Best of the New Mexico BDR & Training

Are you in need of training but not sure what level is right for you? Click on the training you are interested in below to learn more! 
New Mexico Training will be held near the town of Cloudcroft, NM. Exact meet up time and place will be communicated upon booking.

Level 1 Beginner: 2 Day Training 

Off-road skills don’t happen overnight.  We want you to feel comfortable when you transition from the pavement to the dirt, and our training will help you build the finesse required to adventure ride safely.  Breaking down each movement into easy-to-understand steps is the key to our training.  The Triple Threat—or clutch, brake, and throttle—is one example of our focus on the fundamentals of controlling the motorcycle at slow speeds.  By re-learning how to precisely control the actions of clutching, braking, and throttling, you’ll maximize your riding capability using this core principle.  The Triple Threat is the backbone of our training program and it carries over into every exercise we do. One thing is for sure…you will have a lot more confidence, the necessary tools, and refined skills to help you “Ride your Ride.”

Training exercises and skills you will learn:

Transitioning from the street to the dirt

Some things to remember to get you started

Why we ride standing up and the benefits

 Improved visibility and changing your point of influence

Balancing on the bike at slow speeds and body positioning

Without turning and counterbalancing, what does it feel like when you move around on the bike

Operating the brake and shifting gears while standing

Proper lower body positioning

The “Triple Threat” the art of learning how to finesse the clutch, brake and throttle at slow speeds

It takes a lot more skill to ride a big bike slow than it does to ride one fast

Controlled stops and skids using the front, rear and both brakes together

Taking the myth out of using the front brake and knowing when either is better

How to weight your foot pegs and steer the bike from the waist down

Avoiding obstacles by quickly weighting the foot pegs

Climbing and descending rideable hills

The ups and downs of inclines

Restarting and Recovering from stalls on hills

Know how and when to stop and restart

How to ride sand safely and comfortably

We all know it is our favorite terrain ****If sand or mud is around*****

How to use counterbalancing for turning sharp and sweeping corners

Completely opposite of how to turn on pavement

Riding tight circles in a box while transferring your weight on the motorcycle

Comfortably turning tight takes a lot of finesse and exact body position

05jun(jun 5)8:00 am06(jun 6)5:00 pmSold Out!New Mexico TrainingBoth options for Standard Training or Standard Training +2 Day Ride available here

09oct(oct 9)8:00 am10(oct 10)5:00 pmSold Out!New Mexico TrainingBoth options for Standard Training or Standard Training +2 Day Ride available here

Level 2 Intermediate: 2 Day Training 

Continuing from our Level I class and/or building upon the skills you have already, this 2-day training class further refines your control of the motorcycle through the mastery of “The Triple Threat” – the Clutch,Throttle and Brake at slow speeds, over terrain and during tight maneuvering.  Body position is critical in Level II training and will be explained and practiced at length.

Level II Training is for life-long learners; those who realize motorcycling is a perishable skill.  At the end of this two-day training event, you’ll be ready to ride more technical trails, further gain confidence and become a better rider. Practice is still key, however. Ride with others who have good riding techniques, display safe and considerate motorcycling etiquette and encourage you to “ride your own ride”. 

Training exercises and skills you will learn:

Controlled stops and skids using the front, rear and both brakes together

We’ll dive deeper into understanding the full range of the front brake and where the rear brake is most useful

Foot peg influence and pressure

Understanding what this means to learn to steer the bike from the waist down and more specifically with your foot pegs

Advancing the Triple Threat

Operating controls gaining a deeper understanding of how the clutch, brake and throttle work together as your skill advances and terrain choice changes

Understanding body positioning and counterbalancing while riding slow around corners and obstacles

We will tighten the turns, decrease the speed, and add increased use of the controls

360 degree circles and figure 8’s

We’ll use these exercises to build on momentum control and imitate technique while riding steep uphill turns

Skid Turns

Skidding with the rear wheel looks cool but is also very useful

Climbing and descending turns on hills with obstacles and switchbacks

We’ll increase the difficulty of the hills and add turns and slow descents

Restarting and Recovering from stalls on hills

Advanced terrain requires more advanced strategies in recovery and decision making

How to ride sand or mud safely and comfortably

These will depend on if we have sand or mud in the area

Cornering at speed

Getting the feel of using the throttle to “steer with the rear” wheel without breaking traction. We’ll also teach you how Power Slide (break traction) and how to control it

05jun(jun 5)8:00 am06(jun 6)5:00 pmSold Out!New Mexico TrainingBoth options for Standard Training or Standard Training +2 Day Ride available here

09oct(oct 9)8:00 am10(oct 10)5:00 pmSold Out!New Mexico TrainingBoth options for Standard Training or Standard Training +2 Day Ride available here

Which one? One of each? Have you ridden these bikes before?
@harleydavidson Pan America
@bmwmotorrad R 1250 GS
#harleydavidson #hdpanamerica #bmwmotorrad #r1250gs #adventureriding #advmoto #offroad #versus #whichone #west38moto

Making lemonade out of lemons.
The Women Only level I & II course (though it doesn’t look like it here) was getting rained out in the areas we had planned to ride. So lead instructor, Cassie Maier, did some “bike acquaintance” training. It involved the Balance Walk-around, moving the bike forward and backward, and mounting and dismounting. There was also some bike pick-up as some of the gals decided they wanted more practice there as well.
There will be another Women Only Level I & II in the spring in California. Keep an eye out for the 2022 calendar due to drop in December.
#womenwhoride #womenonly #ladies #motorcycle #motorcycletraining #offroad #dualsport #practice #timelapse #colorado #adventurerider #advmoto #advmotorcycle #west38moto

There’s sand and then there is beach sand, in Baja, on our Baja Tour.
Psst, it’s not all like this. Actually the closer you get to the water the more packed it becomes.
#baja #sand #motorcycle #ktm #roostertail #ocean #beach #ridingonthebeach #motorcycletour #offroad #dualsport #west38moto

#offroad #unmaintainedroad #dirtroad #vroomvroom #motorcycle #dualsport #trailride #opensky #advmoto #adventuremotorcycle #west38moto

Riding on the beach is one of the best things, ever!
Baja Tour - November 1-4, 2021
#sand #beach #beachsand #offroad #baja #bajacalifornia #mexico #play #havingfun #motorcycle #motoadventure #advriders #west38moto

Did someone say Baja?
Nov. 1 - 4, 2021
#baja #bajacalifornia #mexico #blueskies #cactus #offroad #adventuremotorcycle #advrider #advmotorcycle #motorcycletour #guidedtour #west38moto

AZ BDR to @overlandexpo Flagstaff Tour.
There’s still room so get to it!
9.20 - 9.26
Globe, AZ to Flagstaff, AZ the long and fun way around.
#ridebdr #azbdr #offroad #motorcycle #advmoto #adventuremotorcycle #arizona #overlandexpo #overlandexpowest #motorcycletour #west38moto

Hill training. We work on the ups and the downs and give you the tools to tackle the hills that used to scare you.
#motorcycletraining #hills #uphill #motorcycle #adventurerider #practice #newskills #offroad #howto #dualsport #advmoto #advriding #west38moto

The laughs at camp made our stomachs hurt.
Join a tour. It’s that simple.
#motorcycletour #offroad #group #advrider #dualsport #motorcycle #adventuremoto #jump #funnyphotos #laughs #motorcyclecamping #west38moto

Lunch with a view.
Continental Divide to @overlandexpo Tour.
#lunch #view #vista #colorado #clearskies #motorcycle #offroad #dualsport #dirtroads #advmoto #advrider #adventureriding #motorcycletour #west38moto

Good morning!
From the Continental Divide to Overland Expo Tour.
#overlandexpo #motorcycletour #offroad #motocamping #dualsport #motorcycle #advmoto #adventuremotorcycle #wyoming #sunrise #camp #pinetree #goodmorning #west38moto

We're out of here again! This time, we're taking part of the Continental Divide to the @overlandexpo Mountain West in Loveland, CO at the @treventscomplex.

If you've missed this one, snag the next tour of the AZ BDR to Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, AZ.

We'll be hanging out at the Expo so swing by and say "hi" or better yet, sign up for an adventure rider training course with Bill Dragoo, D.A.R.T. and West38Moto.

Approval from the peanut gallery.
Level III lofting exercise.
#motorcycletraining #offroad #dualsport #adventurerider #lofting #goodjob #perfect #ouraycolorado #practice #motorcycle #learning #west38moto

Our lead coach, Cassie Maier, is ready to take her women’s class out into the wild. Sept. 11-14 in Ouray, CO.
More info is on our website and please email us with any questions.
#muddy #offroad #dualsport #motorcycleinstructor #coach #motorcycletraining #advmoto #advmotorcycle #womenwhoride #west38moto

Water crossings can be tough. Our lead coach and owner, Dusty, walks the best path for crossing this pool. The center is much deeper which is why he’s showing the group the side. Dropping a bike in water can make for a bad day, so walking it and getting some wet boots/feet is a better option.
Also, in deep water like this, don’t go too fast. Speed will create a splash that can end up in your air intake…oops. Ask us how we know.
#teachingmoment #instructor #motorcycle #offroad #idbdr #ridebdr #dualsport #adventurerider #advrider #offroad #motorcycle #motorcycletraining #west38moto

Line ‘em up, line ‘em all up.
#training #coaches #instructor #offroadskills #offroad #dualsport #practice #motorcycle #advmotorcycle #adventureriding #west38moto

New Mexico has hidden canyons and gorges that are prime destinations for viewing landscapes and imagining historical events. You’ll enjoy cliff dwelling, petroglyphs, slot canyons, and maybe even slot machines if that’s your jam. Some of the best foods and art hail from New Mexico, both with an appreciation of indigenous people and their cultures. Plenty of remote camping is available, and you might even decide to stop at some hot springs to relax after a day of riding. Plan to experience desert riding with transitions into higher alpine mountains.

Join us on this 5 day 6 night Best of the BDR tour New Mexico! We will be following most of the New Mexico BDR route and add in fun detours and bonus scenic spots. We will be camping, which will allow us to experience the Best of the New Mexico BDR!

Common Questions:

How difficult is the riding?

The route has optional hard sections and easier bypass sections. We will stay together as a group for most of the riding. However, if some of the group feels like tackling a harder section and some do not, the guides will make a decision to split the group for those specific sections so everyone can enjoy their riding.

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! For this tour, 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.

Will a support truck be following us?

Yes. Our support truck will be carrying everything we need to set up camp in the wilderness. We will also have room for your gear if you don’t want to carry it on your bike.

*Note: Support truck will follow us as long as we get at least 6 People

How do I need to pack my bike?

Pack lightly, efficiently, and in a way that encourages proper bike performance. Feel free to consult with us before the tour about how to pack your bike. We also suggest daily packing of snacks, water, and clothing for layering to adjust for the conditions.

What protection do I need for my bike?

We recommend the following at the minimum:

Note: Not having these items does not mean you can’t come on the tour. It just means your bike may get damaged and the protection we recommend is for major working components.

  • Skid Plate
  • Crash Bars
  • Headlight guard
  • Radiator Guards
What tires do I need for my bike?

We recommend at least a 50/50 tire and even better is a more dirt or off-road focused tire. We will be riding through some technical sections that are more comfortable with a more off road focused tire.

How many people are in the riding group?

We limit our groups to 10 people

How do we handle extreme weather?

We will ride in most weather conditions. However, our guides are well equipped to make the best decision for the group regarding trail and weather conditions and may re-route the riding day.

What should I pack?

For You:

Clothes: 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 at camp while we are lounging.

For your Bike:

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.

New Mexico BDR Itinerary:

Itinerary Coming Soon








New Mexico