GS OFF ROAD TRAINING FAQ'S
Please take some time to read through our Frequently Asked Questions, we are confident you will have some questions answered and you may also get a better idea of how the event you have entered is run.
What gear should I wear?
We recommend textile adventure or dual sport riding gear, like the BMW Motorrad Rallye Suit. Off road boots are heavily recommended as they offer much better support and protection. If your riding pants don't have any knee protection in them we recommend some knee protection also. Goggles are also a handy item if it is dry and dusty.
I only have dual sport/road tyres on my motorcycle, is it possible to still attend?
Many riders have successfully completed our off road courses with dual sport tyres fitted to their bikes. However, riders must understand that these are all weather courses and if there is some rain the course will continue. In this case riders will be much better off if specific knobby style tyres are fitted to their motorcycle (eg. Pictured above L to R - Metzeler Karoo 3, Pirelli Scorpion Rally, Continental TKC80), so with that in mind you can make your decision. The course instructor bikes are fitted with Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres.
Where should I stay for the course?
We have a list of course Accomodation options HERE
How difficult is the Adventure Skills Course, do I need off road experience to attend?
No off road experience is necessary. This course is designed to build skill and confidence off road so it will suit riders from little to no off road experience right through to off road riders that have years of experience but are looking to sharpen up their skills. Many riders with years of on and off road experience, who have never taken specific off road training, are very surprised at how much they learn from the Adventure Skills Course.
I am very nervous about taking part in an off road training course, is that normal?
Yes, some customers are nervous before the course starts, but they are usually relieved and relaxed once the course begins. The course is very structured and gives proven results. The courses are FUN and riders are not forced to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with, sometimes its best to watch, and then join in the activity when you feel confident about it. Obviously at times riders can be challenged, but all participants show a huge improvement over the two days and really enjoy the format.
I haven’t taken the Adventure Skills BMW course but I’d like to enter the Adventure Expert course, can I?
To enter the Adventure Expert course it is highly recommended to have completed a BMW off road training course in the past or a BMW Safari. We recommend that you complete the Adventure Skills courser if the last off road training you completed was more than 2 years ago.
I qualify to enter the Adventure Expert course, should I still do Adventure Skills first?
In our experience riders that have attended two or more Adventure Skills (Level 1) courses will enjoy and benefit much more from the Adventure Expert course. As a guide you should be able to confidently perform the skills exercises that are covered at the Adventure Skills course, as there is little revision of these at the Adventure Expert course.
I have touring or road riding gear, do I need to spend the money on all the recommended off road gear listed in the confirmation letter?
The off road gear recommended is just that, a very strong recommendation. Riders must understand that off road riding will bring in many other factors into your riding, and specific gear for it will not only be much more comfortable but may offer better protection in the case of a fall or contact with rocks, branches and logs etc.
I am a very experienced off road rider, will I learn anything at the Adventure Expert course?
In our experience, yes. The Adventure Expert course extends skill level exercises to an intermediate to hard level and covers many practical skills and techniques that you will use on an intermediate to hard off road ride.
Are food and drinks provided at the course?
Yes. There is coffee, water and snacks available all day. In addition, morning tea, and lunch are also provided.
I don’t have a BMW but I do have an adventure bike, can I attend?
Generally our courses are for BMW GS owners only, occasionally we offer “All Brands” courses, please refer to entry form to see if there is an All Brands course available. If a course is not listed as All Brands, it will be for BMW GS bikes only.
Can I do the Adventure Skills course and then follow up with the Adventure Expert course back to back?
You can, however we recommend that you complete the Adventure Skills course and then put your new skills into practice and attend the Adventure Expert at a later date. Four days straight of off road training is not only physically draining but mentally also, you will have information overload and may not benefit as well as you would with some time between courses. Many riders will also benefit from completing the Adventure Skills course multiple times before moving to the Adventure Expert course.
Can I hire a bike?
Unfortunately no, we do not offer hire bikes.
Is accommodation included in the course fee?
No, accommodation is the responsibility of each entrant. However when you enter a course you will receive a list of accommodation suggestions local to that specific area.
What if I have entered and have to withdraw from the course?
A participant may withdraw from the Course at any time by notifying Moto Development in writing (firstname.lastname@example.org). In case of withdrawal, a cancellation fee is payable as follows:
$75.00 cancellation fee if 6 weeks or greater notice is given prior to the Course
$150.00 cancellation fee if greater than 2 weeks & less than 6 weeks notice is given prior to the Course
No refunds if 2 weeks or less notice is given prior to the Course