ADV Training Camp
Beginner to INTERMEDIATE
Geographic area: Oregon’s Coastal Mountain Range, Tillamook Forest
Whether you plan on exploring foreign lands or just your own backyard, adventure (or dualsport) riding is one of life’s most satisfying experiences and this is where it all starts.
The ADV Training Camp is designed for beginner or intermediate adventure riders and teaches essential off-road skills to street riders or those who have already begun to experience the world of adventure motorcycling. The camp will focus on mastering the balance and weight of the motorcycle in various terrain. Focusing on this essential skill will reduce the energy used to ride and ultimately reduce the likelihood of injury to yourself or damage to your motorcycle.
Don’t risk letting your ride end due to being ill-prepared or insufficiently skilled. The techniques offered during the camp have been thoroughly tested in the real world and continually updated.
The ADV Training Camp crew consists of expert instructors with vast amounts of experience from around the world. Bret Tkacs (Puget Sound Safety Off-Road instructor, TourUSA guide, and host of MotoTrek) and his professional crew can guarantee an epic learning experience that you won’t find elsewhere.
Day 1 - Arrival Day
Set up your camping spot and get acquainted with your fellow participants. In the early evening, meet your instructors around the campfire and start learning!
Spend the day learning balance, body positioning, energy conservation, bike setup, traction management, and blending of controls. This will be an exhausting day, so be prepared!
- Essentials of seated and standing riding posture
- Slow speed balance
- Low energy riding techniques
- Traction management and power control
- Slow speed maneuvering
- Lifting (single and multi-person)
Spend the day loosening sore muscles and putting the skills together. Negotiating obstacles and hills will be the goal.
- Loose surface braking
- How to ride over and through obstacles
- Narrow track riding
- Negotiating loose surfaces
- Hills (starting, stopping, u-turns)
Day 4 - Optional (for add'l $215)
Purchase the optional excursion and put your newly learned skills to the test. The training ride will move to the open (dirt) roads and blends practical application of skills learned during ADV Camp. Explore the coastal range and get a taste of real adventure riding.
- Gravel riding at street speeds
- Considerations for riding in a group
- Real obstacles as found on a typical ADV ride
What will ADV Camp be like?
ADV Camp 2016: Straddleline orv park, washington
People travel from all over North America and beyond to attend our ADV training events with Bret. This is a true testament to the value of the skills and knowledge provided. We cannot guarantee that you’ll be an expert rider after the ADV Training Camp, but we can say for certain that you will learn new skills, have a great experience, and leave with the confidence to go out on your own. We do recommend extending your training experience by taking the ADV Training Tour, held just a few days after ADV Camp ends. Take your new skills to the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route. Riders attending both events will be able to make use of the support vehicle that will move from the Training Camp to the Training Tour starting point.
Included in ADV Camp: Instruction and personal coaching, snacks (fruit and snack bars), beverages (including coffee), on-site camping for tents and small trailers, dedicated support vehicle for emergencies.
Not included in ADV Camp: Optional 4th day (must be purchased in addition to ADV Camp), meals, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance, gratuities, rental motorcycle (may be rented separately at TourUSA if needed).