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    Off road virgin

    Am slowly being convinced by a mate to try some off roading, have never done it before

    Was wondering if anybody knows of companies offering enduro weekends for beginners, think I should give it a go before I start looking for a suitable bike

    Thanks

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    Lots of companies run two day courses such as BMW,Honda and KTM on either small or large capacity bikes or there are a couple of chaps on here that do off road days

    Just put motorcycle off road training into google for a list of the main offerings
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    I had so much fun doing this -> https://www.ukgser.com/forums/showth...venture-Centre

    that I'm back there this weekend doing the level 2 training, then doing a gravel tour in October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfpint View Post
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    You will have a much better time learning to ride off road if
    1. You have a degree of fitness - - get out on a mountain bike and put some miles in. Being aerobically fit will help you to enjoy it
    2. Steer towards a smaller capacity bike - and by that I am suggesting a 250 4 stroke

    I learnt on the byways of Wiltshire, it was absolutely awesome, never found any access in Scotland that let me do anything similar and I really miss it. I learnt lots, brilliant for confidence and dealing with the unexpected.

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    A mate went with a bunch of guys from his work to this place

    Had a day on CRF250s I think

    I believe they had a good time

    http://trailrides-wales.com/

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    You dont need to pay anyone just buy any half decent 250 ish and join your local TRF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    You dont need to pay anyone just buy any half decent 250 ish and join your local TRF.
    Not quite free as there is a membership fee
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    You could try a day in the Peak with Skygod. Take a look here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi_archer View Post
    Not quite free as there is a membership fee
    But a slightly cheaper option that doing a school weekend.........
    An absence of evidence is not evidence of an absence

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuftywhite View Post
    You could try a day in the Peak with Skygod. Take a look here.
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    Good VFM

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    Yamaha offroad school. Highly recommend. The WR250F is a top notch bike, the WR450F, well you figure that one out

    It is sent from my phone. So fucking what?

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    You may find most schools are either fully booked or closing down for the season around Octoberish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delamitri View Post
    Am slowly being convinced by a mate to try some off roading, have never done it before

    Was wondering if anybody knows of companies offering enduro weekends for beginners, think I should give it a go before I start looking for a suitable bike

    Thanks
    Well I've just been through this over the past two years, having never done any off-road riding before.

    BMW Off-Road School


    This is a good start as you get to ride their bikes, and they have a selection of size and power. 2 day course and it'll teach you a lot about the basic skills you'll need. I would recommend it as it's a nice venue and new bikes, although it is costly.

    Sweet Lamb Adventure Bike Academy

    This has been highly recommended and I'm booked in myself. It costs about a third of the BMW Off Road School, but it's more basic surroundings and you use your own bike. I think they may hire now, don't know. But tuition is very good.

    Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF)

    Costs about £35 per year membership and you'll be in the hands of regular off-road trail riders. BUT, you'll need your own bike and they are not geared up for training newbies, a lot of them can do it, but can't easily explain what YOU need to be doing. They'll happily talk to you and give you lots of advice, very friendly bunch, but when out on the trails, you're on your own unless you latch onto someone who will happily spend time teaching you. Mostly I found you're expected to muddle through best you can. It's bloody hard work at times as they're on trails they want to ride on, rather than easy stuff to get you used to being banged around on the bike.

    UK Legal Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATS)

    There are plenty of country lanes and fields that look great to ride down, but most of them are PRIVATE LAND or CLOSED ROADS TO VEHICLES. This is a pain in the ass, as if caught, you'll risk being prosecuted for some traffic law violation.

    You'll need to find where the legal lanes are, so that you can ride down them safe in the knowledge you are allowed to be there.

    Legal Lanes and Tours

    Finding legal lanes are like finding GOLD.... they are out there by contacting your local council (as they change legal status all the time). Or buy an Ordinance Survey map, or buy a Garmin GPS Unit that can upload Ordinance Survey maps onto it.

    What helped me was joining the TRF and getting to know some guys... then they showed me bike suitable lanes to try.

    Ride The Wild (RTW) - Tour Company

    http://www.ridethewild.co.uk/

    Also, look for off-road tour companies in your area. They'll teach you where to go, record the map on your bike and then go with your mates.

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    Get Motorcross Boots (don't use your road boots, you'll risk smashing your ankles badly)

    Other considerations....

    Neck brace, knee brace, impact shorts, wrist brace, body armour..... sounds like overkill? yes for simple dirt tracks, but if you start getting speed up over rocks, ruts, mud, cambers.... don't say I didn't warn you

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    Sweetlamb now have the new KTM 690 in the offerings and its a great school to learn at with their own off road trails and learning area. Molly is a great inspirational tutor https://ktm.adventurerallybike.co.uk/



    There is also the Honda Adventure Centre at Exmoor with the new Africa Twin, Pat, and Flash are great people to learn from https://hondaadventurecentre.com/the-courses/



    Another good independent is Boyd at Overlander Trail Tours ,he has three KTMs to hire out or you can fetch your own and will lead you around the local open trails in Staffordshire .
    Prices here https://www.overlandertrailtours.co.uk/prices/

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