The quality of instruction and course content of Level One at Off Road Skills are excellent and I thoroughly recommend it. I would also recommend the R1200GS as the bike of choice but I might be biased because of my size. My hope is finances permitting (I did go and buy a new R1200 GS Adventure this year) that I will be able to do Level One again next year. It is longer than helpful from a learning perspective but we all have to live within the limitations we have.
Things I took away:
- The R1200GS is the easiest bike for me to ride (ok well I haven’t tried the F800GS to properly support that statement).
- Shifting body weight on the pegs is essential for turning off road.
- Keeping my legs straight most of the time cuts down fatigue (and later quad muscle pain).
Things I would like to achieve by going again (and again):
- Not slipping the clutch – just dipping it when needed.
- Being comfortable with counterweighting and the slow speed techniques.
- Relax Relax Relax.
- Better machine control so I can do a complete run of momentum.
I would also thoroughly recommend the package arranged by Motorrad Central – it is a new idea from them to support the opportunity for their customers to attend the ORS events without the considerable effort to bring ORS to Scotland. The travel and accommodation costs are a given, so being able to share these with others makes great economic sense and also brings the support of a group for the learning experience. I paid £649 which compares favourably to the base cost of Level One with ORS of £479. Big thanks goes in particular to David Brown who both looked after the group on and off road and did all the driving.