Dirt Bike Essentials is all about foundational skills that are required for small, powerful dirt bikes on single track trails. It’s important to master these skills in order to ride safely, confidently, and in control. This class is appropriate for new and experienced riders. Starting new riders by teaching proper techniques gives you a “jump start” toward being skilled, confident, and safe. These skills are directly transferable to riding bigger, heavier Adventure bikes. It’s easier to practice and build confidence on smaller bikes. Experienced riders benefit for several reasons. Many experienced riders never learned proper fundaments and “fuddle” their way through. They manage to get it done, but often ride “by the seat of their pants” and struggle in challenging sections. In my expereince, the problems advanced level riders encounter on more difficult terrain are often directly related to improper fundmental skills.
Body postion and balance; throttle and clutch control, braking, and line choice are the essential skills we focus on.
ADVwoman “Dirt Bike Essentials” Curriculum
- Proper Body position- standing and seated balanced positions, “strong” body frame, driving with legs, very dyanamic
- Dirt bikes have lots of suspension and are tall. Gotta deal with it. We teach how to ride and stop with 1 foot on the ground only.
- Throttle and clutch control and balance. Clutch techniques- two finger covering and feathering are required for high level skills.
- Dirt biking means sliding the back wheel a lot! Braking drills teach skills, reaction time, and balance.
- Acceleration & Shifting Drills “Racer Starts” are TONS OF FUN, teach shifting, power, and how to start in sand
- Cornering on a dirt bike is an art form! Turning around the inside foot, brake sliding, ruts, berms… so many ways to play!
- Obstacles like ledges, rocks and logs require riders to master unweighting, acceleration, body shift, driving and softening legs.
- Proper line choice is safer, conserves energy, and often faster. Learn how to choose the best lines.
ADVENTURE ESSENTIALS curriculum is designed for large, heavy street legal ADV bikes which are typically ridden on dirt roads and double track. We focus on balance, throttle and clutch control, counterbalanced turns, and slow maneuvering and skills as those present the biggest challenge on these heavy bikes. ADV bikes are typically 650CC or bigger, though some smaller statured riders ride smaller displacement bikes.
Adventure bikes typically weigh more than 400LBS, have a fuel range greater than 200 miles, have sophisticated electronics, substantial luggage carrying capacity, and fairing with wind screens. (Note: some smaller statured riders use smaller displacement bikes for adventure riding.)
DIRT BIKE ESSENTIALS curriculum is designed for small, lightweight, powerful dirt bikes typically ridden on single track trails. We also focus on balance, throttle, and clutch control. The dirt bike class is more aggressive and faster. We do a lot of brake sliding, turning around the inside leg, and being highly dynamic on the motorcycle. We teach “racing starts” to learn about shifting, power, and because that’s how riders start in sand. Some dirt bikes are street legal and others are not.
Dirt bikes typically weigh under 2350LBS, have a fuel range of around 100 miles, are “naked bikes” without fairings and fancy electronics, and have a high power to weight ratio.
Adventure Essentials is all about foundational skills that are required for riding big, heavy adventure bikes. It’s important to master these skills in order to ride safely, confidently, and in control. This class is appropriate for new and experienced riders. Starting new riders by teaching proper techniques gives you a “jump start” toward being skilled, confident, and safe on a big ADV bike. And experienced riders benefit for several reasons. Many experienced riders never learned proper fundaments and “fuddle” their way through. They manage to get it done, but often ride “by the seat of their pants” and struggle in challenging sections. In my expereince, the problems advanced level riders encounter on more difficult terrain are often directly related to improper fundmental skills.
Body postion and balance; throttle and clutch control, braking, and line choice are the eseential skills we focus on.
Adventure Essentials Bullet List of Skills
- Proper Body position- balanced always, using legs, maintaining upper body power position, and efficiency for those long rides.
- Teach 1 foot on the ground only- ADV bikes are tall. Rather than resist that truth, learn skills to ride that big beastie!
- Briefly show how to lift bike only when someone falls. We have a full 1 hour dedicated classroom session on lifting the bikes
- Throttle and clutch control and balance- big ADV bikes often IDLE at 10 MPH. That’s pretty fast. Master riding slow.
- Braking drills (Turn off ABS) Skillful braking separates the good riders from the average riders.
- Corners- learn to counter balance and “The Jacques Turn” which is especially helpful for inseam challenged riders.
- Scared of riding up and down steep hills? It’s about body position and braking control. Start small and work to steeper terrain.
- Line Choice. Sooner or later riders who consistently choose “bad lines” will get burned. Learn how to pick “good lines.”
- Have you ever stalled on a hill and wondered how to turn aournd? We teach that.
- Backing down a hill or ramp with the bike in gear using the clutch for braking is very effective.
- Unweight front wheel to ride obstacles (Optional skill if time allows.)
- Wednesday July 18 from 1PM – 6PM at Power World Sports. (61000 US Highway 40 Granby, CO 80446)
- Wednesday night July 18, late registration is at the Inn at Silvercreek CONFERENCE CENTER 7-8PM (62927 Us Highway 40, Granby, CO 80446)
- Thursday morning July 19, early registration is at the Inn at Silvercreek CONFERENCE CENTER 6:30 AM-8:30AM (62927 Us Highway 40, Granby, CO 80446)
Everyone will receive a welcome bag, maps, road book, wrist band, and swag. Please note everyone must have wristbands for access to convention center, camping, meals, rider range, and class room sessions. Instructors will be on hand at Wednesday afternoon at Power World and Wednesday evening at the Inn at Silvercreek for “Bike Setup” coaching. They will help riders set up handlebars, hand controls, brake and shifter levers properly. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that tank bags, saddle bags, panniers, and tail bags are removed before attending rider range training.
Rider Range classes (Adventure Essentials, Dirt Bike Essentials, and Back Country Discovery Essentials) run from 8AM to 3PM Thursday July 19 and Friday July 20. Riders will meet at the red Power World Sports Tent at Flying Heels Arena. Flying Heels Arena is located adjacent to the Inn at Silvercreek across from City Market Grocery Store (62819 US Highway 40 Granby, CO 80446) If you are registered for Backcountry Discovery Essentials, you must attend prerequisite Thursday
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Our instructors are skilled at creating various levels of challenges to complement your current skill set. I have been riding motorcycles almost 40 years yet I learn each time I take even entry level classes. Most riding problems boil down to a basic skills. Women learn and develop confidence differently than men. Our teaching methods are tailored for women. We teach women to use their stronger lower bodies, rather than trying to muscle the bike with arms and shoulders. And men appreciate our safe, step by step methods too. If you’re a skilled guy who wants to ride with a less experienced spouse or girlfriend, you will learn how different riding is for women. I love working with spouses or partners. Teaching you to ride as a team and understand each other’s strengths is really fun! And isn’t that who you want to ride with anyway?
I enjoy teaching private lessons to riders who have never, ever ridden a motorcycle before. Currently we do not have the facilities, gear, or motorcycles to offer a group class to brand new riders. We would like to offer this in the future!
Alcohol will not be served at the ADVWoman Rendezvous. Our primary concern is for the safety, welfare, and enjoyment of our guests. Alcohol and motorcycles do not mix. This will also deter unwanted advances and from “liquored up” admirers. Camping is located on County owned Flying Heels Rodeo Arena. Alcohol is not allowed on county property without a special liquor license. There is a grill and bar at the Inn at Silvercreek where alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed. Guests lodging at the hotel are free to enjoy beverages in their rooms as well. I reiterate, alcohol and motorcycle riding do not mix. Your cooperation and responsible consumption is greatly appreciated!
Yes, non-riding friends are welcome to attend the Rendezvous. They must pay the Rendezvous registration fee and sign a liability release waiver. This Rendezvous fee pays for insurance, convention and arena rental, and meals. Everyone must pay this fee. Registered Rendezvous attendees are welcome to bring a guest to Saturday night’s DJ dance free of charge. Please make sure guests behave respectfully and congenially with our largely female guests.
Adventure motorcycles are typically 650cc and larger. Adventure motorcycles typically weigh more than 350LBS, have a fuel range greater than 200 miles, include wind screens and fairings, can power multiple electronic devices, and are capable of carrying luggage. However, there are smaller entry level motorcycles like the Yamaha XT250 or Honda CR250L which smaller statured riders may use as Adventure Motorcycles. If you ride a smaller street legal motorcycle primarily on dirt and gravel roads rather than on single track in the woods, you might consider taking “Adventure Essentials” class. Riders on big, heavy adventure bikes will NOT turn by pivoting around their inside foot. Adventure riders will predominately turn counter weighting the motorcycle. Riders on smaller, lighter motorcycles can turn around their inside foot AND by counter weighting.
This curriculum teaches intermediate skills required to ride the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route. Training will begin with a review of proper braking and riding position, then we will ride to the local motocross track to practice steep uphills, downhills, and hairpin turns. From the MX track we will ride to a local BLM area to practice several water crossings and ruts. We will pack lunch and cover a lot of ground! All riders must posess a motorcycle endoresement and ride street legal motorcycle licensed motorcycles.
- Steep Ascents and Descents
- Tight Hairpin Turns
- Ruts & Rocks
- Water Crossing
- Riding in a Group
We teach essential fundamental skills for riding smaller dirt bikes on single track. Essentials skills like clutch control, throttle control, balance, braking, acceleration, shifting, cornering, hills, and obstacles. Riders will have fun learning to “speed shift,” shift without using the clutch, accelerate quickly, and brake with control. You’ll learn about initiating a turn, holding your line, and how to accelerate out of the turn. Single track riding requires dynamic movement on the motorcycle and quick reflexes. All these skills transfer directly to riding big adventure bikes. Gaining confidence and skill on smaller more nimble motorcycles helps riders when they move to bigger, heavier adventure bikes.
Adventure Essentials teaches essential fundamental skills for riding big, heavy, adventure motorcycles on dirt and gravel roads. Essentials skills like clutch control, throttle control, balance, braking, slow turns, hill stops, and how to approach obstacles. All our instructors are highly skilled women. We break each individual skill into small teachable pieces. You will learn one small bit at a time and quickly develop self-confidence and skill. And since our instructors are women, we know how heavy and intimidating these big bikes can feel. We’ll share the tips and tricks we used to move beyond fear to become capable, self-reliant riders.
On range rider training for Adventure Essentials, Dirt Bike Essentials, Adventure Intermediate, and Dirt Bike Intermediate require an additional fee. Lunch, snacks, fuel, are not included.
Entrance to the rally, meals, all CLASS ROOM TRAINING, Thursday evening opening ceremony, Saturday evening closing celebration, and Saturday evening DJ dance. Catered breakfast is included and will be served in the conference center of the Inn at Silver Creek Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Catered dinner is included and will be served in the conference center of the Inn at Silvercreek Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Rally registration fees pay for event insurance, facilities rental, and meals.
Self-contained RV and tent camping is included in Rendezvous registration. Camping is primitive with no hookups. There will be a porta-potty in the camping area. Camping is located on the South East corner of Flying Heels Arena next to the Inn at Silvercreek parking lot. Campers will access the camping area from the Inn at Silvercreek parking lot. Showers, including towels, are available in the recreation center at the Inn. Recreation center passes are included for campers with unlimited access to showers, weight training room, racquetball courts, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the convention center of the Inn at Silvercreek. This is easy walking distance from campground. Camp fires are NOT allowed. Depending on fire restrictions, we may have one community fire pit in the camping area.
Yes, men are welcome to join the fun. Our Rendezvous is “by women, for women and their families and friends.” We had a mixture of 60% women and 40% men at the 2016 rally and 90% women and 10% men at the 2017 event. Some of our best reviews came from the fellas. Many of the gentlemen attended our excellent rider training. Several guys were even brave enough to dance with us at the DJ Dance!
Safety, on and off the motocycle, is our highest priority. We welcome men who are respectful. Creeps looking to “hit on chicks” are not welcome. Local law enforcement is involved in the planning of our rally and will patrol the area. We want everyone to be comfortable and safe.
The ADVWoman Rendezvous is all about teaching, supporting, and training. If you can ride a motorcyle- release the clutch to take off, shift gears, and come to a stop; you’re good enough for our training. We’re not setup to teach brand new riders yet. (We hope to add a “Never Ever” class in the future.) But, you don’t have to have lots of experience. Our instructors are trained to work with riders of all skill levels. We are patient, supportive, and nurturing. At the 2016 rally, one of our attendees had only ridden her motorcycle FOUR TIMES before taking our classes. She had a blast and did great! Her husband wasn’t too bad either! They both improved dramatically!
ADVWoman does not provide motorcycles. Please use google searches to find Adventure Rental Organizations in the Denver area. Please let the rental agency know you are attending training and will be stopping and starting a lot. That means the battery needs to be solid. In 2017 several rental motorcycles from several different rental agencies experienced battery failure.
The Inn At Silvercreek in Granby, Colorado is our host hotel. To book hotel reservations call 888/878-3077 ext 2. Tell them you’re with the “ADVWoman Rally” for discount. BOOK EARLY! Summer time in the Rockies is extremely busy! The Inn at Silvercreek is our host hotel and is providing convention space for our meals, classroom training, and vendor display area. We have rooms blocked out for the rally. Thirty days prior to the rally, available rooms will be released from the block and sold to the general public. Discounts will continue to be honored provided rooms are available. For more information on rooms and amenities, http://innatsilvercreek.com/