Training course for offroad riding (SF bay area or AZ)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by lightfox, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. lightfox

    lightfox Adventurer

    Oct 22, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Hi all,

    I've been riding a street bike for 7 years and want to explore offroad riding. Are there any classes that provide bikes and will teach offroad riding to a beginner? I live in the San Francisco bay area and often visit Phoenix, so somewhere near there would be best. I'd also consider other places that are a short flight away from the bay area but that's less ideal.
  2. borderxx

    borderxx ifalldown

    Dec 16, 2005
    Northern Arizona
    Watching this... I could always use a "tune up" on my skills, or lack thereof.
  3. nrvale0

    nrvale0 Been here awhile

    Nov 10, 2010
    Northern California
    There's a trials group that does training up around Sac though I don't have the name of the group nor their trainer atm. Google trials motorcycles if you've not heard of it. Arguably a better way to improve offroad skills than going to a SM, flat track, or MX school.

    Down around Santa Cruz/San Jose there's Brian Garrahan of Garrahan Racing. Can vouch for that one.

    Rich Oliver's Mystery School is over near Yose. Can vouch for that one as well.

    Jimmy Lewis is in Pahrumph, NV. That's a great one but gets spendy with flight + school + bike rental.

    All three of these guys are real characters.

    Keep me in the loop via PM. I'm just getting my 450 back together and thinking about buying a trail bike in the 250-300 range so I might tag along. Also have a moto van.
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