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Adventure Rider Training Expeditions

Training Expeditions in the Pacific Northwest: Build your ADV Riding Skillset and Confidence!

Training Expeditions in the Pacific Northwest: Build your ADV Riding Skillset and Confidence!

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Looking to improve your ADV riding skills and confidence? Want to prepare for one of our longer format "Bucket List" ADV tours like Baja or Patagonia (or anywhere we offer tours around the world), but not sure if you are ready? This is the perfect training experience for you!

"Practice makes perfect," as the old saying goes, and that's why our Training Expeditions incorporate specific training sessions during the day, instead of just riding from point A to B each day. 

We're going to hone your technique and build your confidence for what lies ahead, as discussed in our Adventure Motorcycle Training Series on YouTube:

  • 4 Ways to Turn Your Adventure Motorcycle Around - Whether you have plenty of time available, or a hungry bear is about to charge, let's work on 4 great ways to get your bike headed the opposite direction.
  • How to "Bounce" Your Adventure Bike - Almost nothing gets in your way when the right timing, traction, suspension dynamics, and body movements are all figured out in anticipation of what lies ahead.
  • Mastering Hillclimbs - The most fun aspect of riding for many of us, don't get turned around by forgetting "your 2 best friends" on every hillclimb. We'll make sure you can conquer what your bike was meant to.
  • 6 Essential Riding Techniques - The simple, useful, and fun little moves we make, from pressuring the footpegs, to floating the front wheel, and "steering with your rear." Let's have a blast exploring the incredible array of options that come with owning or riding an adventure bike. 
  • When and Why You Should Stand while riding an ADV Motorcycle - Let's consider during each of our training sessions how you can best choose the right body position for each situation. 

On the dates shown, small groups, along with our Staff will head out on some hand-picked routes from our home base here in Bend, Oregon. We have pre-selected sand sections, rocky hill climbs, off-camber turnaround  opportunities, and some "pucker-factor" moments that shouldn't just be blown past one time. Stopping at those sections, and reviewing the fundamentals discussed in those videos. We'll practice, practice, and practice until we are perfect, and best understand what's happening in these situations.

Not inspired by the thought of having to "practice?" Ask the world's top professionals in any form of motorsports what they think about practice. Ask them if "practice" had anything to do with their success or survival in motorsports.

Whether you're new to adventure riding, or a seasoned rider who just wants to enhance your technique, join us for the Training Expedition dates listed, and know that you'll ride away ... a better rider

Itinerary

2 Training Day Package: Includes 2 days of adventure riding while tackling various riding exercises in the beautiful Oregon backcountry on incredible routes hand-picked by RIDE Adventures Riding Coaches

Day 1: Arrive in Bend, Oregon. Welcome to paradise!

Day 2: Suiting up in the morning, the mission is simple: Ride, Train, Ride, and Train! We have preselected routes with features to practice a variety of skillsets. Returning to Bend for the evening.

Day 3: Once again, we know our mission: Ride, Train, Ride, and Train! Out on different routes today, let's develop an even greater understanding of the relationship between your body, your bike, and the earth beneath you. After another full day of fun, head back to Bend for the evening, and celebrate your growth as an adventure rider!

Day 4: Depart home if you must or stay and RIDE more. Not in a rush to get home? Stay and RIDE as long as you wish to practice your newly acquired ADV riding skills and explore beautiful Oregon. Take advantage of discounted motorcycle rental prices and pre-planned GPS tour routes. 

Bikes Available

2019+ Honda CB500x

2019+ Honda CB500x

Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option. Starting in 2019 with the 19" front wheel, this bike has proven itself for us in places like Patagonia, and will be a great option for riders exploring beyond.

  • Wet Weight - 430lbs
  • Seat Height - 32.7 inches
  • Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal

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Seat Height:
32.7 in
Curb Weight:
430lbs
Fuel Capacity:
4.6 gal
Displacement:
471cc Parallel Twin
Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin

Finally, the return of a legend! The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda has been talked about for years, finally making itself available in various markets around the world in 2015. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and pathways. 

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Seat Height:
33.5/34.3 in
Curb Weight:
511 lb
Fuel Capacity:
4.96 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Finally, the return of a legend, and this version, a little bit more prepared for long adventure rides than it's smaller twin. The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda finally became available in rental fleets around the world in 2015, forever winning our hearts over with incredible reliability while being extremely fun to ride the first few seasons. This "Adventure Sports" version is about an inch taller with 1.5 gallons greater fuel capacity than the standard Africa Twin. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and routes.

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Seat Height:
35.4/36.2 in
Curb Weight:
533 lb
Fuel Capacity:
6.4 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)

Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)

Just a few years after this legendary bike was reintroduced as a 1000cc world traveler in 2016, Honda made the Africa Twin CRF 1100 just a little bit better starting the 2020 model year. With four-valve Unicam® cylinder heads atop a 22.5degree parallel-twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and pathways. An upgraded electronics package vs. the previous version includes cruise control, a 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit,) and a 6.5 inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth integration. Pack it up for a long trip, or take the bags off for a day on the trails, nothing but fun lies ahead!

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Seat Height:
33.5/34.3 in
Curb Weight:
505 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.0 gal
Displacement:
1084 cc
KTM 790 Adventure

KTM 790 Adventure

Among the most highly-anticipated adventure bike releases we've seen in recent years, KTM's 790 Adventure has burst onto the scene and filled a much-needed space as a mid-weight, luggage packable, extremely fun riding option. With 799 cc's of power available from down low to the top end, either pack up for a multi-week adventure ride, or take the luggage off and have a blast in the dirt. Features like the slipper clutch, switchable ABS, and that agility KTM's are so famous for make for one incredible all-around adventure bike.

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Seat Height:
33.5/32.7 in / 851/831 mm
Curb Weight:
464 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal / 20 L
Displacement:
799 cc
KTM 790 Adventure R

KTM 790 Adventure R

The bike that adventure riders just about couldn't wait to see released, KTM's 790 Adventure R has burst onto the scene and filled a much-needed space as a mid-weight, luggage packable, extremely fun riding option. This "R" version still has 799 cc's of power available from down low to the top end, and also a bit more suspension travel  to gobble-up the whoops or uneven terrains riders will come across on their epic voyage. Either pack up for a multi-week adventure ride, or take the luggage off and have a blast in the dirt. Features like the slipper clutch, switchable ABS, and that agility KTM's are so famous for make for one incredible all-around adventure bike.

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Seat Height:
34.6 in / 879 mm
Curb Weight:
464 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal / 20 L
Displacement:
799 cc
Yamaha Ténéré 700

Yamaha Ténéré 700

This highly-anticipated "masterpiece of value" has finally been released, giving dual sport adventure riders around the world one more incredible middle-weight adventure bike to choose from. With 73+ smooth, linear horsepower pouring through one of most beautiful exhaust notes out there, the Ténéré 700's unique anti-squat design puts that power into the ground, instead of into the rear shock. The result is one of the best handling, adventure bikes on the market, all backed by typical Yamaha-reliability. Take this agile machine on short trips or long, paved twisties or dirt roads, and know that this may be as close to the "perfect" adventure bike as we have seen in a while. With an attractive entry price, and corresponding rental rate, we expect the number of Ténéré 700's in our fleet operations to grow steadily and remain a factor for a long time. 

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Seat Height:
34.4 in / 874mm
Curb Weight:
452 lb / 205kg
Fuel Capacity:
4.2 gal
Displacement:
689 cc