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.)
- Thursday April 23 noon – 6PM at 3 Step Hideaway (2430 Lisbon Valley Rd, La Sal, UT 84530. GPS Coordinates N38 06.246 W109 05.546 (3 Step Driveway)
Everyone will receive a welcome bag and swag. Please note everyone must have wristbands for camping, meals, rider range, and class room sessions. Instructors will be on hand at Wednesday afternoon 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 Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25. Note, Friday we ride on 3 Step Hideaway property and lunch will be in camp area. Saturday we will ride out on dirt roads and trails. Pack a lunch. Lunch will be “on the trail.”
Rider Range Schedule:
|Location||Fri 8:00-3:00||INSTRUCTOR||Fri 8:00-3:00||INSTRUCTOR|
|3 Step Property||ADV Essentials 1||Pat||Dirt Bike Essentials 1||Mandy & SURPRISE COACH!|
|Location||Sat 8:00-3:00||INSTRUCTOR||Sat 8:00-3:00||INSTRUCTOR|
|Local dirt roads & trails||ADV Essentials 2||Pat||Dirt Bike Essentials 2||Mandy & SURPRISE COACH!|
|LOCATION||Fri 3:30-4:30||INSTRUCTOR||Fri 4:45-5:45||INSTRUCTOR|
|Garage Area||Fix A Flat||Pat||Trailside Bike Fix||Pat|
|Near Fire Pit||Bike Pick Up||Mandy||Load/Unload||Mandy|
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!
ADVWoman Rendezvous does not serve alcohol. Feel free to enjoy a BYO adult beverage AFTER riding. Our primary concern is for the safety, welfare, and enjoyment of our guests. Alcohol and motorcycles do not mix. 3 Step Hideaway sells beer. 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 3 Step registration fee and sign a liability release waiver. Everyone must pay this fee. 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.
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.
Two days of “on the bike” training with ADVWoman coaches. Day 1 training is done on 3 Step property. Day 2 we integrate skills riding on local dirt roads and trails.
No, you cannot camp offsite and bring your own food. Everyone, riders & non riders, attending ADVWoman Rendezvous at 3 Step Hideaway must register and pay camping and meal fees to 3 Step Hideaway.
Yes, men “plus ones”, are welcome to join the fun. Several are already registered and planning on doing “guy rides” together. Our Rendezvous is “by women, for women and their families and friends.” RIDER RANGE TRAINING IS FOR WOMEN ONLY. Men are welcome to participate in classroom sessions.
Safety, on and off the motorcycle, 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 “never ever” riders. 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. There are several motorcycle rental businesses in the Moab area. Please google search for that info. Please be aware we stop and start a lot during training. Rental bike batteries need to be solid. In the past, several rental motorcycles from several different rental agencies experienced battery failure.