Intro to Adventure Bike & Dual Sport Riding Techniques

Link for Directions: http://staythetrail.org/maps/viewtrail.php?trail_id=38

** This is not a class and the host is not a certified motorcycle instructor.  Neither I nor any other rider attending this meetup event will be responsible for your safety or any injury sustained.  You ride at your own risk.

Now that I have that out of the way...we will be discussing Big Adventure Bike and Dual Sport off-road riding techniques and practicing specific riding skills on some nearby Jeep trails.

Be prepared to learn some practical techniques that are used in off-road riding conditions.

I will have a list of about 10 good off-road riding skills we will discuss and practice.

Will also discuss mistakes to avoid in off-road riding.

Designed to teach and build confidence in riding your bike off-road.

Bring a lunch, basic trail maintenance tools for tire changing (yes, you need to know how to plug a tire or change a tube) & a camping chair for your arse would be nice too.

http://youtu.be/erpkyD7SMfw

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  • Bob C.

    Brett. Great event. We had a lot of exposure to tools, camping gear, etc. Any chance you guys could post in "Discussions" some of the items, air compressors, camping stoves, mattress pads, etc that are lite weight and great for dual sporting with maybe a link to where get . Thanks again. bob

    April 27, 2014

  • Charles

    Brett and crew - Thanks so much for putting this on.
    I always learn something new. Weighting to the outside, of a turn in dirt, will take some effort for me.
    A great day!

    April 27, 2014

  • Dimitri

    Looks like you guys had fun! So bumped I missed it :( Maybe next time!

    April 26, 2014

    • Dave

      Sorry you missed it too. Since we are neighbors perhaps we should ride local sometime.

      1 · April 26, 2014

    • Dimitri

      Absolutely! We'll be in touch!

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • Ken B

    What an awesome day! I have to say I feel a lot more comfortable off road now. Great info presented and a really fun day practicing the techniques. I absolutely appreciate the time and effort you guys put into planning and executing this event.
    If anyone ever wants a buddy for an adventure ride (or any ride), my schedule is pretty flexible. Hit me up with an email or text at[masked]-3791. Looking forward to lots of events with all of you!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bret, thanks for making my first dirt day a fun learning day. It was more fun than I had even hoped. I've added at least 10 items for my tool bag for the next trip, including a tow strap. Nick, let us know when you're running again what the problem was so we can all learn from your misfortune. I look forward to riding again with the rest of you guys.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Steve O.

    It was good to meet everyone. Enjoyed helping out. Hope the info and ideas were worth the time.

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • flatironrider

    Glad you guys had a enjoyable experience and seemed to learn a lot. Brett, very nice of you to sponsor the event. Thank you for all you do for this group.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, learned a bunch! Got first battle scar, what more can you ask for! Do it again in a heartbeat!

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • Dave

      So i guess your gonna keep the GS. Good for you Tony.

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Dave

    Thats was the best fun Ive had in the past 3 years of riding. I don't miss the Harley a bit. I was exhausted by the time I got back to Louisville but in a good way. Cheers to all today!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Nick O.

    The meet up was very informative and it was nice to meet you all. Letting you all know I got my bike back up to Denver and in the shop.

    April 26, 2014

    • Brett N.

      Nick, glad you made it back with your bike.

      1 · April 26, 2014

    • Dave

      Nick, we missed you on the ride home. But very glad you made a few friends that drove you back to Denver.

      April 26, 2014

  • Brett N.

    We found a nice shady area under the pines to discuss some basic off-road riding techniques, nearly 20 riders showed up to participate. Moved on to a hilly meadow to practice some slow controlled riding, then moved on to a nice ATV trail with a bit of everything, sand, rocks, hills, roots and a creek crossing to practice the off-road skills we discussed. There were a couple of low speed tip overs and a mechanical malfunction .... typical day of adventure riding!

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Dominic S.

    Brett thanks for organizing the event. I had a great time today and learned a ton and found the throttle time useful. Everyone, it was a pleasure to meet you all. I look forward to riding with you again. Nick good to hear you got the bike back and I hope it is a quick fix.

    April 26, 2014

  • casey r.

    great

    April 26, 2014

  • Don W.

    Very good information

    April 26, 2014

  • flatironrider

    hope you guys don't get rained out!

    April 25, 2014

  • Nick S.

    Anyone coming from the Boulder area want to meet up and ride there?

    April 22, 2014

    • David F.

      Right on!

      April 23, 2014

    • Dave

      Hey Nick S. Im still planning on meeting you at the Eldorado Market at 8am. See you there.

      April 25, 2014

  • Dimitri

    All, I am so sorry I have to bail out at the last minute but we have a family emergency and I have to pass. I am really sorry again and I am really looking forward to seeing soon.

    April 25, 2014

    • Dave

      Sorry to hear it. We'll catch up after the weekend.

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a 48 mile run from Panera's to the staging area which I believe is at the intersection of CO 67 & Rainbow Falls OHV Staging area. When I click the link it takes me to a Wings N Things in Woodland Park. When I click the "Link for Directions" it takes me to a Stay the Trail map which shows a little south of Decker on CO 67. Assuming the second link is correct we're looking at a 48 mile run from Panera's to the staging area; Google map claiming 1:15 minutes. The "most direct" would be I-25 south to CO 33 (W. Happy Canyon Rd - north of Castle Rock) to 85 N to Sedalia; hang a left onto CO 67 and twist. My guess we should leave Panera's no later than 8:45am unless we want to be triple digits on the speedo down I-25 and then scraping foot pegs all the way on 67. I'm tanked up now and after 50 miles to the staging area I'll still have 150+ range so should be good. Worst case scenario - we get lost and spend the day riding twisty roads with our hair on fire.

    April 25, 2014

    • SANDY

      Cool tony. I'll see u at 8:15

      April 25, 2014

  • Brett N.

    I will be meeting at Jarre Mart in Sedalia at 9:00 am on Saturday if anyone wants to follow me.

    April 21, 2014

    • Dominic S.

      Brett - I will meet you at the Jarre Mart and follow you down if that is okay. White KTM 990 Adventure - phone[masked]

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sandy, I'll be 'side stand up' about 9am from Hampden & Yosemite which is north of DTC by about a mile or so. How 'bout Panera's 4955 S Ulster St, Denver, CO 80237 about 8:45 - 9am. That gives us an hour to get there which should be ample time.

    April 21, 2014

    • SANDY

      Good morning Tony. Can I assume that you know how to get us to the meet up?

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      How many are meeting at Panera's 4955 S Ulster St, Denver, CO 80237?

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Checking location map now before I answer. I can follow a map with the best of them but no clue where we're going. I figure can be most anywhere within a 50 mile radius within an hour so....
    I'm mapping it now and will get back to you. I was planning on getting there early enough for breakfast, around 8:15 or so. Since we'll be riding bikes with helmets and gear I'm assuming we'll find each other.
    Check back here in a couple of minutes let you know what I find.

    April 25, 2014

  • Mike

    Not able to make it, I hope someone is able to jump in the last spot and take advantage of this great opportunity!

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be hauling my wr250 on the back of my 4 Runner as it only has a 2 gal tank (limited to about 120 miles). Also have a Vstrom, but would like to do this session on the dirt bike as I am still learning to handle the bigger bike off the pavement.

    April 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not a problem. I should have plenty room in the 4 Runner for your gear and side boxes.

      April 24, 2014

    • Ken B

      Awesome! Thank you much.

      April 24, 2014

  • David F.

    http://youtu.be/Re2A9UJzSBw

    Heres a good link from raw hyde/bmw dual training.
    The basics of off road techniques. I found it very helpful. Enjoy

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • David F.

      It inspired me too. I believe they will be in Hartsel CO again this year. I hope

      April 23, 2014

    • Dimitri

      Yes, Raw Hyde will be here in Colorado. Hopefully it won't be sold out :) But I wanted the BMW one, at their Performance Center.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Nick S.

    Is there any good reading we can do before hand to come prepared for the event?

    April 2, 2014

  • Jo T.

    Hi Bob C: Glad to have you back in Colorado. I'll be tent camping in Rainbow Falls Friday night with Norm and my son-in-law and grandson (13). Join us for our cookout dinner? My e-mail address is still the same.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mike

    Tony and Sandy, I think I'll meet up at Panara's and scoot from there with ya'll.

    April 21, 2014

    • SANDY

      Cool. See you then!!

      April 21, 2014

  • Dimitri

    Hi all, this sounds like a great idea. I live in Lafayette but I'm ok meeting you all anywhere within a 500 mile radius :)

    April 21, 2014

  • SANDY

    Good morning all. I'm wondering if anyone would like to ride en-group down to this weekends event? I live in the DTC but could meet anywhere along the way. Please let me know...

    April 21, 2014

  • John H.

    Well, I was getting ready for the event by replacing my tires with new Karoo 3's. Unfortunately, I low sided my bike on Friday on the way to work at low speed making a left at a red light. Bike and I are fine, but I need a new handlebar before I can ride it again. Have a great time!

    April 21, 2014

  • Alex B.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make this since I have some prior engagements. Sounds like a great event though and I'm sure I would've learned a lot. Have fun and be safe everyone!

    April 21, 2014

  • flatironrider

    Can't make it this one.

    April 12, 2014

  • Dave

    Hey Brett and Flatiron,
    Just checking in and a couple questions too. I just bought the BMW 1200GSA, coming from Harley cruising. I bought it primarily for Road trips and the occasional dirt roads which there are so many of in CO. Im not looking for anything too technical as I would probably avoid such terrain especially with the 1200. With that said, it sounds like this meet up is perfect but just making sure Im not getting over my head. And as for changing tires and tools. I have no clue what tools I would need. If you guys have a good list of tool we should have on us that would be great to know before showing up. Looking forward to the class.

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Brett N.

      Dave, Your GS1200 will be fine, that is what I will be riding/using for demo purposes. As far as tools go, I suggest the following...RoadTec B1 Tool Kit for BMW Motorcycles, Air Pump (I use an electric pump that plugs into bike) & Tire Plugs from any Auto Parts Store. Since the GS1200 uses tubeless tires, no tube to change or wheel to remove...just plug and go!

      1 · April 10, 2014

    • Dave

      Thats great info Brett. Thanks. I dig the ease of plugging the tire with no removal. Im headed to Performance in Denver today to pick up some gear. If you guys know of any other great places for gear. Let me know. Thanks again.

      April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Flatironrider, thanks for the response on the V vs WR. I will bring the WR. I do enjoy riding the V in the twisties and commuting, but the WR is so much easier to handle at slow speeds. And it is a couple hundred pounds lighter. See you in a few weeks.

    April 4, 2014

    • Brett N.

      Everything you learn on the little bike will transfer to the big bike.

      April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm riding a Vstrom DL650A and a Yamaha WR250R, both street legal, but the V is a lot heavier. I've only been riding a couple of years so I have a lot to learn. I'ld like to learn to ride the V off road, but wonder if the 250 would be better for this ride as it is a lot smaller and easier to control. Any thoughts?

    April 3, 2014

    • flatironrider

      I don't think that I would ride the Vstrom to the class. I am partial to WRs owning one myself. In fact I would always just ride the WR off road. You will run into a lot less potential problems with a smaller moto if you get in a jam and have to pick it up. You will drop whatever you ride when riding on dirt or technical stuff. It's just a matter of time Jim, and you want to having the least trouble picking it up as possible. Also, another reason not to take the Vstrom instead of the WR is if you have hard luggage that is asking for trouble. I personally know people who have broken their legs because of the hard luggage, and another who nearly drowned while doing a river crossing when he got trapped beneath the hard luggage. Vstroms are made primarily for the pavement or very tame roads, so if it were me I would not waste my time even learning off road skills on a Vstrom, especially if I had a moto that can go practically anywhere like the WR. Hope to see you there Jim D!

      April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in. Found that road on Google maps last week and looks great. See you there!

    April 3, 2014

  • Ken B

    Greetings! I just joined the group, and noticed this event was exactly what I was hoping to gain from it. However, I'd like to confirm that my equipment is appropriate for the type of terrain at this event. I have a V-Strom 650, and just put new Shinko 705 tires on it. The tires are supposed to be 80/20, and look like they'd be decent at some lighter offroad/easy trail stuff (that's why I bought them). Getting anything like real knobby tires isn't in my budget for quite awhile. Will what I have be adequate, or should I step out to make room for someone else?

    March 13, 2014

    • Brett N.

      No minimum experience level, we try to keep our groups small and intimate, but no one will be turned away.

      March 15, 2014

    • Nick S.

      Same tires and bike. Glad to hear they'll manage for this.

      April 2, 2014

  • Charlie T.

    The date change knocks me out. I am bummed.

    February 24, 2014

    • Brett N.

      Sorry, I didn't realize it was Easter Weekend and had to push it back a week.

      February 24, 2014

  • flatironrider

    Sweet! Now that the date has changed, I can make it now. Thanks Brett!

    February 24, 2014

  • John H.

    I just bought a new R1200 GSA...can I bring that? If so, I'm in! Thanks...John

    February 22, 2014

    • flatironrider

      You are living on the edge!

      February 22, 2014

    • John H.

      Thanks for the detailed location...definitely makes it easier to find. Looking forward to it!

      February 24, 2014

  • Dominic S.

    I second Charles. Thanks for doing this Brett. There's only one way to get better.

    Charles - I'm up for meeting at the Jarre Mart

    February 23, 2014

  • Charles

    Brett, thanks for doing this. Guess I’ll get to face the elephant in the room now.
    Looking forward to this.
    Anyone want to meet at the Jarre Mart(turn on 67 from Santa Fe, 100 yards on left) at 9:15 AM, then ride on out?

    February 23, 2014

  • Charlie T.

    Have to double check my schedule but I'm in if I'm not working.

    February 23, 2014

  • flatironrider

    Sorry, I had to change it to no. The wife said that weekend is spoken for already.

    February 22, 2014

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