... What did you learn? What were the benefits.... .
You ride your bike or did they have you on a Rebel?
Sorry, LJ, missed this question...
It's comprised of a series of exercises. PLP, if you will, riding your own bike.
The idea is to put you in situations, in miniature, that you can take to the road.
All of the exercises were challenging, and some were downright difficult. You practice sudden maneuvers, rapid stops, obstacle avoidance, cornering technique, riding one-handed through weaves, counterbalance turning, etc.
I had trouble with the cornering technique. The idea is to put you through a turn where you practice coming in wide, going to the inside, and exiting to the outside,all the while keeping your vision focused well ahead. You know, like we do everyday. This is supposed to reinforce what you would do on a regular sweeper at 50mph, but you're practicing on a 50 foot radius at 15mph. My pea brain gets it in the real world, but on a 50 foot radius I revert to dirt technique where I'll always be looking just slightly ahead for that rock, rut, or log that's going to tip me over. They had to keep telling me to bring my head up. I do it on the street all the time but couldn't do it in the lot.
Most of the class was riding cruisers, and there was an exercise where we were to learn how to ride over a 2X4. Approach straight on, goose the throttle to lighten the front end just before hitting the obstacle, and settle in and ride on. I goosed it, lofted the front end, and spit the 2X4 out the back...
And then there was the drifting through the turns on another exercise. We won't talk about that.