T.O.P.S. Motorcycle Training Courses

Motorcycle Training CoursesAt T.O.P.S., we teach each student how to enhance their riding skills and confidence on their own motorcycle, not a loaner or rental. The skills and courses taught at T.O.P.S. are modeled after the same courses police motorcycle officers have used for years to keep them safe and survive on the street. Regardless if you are a recreational weekend rider, a daily commuter or both, at T.O.P.S. you will learn how to better control your motorcycle at both low and cruising speeds.

Advanced Motorcycle Training

Each T.O.P.S. class will consist of a brief classroom discussion on safety based topics such as: lane positioning, hazard recognition and avoidance and proper braking techniques for emergency situations. The majority of the 8 hours class will be spent on the motorcycle working on the various courses including, but not limited to:

TOPS I Training Course
  1. Picking Up A Fallen Motorcycle
    Proper lifting technique is taught in a way that will prevent injury to the student and further damage to the motorcycle.

  2. Straight Line Starts
    This is where it all begins, controlling your motorcycle with proper clutch control, throttle and brake application so you can avoid the “jerk” start from a stop and learn where the “gray area” is on your motorcycle.

  3. Figure 8
    Once you have learned where your “gray area” is to control your motorcycle at low speeds, it is time to start to apply it in the Figure 8. Proper head and eye placement are introduced as well as lean and transition control. These skills will be built upon as the class progresses.

  4. Slow Cone Weave
    Time to move into the first “cone course,” the slow cone weave. The purpose of this exercise is to build on the lean and transition control of the motorcycle at low speeds. This is where the student starts to develop the flowing relationship with their motorcycle.

  5. Offset Cone Weave
    Introduction of the “teardrop” turn will teach the student how to change directions rapidly and enhance their ability to maneuver their motorcycle in a more limited area.

  6. Braking Chute / Combination Braking
    This is the “meat and potatoes” of motorcycle riding safety! We begin by teaching you how to PROPERLY utilize the brakes through the concept of combination brake application, or threshold braking. We measure your stopping distance so you can develop a “snap shot” of your braking distance. You will also learn how to identify when a critical moment is about to occur and more importantly what to do to maintain control and avoid a crash. This exercise will allow the rider to learn how to scrub off the maximum amount of speed in the shortest distance, all while maintaining control of the motorcycle, and avoiding the impending collision.

  7. Brake and Escape
    Now that the student has learned how to properly combination brake, we throw a “real world” scenario at them and let them practice how to AVOID the hazard after braking.

  8. At Speed Cone Weave
    Unlike the slow cone weave, this exercise is done at speed and the student practices the principles of counter steering. The purpose of this exercise is for hazard identification and avoidance by utilizing counter steering techniques while traveling at cruising speeds. Riding jackets are strongly recommended for this course!

  9. Curve Negotiation
    Proper curve negotiation is one of the aspects of motorcycle riding that makes the ride so enjoyable, while at the same time presents the rider with one of the greatest hazards on the road. Enter too "hot" and you will over shoot the curve and potentially crash. Enter too slow and you are depriving yourself of one of the more enjoyable aspects of riding. Each rider will be given the opportunity to practice the proper "Outside-Inside-Outside" curve negotiation application at speed. This exercise will afford the rider to work on proper head and eye placement while working the series of curves at their own comfortable speeds.

  10. 90 Degree Pullout
    This exercise will teach the rider how to properly and safely initiate a low speed 90 degree turn from a stop. Not only is this utilized by motor officers as they pull out from a parade line, it is also a useful tool in crash avoidance when the threat is approaching from behind. Each student will learn how to initiate this maneuver to both the right and left, while understanding the importance of balance, throtle control and proper head and eye placement for maximum, effective application in a hazard situation.
TOPS II Training Course
RIDER MUST BE ABLE TO MAKE A 180 DEGREE TURN WITHIN THE CONFINES OF 20 FEET IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
  1. Slow Cone/Offset Cone Weave
    This is the same course as offered in TOPS I, but the rider will be required to complete the course starting on both sides and will be used as the “warm-up” exercise. (appx 30 mins)

  2. Iron Cross
    This is the first complex exercise precision riders begin to work with. This entirely enclosed exercise will have the rider learning how to make teardrop turns into each leg of the cross and complete a 180 turn. Riders will be doing this exercise in BOTH directions. (appx 60 mins)

  3. Keyhole
    This very difficult exercise requires the rider to enter and exit the exercise from the same gate while completing a full circle. This skill set will be required to effectively complete the full technical competition course at the end of the day. (appx 45 mins)

  4. U Turn Tight Radius
    The rider will be asked to complete tighter 180 turns in a more open and forgiving environment. (appx 30 mins)

  5. Loopty Loop
    This exercise is based on a police skills competition exercise and will require the rider to complete 90 degree turns, rapid direction changes, 180 degree “keyhole” turns, and confined space figure 8’s. (appx 90 mins)

    Each rider will have the opportunity to run a circuit of the previous exercises to keep fresh and engaged.

  6. Open Ride
    The final hour of the class will afford each rider the opportunity to work on whichever exercise they want under the guidance and supervision of the TOPS staff. (appx 60 mins)

*** DISCLAIMER *** TOPS II is a very demanding program and should only be attempted by competent riders looking to improve upon an existing strong riding platform. Motorcycles equipped with engine guards or faring protection bars are required.

Improve your motorcycle riding skills and stay safe on the roads.

Class Summary:

Class Size: 5-10 students
Class Duration: One day
(Saturday or Sunday)

Cost: TOPS I = $225
TOPS I Refresher = $175

TOPS II = $300
TOPS II Refresher = $250

Students MUST have previously completed TOPS I or TOPS II to qualify for the Refresher discount. To qualify for the TOPS II Course students MUST have completed TOPS I or received authorization from the TOPS Instructor staff

RIDER MUST BE ABLE TO MAKE A 180 DEGREE TURN WITHIN THE CONFINES OF 20 FEET IN BOTH DIRECTIONS

Credit Cards Accepted via Pay Pal

2017 T.O.P.S. Course Schedule:

ALL 2017 CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

T.O.P.S. I:

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
    - SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
    - SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
  • Saturday, July 1, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
    - SOLD OUT!

T.O.P.S. II:

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 -
    Elgin Community College
Cancellation Policy - please see F.A.Q.'s Refund Policy - please see F.A.Q.'s

Refresher Training

One of the secrets of how a Police Motor Officer establishes and maintains consistent control of their motorcycle is PRACTICE! Repetition builds muscle memory and translates into consistency and efficient control of your motorcycle when "that moment" occurs. At T.O.P.S. we believe the same holds true which is why every student who attends and completes our class is invited back for "Refresher Training."

Refresher Training at T.O.P.S. allows a rider to register for a ride only class (no classroom or presentations) to practice and refine their skills. Refresher Training is available from 10:00am - 4:00pm at a discounted rate of $95.

Please note: To maintain our low student-to-instructor ratio, a limited number of Refresher Training spots will be made available per class.