BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills


The BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills DVD is designed to help “newbie” GS riders get comfortable with the basics of riding in the dirt. The material based on the official BMW Off-Road Riding Academy rider training program at Rawhyde Adventures. By watching the DVD and practicing the lessons contained within, GS riders will learn the fundamentals of riding big adventure bikes off the pavement, including the differences between street riding and off-road riding, body position, balance and clutch control. There are 13 lessons in total, including riding while standing, lifting a fallen motorcycle off the ground, the “friction zone”, slow speed balance, turn execution (counter-balancing), rear wheel skids, front brake friction, ascending and descending steep hills and riding in sand. Proper ergonomic set up of the bike is also covered.

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“It is very useful to a street rider just beginning to venture off-pavement… Compared to other instructional DVD that I have, this one is very detail-oriented.”
– ADV Rider

“It’s easily worth every penny, especially considering the horizontal parking maneuvers it might help you avoid.”

“Besides DOT knobby tires, the wisest investment the beginning adventure motorcyclists can make is also the cheapest – the BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills Instructional DVD.”
– Ultimate Motorcycling, April 2012

“This DVD was well prepared and includes the necessary information to learn and hone skills necessary for successful off-road riding. I found myself going back to the DVD several times, after I tried different methods of riding, as explained in the DVD. Being an accomplished on-road rider, and fairly decent off-road, I am of the opinion that the instructions presented hit the nail on the head, which should help novice and accomplished riders collectively.”

Video Format: NTSC, Standard-Definition
Audio Format, Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (Widescreen)
Regions: All Regions
Language: English
Number of Discs: 1
Total Length: 1 hour
Studio: Noren Films
DVD Release Date: Oct 21 2010
Retail Price: $29.95

• Introduction
• Background
• Street Riding vs. Dirt Riding
• Before You Ride
• Drill 1 – Ride Standing
• Drill 2 – The Leg Swing
• Drill 3 – Lifting a Bike
• Drill 4 – The Friction Zone
• Drill 5 – Slow Speed Balance and Control
• Drill 6 – Trail Stops
• Drill 7 – Rear Wheel Skids
• Drill 8 – Front Brake Friction
• Drill 9 – Turn Execution
• Drill 10 – Steep Down Hills
• Drill 11 – Restart on a Hill
• Drill 12 – Riding in Sand
• Drill 13 – Steep Hill Turnaround

• About Rawhyde
• GlobeRiders DVD Trailers
• Touratech commercial

Jim Hyde is the owner and founder of Rawhyde Adventures.

Mark Stickelmaier has spent the past three years coaching at Rawhyde Adventures and the BMW Off-Road Academy. Mark has been riding all kinds of motorcycles since his teens. His current stable includes a BMW R1200GS, a BMW HP2, KTM 950SE and a slew of other bikes. Mark has the ability to fix 99.9% of anything that breaks on a bike, either at home or traveling the world. He is a firm believer in JB Weld.

Keith Falerios is a full time Senior Police Officer with 19 years of law enforcement experience. During that time he’s worked as a Detective, Training Officer, K-9 Handler, Community Response Officer and Swat Sniper. 

Keith has been riding motorcycles on and off the road since he was about 8 years old, and has ridden various styles of motorcycles.

Jeff Irvin has been a coach at the Rawhyde/BMW Off Road Academy since December of 2008. He enjoys being a trainer, especially getting to work with students on the “big” bikes, along with being able to share his love for motorcycling. He has been riding motorcycles for the past 20 years.

Noren Films produces award-winning documentaries, television series, instructional videos and advertising for the adventure motorcycling industry and beyond. Our award-winning programs celebrate the intersection of adventure, travel, culture, nature, art and history. The company was founded in 2006 by Sterling Noren and is located in Seattle WA.

Rawhyde Adventures is a unique and critically acclaimed Adventure riding school located in the foothills above Los Angeles, California. One of nine worldwide BMW rider training centers, RawHyde Adventures has something fun and exhilarating for any Adventure Rider, whether new to the sport or a seasoned veteran. In addition to rider training programs the company also offers tours and special events including the Journey to Base Camp Alpha, Pikes Peak Rally, Continental Divide Ride, Dakar Rally and the Adventure Rider Challenge.