BMW Offers Education in Adventure

Off-road program takes road less traveled

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I was never a fan of mathematics in high school. This would be of no surprise to any of my teachers or parents, I assure you. My justification was that none of my instructors could explain the practical applications for such numerical oddities as logarithms, permutations, or binomial theorem. Even now, thinking about 12th grade math makes me shudder and ponder what the hell the point was.

RawHyde Adventures, of Castaic, CA. however, offers an education in off-roading with an opportunity to apply what you learned in real-world circumstances. After attending one of their two day courses, participants can opt for extra credit in the form of the Base Camp Alpha Adventure. This consists of a two day City Slickers-esque adventure through the world famous Mojave Desert on bikes such as the F650GS, F800GS and R1200GS. Program attendees will put the skills they learned into practice by negotiating rough and unstable terrain.

For years BMW has offered dynamic driving courses in various locales for those who own or aspire to drive BMW vehicles. BMW Motorrad then followed suit by offering off-road training for those who like to ride past where the pavement ends. RawHyde Adventures is the latest addition to the factory-authorized off-road training centers worldwide. In the US, RawHyde Adventures, located on 500 acres in the mountains above Los Angeles, will serve as the West Coast BMW off-road training facility.

Owner of RawHyde Adventures, Jim Hyde says “This program is designed to give GS owners and others the confidence and skills to navigate the roads less traveled.” That sounds to me like a practical education.

For details about the training school, visit www.bmwoffroadacademy.com or www.rawhyde-offroad.com

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  • http://blog.motorcycle.com/2008/12/31/lifestyle/bmw-offers-education-in-adventure/#comment-slug Oscar Acosta

    I have been looking for a BMW authorized off-road camp in the Los Angeles area for a while now. And for what I know RawHyde is a really good outfit. I know these camps are fun and there is an opportunity to meet other riders and share knowledge and experiences. I would like hear from anyone who has gone on a ride with RawHyde Adventures and what their experience was like.

  • http://blog.motorcycle.com/2008/12/31/lifestyle/bmw-offers-education-in-adventure/#comment-slug Oscar Acosta

    Can anyone provide feedback regarding riding with RawHyde?

  • Dale

    Great experience for an experience rider but be careful if you have never ridden off road. I know they advertise that they can train someone like me with no off road experience but unless you want to wind up like me with two broke bones do not believe it.