Backcountry Readiness Rides
Note: You do not have to attend our training in order to join us on these rides
Our Backcountry Readiness Rides are designed to get you beyond the training course and out into the real world of adventure riding! We equip you with the necessary riding skills and techniques to build your confidence in exploring the backcountry. With real time instruction on the trail, you gain first-hand experience and learn much more about exploring the backcountry. If you have taken a West 38 Moto (or other training course) and now you’re ready for real-world riding, this bonus package is exactly what you’re looking for.
You can attend a BRR as its own event, or you can select a 2-day training that extends into a BRR. Begin your off-road adventures with BRR in two ways:
- Sign up for a select 2-day training event with a BRR extension. (If you’re already signed up for a 2-day training and want to add the BRR, check out our options below.)
- If you’ve already gone through prior training, find a scheduled BRR and sign up.
WHAT IS BACKCOUNTRY READINESS TRAINING?
During these three days, we dig deeper into preparing you for a day ride or an extended trip in the backcountry. Whether you are riding by yourself or in a group, camping or staying in hotels, these three days will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be more comfortable with the adventure you choose.
WHAT AM I GOING TO LEARN?
We take training to the next level by getting out on the trails and applying training in the real world environment. Below are some things you will learn during the Backcountry Readiness Rides:
Trail preparation – for you and your bike
- Choosing riding gear for proper protection and comfort
- Setting up your bike with the proper protection for backcountry riding
- Making adjustments to improve ergonomic comfort and control of your motorcycle
- How to pack for travel in the backcountry – luggage and gear recommendations
- Planning for meals and packing food efficiently
On the trail
- Being a good team rider and different roles when riding in groups
- Recognizing limitations, advance planning
- Understanding terrain changes and adjusting your riding technique
- How to adjust to weather changes and riding conditions
- Proper hydration and maintaining good energy levels
- Understanding the effects of mental fatigue and how to manage this
- Using your GPS while on the trail to navigate
- Testing the use of the Garmin InReach location device
Morning and evening short clinics
- Demonstrating basic field repairs – like tubed and tubeless tire repair, chain link repair, crank case, and valve cover repair
- How to tow bike-to-bike
- Bike rescue and recovery
- Setting up your GPS with tracks and basecamp basics – learn most common human errors
- Packing for a day trip or for an extended trip
WHAT IS THE RIDING LIKE?
Our Backcountry Readiness Rides focus on going beyond the cones and transferring training to the trail. We want you to put your training to the test and challenge yourself, but more importantly, have fun and enjoy everything the backcountry has to offer. We will take opportunities to talk about how to recognize terrain changes and adjusting to them, mitigating obstacles, and managing the bike through more technical sections. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, supportive learning environment while offering appropriate challenges to improve your riding.
WHAT TYPES OF LODGING ARE AVAILABLE?
We want you to have a choice in your own comfort while you are training and enjoying this experience. Depending on any one location’s amenities, options will vary.
If you’re on a budget or just want to create your own experience, no problem! We’re here to make recommendations for hotel or camping options in the area you choose. Whether you want to camp, stay in a hotel or in your RV, we will assist you in making reservations for your lodging choice. Pricing is different depending on the area you choose.
Once you review the different locations, you’ll notice we offer options that range from remote mountain lodge, safari style tent village, and established campgrounds to hotels or tent camping. Find what works best for you!
WHAT DOES ALL INCLUSIVE MEAN?
We offer some all-inclusive packages that cover all your food and lodging for the time you are with us, although this option may not be possible in some locations. Depending on the area you choose to do the training, we may have an option for an all-inclusive package.
What Is Included:
- All meals covered whether we are in a restaurant, hotel/lodge, or campsite
- All tent camping lodging expenses
- If you would like to stay in a cabin, motel or your RV while on one of these rides, contact us for details
What Is Not Included:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fuel for your motorcycle
What Do I Need To Pack?
Proper riding gear is a must! If you have any questions about riding gear and clothing, feel free to contact us and we can cover this in more detail. In general, people tend to over pack clothing items. Besides riding gear (including a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots), you will need layers for frequent weather changes. Consider packing a separate set of comfortable clothes/shoes to wear in town or while we are lounging.
If you have a good set of tools it is not a bad idea to bring them; some people like to be self-sufficient. If you don’t have any or want to save room we should have enough tools to fix or repair most bikes on the fly.
If you are a seasoned vet or a beginner at motorcycle camping and have your own gear, pack it up! If you don’t have camping gear but want to try packing gear on your bike and camping, contact us for options.
WHAT KIND OF MOTORCYCLE DO I NEED?
There is no one answer to this question because it depends on preferences, riding ability, and of course, budget. Any motorcycle can be converted into a dual sport bike. Heck, we know people who have converted their Harleys into adventure bikes! We will be riding terrain that is big adventure bike friendly (BMW 1200GS, KTM 1290 etc.). However, we have had many customers ride smaller and mid size dual sport bikes and enjoy the ride just as much. If you don’t have a bike right now, we can help you with a rental.
Our Colorado 2 Day Back Country Readiness Rides are here! See below for dates, pricing and sign up information.
Stay tuned for details on 2 Day BRR options in New Mexico and California!
Want to test those new skills after training? Join us for a 2 day off-road ride. We will be riding from our training facility in Northern Colorado and ending in Riverside, Wyoming. We’ll ride through some of Northern Colorado’s best roads while we skirt the border of Southern Wyoming, winding our way through some of both states’ largest cattle farms and most open backcountry. High alpine riding meets wide open spaces as we get the best variety of all terrain thrown at us. The limited tourism and population allows us multiple options to explore!
We will depart our training location by 9:00 am Monday morning and arrive by 5:00 pm at our destination. We will arrive back at the training location by 5:00 pm Tuesday.
- Cost is $249 for the 2 Day Ride
- Includes all meals and camping
- Support truck
- Clinics from “What am I going to learn” from above
- Professional guides
- Other lodging (motel room or cabin) is available at an extra cost. Contact us for details.
- You can choose another 2 Day Ride date if the days following your training don’t work
- We will make sure the riding on each day corresponds to the Level of training you just received
Northern Colorado 2 Day Ride After Training
Click the box to choose your desired date and sign up below!