Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Middle East

Middle East Topics specific to the Middle East countries, from Syria south to Yemen
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 5 Aug 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 33
BMW Off Road Course

Hi All

I'm booked up to do a BMW Off road course in the UK this summer in Wales and was wandering if anyone had ever done one before.

Just wandered if anyone had any feedback or pointers?

Cheers
Biker Chick
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 5 Aug 2008
Gecko's Avatar
Slippery when wet
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Buxton,Derbyshire
Posts: 291
Not done the one in Wales but I did do Hechlingen in Germany a few years back. 3 days of exhausting fun and great amount of learning. I thought I could ride a bike having been doing so for more years than I care to admit but I still learned a lot. You can view pictures here: BMW Enduro Park Hechlingen - June 2005 - Shared photo album - PhotoBox

I know from other people you need to book your accomodation well in advance in Wales to avoid disappointment. The Abercrave Inn is the place most people stay . If you go over and look at the UK GS forum at UKGSer* ::::* For BMW GS Enthusiasts there are lots of folks there who can give you information and benefit of their experience. There is a ladies section on that site too and lots of the guilrs have doen the course and can tell you how they got on.
Top tip from me is if you don't have some good protective off road boots then you should invest in them before the course. Your ankles are vulnerable so protect them well. I was very grateful for my boots at Hechlingen when i took a slow tumble on a slope. One girl on our group was less lucky.
Have fun - you'll love it
__________________
...on the road to nowhere...

Biking roads by bikers for bikers www.bestbikingroads.com
Get involved - save a life today www.bmdw.org
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 5 Aug 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: West Yorkshire UK
Posts: 1,224
I did it back in 2002. Very good if a little expensive. Comments above about booking the hotel and having decent boots are spot on. Also, don't expect to ride home in the clothes you did the last day in, you will be filthy and could be very wet too.

Enjoy

Andy
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 5 Aug 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
Posts: 449
wales

Rookie to hero in 2days. Well, maybe not but it is well worth the (fair chunk of) money. Learning to ride heavy, 4stroke, roadbikes (BMWs) off-road will set you up perfectly if you're doing a LWR or LWD or Morocco or anything where you'll be riding a heavily loaded motorcycle.
__________________
Find out details of my 2011 trip to Siberia on a lightweight dirtbike:
www.brighton2expeditions.co.uk
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 8 Aug 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dubai
Posts: 5
Hey Again BC.

Shaun at Gecko motorcycles does off road training in Dubai. They are next to Marina Antiques at the edge of Al Quoz, on the road that goes from Arabian Ranches to Um Sequim.

Roadking
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 8 Aug 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Riyadh
Posts: 27
Off-road course in Wales

Howdy,
Did it in '05 (I think), first day was wet, second was hot and dusty, like two seasons.
Stayed in a dump, so do get into abercrave inn, or be careful about alternatives.
Course was a hoot, and you will learn a lot from very good teachers.
Quite strenuous, rode there and back from Holyhead ferry, well pooped when I got home.
Be equipped for wet weather....Enjoy!
Bin
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
sharing the road with road trains desert dweller Australia / New Zealand 10 18 Jun 2008 08:01
Budget Textiles for Road and Off Road use. N1ckR Camping Equipment and all Clothing 18 12 Apr 2008 11:55
Accomodation on the NKC-Ayoun. road , Rue de l'Espoir, Road of Hope ? dathaifrench Sahara Travel Forum 3 4 Feb 2008 14:21
XT600 road legal off road tyres jamie.buchanan Yamaha Tech 3 3 Apr 2007 15:07
Off road KLR Kurt Kawasaki 1 4 Mar 2002 09:21

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:47.