You already know how to ride a motorcycle. On the road, maybe on the track – but especially in the dirty stuff.
And you’ve got this whole Internet thing wired, too: if you need information about braking points, picking lines, weighting the outside peg, you know where to find Professor Google’s office.
So I think we can all agree you don’t need my advice about riding your bike.
But then I still have a question for you. Why don’t you ride more?
I’m not perfect
I suspect it’s not really imperfect riding technique that limits your time in the saddle. True, neither of us is Jonny Walker – unless you are Jonny Walker…in which case, Mr. Walker, could you please teach me how to ride a dirt bike? Please?
Where was I…? Oh, yeah: assuming we’re not enduro prodigies, we still ride and do our learning while we’re missing the apex or forgetting to unload the suspension before rolling over that rock. Okay, so we mess up sometimes (Speak for yourself!). But that kind of learning is part of the excitement of riding a motorcycle off road.
But I bet you aren’t satisfied.
If you’re like me, you’re riding to Starbucks, or commuting to work.
Doing an annual holiday trip on the slab.
Or getting out on the occasional weekend dirt ride to orbit the same few trails over and over, locked into the gravity well of your bike trailer or the nearby gas station.
But I’m willing to bet you want to ride more. Ride farther. Get off the blacktop.
And I know you want it enough that you can convince your boss, significant other or Toy Poodle to give you some time off work or from the To-Do list stuck on the fridge door.
So why aren’t you out there riding the Great Basin desert?
And I know you aren’t, because I was there, and I didn’t see anybody….
The non-riding stuff may be the biggest obstacle on the trail
If it’s not recent surgery holding you back, or your kid’s Grade 4 class performance of “Silent Night” that you just can’t miss, I gotta figure it’s because you’re uncertain about the non-riding stuff.
What if I break down, crash or get lost?
How do I get all that gear into those bags? (It’s never going to fit, you say, unless you can figure out the secret to that thing where the clowns multiply like rabbits inside a Volkswagen….)
Where can I camp, and what equipment is essential?
Does GPS actually stand for “Gadgety Piece of Shit”? Because I cannot get this thing to work!
It’s not about the riding
Let me show you the tested techniques and systems I’ve developed in almost 75,000 kilometres of off-road adventure. You’ll learn all the stuff the riding schools don’t teach you.
In fact, this isn’t about riding skills at all. Don’t forget that part where I was being painfully honest: I can’t ride like Jonny Walker.
Heck, I might not even be able to ride as well as you.
But I don’t need to. Because even a moderately skilled off-road motorcyclist can…
Ride confidently into the desert, forest or mountains for days at a time
Enjoy fantastic routes through places you just can’t reach in a single day
Rely on light, tested equipment
Camp comfortably in beautiful, remote locations