Phase 1: The Intro To Adventure Camp
An introduction to dirt riding techniques
Short Film about RawHyde's Adventure Camp by: Stephen Gregory.
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Motorcycles like the BMW GS and KTM 990 Adventure are the SUV's of the motorcycle world, yet many
riders of these bikes are nervous about taking them off into the dirt,
even though that's what they were designed for. Why is this? Well, mostly because they are heavy and
awkward, as well as expensive to repair. This combination
makes riders reluctant to ride them off the pavement.
But even if you're on the pavement, how many times have you had to creep through miles of mud and gravel along a section of "road under construction?" Or wanted to visit a special attraction in a national park only to find it way out in the dirt somewhere.
Even if you are not interested in becoming a dirt rider, it can be useful to have some "dirt skills" because sometimes you find dirt in unexpected places. If our training helps you avoid one unintentional dismount, then the savings you get from not having to repair your bike will pay for the class. And as an additional bonus: it's a recognized fact that dirt skills improve your street riding.
So, speaking of dirt, ponder this: Many
of our National Parks have some of their most incredible natural wonders at the end of a dirt road.
Let's use Death Valley National Park as an example. Death
Valley is America's 2nd largest national park, but it sports only 150-miles of paved roads, while
there are over 1100-miles of dirt roads. Imagine that...in actuality,
almost all of Death Valley's most incredible views and natural wonders are 10 to 30-miles into the
back country on rough, dirt roads. And most of our National Parks are similar.
For additional perspective, consider this fact: more than 95% of the world's roads are unpaved. In our "Intro to Adventure" program you will learn the top five mistakes all street riders make in the dirt. We'll teach you a series of "building-block" skills which will get you comfortable with the basics of riding the dirt roads of the world.
"Intro to Adventure" training will include:
- An introduction to dirt riding techniques and the top mistakes people make.
- Body position for effective off-road riding
- Throttle, brake and clutch techniques
- Weight-shift techniques for steering
- Balance techniques
- Turning technique using counterbalancing
- Obstacle avoidance
- How to control front and rear wheel skids
- Hard Acceleration technique on dirt and gravel
- Hill Climbing
- Descending steep hills in a controlled manner
- How to ride in Sand and Gravel
- How to recover from a stall on a steep hill.
- How to turn around, fully loaded on a steep hill.
Adventure Camp also provides hands on technology overviews, opportunities to learn about the tools and equipment that are available for the adventure rider, plus demonstrations about such important things as tire repair "on the trail".
"With my 40th birthday rapidly approaching (and leather jackets & convertibles declared forbidden by my wife), my family wondered what to get me for the big day. Luckily for me I'd read an article about this place called RawHyde Adventures, where you get to do tough, manly things like drink beer, eat great food, and (of course) ride around in the dirt on some kick-ass BMW GS motorcycles." Download the PDF & read the whole story!