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Join Dusty & Bill on the Baja Tour of a lifetime

What’s better than sunshine, motorcycles and an evening margarita? How about an immersive off-pavement training and tour experience with industry-renowned adventure riding instructor and Host of MOTOTREK, Dusty Wessels, and BMW-Certified Off Road Instructor and 2010 GS Trophy U.S. team member, Bill Dragoo. West38Moto and D.A.R.T. (Dragoo Adventure Rider Training) have teamed up to bring you professional off-road training followed by five days riding in beautiful Baja California, Mexico. Your week begins with two days of tour-specific, skill-building exercises in sunny Borrego Springs, California. The course is intended for beginner to intermediate level riders but riders of all levels will benefit. 

Have your passports ready. After sharpening your skills and boosting your confidence, prepare to cross the border into Mexico! You will spend the next five days riding mostly off-pavement roads from the mountains to the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific coast. Kick back at the end of each day with a fresh margarita or a cold cerveza. 

Spots are limited so register now to join Dusty and Bill October 24-31 2020.

Training is included with the purchase of this special event! Choose which level of training is right for you.

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.”  Practice has never been so fun—go beyond the pavement!

Training exercises and skills you will learn in level 1:

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

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 in level 2:

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 figures 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

Tour Common Questions:

How difficult is the riding?

The riding on this trip is similar to mountain and desert riding. There will be sand, rocks, ruts, small hill climbs and washouts…so normal adventure riding! Don’t worry too much about the sand, it’s not terribly deep, it doesn’t go on for miles, you have professional guides/instructors with you to assist you and the scenery and remoteness of the area makes up for it!

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 including 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. We can help you with that! Since we are staying in all hotels, we can all travel lite on this tour. We 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

Baja Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Training in Borrego Springs, CA

Day 2: Training in Borrego Springs, CA

Day 3: Ride to San Diego Hotel

Day 4: San Diego to Mike’s Sky Ranch

Day 5: Mike’s Sky Ranch to Alfonsina’s

Day 6: Alfonsina’s to Mission Santa Maria

Day 7: Mission Santa Maria to Coyote Cal’s

Day 8: Coyote Cal’s to San Diego

*Exact meet up time and location will be communicated upon booking

SPECIAL EVENT: W38M and DART Baja Training and Tour
Starts On:
October 24, 2020
9:00 AM
Ends On:
October 31, 2020
5:00 PM
$2,899.00
10 left
Event Information

What’s better than sunshine, motorcycles and an evening margarita? How about an immersive off-pavement training and tour experience with industry-renowned adventure riding instructor and Host of MOTOTREK, Dusty Wessels and BMW-Certified Off Road Instructor and 2010 GS Trophy U.S. team member Bill Dragoo. West38Moto and D.A.R.T. (Dragoo Adventure Rider Training) have teamed up to bring you professional off-road training followed by five days riding in beautiful Baja California, Mexico. Your week begins with two days of tour-specific, skill-building exercises in sunny Borrego Springs, California. The course is intended for beginner to intermediate level riders but riders of all levels will benefit. 

Have your passports ready. After sharpening your skills and boosting your confidence, prepare to cross the border into Mexico! You will spend the next five days riding mostly off-pavement roads from the Mountains, to the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific coast. Kick back at the end of each day with a fresh margarita or a cold cerveza. 

Spots are limited so register now to join Dusty and Bill October 24-31 2020.

Join Dusty & Bill on the Colorado Tour & Training of a lifetime

Did you have plans to go to Overland Expo Mountain West? Well don’t miss the trip and join West38Moto and D.A.R.T. (Dragoo Adventure Rider Training) for an immersive training and tour in colorful Colorado. Begin your time sharpening your off-road riding skills with two days being trained by Dusty Wessels, Cassie Maier, and Tom Thompson of West38Moto, and Bill Dragoo of D.A.R.T. Following your time practicing, you then get to give those new skills practical use riding through the mountains of Colorado for five days. Bring your pillow because you’ll be spending the night under the stars each night. What’s better than lighting a fire, gathering around with full bellies and stories to tell of the days ride?

Training begins in Fort Collins, CO and then you’ll ride some of the best trails Colorado and the country has to offer, ending the trip in the quaint mountain town of Ouray, CO. This is an all-camping tour and gives each rider the opportunity be fully immersed in the backcountry experience which is so gorgeous and peaceful. So, if you’re ready to get out of town and into the mountains for a bit, come ride with West38Moto and D.A.R.T.

 

Space is limited so sign up now for August 22-28, 2020.

W38M and DART CO Training and Tour
Starts On:
August 22, 2020
9:00 AM
Ends On:
August 28, 2020
5:00 PM
No spots left
Event Information

Did you have plans to go to Overland Expo Mountain West? Well don’t miss the trip and join West38Moto and D.A.R.T. (Dragoo Adventure Rider Training) for an immersive training and tour in colorful Colorado. Begin your time sharpening your off-road riding skills with two days being trained by Dusty Wessels, Cassie Maier, and Tom Thompson of West38Moto, and Bill Dragoo of D.A.R.T. Following your time practicing, you then get to give those new skills practical use riding through the mountains of Colorado for five days. Bring your pillow because you’ll be spending the night under the stars each night. What’s better than lighting a fire, gathering around with full bellies and stories to tell of the days ride?

Training begins in Fort Collins, CO and then you’ll ride some of the best trails Colorado and the country has to offer, ending the trip in the quaint mountain town of Ouray, CO. This is an all-camping tour and gives each rider the opportunity be fully immersed in the backcountry experience which is so gorgeous and peaceful. So, if you’re ready to get out of town and into the mountains for a bit, come ride with West38Moto and D.A.R.T.

Space is limited so sign up now for August 22-28, 2020.

these are separate events. You can sign up for the training only or the training and tour together by booking below.

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.”  Practice has never been so fun—go beyond the pavement!

Training exercises and skills you will learn in level 1:

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

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 in level 2:

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 figures 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

Tour Common Questions:

How difficult is the riding?

The riding on this trip is similar to mountain and desert riding. There will be sand, rocks, ruts, small hill climbs and washouts…so normal adventure riding! Don’t worry too much about the sand, it’s not terribly deep, it doesn’t go on for miles, you have professional guides/instructors with you to assist you and the scenery and remoteness of the area makes up for it!

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 including 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. We can help you with that! Since we are staying in all hotels, we can all travel lite on this tour. We 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

Colorado Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Training Camp to Steamboat Springs

Day 2: Steamboat Springs to Eagle, CO

Day 3: Eagle to Buena Vista

Day 4: Buena Vista to Los Pinos

Day 5: Los Pinos to Ouray

*Exact meet up time and location will be communicated upon booking

W38M and DART CO Training and Tour
Starts On:
August 22, 2020
9:00 AM
Ends On:
August 28, 2020
5:00 PM
No spots left
Event Information

Did you have plans to go to Overland Expo Mountain West? Well don’t miss the trip and join West38Moto and D.A.R.T. (Dragoo Adventure Rider Training) for an immersive training and tour in colorful Colorado. Begin your time sharpening your off-road riding skills with two days being trained by Dusty Wessels, Cassie Maier, and Tom Thompson of West38Moto, and Bill Dragoo of D.A.R.T. Following your time practicing, you then get to give those new skills practical use riding through the mountains of Colorado for five days. Bring your pillow because you’ll be spending the night under the stars each night. What’s better than lighting a fire, gathering around with full bellies and stories to tell of the days ride?

Training begins in Fort Collins, CO and then you’ll ride some of the best trails Colorado and the country has to offer, ending the trip in the quaint mountain town of Ouray, CO. This is an all-camping tour and gives each rider the opportunity be fully immersed in the backcountry experience which is so gorgeous and peaceful. So, if you’re ready to get out of town and into the mountains for a bit, come ride with West38Moto and D.A.R.T.

Space is limited so sign up now for August 22-28, 2020.

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