ADV Training Camp Georgia

Off-Road Motorcycle Training

Adventure Training Camp

For the most impactful off-road motorcycle lessons, join fellow riders in an Adventure Rider Training Camp.  The ADV Rider Training Camp is designed for low to high intermediate adventure riders (or dual-sport motorcycle riders) and teaches off-road skills to those who want to enjoy the exciting world of adventure motorcycling.  Whether you plan on riding motorcycles internationally or just in your own backyard, adventure riding is one of life’s most satisfying experiences and this is where it all starts.

The Adventure Rider Training Camp will focus on mastering the balance and weight of your motorcycle in varying terrain.  By focusing on these essential, core skills, you will reduce the energy used to ride and also reduce the likelihood of injury to yourself or damage to your motorcycle.  Your expert motorcycle instructors have vast amounts of motorcycling experience: Bret Tkacs (Puget Sound Safety Off-Road instructor, TourUSA guide, and original host of Mototrek) and his professional crew can guarantee a one-of-a kind learning experience to improve your motorcycle skills.

Geographic area: Iron Mountain Off-Road Park outside Dahlonega, Georgia

Paul Solomonson

Paul is an accomplished and skilled motorcyclist in his own right.  He has an in-depth understanding of how the rider and motorcyclist work together – or against each other – and is very skilled at recognizing challenges newer riders present.

A valuable instructor, Paul has the unique ability to explain complex scenarios in a simple, relatable, and often memorable way, leading to much greater understanding and retention.

Seen on YouTube as Bret’s right-hand man, there is rarely a training session that does not have the dynamic input of Paul.

Bret Tkacs

Bret is uniquely skilled at recognizing the fundamental causes of rider errors. He can watch a rider and accurately diagnose the cause of the problem – whether it’s related to motorcycle setup or suspension, or mental or physical complications with the rider.

He is very systematic and specific with correcting problems, and riders leave with a much greater understanding of how they and their motorcycle both work.


Adventure Training Camp Itinerary

Bret has not seen the layout, but training will take place on Class 2 with focused training taking place on Class 3 features.  Depending on interest, some riders may be invited to ride some Class 4 features.

DAY 1: Arrival Day

Set up your camping spot and get acquainted with your fellow participants. Alternatively, hotels are available in nearby Dahlonega.  Iron Mountain Off-Road Resort may have lodging available on-site.

At dusk, meet your instructors around the campfire and get to know each other.  You will be asked specifically what you would most like to learn during the course.

Adventure Training Camp

DAY 2: Essential Skills Development

You will focus extensively on balance, body positioning, energy conservation, bike setup, traction management, and blending of controls.  This will be a hot, exhausting day (both mentally and physically), so come prepared. Fruit and snacks will be available along with coffee, juice, and water.

KTM 790 adventure training

DAY 3: Skill Refinement

Spend the day loosening your sore muscles and putting the skills together. Negotiating obstacles, loose surfaces, and hills will be the goal.  This is the day where your body and mind will start to work together and your motorcycle will start to respond.

F800GSA at Adventure Training Camp

DAY 4 - Putting It Together (additional fee)

Purchase the optional excursion and put your newly learned skills to the test.  The training ride will move to the open (dirt/gravel) roads and will give you practical, real-life application of skills learned during ADV Camp.  Explore the Rich Mountain Wilderness and get a taste of what adventure riding is all about, done correctly with the right skills.

BMW R1200 GS oilhead and KLR 650 at Adventure Training Camp

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), all meals, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance, gratuities, rental motorcycle (if needed).

What will ADV Camp be like?

ADV Camp 2016: Straddleline orv park, washington

Each year, Bret Tkacs’ adventure motorcycle classes are sold out well in advance.  People travel from all over North America and beyond to attend Bret’s classes.

This is a true testament to the value of the skills and knowledge provided while training with Bret.  There is no guarantee you will be an expert rider after the ADV Training Camp, but you will certainly learn new skills, significantly lower the risk of injury to yourself and your bike, and leave with the confidence to go riding on your own – or with the new friends you’ve made during the camp.

It is recommended you extend your adventure motorcycle training experience by also taking the ADV Training Tour in Washington State.  Take your new skills to the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route and learn from Bret along the route.