A Spanish Adventure.

From Spain To South Wales.

When the opportunity to ride at the famous Off Road Skills centre in South Wales presented itself via the power of social media, Jorge Fernandez-Tagle booked himself on one of the next flights from Spain, and in true Spirit of GS style, was riding an R 1250 GS around the picturesque Welsh countryside the very next day!

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We asked him a few questions to find out more about his Off Road Skills experience..

We asked him a few questions to find out more about his Off Road Skills experience..

Q: Jorge, you flew in from Spain to join us on a level two Off Road Skills course as soon as you heard there was availability, with just two days’ notice! Is this your first trip to Off Road Skills?

Yes, it was my first visit to Off Road Skills, and not the last one, I am sure, after the amazing experience both at the school and with the other riders!

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I even bought my first motorbike ever (my trusty 2006 R1200GS Adventure that I’m never going to sell) due to that show!
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Why did you choose Off Road Skills?

Why did you choose Off Road Skills?

I have followed Simon Pavey for some time, including his school, Dakar rallies with his son Llewellyn, and the Long Way Round series with Charley Boorman. I even bought my first motorbike ever (my trusty 2006 R1200GS Adventure that I’m never going to sell) due to that show!

In Spain, we are lucky to have one of the first BMW Enduro Parks in the world at Aras de los Olmos, and I had the opportunity to attend their Level 1 course with Simon`s fellow BMW Motorrad instructor, Victor Tatay from the Malelobo team. The experience was truly spectacular. Since then, I have visited them several times to ride off-road and to enjoy the amazing countryside around the Enduro Park. 

 

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The Beginning.

The Beginning.

When I saw the World of BMW Facebook page on Friday 29th March noting availability for an upcoming course that weekend, I didn’t hesitate and got in contact with the team immediately. They confirmed the place was still available and I booked a flight for the day after! I was due to fly out from Spain on the Saturday and my course started at Off Road Skills on the Sunday.

From that moment, everything was perfect. The flights, the weather, we had beautiful sunshine throughout the two-day course, my fellow riders, and of course, my instructor Chris Northover. He really did make the experience of riding outside of my comfort zone so enjoyable and enriching that.....I wish I could have stayed!!! Congratulation to Simon for having him on the team.

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The new R 1250 GS is an amazing bike.
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You were riding the new R 1250 GS for the duration of your course. What is it about this bike that you enjoyed most?

You were riding the new R 1250 GS for the duration of your course. What is it about this bike that you enjoyed most?

The versatility on and off-road, it’s incredibly easy to handle. For a bike of its size, it feels unbelievably light and the engine is so smooth, efficient and very powerful just when you need it. Its power can be delivered from as low as 1,500 rpm and that is a safety net which allowed me to focus on my riding skills and not the bike.

The new R 1250 GS is an amazing bike.

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It is no wonder that these courses are so popular, it has helped me discover new sensations and adventures that riding previously didn’t provide me with.
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What would you say to others thinking about going off-road for the first time?

What would you say to others thinking about going off-road for the first time?

In my opinion, the first thing they should do is take a Level 1 course at Off Road Skills. Not only because this is the path I took, but because they will learn how easy it is to manage the bike off-road if they know the correct techniques from the beginning of their experience. They will learn from the best instructors in a controlled environment where all you will need to focus on is just learning, allowing them to maximise the enjoyment of their riding.

It is no wonder that these courses are so popular, it has helped me discover new sensations and adventures that riding previously didn’t provide me with. Riding a BMW GS is all about discovering new skills, getting to places where you just end up finding yourself, your bike, and great surroundings. 

The BMW GS is a conqueror of dreams, that is what it means to me

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The BMW GS is a conqueror of dreams, that is what it means to me.
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