Bret Tkacs is a highly regarded ADV rider who offers adventure rider training courses in the United States and abroad.  He has a natural talent to dissect complex motorcycle skills and teach them in a way that will improve your off-road motorcycle riding technique immediately.  His adventure classes focus on reducing rider fatigue and decreasing risk of personal injury or motorcycle damage.  Most people find that just one class with Bret isn’t enough; there is too much to learn no matter what your riding level is.  Bret has taken motorcycle adventure riders at every level to achieve new accomplishments.

Most of Bret’s motorcycle classes fill up quickly.  Sign up here to join the waitlist.  Those who remain on the wait list after the summer season is complete will receive first pick of next year’s classes; priority is based on the date you added yourself to the list.

Adventure Skill Rating System


The Adventure (ADV) Training Camp is for all levels of riders: those who want to start their off-road education correctly and those who want to improve their fundamental skills.  If you’re a fast rider, oftentimes the lack of skills are hidden by speed.  The ADV Camp focuses on slow-speed maneuvers and improves on blending controls, no matter your skill level.  For more information, click here.

If compared to a foreign language class, the ADV Training Camp is akin to learning a language in a classroom. Most training will take place in an open field and a defunct motocross course.

Yamhill, Oregon

ADV 102 Training

This is an introduction to ADV riding with both closed-course training and on-trail training.  A great primer for anyone learning to ride – this class will teach the most critical tips and techniques for safely handling a large ADV motorcycle off-road.

Although this class is geared towards the newer ADV riders, experienced riders will also learn or practice critical control manipulation that’s often forgotten once speed picks up.

Puyallup, Washington


The Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) Tour takes the intrepid adventurer and teaches skills and techniques while riding the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route.  The first day starts off with loose-surface hill climbs and descents, but Bret’s progressive instructional technique makes it possible for anyone to accomplish the route.  This tour is fully supported by a supply vehicle which will carry your panniers and luggage and serve as a recovery vehicle.

If compared to learning a foreign language class, the BDR Tour is akin to learning a language in a foreign country.  You will learn skills as they present themselves along the trail.  For more information, click here.

Stevenson to Naches, Washington


Visit Bob’s BMW Motorcycles in Jessup, Maryland to hear Bret in-person.  He will give a one-hour presentation on what’s needed in order to be successful riding the Backcountry Discovery Routes, Continental Divide Trail, or wherever your next adventure takes you. 

Arrival time is 11:00 and Bret will start speaking at 11:30.  He will take a break at 12:30, and will then answer all your questions.

September 25 @ 11:30

Jessup, Maryland

International Motorcycle Show

Bret will be traveling around the United States this winter to talk about his Adventure Skill Rating System and how to rate yourself as a rider.  Once you know how to rate yourself, you will learn ways in which you can improve.

In addition, Bret will offer non-traditional lifting techniques in a hands-on presentation.  These techniques are for all riders, including those with poor strength or bad backs.


Bret enjoys travel and relishes the challenge of using new locations to teach effective ADV techniques and on-road skill development.  If you have a training opportunity for Bret, please contact him.



Bret has partnered with Altitude Riders to provide an exclusive, small-group tour of Nepal that most people don’t get to see.  Experience small villages, remote roads, and glamp under the stars in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Yamaha XT600 adventure


Bret is working with a tour company in Africa to put together a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  Join Bret and visit some incredible African countries, to include South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, and Zambia.  Visit one of the largest waterfalls in the world, conquer Sani Pass, and ride among wild elephants.

Sign up here: Southern Africa Tour.

May 2022

Give someone the gift of motorcycle training

It’s no secret that excellent motorcycle training is expensive.  Studies have shown that 92% of all motorcyclists are taught to ride by friends or family.  In addition, the majority of riders feel that it’s a waste of money to learn how to ride off-road.  There are some riders who appreciate the value of a class, but cannot afford to do so.  That’s where this GoFundMe campaign comes in.  We want to encourage riders who have the desire to learn proper technique, but who can’t afford training.  If you donate, you are helping those who are riding the trails with you.

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