MotoVentures Dirt First Motorcycle Rider Training
Nine Great Training Options. See the left menu for details & pricing for each
1. Level 1 (Beginners, all Ages)
2. Level 2 (Novice to Advanced, all Ages)
3. Level 3 (Advanced to Expert)
4. Trials Riding Experience
5. Adventure Bike Rider Training
6. Military and Law Enforcement Training
7. Private Coaching (any age and skill level)
8. The Ultimate (Two consecutive days of training, any age or skill level)
9. Practice Days (For our Level 2 Graduates with their own bikes)
“After spending a day of trials bike riding with Gary, I now have the confidence to ride areas I wouldn’t even have considered in the past. Thanks Gary.” ~ Chris White – Morrison, CO More Reviews
Why Learn to Ride in the Dirt First with MotoVentures?
Our training curricula features practical skills needed for real world riding situations
We have a 6:1 student to instructor ratio and our professional instructors can teach everyone from beginner kids to expert adult
Our training motorcycles are appropriate models and sizes and in great condition
We provide a full set of high quality riding gear for everyone from head to toe
Our training is available almost every week, all year around
Our private ideally-suited 350-acre training site is located in the center of sunny SoCal
Our book, How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles (by Gary LaPlante), covers “Key Skills and Advanced Training for all Off-Road, Motocross, and Dual-Sport Riders.” Our book is available from us or Amazon.com and is a great pre-training read and also an excellent practice guide to help you continue to develop your riding skills on your own.
What Makes MotoVentures Motorcycle Training Better?
The popularity of our “Dirt First” approach to motorcycle rider training among a broad range of motorcycle riders has prompted the creation of a more descriptive training business name: Dirt First. For our training we utilize lightweight Yamaha recreational dirt bikes that are friendly, appropriately sized and durable to teach almost anyone how to ride motorcycles correctly and safely.
Learning in the dirt first holds incredible benefits for both the riding public and the motorcycle industry. Not only is learning to ride in the dirt first widely acknowledged by all the experts as the best way for beginners, it is also recognized as the best way for anyone trying to improve their current riding skills regardless of what they ride now. With our “Dirt First” approach adventure bike riders are discovering the incredible benefits of training in the dirt first aboard a lightweight dirt bike then training with us again aboard their heavyweight adventure bike.
Our diverse training options are for men and women, boys and girls, and for all skill levels from beginners just starting out to advanced/experienced dirt, street, dual sport, adventure bike, motocross, off-road, or trials riders seeking a motorcycle coach or specialized training. Basically our dirt training will benefit any performance-oriented motorcycle rider.
MotoVentures unique training curriculums feature step-by-step instructions, demonstrations, and riding exercises designed to develop sound fundamentals, build on existing skills, and increase overall control and confidence. When you attend a MotoVentures Dirt First riding school you will learn valuable and practical skills that prepare you for the real world of motorcycle riding. You will learn skills required to conquer any terrain you may encounter including mud, sand, rocks, steep down hills, logs, ruts, etc. We encourage practicing, and additional training is always available from us so you can continue to take your riding skills to the next level. We believe in custom tailoring our classes as much as possible to each person and group with no cookie-cutter courses offered here.
Call us toll-free anytime at (877) 260-6686 if you have questions because there is a lot for you to learn and understand about riding motorcycles. We are happy to advise you on questions like when to start a child, what bike to buy, where to ride, what riding gear to wear, and much more.
Level 1 (Beginners, all ages)
Level 1 training is for absolute beginners. For this course our requirements are that you have never ridden a motorcycle before and kids are able to ride a bicycle without training wheels.
Cost: Our Bike – $255; Your Bike – $185
Classes Held Weekly. Sign up to get started or Call us at (877) 260-6686
MotoVentures Level 1 beginner training course is a five hour, step-by-step introductory course to riding motorcycles properly without forming bad habits. Our Dirt First approach by using dirt bikes to train any prospective motorcycle rider is widely acknowledged as the best way to start motorcycling.
With great patience, professional instruction, a perfectly-sized dirt bike, and a full set of protective riding gear, our Level 1 students will learn how to properly use the controls, twist a throttle to accelerate and decelerate and use both brakes to stop, how to shift gears and use a manual clutch (except on our 50s, 90s, and 110s). Level l students will also learn turning skills, stand up riding skills, and how to ride various hill challenges. They will learn important mental and visual habits, safety and environmental concerns, rider responsibility and etiquette, and the importance of bike maintenance. They will ride each exercise then follow their instructor as they are lead on a fun trail ride on our 350 acre private property before returning to the range to ride another exercise. With our fun Level 1 course new riders will gain control, confidence, learn what and how to practice, and will be fully prepared for our Level 2 training class and their next riding adventure.
Kids Level 1 Training
Kids Level 1 training courses are designed to be safety-oriented, fun and skill building. Sure kids want to learn how to ride, but they really want to ride somewhere and have a great time so we made an excellent novice-level trail system on our property where we can take them on fun trail rides between the riding exercises. We teach safe riding skills and deliver important messages about how bikes work, what is proper riding gear, environmental concerns, and the expected conduct while riding a dirt bike. Plan ahead to secure your place as space is limited.
Beginner Kids Training: $255 – Our Bike; $185 – Your Bike
This class is the same as our five hour Level 1 class described above. It is for kids and all beginners (solo, with friends or family, etc.) almost every weekend and often on weekdays all year around.
Attention Washington State Riders:
Our Dirt First Level 1 & Level 2 Training is Now Available in Washington State. We have trained and certified two men (Jason Sherman and Whitney Koeberle) to teach our Level 1 & 2 Dirt First Motorcycle Rider Training curricula in Washington State. Their training site is located in Snohomish County near the town of Arlington, just 25 minutes away from Seattle. Jason and Whitney are excellent riders, but even more importantly they are great instructors who can communicate and demonstrate our tried and true curriculum. They have a good training site, loaner bikes, and riding gear if you need them and their rates will be similar to what we charge here in SoCal. They will be available every weekend, weather permitting. So if you live in the Pacific Northwest and want MotoVentures high-quality training, it is now conveniently available in your area. Call them at (844) 347-8347 or go to RideDBST.com
Level 2 (Novice to Intermediate, all ages)
Level 2 training is for novice to advanced off-road riders, dual sport riders, street bike riders, basically any performance-oriented motorcycle rider will benefit from our Level 2 training.
Cost: Our Bike – $355; Your Bike – $255
Classes held weekly. Sign up to get started or Call us at (877) 260-6686
MotoVentures Level 2 Novice to Intermediate motorcycle rider training is our most popular course and designed to take your existing riding skills to the next level and helps you develop sound motorcycle riding fundamental skills, dirt or street. If you can ride a motorcycle now you qualify for our Level 2 training. Our Dirt First motto reflects our belief that not only are dirt bikes the best way to learn to ride but also the way to help you take your current riding to the next level, regardless of what you ride now. With our expert coaching you will learn and memorize your skills with exercises like pro-active body positioning, advanced turning and braking techniques, climbing and descending difficult hills, maneuvering through ruts, soft sand, and how to ride over obstacles.
Level 2 students will also learn the mental and visual habits needed along with many challenging riding exercises conducted on a variety of terrain. Students can practice technical skills for improved performance in the dirt, while street bike riders will improve overall motorcycle handling skills and boost their confidence for riding in both the street and dirt.
This class establishes all the key skills needed before taking our Level 3 Advanced to Expert course. As we do with all our classes, we will ride together a series of exercises then we’ll all take a fun trail ride on our private 350-acre property where students can put to use new-found skills before returning to the range to ride more exercises.
NOTE: If you are joining us for Level 2 training and want to try a trials bike, let us know and we’ll bring one out for you to try. Once you learn to ride a dirt bike and want to take your riding to the next level, riding trials is one of the best and quickest ways to improve.
Attention Washington State Riders:
Our Dirt First Level 1 & Level 2 Training is Now Available in Washington State. We have trained and certified two men (Jason Sherman and Whitney Koeberle) to teach our Level 1 & 2 Dirt First Motorcycle Rider Training curricula in Washinton State. Their training site is located in Snohomish County near the town of Arlington, just 25 minutes away from Seattle. Jason and Whitney are excellent riders, but even more importantly they are great instructors who can communicate and demonstrate our tried and true curriculum. They have a good training site, loaner bikes, and riding gear if you need them and their rates will be similar to what we charge here in SoCal. They will be available every weekend, weather permitting. So if you live in the Pacific Northwest and want MotoVentures high-quality training, it is now conveniently available in your area. Call them at (844) 347-8347 or go to RideDBST.com.
Level 3 (Advanced to Expert)
This Level 3 class is for advanced and above level dirt bike riders who want to learn and perfect these three key advanced riding skills; Wheelies, Jumps, and Slides.
Cost: Your bike only – $275
Classes held monthly. Sign up to get started. Call us at (877) 260-6686
This class is designed for our Level 2 students who now have their own bike and want to explore the wonderful next level world of riding dirt bikes. We’re now offering monthly Level 3 classes, usually on aFriday, where we primarily cover the three essential Level 3 skills; Wheelies, Jumps, and Slides.
In this five hour class we will ride through a series of skill-building exercises to test your fundamental skills required to master for each discipline. With step-by-step instructions we will teach you how to practice these valuable key skills. This school requires a minimum of five riders and is limited to a maximum of 10 riders so sign up early to ensure you can get the date you want.
2018 WJS Training Dates:
January 19, March 16, April 27, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 14, October 26, November 16, December 14.
In 2018 we will be offering Pro Clinic’s where we bring in our favorite famous celebrity motorcycle racers for a day at our private training center to teach and ride with a group of only 20 lucky participants. These select professional riders will share their racing secrets and coach you as everyone rides a series of skill building exercises designed by them.
Costs: $195 – Your Bike Only
NOTE: We will post and directly email notice of our future Pro Clinics. Sign up to get notified.
In 2016 we hosted our first Pro riding clinic featuring Geoff Aaron, Multi-time AMA National Trials Champion and current top AMA National Endurocross Racer. The theme of Geoff’s clinic was of course; Trials techniques for extreme off-road riders. All the participants received Geoff’s attention and coaching as they rode together from training section to training section covering turning, climbing, jumping and other advanced techniques.
Trials Riding Experience
MotoVentures Trials Riding Experience is for dirt riders who like technical challenges and are seeking the key skills needed to conquer difficult to ride terrain.
Cost: Our Trials Bike – $375; Your Trials Bike – $255
Classes Held Monthly. Sign up to get started. Call us at (877) 260-6686
Have you ever wanted to try trials, but couldn’t locate a trials bike? Maybe you know someone with a trials bike, but you don’t know exactly how you should ride it or where you can ride it. Get ready because MotoVentures has everything you need; trials bikes, specialized trials helmets and boots, expert instruction, and a trials riding paradise for the best possible Moto-Trials riding experience you can have.
For trials riding we offer at least two dates every month, 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 can be difficult for many raw beginners who need to sit down when first learning a motorcycle clutch, shifting gears, throttle, brakes, etc. and that’s why 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 Level 2 and above riders of all ages and ideal for all recreational off-road riders, dual sport riders, desert riders, endurocross racers, and motocross racers.
2018 Trials Training Dates:
January 12 & 28, February 9 & 18, March 2 and 25, April 14 & 15 (48th annual El Trial de Espana), May 4 & 20. June 1 & 17, July 6 & 22, August 3 & 26, September 7 & 23, October 5 & 28, November 2 & 25, December 7 & 16
“This has been by far the most challenging days of riding I’ve had in a while. Thanks go out to you for having this kind of business. I don’t know where I would have been able to take out a trials bike like you provided on my first trials adventure. I had a blast!” ~ Brian Eichert – Fullerton, CA More reviews
“Riding trials with MotoVentures has been a great new motorcycle adventure for me. I compete for fun in local club events whenever I can. If you want to try trials, a call to MotoVentures is a great way to start.” ~ Larry Roeseler, Baja 1000 Champion and Desert Racing Legend More reviews
Just like today’s motocross bikes, trials bikes are purpose-built, no-frills, competition machines, which are becoming even more specialized as time goes on. That means they’re really FUN to ride. Trials bikes are designed for a specific purpose (sport); to carry its rider through a marked section of difficult obstacles. A trials competitor must while under observation, keep from going out of bounds, putting their feet down for balance or falling down, or receive penalty points if they do. At the end of the day, the rider with the least penalty points wins.
Moto-Trials is extreme off-road riding at its best and a popular, well-respected international motor-sport, but many people just enjoy play riding on trials bikes. It’s a well-accepted fact that you can learn maximum control techniques on a trials bike that will help you become a better motorcycle rider. Motorcycle racers use trials for cross-training, while experienced riders are always amazed at how their skills have improved. Have you noticed how many of the top AMA Endurocross racers are ex-trials champions? Maybe Moto-Trials is just what you need to give you the advantage you’ve been looking for. So regardless of your desire for challenges or thrills, Moto-Trials is a great motorcycle sport or recreational activity to add to your list of motorcycling must dos.
Our Moto-Trials Experience and Qualifications
When you ride trials with MotoVentures, you will get the patient instructions needed to get started riding trials the correct way and you will be part of a group of six riders or less per instructor. Your training will come from a well-qualified trials expert like Gary or Andre LaPlante with decades of trials competition experience and over 20 years of trials training experience. For advanced and above riders we offer Pro Clinics where we hire top professional riders who can teach and demonstrate any trials riding technique you want. Our Moto-Trials riding experts know what newcomers to trials are capable of doing. We can teach you how with step-by-step instructions that will gradually push your comfort level higher, allowing you to really explore your limits and ride more confidently than you’ve ever ridden before. We’ll ride together all day from one practice section to another teaching, demonstrating, and practicing the key techniques that trials riders take for granted. By the day’s end, you’ll be amazed at how easily you rode through gnarly terrain that would have been impossible to ride on any other bike, and you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for Moto-Trials for recreation and competition.
Our Trials Motorcycles
MotoVentures features a fleet of late model, state-of-the-art trials bikes for our customers to ride. Of course our trials bikes are all properly set-up, prepared, and ready to deliver a full day of fun trials riding. If you are interested in purchasing a trials bike we may have one of our used trials bikes for sale, but if we don’t you can always purchase a new trials bike through us.
Our Private Moto-Trials Riding Paradise
MotoVentures enjoys our own conveniently-located private 350-acre Moto-Trials riding paradise at our Rider Training Center, near Anza, CA., where we also teach our off-road, dirt bike, dual sport, and adventure bike riding curriculums. Our place has so much great trials riding terrain that the Southern California Trials Association now holds club events here every year. In fact, we host the famous annual El Trial de Espana event and AMA Trials Nationals. When you ride trials at MotoVentures you will be riding on sections with many different lines that are already cleared and maybe even marked so you can experience what it’s like to ride a real trials (competition) section.
Our Moto-Trials Riding Gear
When riding trials you can use off-road riding gear, but it was designed for high speed riding and often overly padded and restrictive for trials riding. Two items to consider borrowing (or purchasing) from us are a good pair of trials boots and a good open face trials helmet. Motorcycle Trials boots are light, flexible and designed for walking and riding, while trials helmets are light, vented, and have an open face for easy breathing. Both reflect the relatively low speed requirements of this specialized sport. When you ride with us you can bring your own riding gear or use our riding gear. Of course we have almost all sizes, but if you want your own gear, we are an authorized dealer for most popular brands and can have all your new trials riding gear waiting for you when you join us for a day of trials riding.
Adventure Bike Rider Training
MotoVentures Dirt First Adventure Bike (AB) Rider Training is our Level 2 training with a few additional lessons to address the unique requirements of riding a big 650cc (engine) and above adventure bike. For adventure bike riders we offer Level 2 training classes almost every weekend, we offer monthly training dates specifically for adventure bike riders, we offer 2-day adventure bike camps, and we host adventure bike dealership-sponsored dates too.
The MotoVentures approach to adventure bike rider training is acknowledged by all the experts as the best way to learn to ride these big bikes: Many AB riders have only street rider training and experience and no background or experience in the dirt riding. If you do not have dirt bike riding experience and training we recommend taking our Level 2 class on a light, friendly, crash-able dirt bike first (your bike or ours) then taking our adventure bike riding class on a big adventure bike (your bike or ours).
Adventure Bike 2-Day Camps
MotoVentures offers 2-Day Adventure Bike Training Camps for all brands at our SoCalRider Training Center. Participants can train on one of our dirt bikes on day one and then on their Adventure Bike on day two. Saturday night campout includes an educational clinic or two, a BBQ dinner, campfire, and a movie. These 2-day events require a minimum of 12 riders and must be reserved in advance.
Cost for our 2-Day Adventure Bike Camps:
$255 – One day your bike
$355 – One day our dirt bike
$645 – Two days your bike
$800 – Two days our dirt bike
$705 – One day our bike Second day your bike
OUR NEXT 2-DAY ADVENTURE BIKE CAMP DATES:
Attn: Adventure Bike dealers (All Brands)
MotoVentures is hosting adventure bike rider training dates for SoCal new bike dealerships to help boost their sales and customer relations. In fact, some dealers are now offering our training for free with the purchase of a new bike from them. If your dealer doesn’t offer a “Day in the Dirt” training day periodically for their adventure bike and dual sport customers you can always join us at one of the following upcoming dealership sponsored events:
L2 Training on Saturday with AB Training on… Sunday Oct 15 & 16
AB Training sponsored by BMW of Escondido November 6, 2016
AB training sponsored by BMW of Long Beach December 11, 2016
Military and Law Enforcement Rider Training
If you are in the military or law enforcement and use a motorcycle for your job or even just for recreation when off-duty, MotoVentures has the best motorcycle rider training to help you ride safer and more efficiently and our training satisfies your insurance requirements. As professionals you are constantly training and practicing your various skills, which is exactly what it takes to become proficient at riding motorcycles, too.
We have trained riders from the Marines, Navy, Army Special Forces, BLM, Border Patrol, Sheriff, Forest Service, Security Services, and Highway Patrol. Our Military and Law Enforcement training is very practical with real world situations covered to prepare you for the many challenges that come with riding motorcycles while working. We can also customize our training to meet your specific needs. Military and law enforcement groups can either travel to our Rider Training Center in Southern California or we can transport all the bikes and riding gear to a location near you.
MotoVentures is an official sub-contractor for the Marine Corp., and Navy to provide training that satisfies their requirements for their enlisted personnel who ride off-duty. We also offer advanced training for Military Special Forces and Tactical Groups. Students may join us as an individual or group. We offer a 10% discount for all current enlisted military personnel and group discounts are also available. Contact your military base motorcycle safety officer for more information about joining us for some high-quality motorcycle rider training.
For anyone seeking exclusive coaching for the best possible rider training experience
Cost: Our Bike – $685; Your Bike – $585
Cost for addl. people (up to two of the same skill level): Our Bike – $155; Your Bike – $95
With MotoVentures Private Coaching you will get the full and undivided attention from your instructor as you focus together on exactly what you need to take your riding to the next level. This option is available for all ages and skill levels and you can ride your own bike or use one of ours. Private Coaching is primarily available on weekdays.
Two Days of Training: “The Ultimate”
Two consecutive days of dirt bike training and practicing is the ultimate way to learn and memorize all the skills you need. Our 2-Day Ultimate dirt bike training courses are designed to accommodate any skill level and usually offered on Thursday/Friday, Friday/Saturday, or Saturday/Sunday.
Cost (for two days): Our bike – $650. Your bike -$495
Two consecutive days is needed to learn key skills and practice them repeatedly to fully memorize them. On Day 1, you’ll learn and practice all the fundamentals, while on Day 2 we’ll improve on the skills learned on the first day then work on more advanced skills and apply what you learned in real trail riding situations on our large 350-acre private property.
Practice Days are for our graduate students with their own bikes so they can return to us and practice regularly at a reduced rate. Practice Day riders must return within a year to take advantage of this offer and can join us any day we are teaching a Level 2 class. So if you’re a previous customer and want to practice with our coaching here is an affordable option only available to our customers. With this option you no longer have an excuse for not keeping your skills sharp! Call and schedule a practice day with us today.
Cost: $95 (Your Bike Only)