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    adventure bike warehouse

    I spoke to Gaz at ABW and they are getting some new bikes and starting off road training again.
    Price is £189 for the day including the bike which I think will be 250 Hondas.
    QUESTIONS TO THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE
    1. How relevant is the training when I have a 1200gs ?
    2.Anyone here been on one ? And can they recommend it ?
    3.Can anyone suggest a better alternative ?
    4.Does anyone here do training ?
    Anything else I should know ?
    I have the sum total of NO off road experience apart from forestry gravel track and one green lane 100yds long which my Suzuki V-Strom struggled with (correction I struggled with).
    My only bike is my R1200gs triple black for touring on so don't really want to drop it if I can help it.
    I know I know going to get some stick on this ��
    I'm bracing myself for answers.
    Thanks

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    Where do they do the training ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymfb View Post
    Where do they do the training ?
    Peak district though he wasn't very specific as I live Mansfield Nott's and they are Manchester way

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawvar View Post
    I spoke to Gaz at ABW and they are getting some new bikes and starting off road training again.
    Price is £189 for the day including the bike which I think will be 250 Hondas.
    QUESTIONS TO THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE
    1. How relevant is the training when I have a 1200gs ?
    2.Anyone here been on one ? And can they recommend it ?
    3.Can anyone suggest a better alternative ?
    4.Does anyone here do training ?
    Anything else I should know ?
    I have the sum total of NO off road experience apart from forestry gravel track and one green lane 100yds long which my Suzuki V-Strom struggled with (correction I struggled with).
    My only bike is my R1200gs triple black for touring on so don't really want to drop it if I can help it.
    I know I know going to get some stick on this ��
    I'm bracing myself for answers.
    Thanks
    Firstly Just DO IT you'll have great fun , believe me.

    Secondly , if you don't want to drop your GS then DONT go off road on it, you will drop it.
    As the great philosopher Keating once wrote " Life is a rollercoaster, you just gotta ride it!" ------Amen

    My current stable of "adventure bikes"
    2009 Guzzi V1200 Sport 8v Triple Black..my weekend sex kitten
    2014 VFR1200X Crosstourer Highlander DCT Camo.. my big trip missile

    My BMW history, all gone but not forgotten. K1 , R1100GS, R1150GS, G650 XChallenge, R1200GS TB

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    In my opinion getting used to riding off road is a valuable skill which will only improve your confidence and general riding. Riding a gs off road is daunting mainly due to the sheer size of the thing but most of this can be improved with confidence. Many people freeze and panic as soon as they touch anything that's not tarmac so going and experiencing off road will be a fabulous asset. I've done motocross since I was 14 and it's been nothing but a benefit to my road riding as far as I'm concerned.
    Ps you will still fall off the thing no matter how much training and confidence you have, unfortunately that's just the nature of the beast but at least you will fall off it confidently and happy in the knowledge that it's probably going to hurt LOL

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    Doing a day with Gaz on a smaller bike will give you some of the basic skills to do the same on a bigger bike. Do a day with Gaz, and then join him on one of his big bike days around the Peaks -

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    if you've have never done it with Gaz ask him to be gentle.....

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    Don't do it, you will fall off..........................and it will hurt
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Start with BMW ORS Level 1 on a R1200GS LC.

    Riding a small bike off-road is nothing like riding an R1200GS off-road.
    Anyone riding slower than you is an idiot, and anyone riding faster than you is a maniac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lo-IQ View Post
    if you've have never done it with Gaz ask him to be gentle.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smug View Post
    Start with BMW ORS Level 1 on a R1200GS LC.

    Riding a small bike off-road is nothing like riding an R1200GS off-road.
    Especially if it drops on yer or yer damage something on the bike . A bit of basic training and confidence given is invaluable. Gaz is a top bloke and very good at giving easy advice to follow.

    It may save yer a fortune and a few bruises. Good luck

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    I think that I've already recommend this and told you to ask Gaz for a day's training.

    I've been twice. It's worth it.

    Also, afterwards, you may well be looking to get a smaller bike to accompany your big GS to go and do more lanes.

    Even if you choose never to go green laning again, you'll have a fantastic day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    Secondly , if you don't want to drop your GS then DONT go off road on it, you will drop it.
    Heed Rushy's advice, no matter how hard you try, you will get cocky and you will end up out of your depth and the bike will end up on the deck.

    If your lucky the crash bars take the hit, if your unlucky....

    Cracked/broken screen
    Cracked/broken indicators
    Scratched/dented tank
    Damaged plastics

    Not to mention what happens to you.

    Only take your bike off road if your prepared to damage it.

    I haven't done the off road training with Gaz but I have been out with him in the peaks when he's done one of the big bike off road rides.
    Had a great day too.
    There is an awful lot you can learn on a small machine that will carry over, as for learning to ride a GS off road that does take some practice as they handle very different to a lightweight crosser.

    If you want some boxer specific practice then do the BMW ORS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    Firstly Just DO IT you'll have great fun , believe me.

    Secondly , if you don't want to drop your GS then DONT go off road on it, you will drop it.
    Good advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Lo-IQ View Post
    if you've have never done it with Gaz ask him to be gentle.....
    This comment NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

    Quote Originally Posted by MickDB1 View Post
    Especially if it drops on yer or yer damage something on the bike . A bit of basic training and confidence given is invaluable. Gaz is a top bloke and very good at giving easy advice to follow.

    It may save yer a fortune and a few bruises. Good luck
    Very true

    Quote Originally Posted by tuftywhite View Post
    I think that I've already recommend this and told you to ask Gaz for a day's training.

    I've been twice. It's worth it.

    Also, afterwards, you may well be looking to get a smaller bike to accompany your big GS to go and do more lanes.

    Even if you choose never to go green laning again, you'll have a fantastic day.
    Defo

    Quote Originally Posted by blueranger View Post
    Heed Rushy's advice, no matter how hard you try, you will get cocky and you will end up out of your depth and the bike will end up on the deck.

    If your lucky the crash bars take the hit, if your unlucky....

    Cracked/broken screen
    Cracked/broken indicators
    Scratched/dented tank
    Damaged plastics

    Not to mention what happens to you.

    Only take your bike off road if your prepared to damage it.

    I haven't done the off road training with Gaz but I have been out with him in the peaks when he's done one of the big bike off road rides.
    Had a great day too.
    There is an awful lot you can learn on a small machine that will carry over, as for learning to ride a GS off road that does take some practice as they handle very different to a lightweight crosser.

    If you want some boxer specific practice then do the BMW ORS.
    Sounds like a man of experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounce View Post
    Sounds like a man of experience
    You could put it that way...

    After all how hard can it be?
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...terday-evening
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...Well-Ridden-GS

    BTW
    Did you see James invite for Salisbury next week Keith?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueranger View Post
    You could put it that way...

    After all how hard can it be?
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...terday-evening
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...Well-Ridden-GS

    BTW
    Did you see James invite for Salisbury next week Keith?
    I did indeed; alas I'm just about to change jobs so my current car (which I have to return in 3 weeks) is without a towbar, and I need to wait for my new motor to get a towbar fitted
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