BMW Opens West Coast Off-Road Training Site

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BMW Motorrad has selected RawHyde Adventures, of Castaic, Calif. to serve as its off-road training provider on the West Coast.

RawHyde Adventures, on 500 acres in the mountains above Los Angeles, becomes BMW’s ninth factory-authorized off-road training center worldwide and complements the OEM’s East Coast off-road training facility at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, S.C.

“BMW’s off-road training centers are important allies in growing our GS market segment by helping riders gain the confidence and skills to enjoy their enduro motorcycles more fully,” says Todd Anderson, marketing manager, BMW Motorrad USA.

According to the three-year agreement between BMW Motorrad and RawHyde, BMW will initially provide 12 GS-model motorcycles (F 650 GS, F 800 GS and R 1200 GS models) for the training center. RawHyde will supply instructors for the two-and-a-half day courses.

Sessions begin on Fridays with an orientation, followed by a gourmet dinner. Rider training is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, followed by a graduation celebration. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by Cordon Bleu-trained chefs. Trail rides are offered Mondays and Tuesdays immediately after training to help graduates put their skills to immediate use while still under the supervision of RawHyde instructors. Beginning January 1, 2009, RawHyde will offer the option of a two-day overnight adventure ride, following graduation, to a destination called Base Camp Alpha, in the Mojave Desert.

BMW’s off-road training course is open to BMW GS owners and other licensed motorcyclists who want to explore the road where the pavement ends. 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. Gift certificates for the thrill-seeker on your holiday shopping list are available through RawHyde Adventures (www.rawhyde-offroad.com). For details about the training school, visit www.bmwoffroadacademy.com.

BMW North America, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., supplies 142 BMW motorcycle retailers in the United States.