BMW Offers Education in Adventure

Dustin Woods
by Dustin Woods

Off-road program takes road less traveled

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.

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