Off Road Skills
Headed up by legendary Dakar racer Simon Pavey, BMW Off Road Skills was established in 2000 and can be found at the best off-road riding location in the whole of the UK: Walters Arena Motorsport Complex in South Wales. We offer a carefully planned and well-tested syllabus to develop riders from novices to confident off-roaders. There’s an emphasis on learning at the same time as having fun, but this school doesn't have desks, it has a fleet of the latest BMW adventure bikes and for our classroom we have 4,000 acres of Walters Arena.
Off Road Skills Courses
- Level One
- Level One - Women
- Level Two Foundation
- Level Two
- Level Three
Level OneMaster the Basics
Our original Off Road Skills course, designed to get you enjoying yourself in the dirt as quickly as possible. The course that took Charley and Ewan around the world is still beguiling people with all the fun and challenges of exploring the world by bike.
The two day Level One course takes you through all the essential skills needed to make you competent and safe off road, regardless of prior experience.
Level One - WomenA Specific Level One Course For Women
Perhaps you have not ridden for some time or a previous experience has affected your confidence? At BMW Off Road Skills, we appreciate that entering the mixed training environment can be intimidating for some people; that’s why we offer a targeted training scheme designed to help women comfortably enter or re-engage with motorcycle training
Level Two FoundationBrand New for 2017
For 2017 the Off Road Skills team has developed a new training course to sit alongside our existing Level Two programme – Level Two: Foundation. It’s specifically designed for riders who have completed Level One and wish to progress to the skills taught on Level Two, but perhaps don’t have the opportunity to practice off-road riding between visits to us here in Wales.
Level TwoImprove Your Skills
A warm-up trail ride sets the scene for the two days with lots of riding between the lessons. The emphasis is not too technical or demanding, but is a step up from Level One. Vision and planning training will allow you to assess the trail ahead and deal with obstacles. From changing direction to riding off-camber trails and adjusting your riding position; the instructors will help you develop your existing core skills and learn new techniques.
Level ThreeDevelop Advanced Techniques
Our Level Three course is designed to give experienced, confident riders exciting new challenges – and ensure you go away with some truly advanced skills and some fantastic stories. The techniques covered in the lessons will teach you how to confidently do things with a BMW GS motorcycle that most people never imagine possible.
Watch Off Road Skills in Action
Preparing for an Adventure?
- Start Your Adventure
- Keep Your Adventure Going
Start Your AdventureAdventure Travel Training
Adventure Travel Training is a two-day day course targeted at the budding overland adventurer. Once you have mastered the core skills taught in the Off Road Skills Level 1 Course, then Adventure Travel Training will develop these skills with a focus on travel riding.
Keep Your Adventure GoingAdventure Maintenance
The Off Road Skills Adventure Maintenance course is designed for you to learn the basic skills and knowledge that will allow you to maintain your own bike when travelling. Our years of travel and racing experience will help you to understand what is and isn’t repairable in the field; allowing you to make decisions that should help keep you moving.
In The UK or Away?
- Brecon Beacons Adventure
- Overseas Off Road Adventures
Brecon Beacons AdventureExplore Further
Join Off Road Skills two day Brecon Beacons Adventure ride, based in beautiful Radnorshire, mid Wales. Your experience will include riding the great tracks and roads of Radnor Forest, perfectly suited to the BMW Enduro range. This trip offers miles of new trails for previous Off Road Skills participants.
Overseas Off Road AdventuresDiscover the Unknown
Our Overseas adventures include tours to Australia, Iceland, Spain and Portugal, taking in some of the best scenery and riding the best roads in those countries. For more information on all of the overseas adventures click the button below.