Here’s the Latest News from MotoVentures Dirt First Motorcycle Training
Summertime is Ridingtime
Here’s a little mid-summer reminder of the various training and events that are happening here at MotoVentures. You can join us for the first time or like many of our customers you can make a repeat visit and when you do bring along some friends or family since riding dirt bikes is even more fun when shared with others. We continue to make our unique services available almost every weekend, and often on weekdays too, all year around. So check your calendar and call us toll free at (877) 260-6686 to reserve your next riding adventure with us. Until we meet again… happy trails to you… and have a great summer of 2016.
We Teach Levels 1 & 2 Every Week!
Just a reminder that we DO NOT post dates for our most popular training classes; Level 1 for beginners and Level 2 for most people who already ride. Just call or email the dates you want. We can usually accommodate you. We do post dates for specific training for Adventure Bikes (AB) and Trials Bikes (TB) (see below for those dates). Call or email to confirm all dates. In addition, if the date you or your group wants looks busy or free, call or email us because we can usually accommodate weekday dates and exclusives. You can bring your own bike or we can supply everything. Our large fleet of bikes and riding gear allows us to accommodate most groups and a wide variety of physical sizes too. Best of all, our private 350-acre property features many fun and challenging tracks and trails.
Adventure Bike Rider Training with MotoVentures
Adventure bikes (AB) are those big dual sport motorcycles with over 650cc engines. You can now train with us on your own adventure bike any weekend we are teaching a Level 2 class (which is almost every weekend) and you can attend one of the AB specific classes listed below. It’s a fact that most AB riders come from street riding only and really need our Dirt First training, especially if they are going to take their bikes off-road. For these riders we highly recommend that they train with us in the Dirt First on day one with our friendly dirt bike then train the next day (if possible) on their own big adventure bikes to learn its limits in a controlled environment rather than out in the boonies somewhere. We are working on acquiring some adventure bikes to rent in addition to our dirt bikes and you can expect to see more AB training dates and fun AB events from us in 2017.
Join us for adventure bike specific training on:
August 25 – 28 L2/AB Training at the “Rally in the Gorge” (Hood River Oregon) by DBST (our partners in Washington). Go to http://soundrider.com for more info.
Sept 17 & 18 L2 Training on Saturday with AB training Sunday
Oct 15 & 16 L2 Training on Saturday with AB training Sunday
Nov 6 AB Training Sponsored by BMW of Escondido
Dec 11 AB Training Sponsored by BMW of Long Beach
Trials Bike Riding with MotoVentures
We offer at least two dates every month for trials riding, usually a Friday or Sunday, but we are happy to ride trials with you on just about any other date. You can bring your own trials bike or ride one from our fleet of eight trials bikes. You can also use your own trials riding gear or you can use our specialized trials boot and helmets. Trials riding is usually very difficult for most raw beginners who need to sit down when learning the clutch, etc. so we recommend they take one of our Level 1 or Level 2 dirt bike classes first. Our trials classes are the perfect next step for our graduate Level 2 and above riders and ideal for all recreational off-road and dual sport riders.
Join us for trials bike training on:
August 28 Round 3 (final) of our Summertime Trials Series
September 16 & 25
October 7 & 30
October 29 & 30 Rounds 2 & 3 of the SCTA 2016/2017 Season
November 11 & 27
November 12 & 13 AHRMA Trials National (cool/old vintage trials bikes)
December 2 & 18
Our Washington State Training Partners
This is the first full summer that our new training partners in Washington will be operating from their site in Arlington near Seattle. We have trained and certified Jason Sherman and Whitney Koeberle AKA Dirt Bike Safety Training, how to teach our curricula, which wasn’t hard as they are both excellent riders and communicators. They offer training from roughly February thru November with a few winter months off to stay dry indoors. You can book a day with them almost any weekend like with us or you can get training from them at annual events held in the Pacific Northwest like the Touratech Rally, the BMW Owners rally, and the upcoming Rally in the Gorge on Aug 25 – 28 in Hood River, Oregon.
Texas Border Patrol Trains with MotoVentures
The South Texas Border Patrol uses a wide variety of vehicles to keep illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and terrorists out of the U.S. and now they’re using dirt bikes and getting quality practical training from MotoVentures. When seeking much needed training for their officers who now patrol on dirt bikes they discovered Gary’s book, among others, and began studying it and comparing them. They report that Gary’s book; How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles was the best on the subject and then they chose us to begin training their officers with us. As a result of our training the Texas Border Patrol are much safer riders and much more efficient at catching people trying to cross into America illegally. We appreciate their hard work and would like to think our quality training is having a small and positive impact on keeping our nation safe.
Oregon State Approves MotoVentures Training for Dirt Riding Kids
Did you know that if you ride a dirt bike in the State of Oregon and you are under the age of 16 you must get a class III off-road license by attending an authorized riding school and by taking an online test? It is true and MotoVentures has become one of those authorized schools with our Level 1 & 2 training. After completing our school we will issue a completion certificate that will satisfy the state’s requirements. We currently do not have a training operation in Oregon, but we do have our training partners in Washington near Seattle and our big Rider Training Center in Southern California. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department recognizes quality training when they see it and unofficially welcomes our training as one of only three providers. After a few formalities we will soon be listed on their web site and we will be able to promote this good news even more.
Total Control Street Bike Instructors Recommend MotoVentures Dirt First Training
Total Control is a street bike rider training company owned by Lee Parks who has authored several good books on the subject and who wrote the Forward to Gary’s book. Lee’s great instruction is so popular that it is now the official riding school of the US Navy and California Highway Patrol. Lee and his instructors “get it” and have always recommended dirt bike training whenever they teach street riders with no dirt experience. They practice what they preach and have invited us to attend their annual Instructor Training this October to give their instructors a chance to experience a few training exercises in the dirt on dirt bikes. If you are looking for high quality street bike training check out Total Control and tell them their “dirty friends” at MotoVentures sent you!
For more info go to http://totalcontroltraining.net
Buy Our Book; How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles by Gary LaPlante
Our Publisher, Motorbooks International, reports that after just three years our book has sold over 7,000 copies worldwide! Our favorite story is of a man who found us when walking in downtown Perth, Australia and noticed our book featured in a book store window! There are now versions of our book available in German and Korean. An electronic version is available for you travelers and Amazon.com sells it too. In fact the last time we checked our book has 47 out of 49 rave reviews and a 76% 5-star rating on Amazon. Every enthusiast magazine that has ever reviewed it has raved about it. Our book makes for great reading before you ride and after you ride too. It is designed to be a practice guide to help our students continue to practice on their own. It also makes a very thoughtful gift to your riding partners, friends, and family. Want a copy? Just go to our web site store or check your local bookstore.
Two Trials Bikes for Sale!
Gary is finally willing to sell a couple of trials bikes. Both are Gas Gas 2005 280-Pros. One is blue and one is red. Both are in good condition and run great. They have been used normally, are well maintained, and garage kept. They are great trials bikes for new trials riders and they include a free day of training. Blue bike is $2,800 obo, Red bike is $2,600, and only $5,000 will buy both bikes. Call Gary at (877) 260-6686.
Great Quote of the Day:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
President Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910.