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J Lewis 12-13-2012 03:51 PM

Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Riding School Vendor Thread

I'm placing this thread here to communicate some of the stuff we have going on with our school in a simple to find location (other than our web page or Facebook slot).
Our current schedule:

2015 New Dates

May 2,3 2015 One Essential Skills-All bikes, Full!

Remember, We Have Rental Bikes Available For Most Classes

Links to some ride reports about the school: ----From Motorcycle Jazz -- Great photos in this one. -- rhino motorcycle Blogger -- one for the KLR 650 owners.
Yes, we do sand! And our riders are not crashing out of control. We teach confidence. --Spode Daddy's take. -- this is the biggest thread with tons of info and comments. 39 pages and counting! -- From a bicycle rider to... --A special ADV rider school where the famous KTM log hop took place. -- one of our specialty schools on rally navigation.

Some of the most common questions we are asked and the answers:

"Will the class be too easy for me, I'm an intermediate level rider?"

We teach some very basic skills in the class and that is only because when you start making mistakes it is often in relation to the basic operation of the motorcycle, a basic skill that is preventing you from doing what you really want to do. The skills and drills that we teach are the same ones that I practice when I find my riding is needing a tune up and that happens a lot. All of our drills have increasing levels of difficulty and we have yet had a student feel they were not challenged at the class.

"Will the class be too advanced for me?"

We suggest that you are comfortable riding your motorcycle and operating the controls, but not a complete first timer. If you are a true beginner we suggest you take a MSF rider safety course or even better, one of the MSF Dirt Bike schools if you are just starting out. They do a great job of taking you from ground zero. If you like what you are getting into and want more, then come and see us next. If you have plenty of street experience and are new to dirt, we are a great next step and have plenty of experience working with riders just like you. We screen our students before signing them up to make sure that they are compatible with the class they are taking as not to get a rider in over their head.

"Do you only teach _________ (big bikes, ADV bikes, small bikes, racers) in your schools? Do you separate them?"

We have been teaching riding instruction since 1999 and teach to all types and abilities of riders. We have a system to keep similar abilities and types of bikes in the proper classes so the learning is maximized. Most of our drills are universal, meaning they can be done on any type of bike and by any rider, only separated by the dimension to which you can push them. Our drills are often imitated but in going to the school you get the professional real-time coaching that aids the learning and keeps the drill safe.

"I have a few bikes but I want to learn to ride my big bike better, what bike should I bring?"

We recommend you bring the smallest and lightest bike you have because you will learn more on it. When your bike is in balance, it acts like it weighs nothing. When it starts to get out of balance, the heavier ones quickly become more difficult to control. Riding and training on the lighter bike will allow you to push the drills farther without having the bike intimidate you. And anything you practice on the small bike can be transferred over to the large bike. With the coaching available, why not learn the most? But you can still come and train on the big bike, we don't discriminate.

"Being a racer you must just teach people to ride fast? I don't want to ride fast, I want to be safe."

We pride ourselves on a very good safety record and it comes from having an understanding of what each motorcycle is capable of doing and knowing the limits. Jimmy's racing background, along with his years of motorcycle testing gives him a unique understanding of these limits as well as being able to teach a wide range of skills without compromising his safety or the safety of the class. Sure we can teach fast but you'd be surprised how learning to be safe and ride in control (if not downright slow) puts you a lot farther ahead at the end of the day.

Feel free to post up with any questions you may have about the school or even general questions or riding advice and we'll give you our unique perspective on how we teach.


KTMforget 12-13-2012 04:58 PM


TheMuffinMan 12-14-2012 07:40 AM


Originally Posted by KTMforget (Post 20243669)

+1 :clap

Narsisco Lopez 12-14-2012 09:29 AM

Need to take this class this year. Looks fun and a great excuse for yet another road trip on the 990A :thumb

FishGS 12-15-2012 08:40 AM

This is on my list for 2013!

petzi-baer 12-15-2012 11:04 AM


Originally Posted by FishGS (Post 20254705)
This is on my list for 2013!

Same here, either Feb or Mar '13

J Lewis 12-17-2012 09:29 AM

Gift Certificates
In case you want to get a JLR class for Christmas, we do gift certificates...

What a great gift. Better rider, safer rider!


DriftDragon 12-18-2012 02:04 AM

I been wanting to take this course for months now... awesome to see a thread here. My only hold up has been the distance makes it tough. I sure hope I can swing this soon. If you ever do anything in the se I want to know about it!

NSFW 12-19-2012 09:02 PM

taking jimmy's class is the best xmas or b-day gift, better yet, call it "investment".

for sure, i'll do another one, and 2013 sched looks good.

J Lewis 12-21-2012 11:09 AM

Here's what you should go practice this weekend!

This is one of the best drills we, or anyone else for that matter, teach. If you can do it without getting tired, you are doing something right!


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There's about 100 things going on in just turning. But we break it all down. In fact there are two distinctly different parts to the turn, initiating it and then controlling it. The figure-8 drill forces you to do everything right, and quickly at that!

Things to remember:

-Weight the outside footpeg.
-Shoulders and hips parallel with the handlebar.
-Minimal effort on the handlebar.
-Use the throttle to control speed, not the clutch.
-Speed determines lean angle and proper body position follows suit.

The next video will be on the big bike!

eakins 12-21-2012 04:24 PM


Drunk_Uncle 12-21-2012 04:35 PM

Do you rent bikes. If I take the class in 13, I'll be flying in.

J Lewis 12-26-2012 03:33 PM

Yes, we have rental bikes for 2013 classes.

We have KTM and Husaberg 400-570cc bikes and a couple of Yamaha and Suzuki 250cc bikes.

Nubs 01-02-2013 12:35 PM

Ok...I'll ask. Any chance of an ADVrider member discount? :D

The classes look fantastic! Thanks for posting the info.

J Lewis 01-02-2013 12:58 PM


I'll PM you with our practice for that. We have done it in the past with groups and some from the ADV Rider forum. In reality 80% of our students are already members here and 100% are when they get home from the class.

It was a way for riding buddies to take the class together, really or in their minds keep the skill levels similar. But in reality we can do that better on our side from experience. Learning skills and riding ability are two different things and in our class the fastest rider in the group may be the one who has the hardest time with learning. Then after class the results are obvious.


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