Motorcycling: Road to Base Camp Alpha
Are you easily inspired by tales of adventure, like those of Indiana Jones or maybe even Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round ride through Mongolia and Siberia on his way from London to New York? Not sure where to get started or simply can’t amass the time and resources required?
Enter RawHyde Adventures, situated on 500 pristine riding acres in the Castaic Mountains above Los Angeles.
This well-established off-road adventure motorcycle training center was recently selected by BMW as a factory-authorized training school. It joins a family of nine elite schools worldwide that have measured-up to the quality and commitment set by BMW. In addition to the other training and adventure rides offered, RawHyde will now provide the two-and-a-half day BMW course.
“95% of the world’s roads are unpaved,” says Jim Hyde, owner and veteran riding instructor at RawHyde Adventures. This is a rapidly growing segment of motorcycle riding. Our mission is to help riders gain the confidence and skills necessary to handle this kind of riding; the Adventure bikes of today are typically heavier and more difficult to manage than the lightweight enduros of yesteryear.
Sign-up for the BMW class and by next Friday you could find yourself in orientation with a bunch of other willing adventurers. From 9 a.m. sharp, to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, you will need to hit all your markers in order to reach the graduation celebration. Despite the demands on the motorcycle, life will be a little more luxurious off it, as gourmet Cordon Bleu-trained chefs prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner at RawHyde.
On Monday and Tuesday, graduates can immediately opt for two days of trail riding while still under the supervision of the instructors. Beginning in 2009, RawHyde will offer a two-day overnight Mojave Desert adventure to a destination called Base Camp Alpha. From Base Camp Alpha, the world is yours to circumnavigate.
The cost for the two-and-a-half day course is $1,295. The course, including the Base Camp Alpha Adventure, will cost $1,890.