Introduction to Adventure Riding

Adventure riding can be a steep learning curve – with gear, bike setup, navigation, and luggage to consider before you even turn a wheel. Now those new to the scene can start off armed with essential knowledge thanks to RideADV’s Introduction to Adventure Riding series supported by Yamaha.

These events are aimed at the beginner to intermediate rider and allow participants to learn all the tips and tricks acquired by the RideADV crew over years of leading tours through the Aussie bush. The weekend rides focus on different terrains and conditions to increase riding confidence. And because there is so much more to adventuring, participants also learn about:
• Pre-ride bike inspection
• Bike setup
• Ergonomics, riding position, comfortable and safe
• Tyre styles, tubes, tubeless and more
• Personal tracking, safety
• Suspension set-up
• Luggage, packing tips and tricks
• GPS - how to understand and use
• Riding gear, jackets, boots, safety gear
• How to change a tyre track side
• Tools - what to carry
• Tents and swags

The events generally start from RideADV’s base in Ourimbah, NSW with an evening at the shed, including camping and campfire option. The most recent event in November attracted 27 riders on a wide variety of machines from Royal Enfield Himalaya to Triumph Street Scrambler. Tip sessions were offered during the course of the two-day ride which were followed by BBQs where service technician Lincoln Brien from Chris Watson Motorcycles offered a service tutorial.

“On the Saturday we run what we call the RideADV Shed Cheers and Beers where we demonstrate tyre changes and answer questions live from YouTube,’” explains RideADV’s Greg Yager. “Even though it’s pretty informal, we always address the most commonly asked topics like tyres, navigation and suspension. The aim is for participants to leave with enough knowledge to ride confidently into remote locations,” adds Yager.