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"Rollout" plan for 2012 courses
 Courses are currently posted through August. Courses will be posted to the website as follows:

 September courses - July 3
October courses - August 7
November courses - Sept. 4
 


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


STAR Rider's Guides
We have posted our Rider's Guides online as PDF files. Get a head start on your class, review after your class, or just read up some good riding tips. 

STAR Rider's Guides now available on line

Currently available for the Basic I, Basic II, Experienced Course, and Precision Riding Clinic. Click HERE to download the guides.


"So, what if I ride
a scooter?"
 
We provide motorcycles for our Basic I and Basic II courses, but, sometimes, scooter owners choose to bring their own scooters to the class. In order to bring your scooter to a STAR course, it must be 400 ccs or less for the Basic I Course. There is no size limit for the Basic II.

For the Experienced Course and the Precision riding clinic, you must bring your own scooter (no size limit). Check this and more scooter-specific information at our new 'Scooter Riders' webpage HERE.

 
To learn more about our courses visit our 'Idaho STAR Program - What do we do?' video!
 

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.


Chills & Thrills

Mark your calendar for June 16! Chills & Thrills will take place at High Desert Harley Davidson 9 am to 1 pm.



Brought to you by your local Law Enforcement Motorcycle Units and the Idaho STAR Program, this event is designed to improve your riding abilities, skills, and confidence. There will be courses for all levels of experience; including many the Police train on.

This year the event is free, but organizers will accept donations to the Ronald McDonald House.
 

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Why do you wear what you wear?
 It’s YOUR choice…
but what drives that choice?

The purpose of this article is NOT to tell you what you should do. It’s NOT to say who is right and who is wrong. The purpose of this article is simply to encourage you to ask yourself some serious questions about your choices of riding gear.

I’ve talked with many riders about riding skills, techniques, training, and gear. In our conversations, I often hear them say “I never really thought about it that way before…” If that’s your response by the end of this article, then I consider it a success. Ask yourself – ‘Why do I choose the riding gear that I wear?’  

Whether you ride in a bandana, a t-shirt and leather chaps; a half-shell helmet, leather jacket and jeans; an open-face helmet, textile/armored jacket; a full-face helmet and riding suit (or motorcycle jacket and pants combination); or something in between – you are choosing that gear. I encourage you to ask yourself “What is it that drives my choices?”

Maybe one of more of these will resonate with you:

“I like the feel of wind on my skin and through my hair.”
“I want to stack the odds in my favor for surviving a crash with minimal injury and without a long hospital stay.”
“I don’t like anyone telling me what to wear.”
All my riding buddies wear full gear, so I do too.”
All my riding buddies wear bandanas and t-shirts, so I do too.”
“My loved ones need me and want me to come home in one piece.”
“I know that crashes happen and sometimes those crashes are the fault of car drivers.  I want to be prepared to survive if/when I am in a crash.”
“The law doesn’t say I have to wear gear, so I don’t.”
“If I crash without gear on, my wife will KILL me!”
        
“You’ve either have been down, or you will go down…I dress to survive it when it happens to me.”
“I’m a good rider; I don’t need to wear gear.”
“I don’t know which day or which ride might end up in a crash, so I am prepared with full gear on every ride.”
“I like to look like a ‘biker’ so I dress in a leather jacket and a bandana to look cool.”
“When I trip and fall while walking, it rips my jeans – I can only imagine how much more they would rip in a motorcycle crash.  I wear riding pants and a jacket to minimize road rash.”
“Head injuries and road rash can take months or even years to heal.  I don’t want to put my family through the heartache of watching me in the hospital.  I gear up for them.”
“I know someone who was in a motorcycle crash. Their injuries were severe – they couldn’t work for months, they were in the hospital for a long time, the medical bills were huge, and even now, they are still feeling the effects (both physically and financially) – years later. I don’t want me and my family to go through that.”

RockTheGear.orgWhat you wear when you ride is up to you. Just make sure it is a choice that is right for you, your family, your values, and your future. If you want to learn more about riding gear, visit your local motorcycle shop, or you can visit the “Gear 101” page at RockTheGear.org.
 
Ride safe, ride well, ride lots…and make choices that help you to come home to your loved ones after each and every ride.
 
-Ax
 

 




 

 
 
 
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