Off-Road Motorcycle Training — Level 1

Level 1 Beginner Training

Riding a Dual Sport or Adventure Motorcycle off-road requires a different set of skills.  Learning and building these skills requires training for when your adventure goes beyond the pavement…

Surely by now you’ve noticed a few dirt roads peeling off into the distance and wondered where they might have taken you.  Riding where the rubber meets the road is only the portal to the off-road adventure you’re about to have.

The type of boundless riding you’re craving is at your fingertips; boundaries only exist in your mind.  But we know firsthand the challenges of learning to ride off-road.  Our training courses are designed to make you feel more comfortable handling your motorcycle in various conditions, offer you knowledge and skills to handle common trailside problems, and build the confidence you need to help you discover what the world has to offer.

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.

At the end of the two day training, gaining mastery of off-road skills is up to you.  We offer the tools and training, but it’s up to you to RIDE and put those skills into action.  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!

A list of training exercises and skills:

Some things to remember to get you started

Improved visibility and changing your point of influence

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

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

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

Completely opposite of how to turn on pavement

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

Avoiding obstacles by quickly weighting the foot pegs

The ups and downs of inclines

Know how and when to stop and restart

We all know it is our favorite terrain

****If sand or mud is around*****

Common Questions:

Please plan on packing a lunch. This provides us with as much time together as we can. This is also a good time for casual conversation.

Some events may have exceptions to this so please review additional information in the specific event.

Safety is always highest priority.

If rain, snow or ice is expected, we will make a determination if the class needs to be rescheduled or postponed.

Tires of style suitable for 50/50 street/dirt are good for entry level.

The more rugged generally provides more confidence.

Pure street tires are not recommended.

We want to avoid abrasion. Also remember that these bikes are heavy – “Big Bike”

  • helmet
  • over the ankle boots at a minimum
    • motocross style is preferred
  • jacket and/or upper-body protection
  • pants and/or lower-body protection
  • gloves

You do not need to fully outfit your bike yet.

Many big adventure bikes are outfitted with some protection from plastic damage caused by falls – crash bars.

The benefit you will receive from us during the training will be outfitting suggestions. We will go over some of the best gear to help make the bike better fit you as well as bike protection.

We do require that you have a motorcycle endorsement and some riding experience.

We do not require that you have any experience in the dirt.

Our classes are designed for the beginner and intermediate rider.


Starting in 2020, we will have 3 different places for you to attend our training events! Colorado, California and New Mexico. All pricing, dates and locations are below. Please email us with any questions.

2-Day Training Only – $499

  • Find your own lodging at nearby hotels
  • Provide your own breakfasts and dinners (lunch is provided on training days)
  • If you choose this option we will email you the specific meet up location. Please arrive no later than 8:00 am Saturday morning of the training.

2-Day Training, Camping on Site, Bathroom, Shower and All Meals Provided – $599

  • Enjoy camping and fireside chats
  • Bring your own RV or tent and camping gear
  • Shower, bathroom and all meals provided
  • If you choose this option we will email you the specific meet up location. Please arrive no earlier than 3:00 on Friday afternoon before training or no later than 8:00 am Saturday morning of the training. Meals and camping will be provided Friday night through Monday morning.

Want to spend a few days riding immediately after training?

New for 2020, we are adding a 2 Day Ride after training at certain locations. See the Back Country Readiness page for details on locations and sign up information by clicking the following page link

2020 Southern California Training Dates

Stay tuned for Fall Southern California Training Dates!

2020 Colorado Training Dates

Colorado training site is 30 minutes northwest of the town of Fort Collins. Exact meeting time and place will be communicated after you choose a date and sign up!

  • June 20-21
  • July 18-19
  • August 8-9
  • September 19-20

Choose Your Date and Training Experience

2020 New Mexico Training Dates

New Mexico Training offering is training only at a private site. At the moment, we are not offering camping at the training site. The training site is about 12 miles outside the town of Madrid, NM. Exact meeting time and place will be communicated after you choose a date and sign up!

  • May 30-31
  • June 13-14
  • July 25-26
  • August 22-23
  • September 26-27
  • October TBD
  • November TBD

Choose Your Date and Training Experience

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