"Intro to Adventure" training will include:
- An introduction to dirt riding techniques and the top mistakes people make.
- Body position for effective off-road riding
- Throttle, brake and clutch techniques
- Weight-shift techniques for steering
- Balance techniques
- Turning technique using counterbalancing
- Obstacle avoidance
- How to control front and rear wheel skids
- Hard Acceleration technique on dirt and gravel
- Hill Climbing
- Descending steep hills in a controlled manner
- How to ride in Sand and Gravel
- How to recover from a stall on a steep hill.
- How to turn around, fully loaded on a steep hill.
When I first learned to ride a motorcycle, it was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. We did a lot of this type of off road training. We even learned how to clean the carbs, change a tire, and some other maintenance stuff. It was a 6 day class, the first 3 days being the MSF Beginner Rider Course and the last three days being maintenance and trail stuff. It was so awesome! I think we may have been one of the last PCVs to have motos. The bikes were Suzuki TS125s.
|My 1st bike in the terrain I traveled more often than not.|
|I inherited this red TS after Kristen completed her service. It was brand new when she got it. :-)|
|Pretty amazing to think of my time there and how fortunate I was to have that experience. :-)|
I'm sure not much of what I learned back then, or even experienced on the little TS125, transfers to the 650GS with side cases and a trunk. :-) Even fully loaded, I'm sure the 125 didn't weigh as much as the GS. But, I know the GS is quite capable of being an off road monster. And I want to test that out on mine. Maybe I can convince the hubby to take the class as well. They have rental bikes. There's a class just a couple of weekends before our anniversary. Hmmmm.....