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April showers bring May flowers... and possibly some soggy rides! Here are some great tips for riding in the rain:
The Motorcyclist's Guide to Riding in the Rain 
Courses

COURSES FOR EVERY RIDER

Learn more about each of our courses and which one is right for you.

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"ROLLOUT" PLAN FOR 2015 COURSES

Courses will be posted to the website as follows:

Jun courses - Mar 30
Jul courses - May 4
Aug courses - Jun 1
Sep courses - Jul 6
Oct courses - Aug 3
Nov courses - Sep 4

 
You can register on line at idahostar.org or call us at 208-639-4540 or toll-free at 888-280-7827.


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Idaho STAR Names New Operations Manager, 
DJ Christianson

Boise - DJ Christianson has been named the new Operations Manager for the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program.   

DJ started rider safety in 2003 in Montana and since has moved to Washington and added Dirt Bike School Instructor to his skill-set. He is excited to be at STAR because of the objective of the program to constantly improve and create new and innovative ways to produce and deliver the best courses in the industry. This makes him excited to join such a great organization. DJ will be living in Boise with his family who all love the outdoor opportunities and the great lifestyle the Treasure Valley offers.  

When DJ is not at work or with his family he enjoys serving the community through the Lion’s and Kiwanis clubs, and the American Legion. He believes one should help their neighbors and community. Often he can be found giving his time and energy to help those in need, and if you are not careful, he will recruit you to help out as well! His wife, Kelley, and daughter, Ryann, are the loves of his life as well as his activity buddies for hiking and biking and they can't wait to explore the Boise foothills together. DJ is also looking forward to the summer rides throughout Idaho including the numerous routes to Salmon and of course the Lochsa to Missoula. 
 
DJ has big shoes to fill as he is replacing the incomparable Shawn Beer. The two of them have been working together to make a smooth transition. When you see DJ, please give him a warm Idaho STAR welcome and take a few minutes to get to know him; he will surely do the same with you.

 

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STAR partners with High Desert Harley-Davidson 

Meridian - On Saturday, March 28th, 
STAR celebrated the Treasure Valley Spring Opener and the ground breaking of the new range at High Desert Harley-Davidson in Meridian. Pretty exciting stuff! Watch a video produced by High Desert hereSTAR and High Desert are excited about their partnership in rider safety training and all that the future holds.



 

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'Motorcycling 101' - The Freshman Experience
by Sunshine Beer


If you’ve ever compared learning to ride a motorcycle to going to college, you’re not nuts, at least not in my book.

1) Going to college is optional (ok, so maybe our parents made some of us, but, really, it’s optional). Let’s face it - going to college is not for everyone. Take for example, my daughter. She tried it; she didn’t like it. It was not a good fit for her. She’s a very artistic, creative individualist who doesn’t fit into any box with any label. She’s not a “New Age hippie,” “hipster,” “emo” or any other Millennial Generation “type.” She’s uniquely her, and conforming to college life is not in her DNA. That’s ok, because she’s brilliant and successful without it.

So if it seems like I’m on a rant about my daughter and college, allow me to draw the connection. Riding a motorcycle is completely optional, and many of our parents would probably prefer we didn’t. Riding is not for everyone. Many folks are perfectly happy not ever throwing a leg over a bike, and that’s more than ok. Those folks find what they’re looking for in other activities. Some people simply do not have the desire, balance, coordination and attention needed for riding. It’s just not in their DNA and we still love them all the same.

2) Going to college can be hazardous to your health. Ok, so it’s a stretch to say hazardous to your health, but I got your attention, right? Some folks go off to college and “experiment” with substances and behaviors that are risky. Sometimes they may go overboard and do some real and permanent damage. It’s not common, but it’s not unheard of. A majority of college students either don’t “experiment” at all, or they do so in moderation and come out of the college experience just fine.

Riding a motorcycle is 33 times more dangerous than driving a car, mile for mile (Total Control, Lee Parks). Yep, it’s risky. Some riders take even greater risks by riding impaired, riding recklessly and riding without knowledge of mental and physical skills that can save their lives. Crashes can and do happen. Fatality crashes can and do happen, but that’s not the norm. Many folks ride for years without mishaps. Perhaps they are lucky; perhaps they are careful with the responsibility of riding and do everything they can to lower their risks, like wear protective equipment, take training, practice their emergency skills and ride sober and free of distractions.

3) In college, students don’t become experts with just one course. When you go to college to earn a degree, you have to take many courses in your discipline to become knowledgeable and well-rounded in the field of study. You start out with freshman-level 100 courses. In the 100 level courses, you learn the basics—the lingo of the discipline and some of the guiding principles. Later courses then build upon those foundation courses; each level becoming a prerequisite for the next. The senior 400-level classes are more specialized and complex than the 100-level courses you took. Collectively, your various courses, give you the knowledge base you need to be successful. 

Often when we think about learning to ride a motorcycle, we really only give thought to the first phase – the ‘Motorcycle 101’ class. But should we stop there? I propose that we consider ourselves at the freshman-level of knowing how to ride a motorcycle after just a basic riding course. Think of it as being like the first college 100-level class that got you excited enough about a particular discipline that you decided to declare it your major. It’s just enough to teach you the basics and get you excited about what else there is to learn about riding. 

Imagine the possibilities in your riding skills if you continue learning, not just doing the same thing over and over. Seek out and take the higher-level courses. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, I’ll wager that you’ll impress yourself with how much you can learn.

So, go to ‘college’ to be a rider; it’s more fun than being a non-rider! Experiment in moderation – lower the risks of riding by making smart choices about riding. And stay in school – learning is fun and opens many doors for you that you may not know are even there!

 

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2015 - STAR North and East Idaho Spring Openers 

Calling all north and east Idaho riders


Join us at the Idaho STAR Spring Opener in your area to see live riding demos, win prizes (like free classes!) and talk motorcycles, safety and fun with fellow enthusiasts. We hope to see you there.