For many years, BMW has offered training at the Enduro Park in Hechlingen for those willing to make the pilgrimage to Germany. I’ve never had the opportunity to go. But it looks like it’s gotten a bit easier for those of us in the U.S. They’re now conducting on-road and off-road classes at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina, where they’ve done automobile driving courses since 1999.
Courses start at $480 if you’re bringing your own BMW motorcycle, or BMW will provide an F650GS ($550), a G650 Xchallenge ($600) or an R1200GS ($650). Interestingly enough, BMW uses the F650GS and R1200GS in the on-road classes, too — you can’t choose from any of BMW’s street-oriented motorcycles. That’s disappointing. As big a fan as I am of the GS line, if I was going to take the on-road class I’d want to be using the new F800S.
There’s no mention of the courses on the Performance Center website, so you’ll need to call them to get more information. It looks like there are at least two of each course scheduled every month through the end of the year.