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Rawhyde Advetures Rider Training and Base Camp Alpha Trip 11/6

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 5Chord, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    I have been wanting to participate in a program like this for a long time and from most on-line and personal accounts, Rawhyde Adventures is a quality outfit offering some of the best training available for large adventure bikes traveling off-road.

    I taught myself how to ride on the silty, rocky roads in the coal mining regions of Pennsylvania, but that stopped in my late teens. My recent off-road experience is moderate. I've done a single day desert ride in Nevada, several full day trips in the heart of the NJ Pine Barrens and I'm currently enrolled in Motovation MX Training in Englishtown NJ. I'm much more at home off the beaten path than on the super-slab. In fact i've never ridden a bike with more than one cylinder.

    When the BMW of Manhattan (My commuter is a BMW G650 Xcountry)dealership contacted me about attending this event I jumped at the chance. Right now I'm 35,000ft in the air surfing ADV on United flight 52 with internet service!

    I plan on lots of pics vids and candid accounts of the program...Stay tuned:-)

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  2. rubezahl

    rubezahl Been here awhile

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    You will have a blast. Good course and great people

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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    You'll learn a lot and you'll have a lot of fun doing it :thumb

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  4. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    :lurk it will be intresting to see you update..........
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  5. Dirt E. Dancer

    Dirt E. Dancer n00b

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    I'm jealous!!! I just picked up an F800GS from BMW Manhattan and was set to go when something pressing came up (wife altered plans!) and here I am instead of sitting next to you on that plane. They all tell me the program is amazing. I'll be there the next time around, I hope...
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  6. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    Agreed! You will have a spectacular time. Jim and the Rawhyde folks are top notch.
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  7. TedShred

    TedShred PHAT BASTARD

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    You'll have a great time. Tell Jim and Stephanie I said "HEY":D
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  8. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Just got back! It was a life-changing adventure for sure:-)

    Chris (From BMW of Manhattan), Ethan and Randy were on my flight out. After we landed at LAX, more of the New York contingent (Hector and Jake) met us at the luggage carousel and we slowly got to know each other while waiting for our bags to unload. There was one more of us (Adam) who was on a flight that was to arrive about 45 minutes after ours.

    We all agreed on one thing..We were starving! So we rented a large Suburban at Enterprise, filled it (and lashed on top) with our luggage and got some In and Out Burger:D My first and definitely not my last!

    We quickly met up with Adam and we were off to the Ranch!

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  9. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    The traffic was awful and it took us about two hours to get to the ranch. A half mile twisty dirt road led us into the compound where we were met by the Rawhyde staff. After a quick introduction and firm handshake, they helped us with our bags and got us loaded into the bunk house which was a concrete floor, 4 walls with a tent roof and partitioned bunks. I quickly unpacked and settled in.

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  10. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    We were then ushered into the Dakar Bar where we were given beverages of our choice and an orientation of the camp and it's rules. There were just a few rules: No smoking anywhere but in the gravel area out side the bunkhouse and under no circumstances were we to trail ride without the supervision of one of the coaches...That was basically it. Jim charged our credit cards for the balance of the trip while we were still alive and happy, and then were served a salmon and rice pilaf dinner. I was hoping for steaks, but it was pretty good. We had a choice of 2 indoor showers and a spectacular outdoor shower with an incredible view of the mountains.

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  11. dino2000

    dino2000 No Bad Daze

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    What a K--S A--! :rofl
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  12. hvilla

    hvilla Been here awhile

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    Been there for the ADV Riders Challange a couple of years ago..I remember those showers!!:D Looking forward to more of your adventure...thanks!:thumb
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  13. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    After dinner we were herded back to the Dakar Bar where we went around the room, introduced ourselves and communicated what we wanted/expected to get out of the program. When it was my turn, I said I wanted to be able to ride a large bike without qualms. I wanted SO bad to love the F800GS and even though it was big, I was determined to ride it with confidence. I figured if I was going to spend 15k on a new bike, it was worth it to spend a few days making sure it was money well spent, plus get some much needed training.

    The class was an interesting split of personalities and skill levels. All of us were experienced motorcyclists with about half with some kind of off-road experience. The majority of the class already owned a R1200GS or GSA and 3 guys rode their own bikes. All the staff and most of the class were over six feet tall. At five foot seven, I felt like I was standing in a hole most of the time:lol3

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  14. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    It had been a LONG day for us east-coasters so I headed off to my bunk. I slept like a rock, but I was in the minority. The wind noise on the tent roof kept a lot of people up, and the flatulence from the In and Out Burger crowd was hilarious but noisy.

    I was up at dawn (Hey it was 9:30am to me) and got some coffee. The smell from the grill was amazing....large blueberry pancakes and thick-cut bacon...What a way to start the day!

    This is Adam. He came in with the New York crew but technically he's from New Jersey. Adam is easily the best rider of the east coast clan and has quite a bit off-road experience on a GS, including the Pine Barrens 300, Stages in Hancock New York and the Dirty Dabblers Rally in PA. He's also a very good amateur photographer and enjoys a good cigar.

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  15. TedShred

    TedShred PHAT BASTARD

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    Yer a tool. The guy's a friend of mine, I can't say HI?? :lol3

    Tell the Mrs. I said Hey:rofl
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  16. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    We were told at breakfast to meet down at the bike stable ready to go at 8:30.....I saw two F800GSs, a graphite one and a sunset yellow/black one. I was hoping for the yellow one...I heard they're faster:lol3

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  17. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    YESSS!:evil

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  18. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    No knobbilies? :eek2
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  19. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Mmmm Bridgestone Battle Wings? This is going to be interesting. Also, mirrors and windscreen were removed from all the school bikes during training.

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  20. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    We then proceed to do stretches and squats to ready our body for the days torture. I must say that most of the guys are very fit and at 48 years old, I'm far from the oldest one here. Oh yeah, it's ALL guys. Jim tells us that most classes have one or two females and it tempers the group. He warns us about how dangerous testosterone-fueled showboating can be and it would not be tolerated.

    Jim explained to us that scratches and small dents on the school bikes were normal and even expected, but if we were to really break the bike, we were responsible for the repair. I knew this ahead of time, but several guys were unaware of this policy.

    Here's Randy signing his waiver....Randy is from one town over from me and is seriously thinking about getting a R1200GS. He has no off-road experience whatsoever and is about to hit the dirt for the first time.

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