ORIENTATION TO OFF-ROAD ADV RIDING
- This one-day training class is intended for riders who have just started going down the road towards taking an Adventure Motorcycle onto unpaved surfaces.
- Bike set-up and instruction (on and off the bikes) in the morning will be followed by a catered lunch.
- Spend the afternoon integrating the lessons of the day on an ADVenture ride (paved/un-paved) with the instructors.
Duration: One day, from 10am to 5pm.
Location: Various locations around Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Cost: $345 for Non-Members
$245 for Club Members & Prospects
Includes: Lunch (catered or restaurant), no alcoholic beverages.
Objectives: To ride away with greater clarity about the workings of your motorcycle’s controls, electronics and other instruments. To gain a better understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a novice dual-sport/ADV style rider.
Pre-requisite: A valid endorsement on your driver’s license for riding a motorcycle.
2021 Dates: Let us know some of your preferred dates and we’ll prepare to provide you or your group with a fantastic experience!
“I bought my first motorcycle five years ago. I upgraded to an ADV bike recently, having had no prior experience riding on dirt. My first couple of off-road rides were nerve-racking. Doing the Ojai MC’s Orientation course changed everything. Their instructions were clear and effective. I rode up the mountain for the class feeling rather nervous and tentative on the dirt road. I came down the same road that afternoon with total confidence, relaxed and enjoying the ride. The next weekend I was attacking rutted and gravel-strewn fire roads with no problem. I highly recommend this class!”
GD – Ventura, CA
Rider Skill Level
- can ride for 4-6 hours
- average riding experience
- little assistance required
- comfortable with curves and leans on paved roads
- average experience with unsurfaced roads, including ascents and descents
- Minimum age: 21 years
- Valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement
- Good physical fitness
- DOT approved Helmet required independent of state law
- Signing a Waiver
I am a very new rider. Is the trip for me?
We specialize in and enjoy teaching brand new riders. Whether you have street experience and no off-road experience or little motorcycle experience at all we will help you learn and master the basics by the end of the trip. We have a sweep guide that will make sure you have a great experience and can ride your own ride.
I’m an experienced rider, will I be bored?
Absolutely not! We design these trips so that experienced riders can ride at the front of the pack and not have to worry about the rest of the group keeping up.
Do I need knobby tires on my bike?
Not necessarily. By airing down your street tires, you should be able to have sufficient traction even on the unpaved sections of the ride. It would be ideal if you could bring your own small air pump/compressor to air back up again, but there should be at least one or two pumps amongst the group.
Do I need extra protection for my bike such as after-market skid-plate, crash bars, etc?
Although it is always good to protect your bike from damage, the worst you can expect on a ride like this is a slow speed tip-over or two. We will make recommendations for you as to what type of protection you could use, but this ride will not require more than standard OEM parts and accessories.
Do I need to bring special items on the ride?
Wear as much personal protection as possible. We definitely subscribe to the concept of ATGATT: All The Gear All The Time.
This might make for some extra heat, so bring more water than you think you will require.
Ideally a hydration system like a 2.5 liter Camelbak or similar, plus at least another liter of water, in addition.
Bring snacks so you can keep replenishing those calories as the day wears on.
In our part of the world, it can get very hot and there is often no shade – so an umbrella becomes a most valuable item to create your own bit of shade, as needed.
Bring a small toolkit, in case you need to adjust settings such as handlebars, brake and gear levers, etc.
How far will we ride?
We like to shoot for around 200 miles at the most, where half of the time is spent on paved and the other half on unpaved surfaces.
What happens if a bike breaks down?
We won’t stray too far from State or County maintained roads, so the worst case scenario will usually involve a call to AAA or similar roadside assistance. Most of the time there is enough know-how and tools to deal with any of the situations likely to arise on this kind of ride.
What happens if someone gets hurt?
The Lead Rider carries a First Aid kit that he knows how to use. If it is a serious situation, 911 or Search & Rescue is always within reach, since the Lead Rider carries an In-Reach satellite communication device, in addition to everyone usually having their cell phone on hand.
What if a rider “gets in over their head?”
We want every rider to feel comfortable and safe enough to be able call it quits whenever they feel like they’re getting “close to their edge”. Either the whole group turns back and makes for easier terrain, or the rider will be accompanied by at least one other rider back to the closest “easy” road where they can wait or go on their way without feeling endangered or “pushed”.
What happens if a rider has to leave early?
Most of our Club Rides are designed so that it’s easy enough to turn around and head home whenever it gets to be “time”. In most cases there will be at least one additional rider that is ready to peel off and head home, so no-one ever really needs to ride alone on a Club Ride.
Will we take any breaks and/or stop for lunch?
This just depends on where exactly we end up going. We usually have at least one eatery of some kind within range of the ride, but it’s always a good idea to have a hearty breakfast before starting out and then bring sufficient snacks to keep the calorie count up, regardless of whether we end up stopping for a full lunch or not.
Who is in charge of the ride?
The Lead Rider is 100% in charge of the ride and has sole discretion over controlling the whole excursion. There is always a Sweep Rider that follows behind the group and he/she is there to assist the Lead Rider and take second-in-command. From time-to-time the Lead or Sweep Rider may appoint a Deputy, who then becomes 3rd-in-charge. The Lead/Sweep Team can eject anyone from the ride at any time, so it is vitally important that all participants pay attention to and follow the instructions and guidelines as laid down by the Lead/Sweep team. But that said, we strive to make the Club Rides as enjoyable as possible, so please feel free to make suggestions and offer feedback whenever appropriate.
What kind of ride can I expect?
Club Rides can be divided into Three Main Types of Ride:
1) TOURING Rides: Least challenging. Riders stay on paved surfaces only.
2) ADVENTURE Rides: More challenging. We ride on a mixture of paved and unpaved roads. But the routes are well-known by the Lead/Sweep team and the aim is to avoid any surprises. Requires some off-road riding abilities, but given the experience level of the guides, most average street riders will be able to get oriented and be able to get in their groove and easily make it through the unpaved sections of the ride.
3) SCOUTING Rides: More challenging and unpredictable. Intended for more experienced riders that can handle on-road, off-road and no-road situations with the support and guidance of the rest of the group.
In most cases and unless otherwise noted specifically, the monthly Club Day Rides will always be Category #2: Adventure Rides or sometimes #1: Touring Rides.
Possibly there’s a brand-new (or not so new) shiny ADV bike parked in the garage that may have seen some wonderful miles on the pavement already, but for whatever reason, not so much dirt… other than an accidental detour into an unpaved parking lot or perhaps the jumping of a curb at Starbucks
Ideally, you have at least an average level of experience and ability handling your Adventure Motorcycle on paved public roads.
Perhaps you’re an experienced road rider, just getting into the dual-sport/ADV thing and not quite so sure about riding on dirt yet.
Or you’ve spent many years racing around on dirt bikes & now you need some pointers on how to handle that 500 pound plus rocket ship without leaving Earth’s orbit.
Regardless of your situation, this class will get you comfortably riding your big bike on pavement.
And on completion, you will be fully informed of your abilities (or lack thereof) on dirt and whatever needs to come next, as you continue on your path of learning and experiencing the exciting lifestyle of Adventure Motorcycle Riding.
You will be familiarized with all of the controls, specialized ride modes and various instrumentation on your particular ADV bike.
We’ll talk about all the acronyms, what they mean and how to activate, disable and operate the buttons, including Ride Modes, ABS, DTC, ESA, NAV 5/6, etc.
You will learn how to “dial in” and personalize your bike for your specific body and style of riding, which includes making adjustments to handlebars, clutch, front brake, rear brake pedal, gearshift pedal, windshield and even to your seat.
Setting up your bike correctly makes a huge difference in ease of use, comfort and optimal off-road handling of your dual-sport, enduro or ADV motorcycle.
We’ll teach you how to safely lift up a tipped over bike, as well as advise you on the right guards, protectors and other accessories to consider adding that may apply to your particular bike and situation.
The day will include quite a bit of riding around on both paved and (less challenging) unpaved surfaces, where we will observe your style and ability in a wide variety of situations.
This process will contribute to improving any subsequent off-road instruction, since you’ll have received some individualized feedback and recommendations from the experienced instructors and training assistants that are riding along, watching and helping you during the course of the day.
We’ll inform you about group riding protocols and have you ready to join any group of riders for a pleasant experience, regardless of how many riders there are or where the route might end up taking you.
The class will be sanctioned by the AMA – American Motorcyclists Association, which means that the whole event is guaranteed to follow specific safety and risk management guidelines.
As an AMA Chartered Recreational Club, we are bound by strict rules that have been evolved over decades, ensuring your safety and well-being as the first priority.
Class will be led by Deon de Wet, Founder of the Ojai MC and supported by an experienced and responsible “off-road/on-road/no-road” assistant instructor.