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.
Sign up for 2022 classes here: ADV Training Waitlist
Geographic area: Oregon’s Coastal Mountain Range
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 motorcycles function off-road, as well as having significantly-increased confidence and excitement about taking a heavy bike onto remote trails.
Paul is an accomplished and highly 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 aide-de-camp, there is rarely a training session that does not have the dynamic, and often hilarious input of Paul.
Adventure Training Camp Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrival Day
The training site is at the end of several miles of gravel, so ride carefully and look for PSSOR signs. Set up your camping spot and get acquainted with your fellow participants. Alternatively, hotels are available in nearby McMinnville.
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.
Good to know: This is a rustic camping experience with ample room for tents near a creek. Port-a-potties are available. There may be additional sites for your vehicle and/or trailer (trailer sites must be purchased separately). Water and tank dumping are not available.
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 with lightweight gear. Training will take place in a grassy field surrounded by easy trails.
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.
Training will take place along single and double track trails, rocky hills, and other terrain features that simulate those found on a typical adventure ride.
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 coastal range and get a taste of what adventure riding is all about, done correctly with the right skills.
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, campsites for large trailers, water, rental motorcycle (may be rented separately at TourUSA 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, held just a few days after the ADV Training Camp ends (Oregon camps only). Take your new skills to the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route and learn from Bret along the route. Riders attending both events can make sure of the support vehicle, which will move from the ADV Training Camp to the ADV Training Tour starting point.