Saturday & Sunday, June 19-20, 2021
This is a dual sport weekend adventure held on dirt roads, easy trails and lightly traveled roads that wind through bucolic New England scenery. Our route includes various challenges suitable for experienced-beginner to intermediate level riders.
Our day begins with a breakfast meeting in or nearby Shelburne Falls or Ashfield, MA, followed by an hour or so of closed course drills.
The rest of the day includes riding through the northern Berkshires of Massachusetts into the Southern Green Mountains of Vermont. We offer instruction during breaks.
We will enjoy dinner Saturday evening. Lodging will be either at a motel or a campsite (your choice). Overnight lodging and meals are not included.
This course is appropriate for all dual sport bikes (KLX, DRz, WR, XT), as well as adventure bikes (BMW GS, KTM Adventures, etc).
- We begin our weekend with off-road drills
- Difficulty of the route is based on bike type and group experience
- Guided off-road ride through the hidden Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont
- Ken joins whoever wants to camp. Perfect for those new to moto-camping
- Group instruction and limited individual coaching
- Video of you riding.
Lodging and Food
Lodging and meals are not included. You are responsible for your own lodging and meals. Lodging and campground information will be provided for you to reserve a room or site.
Friday night before our tour: Unless you live nearby, I strongly suggest you stay the night before. Click here for a list of local lodging.
What You’ll Learn
- Slow Speed Maneuver Techniques, both on pavement and dirt to practice body position and getting you used to the feel of your bike on unpaved roads
- Off-road Braking
- Off-road Body Position.
This is not for very experienced off-road riders looking for highly advanced skill development. For you folks, I recommend taking the Puget Sound Safety classes in the west coast or the BMW Off-Road Academy on the east coast.
Where Will We Ride?
We will be touring around my little bit of motorcycling heaven in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. The beautiful Berkshire foothills have miles and miles of killer motorcycling roads.
Rides will meet in or near Ashfield, MA.
NOTE: There is no cell service in Ashfield to speak of.
- Must have street riding experience with some off-road experience being suggested.
- You must have a current motorcycle endorsement.
- A legally insured and registered street-legal dual-purpose motorcycle (KLX, DRz, WR, XT), as well as adventure bikes (BMW GS, KTM Adventures, etc).
- Riding Gear (required at all times) – Full-coverage riding gear that is appropriate for off-road riding. Dedicated ADV or off-road gear is best, but quality street gear is okay, too.
- Full-faced or flip-up, DOT-approved helmet
- Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
- Armored nylon motorcycle jacket or off road armor under jersey (elbow, shoulder back and optional chest protection)
- Armored nylon motorcycle pants or sturdy pants with knee and shin armor underneath
- Full finger motorcycle gloves. Street gloves and mechanics gloves are okay
- Sturdy, over-the-ankle boots. Armored street boots are acceptable but I’d consider investing in off-road boots at some point. I love my TCX X-Desert boots.
- Drinking water. A hydration system or bottled water
- Rain gear. Tours run rain or shine.
- Enough layers (or electric jacket liner) for cool temperatures.
- USB Thumb drive that is at least 16Gb free capacity for video
- Camping gear if camping
- You must also sign a liability waiver.
Road Training help riders increase confidence and enjoyment in real-world conditions. However, this is not a course for raw beginners! Students are wise to take the MSF Basic RiderCourse or have an equivalent level of skill before signing up. A good guideline is having ridden at least a season (2-3,000 miles).
Contact Ken with questions.
We will be riding at moderate speeds appropriate for the group’s safety.
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