) Forum May 6 and 7 in Bend. Last year, Team Oregon was awarded business partner of the year by OACCE. The motorcycle safety program currently partners with 11 community colleges in Oregon to offer rider training classes. Team Oregon representatives will be prepared to discuss the new eRider™ course offerings and ongoing partnership possibilities, including Web services.

Last fall Team Oregon conducted interviews with a half-dozen instructors from around the state and produced a video celebrating 30 years of service to Oregon riders. Learn a little more about the professionals who give their riding enthusiasm, commitment and passion back to the riding community, and get the inside scoop on what makes teaching motorcycle safety so much fun. Click here to watch the video.

Team Oregon is a cooperative partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State University, providing statewide training, education and outreach for riders of all levels of experience and riding ability. Since 1984, the program has trained more than 150,000 riders.

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Fall/Winter 2014

Team Oregon is celebrating 30 years of service and nearly 150,000 riders trained since 1984. What started three decades ago with two training sites and seven instructors has grown to 24 sites and almost 200 instructors in the field today. Headquartered in Corvallis, the program maintains more than 400 training bikes and scooters and serves 11,000+ students a year.

To cap off 30 great years, in September the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) received the Outstanding State award from the national association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA). The award recognizes states that employ a comprehensive motorcycle safety program and strategies that are successful, effective, evaluated and serve as best practices. Way to go, Oregon!

Rider Training by the Numbers

On October 2, Oregon State Police, ODOT, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued an alert: October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions – drivers and riders should be on high alert.

ODOT statistics indicate since 2004 there have been more than 9,800 reported wildlife-involved collisions in Oregon, resulting in 29 fatalities; 12 of those fatalities were motorcyclists. Counties with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane.

Motorcyclists love fall weather, so riders should be especially vigilant: Just as you continually watch for other vehicles, be alert for wildlife.

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If you encounter an animal on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes result from swerving to avoid wildlife.