Denver Award Program Honors the Achievement
Denver, January 5th, 2015 — T3RG Motorcycle Schools has been selected for the 2014 Best Businesses of Denver Award in the Driving Schools category by the Best Businesses of Denver Award Program.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Denver Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Denver area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Best Businesses of Denver Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Denver Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of Denver Award Program
The Best Businesses of Denver Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Denver area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Best Businesses of Denver Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Best Businesses of Denver Award Program
Best Businesses of Denver Award Program
MOST stops funding for motorcycle training in Colorado
The recent decision by the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) staff to end the student subsidy for Basic Rider Course and Basic Rider Course2 courses will increase the costs to attend a motorcycle safety class. The MOST program is funded by fees paid by motorcyclists in Colorado when you title and register a motorcycle or pay for the ‘m’ endorsement on your driver’s license.
Since the MOST Program was established by legislative statute and once the agreement was in place for motorcyclists to pay a fee to support the MOST Program, funds have been distributed by MOST to the training schools that provide basic training, after the courses were completed. Surveys conducted by MOST indicated that price was not the determining factor for students attending a course. MOST has determined that the funds will be better used elsewhere. Motorcyclists who pay the fee to support the MOST program have not been asked whether they think it is a good idea to stop the subsidy. One thing appears certain; the price for motorcycle training to get the ‘m’ endorsement will increase throughout Colorado as a result of the decision to stop the subsidy for training and divert the funds the other projects.
Nonetheless, training will continue in Colorado, and the prices will increase to accommodate the loss of funds previously paid by MOST as a subsidy for students trained.
According to MOST staff, funds collected will now be used to contract with an outside firm to administer the training in Colorado, contract with experts to evaluate training programs, provide motorists and rider awareness campaigns and oversee the company contracted to administer the training.
What do you think about this decision to stop subsidizing training?
Are you aware that there was a student subsidy for the courses (BRC and BRC2) that earned a waiver for the endorsement?
Learning Precision Curves and TurnsDomingo Chang attended a Civilian Top Gun Rider Training course at LongFire…”As the curriculum describes, the students learn to improve their riding into curves and tight turns. We got warmed up on some offset cone weaves, Bob and Abdullah steadily moved the cones closer and closer together as we completed each circuit, making for sharper turns and more careful use of aim points for entering each gate. Fun Stuff.” read more about his experience at http://www.examiner.com/article/learning-precision-curves-and-turns Reprinted with permission from Road Guardians Newsletter. Read the entire article at http://roadguardians.org/motorcycle-braking/
Motorcycle Braking: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Stacey “Ax” Axmaker had his first exposure to motorcycle safety in 1991 when his insurance agent suggested he take a rider training class to get a discount on his premium. He did and was so blown away by what he didn’t know, that he asked how he could be an Instructor. Ax has been teaching ever since. Since that fateful day when he filled out the Instructor application, he has ‘served the cause’ in a variety of roles including Instructor, Instructor Trainer, Chair of Idaho’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan Motorcycle Safety Committee, and many more. Learn more about Ax on his website.
As you are out and about riding your motorcycle:
- Have you ever felt anxiety about ‘what if that car pulls out in front of me?’ YEAH – me, too.
- Have you ever made a braking mistake – like getting a rear wheel skid that made your bike do a little dance (or worse)? YEAH – me, too.
- And do you ever worry that if something goes wrong in front of you, that you may not get stopped in time? YEAH . Me, too!
In fact, thousands and thousands of riders have had those experiences, too. The data show us that braking errors are common in motorcycle crashes. Regardless of whose ‘fault’ a situation might have been (a car driver’ fault, the rider’s fault, both, or neither), the ability to get your bike stopped quickly (or even slowed down quickly) is critical to avoiding collisions.
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Unfortunately, maximum braking is a skill that many riders do not have, and even for those riders that do know how, many make mistakes in ‘the moment of truth.’ Too many crashes, injuries, and fatalities are occurring as a result of poor braking or braking errors. I believe many of these are preventable with good braking skills (and good execution in ‘the moment of truth’). Every crash prevented makes life better for riders, for their families and loved ones, and for the riding community as a whole.
Over the next few newsletters, we will:
Spell out several common braking errors and their consequences
Clarify good maximum braking technique
Explain how to handle skids
Provide tips on how and why to practice maximum braking
Discuss the benefits (and limitations) of taking a professional rider training class
Reveal 2 bonus elements to drastically improve your ability to stop your motorcycle quickly
Common Braking Errors
1. Rear brake only – skidding all the way to a stop (or a crash)
This is very common and I believe there are a number of factors that lead to this. Among them are:
Car driving habits – these train us to press the pedal and keep pressing it harder if we want to stop quickly.
Panic – when we are startled, tense, scared, we tend to use more physical force and our ability to think clearly and rationally is greatly reduced.
Motorcycle habits – many riders use the rear brake only when coming to gradual stops. If there is no need to stop quickly, the rear brake will do the job. The problem with this is that in an emergency, we tend to do what we normally do.
Learn more about Road Guardians on their website. www.roadguardians.org They are the originators and home of the Accident Scene Management (ASMI) training course required by T3RG for every instructor to become fully certified to teach at T3RG and recommended by T3RG for all riders who ride in groups, or know someone who rides in a group. The life you save may be someone you love!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
T3RG is partnering with Fay Myers Motorcycle World to offer a free seminar for New Riders that focuses on several key items:
- Understand the basic bike maintenance that keeps your motorcycle running like a top;
- Get your hands on the latest and greatest riding gear;
- Take a look at the new model bikes in the dealersip;
- Learn how to pick up a bike without hurting yourself or the bike!
Thursday, March 27 from 5pm – 6pm at Fay Myers Motorcycle World 9700 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, 80112.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Women Motorcyclists happier than those who don’t ride
Harley-Davidson commissioned a study that says women who ride their own motorcycle are happier than those who don’t. Conducted by Kelton, a global insight firm, from May 20-28, 2013, the study interviewed 1013 adult female riders and 1016 adult female non-riders. “The findings make it clear that riding a motorcycle greatly improves a woman’s feelings of overall self-worth,” Harley- Davidson announced.
More than half of the respondents cited their motorcycle as a source of happiness, and 74% said their lives have improved since they started riding. In addition to positively impacting a woman’s sense of self, the results indicate that riding a motorcycle may improve their relationships.
“Women riders report better communication with their significant other (60% versus 38%) and better physical intimacy (51% versus 35%). Stress causes tension between partners, but since more than a third (34%) of women riders report that they feel less stressed after starting to ride, it is not surprising that 50% of them are extremely satisfied with the state of their relationships”, the company stated.
Maybe that is why giving the gift of a motorcycle safety class brings out such smiles!
Study published December 27, 2013 on Dealernews.com
For the complete article go to www.h-d.com/women
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T3RG President, Colleen Boyle, appointed to the MOST Advisory Council
The Colorado Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Program, (MOST) established an Advisory Council in 2013 to work with CDOT staff to ensure Colorado is a state with excellent motorcycle safety training, numerous choices for citizens to learn to ride and earn the ‘m’ endorsement and effective and efficient ways to utilize the fund established and paid for by motorcylists throughout the state when they register a bike or get the endorsement on their driver’s license. The Advisory Council serves as volunteers. T3RG President, Colleen Boyle, was selected to represent the motorcycle training schools in Colorado for a two year term. Meetings are held quarterly.
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T3RG Motorcycle Schools is proud to announce that we have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for 2014.
Why Choose a business that is a member of the Better Business Bureau?
For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been providing the public with information and services to encourage ethical business practices, giving consumers a way to review and submit comments and complaints for companies and charities in Colorado. The Better Business Bureau is a membership organization that invites participanttion from companies that have been able to demonstrate a history of integrity, customer service, effective management practices, adherence to local laws and industry guidelines. Accreditation is earned based upon specific qualifications including: years operating in business; being free of government action; having zero unanswered or unresolved complaints; meeting all the standards outlined in the BBB Code of Ethics.
T3RG is proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau!
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Motorcycle Bystander Assistance Training Conducted for the Army
Are you a motorcyclist? Do you know someone who is? Would you (or they) know what to do in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle crash? Would you know how to keep your spouse or your buddy alive and safe until EMS help arrived?
Mr. D. J. Dryer, the Safety Manager for the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, El Paso asked the same question. His role at Fort Bliss is to assure that all soldiers who are motorcyclists for the two brigades he supports (402nd FA BDE and the 1st Army) have the requisite skills and training to be safe and in a state of readiness to conduct their missions.
My husband (Jimmie “Tyke” Barham) and I received a call back in June 2013 from Mr. Dryer to learn more about the Bystanders Assistance Training and how they could bring the program to Fort Bliss. That conversation was the genesis for a journey for us that would prove exciting, humbling, and rewarding all at the same time.
By way of background, Tyke and I are Instructors with Accident Scene Management, Inc (ASMI; www.accidentscene.org) teaching the Bystanders Assistance Program. ASMI is the leading international motorcycle trauma training organization. Through the various program offerings, bystanders and EMTs are taught what to do in order to prevent injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists.
The purpose of the Bystander Assistance Programs is to enhance the survival rate and reduce severity of injuries for the injured riders of motorcycles and ATVs, with the expectation of decreasing the chance of rescuer injury due to inappropriate actions at the crash scene. Since its inception in 1997, ASMI has taught over 15,000 motorcyclists across the country. I joined the ranks and began teaching this class, along with my now husband, in 1999. Over the years, we’ve personally taught close to a hundred motorcyclists in several states on how to keep themselves and their buddies safe at the scene of a crash. This experience and passion led to my becoming now one of 5 Instructor-Trainers for ASMI in 2012, which brings me back to my call with DJ back in June 2013.
One of the Command Sergeant Majors in DJ’s battalion is a motorcyclist and learned of the program through his Gold Wing Road Riders Club. CSM Bowen asked DJ to contact ASMI and coordinate plans to not only teach the Basic and Advanced Bystanders Assistance Programs to the motorcyclists on Fort Bliss, but to also obtain Instructor Training for a select group of their combat Medics. CSM Bowen’s ultimate intent is to mandate this training to all motorcyclists stationed at Fort Bliss and to assure sustainability in that training internally within their command.
Arrangements were made and we traveled to El Paso on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. We joined CSM Bowen, Mr. Dryer, and 30 motorcyclists with the 402nd FA BDE and the 1st Armored Division stationed currently at Fort Bliss to teach them the Basic and Advanced Bystanders Assistance courses. Twelve Medics and Assistants were also selected to receive Lead / Assistant Instructor training. (I must also confess to a bit of trepidation as I arrived on base – – how much would I remember about protocol in the Army from my days back in the mid-80s when I was a young lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps Reserves? I’m glad to report more than I would have thought!)
To say that the weekend was a success would truly be an understatement. Many of the men and women who participated were seasoned veterans having served one or more tours in Afghanistan or Iraq. The training they receive as soldiers, whether medics or not, in addressing trauma was awe-inspiring.
Over the course of the two days of program training, the ASMI curriculum provided them with civilian-focused scene management considerations, along with treatment information for motorcycle-related trauma and medical situations. They, in turn, shared their training and treatment techniques with us, eager to demonstrate the latest in equipment and approach. The two days of focused Instructor Training for the Medics and their Assistants provided for an even deeper exchange of not only treatment approaches but training methodologies as well. The group was understandably proud of the fact that they were the first dedicated military unit to receive this specialized training and they were oh-so-willing to provide us with tips and insights to assure future military-focused events would be successful.
A few highlights:
- One afternoon at the end of the training day, we were treated to a personal tour of the MSTC facility (Medical Simulation Training Center). As a former ED trauma nurse and a trainer in the ASMI program, I was incredibly humbled to see first-hand how the Army assures the readiness of every soldier under their command should they be called upon to assist a fellow solder. (Warning: the pictures associated with the article in this link are quite graphic http://www.army.mil/article/83299/MSTC_makes_it_real/).
- A formal presentation of the capabilities of a Bradley Armored Personnel Vehicle was conducted and Tyke was treated to a tour of the inside
- At the end of our training on Sunday, attendees were called to attention in formation. We were asked to participate in the presentation of the Certificates of Course Completion and the awarding of the patches. We were then totally surprised and honored to be formally presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the Brigades for our efforts that weekend.
We look forward to our return to Fort Bliss to observe the first course that they will be conducting to provide feedback and address any questions that may arise with the curriculum. In the meantime, we find ourselves reflecting on the experience and realize how fortunate we are that soldiers such as these folks serve so that we may safely enjoy our passions and pasttimes, including motorcycling! And how fortunate we were to have had this incredible opportunity. A big thank you to CSM Bowen and his Commanding Officers! Colleen M. Vetere, RN, MPH & Tyke Barham
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CIVILIAN TOP GUN RIDER COMPETITION
September 21, 2013
WE HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU. As a student of T3RG Motorcycle Schools, you recognize the importance of precision riding. So, we’ve partnered with Competition Productions to present the 5th Civilian Top Gun Rider Competition on September 21, 2013 at Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village. Riders compete for $1,000 First Place Awards* in Cruiser/Bagger & Sport Bike divisions. This is the style of riding where slow and controlled wins!
Patterned after the professional Top Gun riding challenges, the Civilian Top Gun Rider Competition is for civilians to ride their own motorcycles through a series of precision tight turns, swerves and circles without stepping a foot down or knocking into a cone. Motorized and Sport Wheelchairs compete on challenging courses without reversing.
WE KNOW YOU CAN RIDE, BUT ARE YOU NEW TO PRECISION RIDING COMPETITIONS? Ride on over and tryout to qualify for the event on Friday, September 20th . It’s only $20 and think, you might win $1000! Finals will start Saturday at 9:00am.
Proceeds of the event will be donated to The Mission Continues
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T3RG Motorcycle Schools Opens Training Range at Firestone/Longmont.
Basic RiderCourse and Basic RiderCourse2 available starting March
Denver, Colorado, February 2013: T3RG Motorcycle Schools announces their newest training range in Colorado at the Firestone/Longmont exit of I-25-located at the American Furniture Warehouse, 10550 Jake Jabs Boulevard, Firestone, 80504.
Motorcycle instruction for novice and returning riders will be available every weekend, weather permitting, at the new location. Colorado residents and non-residents alike are invited to register for the motorcycle training course that teaches riding fundamentals and earns successful graduates the certificate for the motorcycle endorsement from Department of Motor Vehicles. Ride one of our bikes. Wear one of our helmets. Learn to ride from Rider Coaches who are both skilled riders and passionate instructors.
The Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics (ARC) will be offered starting in May for sport bike, cruiser and sport touring bike riders.
Go to www.t3rg.com or call 303 433-9424 for registration information.
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Call 303 433-9424 with questions
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T3RG International Ltd Receives 2010 Best of Business Award
Small Business Commerce Association’s Award Honors the Achievement
SAN FRANCISCO, January 10, 2010, T3RG International Ltd has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Motorcycle/scooter driving School category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)
The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that T3RG International Ltd has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Motorcycle/scooter driving School category.
The SBCA 2010 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off statistical research and also information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
About Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)
Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is a San Francisco based organization. The SBCA is a private sector entity that aims to provide tactical guidance with many day to day issues that small business owners face. In addition to our main goal of providing a central repository of small business operational advice; we use consumer feedback to identify companies that exemplify what makes small business a vital part of the American economy.
SOURCE: Small Business Commerce Association
Small Business Commerce Association