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Registration is OPEN for 2012 courses!
 We opened registration on February 7, and courses are filling up fast.  You can register on line at
idahostar.org or call us at 208-639-4540 or toll-free at 888-280-7827.


Idaho STAR Spring Opener!
 Come and join us on March 10 (11am - 1pm) at High Desert Harley Davidson for Idaho
STAR's first Spring Opener!  We'll have Instructors there to answer your questions, giveaways, food and drink, o
n-site registration, AND some exciting riding demonstrations:

  • Low Speed Control
  • Maximum Braking (30mph)
  • Live preview of the Basic I Course
  • ABS (see why you CAN'T beat ABS...)
Mark your calendars for March 10 and we'll see you there!

We'll also be holding Spring Openers in Eastern Idaho (March 31) and North Idaho (April 14).  Watch our Facebook page and next month's newsletter for time and location.
 

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Great Gift Idea
 Give the gift that says "I care about you and want you to be a safe rider."  Your gift to your friend or loved one will be a gift certificate to a STAR class...their gift to you will be to take it.
  
 


To purchase a gift certificate, call us at 888-208-7827 or 208-639-4540.


"So, what is the Basic I Course all about?" 
We get this question a lot, and we are happy to do our best to explain it, but a video is worth a thousand words.  Check out our new 'Basic I Course' video!
 

BASIC I COURSE VIDEO


Photos on Flickr
Idaho STAR is putting together some pictures and videos to share on Flickr.  Check out our starter collection of 'Good Riding Gear.'


GOOD RIDING GEAR PICS
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Need to Get Your Endorsement? 
We believe the best way to get your motorcycle endorsement is to take a Basic I, Basic II, or Experienced Course.  But, you can also take a skills test through ITD.  If you choose this route, check out these four videos to help prepare you.  All four of these videos can also be found on our website HERE

 
VIDEO 1 - Sharp Turn and Normal Stop

VIDEO 2 - Cone Weave and U-Turn

VIDEO 3 - Quick Stop

VIDEO 4 - Swerve/Obstacle Turn


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Facing the Reality of
Higher Risk
I have been working in the motorcycle safety world for over 20 years.  I can very often be seen wearing a shirt or jacket with a motorcycle safety or rider training brand on it.  I happened to look at my jacket the other day and noticed that right next to the STAR Program logo (see picture), I have a pin encouraging people to become organ and tissue donors.  At first, I thought this was an odd mix of messages (motorcycle safety and organ donation); but then it started to make more sense…

We don’t often talk about it, but the reality is that for those of us who ride, we are WAY more likely to be injured or killed in a traffic crash than car drivers are. I don’t know of anyone who disputes that. The fact that we all know this, and we all ride anyway says that we accept this increased level of risk. We can pretend that the risk isn’t there, but that doesn’t serve us very well (and it isn’t respectful to the spouses, children, parents, and friends that we may leave behind).  The question for each of us is – What do we choose to do to help mitigate that risk and/or prepare for the potential consequences of that risk?

The Idaho Transportation Department recently launched a seatbelt campaign that helps remind us that our choices affect more than just ourselves...
 
Seatbelt billboard from OHS ITD

Decisions like this are about as personal as they get, and I don’t have any intention of telling anyone else what they should decide.  But I will STRONGLY suggest that we all give it some serious thought and actually make a choice.  

Here are a few of the topics that I have given some serious thought to and what I have chosen to do – for my wife…for my son…for my parents…AND for myself.
  • Life and Disability Insurance – We have policies in place that would ensure that my wife and son will have a home and enough to live on if I am gone, or if I am injured to the point of not being able to work.
  • Medical Insurance – We have a policy that will provide pretty good medical/hospital coverage if I am seriously injured.
  • Organ and Tissue Donor – If I am killed (riding or otherwise), I have decided that anything ‘I am no longer using’ can be used to help someone in need.
  • Riding Sober – Alcohol is involved in a very large number of motorcycle crashes.  So I have a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for myself when it comes to drinking and riding.  If I drink, I ride zero miles; if I’m riding, I have zero drinks.  Simple (no math involved!)
  • Riding Skills – Many crashes can be avoided with good braking, cornering, swerving, and low-speed control skills.  I practice all of these regularly and take on-going rider training.  How many times does it have to save your life to be ‘worth it?’
  • Riding Gear – If a crash does happen (and I’ll be honest here - I’ve been down a few time and my riding gear did its job each time), I want to increase my odds of walking away (and not being carried away).  I always wear gear that protects my body, hands, feet/ankles, head/face, and is highly visible.  The visibility and protection of my eyes and ears can help prevent a crash, and the rest helps if/when there is a crash.  Since I have no idea which ride may end up in a crash, I am always prepared.  Again – how many times does it have to save your life to be ‘worth it?’
We all know that choosing to ride is choosing to accept risk.  For some of us, that’s a big part of the appeal.  I encourage all of us to think about that risk and make some choices about how we will deal with it – for our families…for our friends…for ourselves. 

-Ax



 

 

ICMS - Seminar to Address Impaired Riding
 
The Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety (ICMS) is sponsoring a program to help motorcyclists deal with the continuing problem of impaired riding. Titled the 3Rs, this program has been presented at the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s “Meeting of the Minds” conference in Michigan and also for ABATE of Oklahoma. The 3R's stand for Be Responsible, Ride Responsible and Take Responsibility. I.C.M.S. board member Wayne Wierson will be presenting this powerful tool to the riders of Idaho on Wednesday March 14th at 6:30 PM at Happy Trail Products at 11777 Executive Drive in Boise in their upstairs meeting room.

Most motorcyclists choose not to drink and ride, but all have run across that one rider that has had too much to drink. This presentation is designed to help us help that rider. Nearly a third of all motorcycle rider fatalities in Idaho are the result of rider impairment. Come see how you might be able to curb these needless tragedies. For more information call Lane Triplett @ 336-0052, Judy Petersen @ 375-6117, or Wayne Wierson @ 515-290-6826 
 
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