The Art of Riding Smooth – Floyd, Virginia

Roan Mt Group lrHigh Elevation Along the Invisible Roads

Includes: 2 days of full instruction. Course Syllabus,
Fee: $740.00 cash.
Maximum size: 2 That’s it! (Covid Restriction)
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THE ART OF RIDING SMOOTH  Workshop starts from and returns to the Blue Ridge Plateau around Floyd, Virginia.

The Workshop begins over breakfast on Saturday mornings at 8 AM at Tuggles Gap Restaurant. It’s located at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Route 8. Over breakfast, I’ll discuss an overview of our 2-day Workshop and everyone will have an opportunity to introduce themselves.

We usually return to Floyd around 6:30, so it’s a full day’s ride. Dinner is scheduled for 8 PM. Afterward, a good night’s sleep is practically guaranteed.

Day 2 begins over breakfast at 8 AM at the Poor Framer’s Market. This is a farm-fresh market in Meadows of Dan, Virginia located at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Rt 58. Off the parkway, take the exit toward Stuart. Look for the Marathon Gas Station.

The Workshop concludes in Floyd, Virginia in mid-afternoon. At its conclusion riders will have met new friends, ridden hundreds of miles of curvy roads, and be thoroughly acquainted with the mountain line and the other skills needed to take yourself to the next level.

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Here are two reviews from past years’ workshops:

I’ve been a student of motorcycle riding for several years now. I’ve read a lot of books and taken numerous parking-lot-oriented classes, but I’ve never had any real road-based training. Jim’s classroom is a continuous series of open, twisty roads, and he does a great job of equipping your mental toolbox with everything it needs to safely and proficiently negotiate them.

On my return home, I made a point to take roads locally renowned for being twisty and ones I’ve never felt comfortable riding. These roads were now straightforward and fun – in the rain.

Jim took a passion of mine that I spend a lot of time doing, and he showed me how to do it really well. It would have taken years for me to arrive at this place on my own. This was truly a transformational experience for me!!  Michael Wadsworth, Palmyra NY


I can’t thank you enough for the Rider’s Workshop last weekend.  I hope you don’t mind if I go on a bit here with a few specifics that you can share with others who are thinking about taking the course.  Please also feel free to pass along my name and number to anyone who would like a “live” testimonial.

I am an experienced rider of 30-plus years and well over 100,000 miles.  This is just some of what I learned or improved in your two-day workshop:

  • Choosing gears more effectively for better control, confidence, and smoothness in curves
  • Reading a road better, looking to the “vanishing point,” and taking in the full picture of the environment
  • Using my GPS to anticipate curves beyond visual sight
  • Using a trailing rear brake in a curve to enhance stability, particularly in descending terrain
  • How to get a tactile feel, while riding at speed, for the traction of the road surface under varying weather and surface conditions
  • How to up- and down-shift more smoothly
  • How to ride with more precision, attention, and awareness
  • How to identify and seek out the countless lightly trafficked “invisible roads” that are outstanding for motorcycle riding

But the whole of the workshop was much greater than the sum of these parts.  The experience reinvigorated me and my love for riding.  By taking your approach toward riding as an art with a focus on precision and smoothness, every road and curve, no matter how familiar, becomes new and fresh to me.

Ten years ago, I paid about $700 for an Aerostich riding suit (they are $847 today).  The suit was a good investment, because it makes riding safer and more enjoyable in varying weather conditions.  For about the same money, your workshop is an even better investment in riding safety and enjoyment.  I know that it will pay me dividends for many years to come. Tom Callahan, Alexandria Virginia