off road training and repairs

Discussion in 'Canada' started by TorontoDude, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. TorontoDude

    TorontoDude Been here awhile

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    hi,

    looking for options in Ontario to do some off road training, and if possible, hands on repair. Living in a condo means i have to room to wrench, let alone spare parts to practice plugging tires, etc.

    i checked out SMART/BMW off road training, but crap that isnt cheap.

    anyone have any other recommendations?
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  2. Candubrain

    Candubrain Been here awhile

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    I took the SMART ADV course, not the BMW course 2 yrs ago, it was worth the money. I think you'll find they are all priced similarly.
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  3. someguyinTO

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    I took the SMART course as well. Great day, worth the money in my opinion and even more fun if you can get a small group together to go. Also not sure what you ride but Budds BMW in Oakville does technical seminars with their mechanic team for the price of a donation to the local animal shelter. Not terribly in depth for hardcore repairs but worth it
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  4. JT11

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    Another option for off-road training is Trailtours.ca out near Peterborough. They run technical-focused dirt bike trail days in Ganaraska Forest. I've been a couple times and it's super fun. No idea about about mechanical training though.
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  5. SaugeenADV

    SaugeenADV Been here awhile

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    rallyconnex.com might be able to help, they do individual training and I bet they can personalize something for you. Great guys too.
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  6. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    There must be clubs around, or rallies, where you can go for a weekend to meet like minded riders to learn to plug a tire, fix a broken cable, or lever. Then hit some dirt roads.
    If riding a tenere, I don't think dirt bike trail riding is going to work out.

    I've seen groups where someone would open their garage to a bunch of the same bike type owners and have a maintenance day.. fork seals, oils, coolant, brakes, etc. Make it a pot luck, bbq etc, out of it, then go for a ride.

    Maybe contact GP bikes, Royal, local Yamaha dealer, or whoever you bought the bike from, to see if there are meet and greets in the area. If not, ask a Yamaha dealer to have a Tenere Day, where a bunch of Tenere owners show up for a few hrs on a saturday morning.
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  7. eldog

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    I'm another fan of the SMART program. Clinton and his team run a great program for adventure riding skills.

    For wrenching in downtown Toronto you might want to check out Moto Revere. It's a membership based DIY motorcycle garage with courses and other members that can show you a thing or to and a place to try it out.
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  8. SSBB

    SSBB Been here awhile

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    I have done the one in Ganaraska and the Smart with Clinton and I though Smart was significantly better. With the Smart program you can use his bike in the morning and then switch to yours in the afternoon so you get real dirt time on yours. I was going to take it again this May but will be away, really it is a great course.
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  9. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Got a local dealer? An old rim, a tire. That’s easy practice.
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  10. systemic_anomaly

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