Offroad Riders training options

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by C. Alan, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. C. Alan

    C. Alan Dusty Adventurer

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    One of my new years resolustions was to become a better offroad rider. I had an experience last year out in the foothills that I think could have been avoided if I was more confident in the saddle. My bike bottomed out going over a small berm, and I dropped it. It took me about 20 minutes to pick the sucker up. BTW, my other resolution is to get in shape, so I can pick up my bike!

    So, in the Central/SoCal are, what are my options for a good offroad training course? I searched the archives, and found that the Jimmy Lewis course is an option, but what else is out there?

    Thanks,
    C. Alan
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  2. Gary

    Gary Another Adventure Rider

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    Jimmy Lewis has a couple of classes coming up just outside Vegas (not that far from Sunny California)...see jimmylewisoffroad.com
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  3. Rusty_H

    Rusty_H no title needed

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    BMW has a GS school in Berlin, long way from CA. but its something Im going to do one day. Info is on the BMW site
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  4. redriveral

    redriveral Been here awhile

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    rusty you mentioned that the information about bmw off road school in berlin is on the bmw web sight. Been trying to find it w
    ere did they hide it?
    alan myers
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  5. Maxmoto

    Maxmoto Anarchist Adventurer

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    Beemer has one in Scotland too. That is the one seems like most reasonable price. If you dont mind to fly over there.
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  6. Rusty_H

    Rusty_H no title needed

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    I read about it in the FAQ's on the web site, but I dont see it there now, It was under or near the part about taking a factory tour.
    but I did a quick search and I found this web site.

    http://www.micapeak.com/bmw/gs/gs_hechl.html.

    I dont think its BMW Owned but it list alot of the same stuff the BMW one did. like picking up a GS, how to check the bike over, and things like that. maybe BMW quit runing it and these folks have taken over. you will see that the instructors are old BMW paris-dakar riders.

    Europe is full of these types of classes though, in europe the licencsing (spelling) of a rider is MUCH more complex, They MUST go to these schools to ride higher CC bike. (well in england anyway)

    One other thing, while serching I did see a class in CA. look under servces on this site.

    http://www.ibmwr.org/prodreview.html.

    SORRY to give bad info but it was there a while back.
    rusty:confused :confused
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  7. Rusty_H

    Rusty_H no title needed

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    Maybe ask your BMW dealer or call the phone number for the factory tour and ask them. they all speak english so just call them if your thinking bout going over.
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  8. jdiaz

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    A great way to get your feet dirty is to take a trials riding course. I think there is a guy southeast of Los Angeles.....Lake Elsinore or Temecula or around there, who offers trials training and off-road basics. I saw it on Bike Week on Speedvision last year.

    Trials is unbelievably hard work, but you really get proficient at manuevering your bike using your feet and your COG, all at low speed where you can't get hurt (ok, as badly). :rofl

    We've taken a course at Trials Training Center in Tennessee, and it was a hoot.

    Jon
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  9. FrankF

    FrankF Been here awhile

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    Doc Wong is offering FREE dirt classes, with a section for GS's taught by Cal BMW.

    Two classes coming, one in Feb, and one in March both in Hollister.

    See Doc Wong's web site for info.
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  10. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    The BMW off road course is held in Wales. First course is on the 28th of March. BMW have two main courses, level 1 and level 2. Then, there's the ultimate course, only for folks who have done both courses, held at the SAS (the UK Seals equivelant special forces)....

    Info at www.worldofbmw.com

    I'm registered for the 28th of March.
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  11. Maxmoto

    Maxmoto Anarchist Adventurer

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    Yeah this is the one I was talking about. Sems like most reasonable priceses.
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  12. C. Alan

    C. Alan Dusty Adventurer

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    well thanks all! I will have to check out the Doc Wong course, and look for a trials course as well.

    --C. Alan
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  13. zigyphoto

    zigyphoto PAY ATTENTION

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    the BMW Enduro school in Germany--which is great fun--is located in Hechlingen. You should be able to find info on it by searching advrider....

    there are some good pix of the enduro park riding here:
    http://www.ultimatejourney.com/Enduro.html

    the best deal is that you can use your bike or theirs; I used their F650--why derange your own bike? and the whole thing cost me less than $1000 for three days, including bike and accomodations
    (which they will organize locally for you--but the small gasthause do not take credit cards).

    zigy
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  14. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    come east.


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    :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3 Hey GS weave, you realize that C. Alan started this thread 10 years ago...right???:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3
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    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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  17. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    And surprisingly we're still teaching schools!

    Lots of start-ups since then but we're still around for a reason.

    JIMMY
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  18. BMW JEEP

    BMW JEEP Been here awhile

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    Maybe I missed something, but there's a BMW-blessed off-road training course right off the I-5 on the gapevine that is really a good course in handling the big dual-sport bikes on just about every kind of skill set needed. A great training program, lodging, meals, rentals, you name it. Friday evening through Monday morning. Two full, hard days of well-taught, gradual step training that will definitely get you better.

    Google Rawhyde BMW Adventure fore more details.

    I went and learned alot. I do recommend renting one of their bikes, cause you'll definitely learn how to pick it up!

    Good luck and PM me if you want to talk about it.

    Curt
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  19. go gonzo

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  20. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I'm doing the Offroad training with JP Goy this spring... Yeah right the guy who drove the Batpot and who is doing the James Bond Stunts :wink:

    http://www.jpgoy.com
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