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Riding adventure bikes on gravel roads, beginner course. How to ride gravel roads

Adventure bike riding beginner (base) course. For those who want to open the adventure world and get the basic off-road skills

Places like Mongolia, Georgia, the Stans (Pamir Highway), Altay Mountains, Magadan and many other attract the adventure riders from all over the world. Moreover, if we are talking about Russia it is not even necessary to approach Magadan to get a proper off-road riding. There are so many decent gravel roads around Moscow area.

Most of the motorcycle riders with heavy bikes will find themselves in a very stressful situation while riding in such places, because an off-road experience is not the thing they have gained in an average driving school.

We have decided to change that and created a adventure bike riding training course in the Southern part of Russia - in Sochi Area.

This course is for those who:

  • Are interested in basics and skills of adventure riding down the varieties of unpaved roads (gravel, mud, sand, clay, aggregate etc.)
  • Are dreaming about opening a new off-road tourism experience
  • Want to improve their defensive driving skills and get some safe riding basics
  • Need to brush up their riding skills after a long non-riding winter season, doing it in unobtrusive and friendly atmosphere

Goals of the course recall the basic motorcycle riding skills, study an off-road riding theory and practice it under control of highly experienced instructors

General Terms and Conditions

  • Dates: 9-13th of April 2020, 23-27 of April 2020, 1-5th of May 2020, 17-21 of September 2020, 24-28 of September 2020, 1-5 of October 2020
  • Duration: 5 days (3 days training +2 days arrival and departure)
  • Price: 1250 Euro (includes BMW F700/800GS rent)
  • Price if you ride your own motorcycle: 800 EUR  
  • Single room supplement: 150 EUR
  • Max. Group size – 6 persons
  • Venue place – Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana

Included services:

  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotel
  • Breakfasts (during all days)
  • English-speaking guide and instructor on the bike/at the training ground
  • Motorcycle rental
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycles only)
  • Motorcycle gear
  • Motorcycle insurance
  • Hotel transfers from/to the airport

Services not included:

  • Air tickets to Russia
  • Medical insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • All other expenses not listed above

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Sochi, arrival

Arriving to Sochi. Meeting at the venue, intro to your bike, checking the gear and signing on. Personal aims and requests are to be discussed at the group dinner.

Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure your arrival time is not later than 3 p.m.

Day 2. Theory and basics at the training ground

The first half of the day will cover the theoretical course of:

  • Safe riding skills
  • Riding positions and balance
  • Cornering
  • Driving in the rain and braking
  • ABS and emergency braking
  • Adventure riding tips

On the second half of the day we will move to the training ground. We will have F700/800 GS bikes there to practise:

  • Lifting the bike
  • U-turning in tight spots
  • Proper body positioning
  • Road focusing
  • Low speed body balancing
  • Rut riding

A short evening challenge to check your safety riding and physics of the bike positioning knowledge will finish our day.

Day 3. A trip to Solokh-Aul and Akhun mountain

In the morning we will head off for a short trip around Sochi area. There will be 50/50% paved/gravel roads. We will approach tea plantations in Solokh-Aul and visit the view point on the top of the Akhun mountain. We will use short breakes to discuss the riding skills and manners of the group members.

After getting back to the venue and lunch-break we will continue with a short lecture about the adventure riding. After  that we will proceed to the training ground and continue practicing including:

  • Water crossing
  • Proper body position on up and downhills
  • Natural obstacles crossing (trees and pits)
  • Emergency braking on unpaved roads

Day 4. Trail ride

Time to check what we have learned. We are about to do the trail ride. Depending on the weather we will vist Vorontsov caves, Khemelnev lakes or Aishkha mountain pass. All the roads will be gravel or aggregate and as all the trails are in the mountains there will be a decent elevation. Great atmosphere and fun are 100% guaranteed.

A farewell dinner with receiving the certificates will be waiting for us in the evening.

Day 5. Sochi, departure

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