Anyone doing the Chris Birch KTM Adventure rider traing?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by bigborett, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Tomdog

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  2. bigborett

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    I received one as soon as business started again after xmas.
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  3. Oldfatbeerman

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    The online Form will not let you complete without ticking "yes" to the is your KTM fully insured question , which stipulates that they may ask for documentation . That is clear to me that you must be fully insured , which by definition is Comprehensively insured .

    I , now am glad this stopped me doing this , I just do not feel good about it for some reason . I'd rather go with the gut feeling than against it .
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  4. AussieRocket

    AussieRocket Been here awhile

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    I can understand your annoyance. Trouble is that these days, if something goes wrong, the first person in the firing line is the business running the event.
    Anyone running a business these days has to be fairly paranoid to ensure their risks are minimized.
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  5. Tomdog

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    Received my confirmation email yesterday for the QLD camp:y0!
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  6. Bluetonguejak

    Bluetonguejak Pretend racer

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    Decided on the way Mt Buller yesterday morning that I'll sign-up and do this course.
    would register today once home.

    Unfortunately due to MTB accident in the arvo (and chopper ride), my fractures won't be healed in time to participate Bugger
    This sounds like a good coupla days - spendy, but will be worthwhile if you take some tips from it.

    Looking forward to reading report on the course.
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  7. bigborett

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    Sorry to hear that. All the best for a speedy recovery.
    On the bright side, should be an enjoyable course. By all accounts he is a very good teacher.
    But I just want to see him on the 1190.:-)
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  8. Dougo

    Dougo I'm on my way

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  9. Bluetonguejak

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    Daughter bought me the latest ADB mag to read whilst I'm laid-up.

    Got a 100 page 'off-road adventure special' section - covers a few riding techniques.

    Ha, I've read all the tips - no need for the course now!

    Now just gotta be able move arm/legs and practice a few basic skills - now when's the 'how to jump a MTB' big' course on??

    (Still spewing on missing the CB course tho!)

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  10. bigborett

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    Three more sleeps.
    Anyone going?
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  11. johnno950

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    Its a fantastic course bigb,did the qld course 2 weeks ago and mr birch and co are very good teachers! you will get alot out of it.
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  12. bigborett

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    Hey, which bikes did it tend to be aimed at?
    Big v-twins or your 640 690 types.
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  14. Tomdog

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    I attended the QLD camp as well.
    Not really bike specific but some time was spent on explaining-experimenting with the various ABS-traction control modes pertanent to the 1190-1290 series.
    Range of bikes attended, 530?-660 Rally-690-950SE-1050ADV-1190 ADVs & r, 1290 SA.
    I'm sure everyone gained some useful tips and skills.
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  15. hattah79

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    So how did it go
    What did people think
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    Well it has been and gone.
    Chris and Nick, the trainers were very good. They explain things very well with the reasoning behind their thoughts.
    Chris Birch is bit of a freak on his 1190R. Just stands it on its back wheel from a standing start at toddles of at walking pace. Smartarse. That's a 230kg bike with fuel.
    Ben Grahbam was also in attendance.
    There were some good stories on the Friday night.

    The training did tend to be directed at the bigger bikes a little more than the smaller bikes, although it was all relevant.

    Lots of drills, plenty to keep practicing.

    I have been riding in the dirt for 30 odd years with a bit of racing thrown in there, so it is a little hard at times to try and change some of my bad habits but it is good to be reminded of them and to try to change things for the better. I was probably told very little that I didn't know already, but it needed to be dragged out of the memory banks.
    We had some riders that had virtually not ridden in the dirt, so I imagine they would have gotten a lot out of it. Also to be shown what their bikes are capable of and made to get out of their comfort zone. We went on a couple of hills that I am sure some of these guys were thinking "Oh My God, you have to be joking" and then being made to stop, recover and take off again. Great stuff if you have never been out there before.

    There were a few falls over logs and especially during a clutch drill on the side of a hill. Figure 8's at full lock using the clutch to regulate speed on the side of a decent slope. Its not that easy on a 200+kg bike. I did have to laugh at one stage, they were going down like ten pins. No major damage though, just pride.

    One thing that did come out of it though is that virtually no one, even the taller riders should be using bar risers. Chris suggested throwing them away if you have them. They be a touch more comfortable when seated, in as he puts it the Charlie Boremann position, but they make it hard to get in to good standing position when needed. It is that position that will give you the control and flexibility to get out of trouble or attack an obstacle when required without coming to grief. Even if you stuff it all up, if you are in the correct position you will come out smiling. I will probably take my steering damper off for this reason.
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    Well sumarised bigborett :nod
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  18. wairau

    wairau get in behind!

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    my word. that is interesting
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    They look like a happy bunch
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  20. Cruz

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    He has been saying that for years, just ask B1 with his massive home made perches
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