Dirt First Motorcycle Rider Training by MotoVentures 

The popularity of MotoVentures' approach to motorcycle rider training among a broad range of motorcycle riders has prompted the creation of a more descriptive training business name. Effective immediately, MotoVentures training services will be named Dirt First, which perfectly describes the best way to learn how to ride motorcycles. Only the name is changing not the high quality training services. To visually represent the new name MotoVentures commissioned graphic artist Morgan Williams to create the new Dirt First logo. 


The Dirt First approach utilizes light-weight Yamaha recreational dirt bikes that are friendly, appropriately sized and durable to teach almost anyone how to ride motorcycles correctly and safely.


Learning in the dirt first holds incredible benefits for both the riding public and the motorcycle industry. Not only is learning to ride in the dirt first widely acknowledged by all the experts as the best way for beginners, it is also recognized as the best way for anyone trying to improve their current riding skills regardless of what they ride now.

MotoVentures Dirt First Motorcycle Rider Training:

Six great reasons to use MotoVentures for 0ff-Road Motorcycle Rider Training    

  1. Our training curriculums
  2. Our professional instructors
  3. Our private ideally-suited training site
  4. Our training motorcycles
  5. Our riding gear
  6. Our availability

MotoVentures offers our motorcycle rider training courses almost every week through-out the year for everyone who wants to learn how to ride or how to take their riding to the next level; men and women, boys and girls, and for all skill levels from beginners just starting out to advanced/experienced riders seeking a motorcycle coach, motocross or trials training.

Enrolling in a MotoVentures riding class is the best way to learn how to ride a motorcycle because we utilize our own curriculums that have been developed from over 40 years of riding and racing professionally, testing for factories (Honda, Kawasaki, etc.) and magazines, and riding everything from trials bikes to street bikes. Street bike and dual sport riders will also benefit from our riding schools as well. Dirt bike riding is the best way to learn how to ride a motorcycle or to improve your existing riding skills.

1) MotoVentures eight training curriculums:   “We wrote the book on How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles”

  1. Level 1 (for beginners)
  2. Level 2 (for current riders, street, dual sport, adventures bike riders)
  3. Level 3 (for advanced and above riders)
  4. Private Coaching (any skill level)
  5. 2-Day Training (any skill level)
  6. Motocross Training
  7. Trials Training
  8. Kids Day Camps

MotoVentures unique training curriculums feature step-by-step instructions, demonstrations, and riding exercises designed to develop sound fundamentals, build on existing skills, and increase overall control and confidence.  When you attend MotoVentures riding school you will learn valuable and practical skills that prepare you for the real world of riding. You will learn skills required to conquer any terrain you may encounter such as mud, sand, rocks, down hills, logs, and ruts. We encourage practicing, and additional training is always available from us so you can continue to take your riding skills to the next level. We believe in custom tailoring our classes as much as possible to each person and group, no take it or leave it, cookie cutter courses.

MotoVentures “dirty little secret” to riding big dual sport motorcycles:

Dual sport motorcycle riding is a popular and growing segment of the motorcycle market, but many of these new “Adventure Bike” riders lack the skills they need to negotiate the rugged back roads and trails that they purchased their bike to explore. You can easily find training for how to ride a dual sport bike on the street, but not how to ride it in the dirt. Even the street training required to get your license is marginal, leaving many riders just good enough to be dangerous, especially in the dirt. There are some riding schools that’ll try to teach you how to ride your big dual sport bike in the dirt, but if a rider has not learned in the dirt first they are probably missing some important fundamentals, which can make a mistake on their big bike more expensive and painful. Everyone wants to know the secret to how to ride their big dual sport bike better.

At MotoVentures, we have always known the secret and have been teaching it every week, all year around for the past 15 years!  The secret of course is to learn to ride in the dirt first, on a friendly little dirt bike. The simple truth is the skills you develop on a smaller dirt bike are the same skills you need to pilot a big adventure bike. Dirt bikes are small, light, and easy to operate. If you develop your riding skills in the dirt first… your abilities will probably be greater than what a big dual sport bike can handle… so the key to riding them well in the dirt is to understand your bike’s limits and to stay within them. 


Our “secret formula” for Adventure Bike riders to get the most out of their big bikes:

·         First, park that big dual sport bike and train with us on one of our friendly little dirt bikes that can be crashed repeatedly without too much damage.

·         Second, purchase our book; How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles and study it, even take it with you when you go riding.

·         Third, buy a dirt bike and practice, practice, practice. After some time, come back to us for some refresher or advanced training followed by continued practice.

·         Fourth, heed the advice below and be realistic. There’s only so much you can expect a big bike to do.  So you see there is no real secret to it. The solution is simple: Learn to ride in the dirt first with MotoVentures.


The keys to riding a big Adventure Bike successfully:

·         Good judgment: You must have it when considering the road or route you want to take

·         Careful line selection: You must follow the best line to get through a tough section

·         Build your skills: You must obtain the skills and techniques by riding a dirt bike first

·         Look for traction: You must seek surfaces with enough traction for your dual sport tires

·         Size matters: You’ll need adequate ground clearance to go over rugged terrain and you must correctly estimate the width of your bike to fit through narrow gaps

·         Use speed carefully: You must travel slowly due to the weight and limited suspension and use bursts of speed to help you traverse loose terrain.

·         Risk management: You must accept the damage potential to you and your bike

·         Gear up: You must dress for a crash with sturdy boots and padded appendages

·         Get in shape: Do you have enough strength to handle it if you fall or get stuck?


We wrote the book! That’s right, Gary wrote a new book: “How to Ride Off-Road, Techniques for Beginner to Advanced Motorcycle Riders” that is published by Motor books International. How to Ride Off-Road is available for $30.00 through MotoVentures and many popular book retailers nationwide.




Click on the link below to see videos of our training:


Book Reviews for How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles, by Gary LaPlante

“When I joined the Rider staff in 2008, one of my earliest assignments was to attend and review a 2-day training camp at MotoVentures, run by Gary LaPlante, author of How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles: Key Skills and Advanced Training for All Off-Road, Motocross, and Dual Sport Riders. Having spent my teenage years bombing up and down trails on a mountain bike, I quickly took to riding in the dirt. Even years later, every time I ride off-road, I can hear Gary LaPlante’s voice in my head --- his training left that indelible on an impression. With over four decades of riding, racing, testing, and training under his belt, LaPlante knows what he’s talking about, and he’s got a very patient, easy-going manner that puts MotoVentures students at ease. That same confident, encouraging voice comes through in his book. How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles covers all the bases. I highly recommend this book. Reading it made me want to go out and do more exercises, to tackle some challenging obstacles, to do some brake slides, and power slides, and wheelies.  If you’re already a dirt rider I’m sure it will fill some gaps in your understanding of several techniques. If you’re new to the dirt, it will provide inspiration, unlock mysteries and help you become a much better, more confident rider.”

Greg Drevenstedt, Rider Magazine, November 2012


“I wish that all MCN’s readers regularly rode a dirt bike or at least a proper dual-sport bike. Why? I believe that if all motorcyclists devoted even a small portion of their time to true off-road riding, with a basic understanding of proper technique, they would become better riders --- can’t help it. But don’t take my word for it. Pick up a copy of Gary LaPlante’s new book, How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles. Possibly one of the best trained motorcycle riders in the world, LaPlante is a former Arizona State Trials Champion whose distinguished resume includes stints with Kawasaki and Honda as an R& D test rider for their street and off-road products. The founder of MotoVentures, he has also been conducting off-road motorcycle training, day rides, and trials riding schools for satisfied customers since 1998, making him eminently qualified to write this book.”

Scott Rousseau, Motorcycle Consumer News, February 2013

“How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is the embodiment of LaPlante’s 43-plus years of riding, racing, testing, and working on motorcycles. In the book, he shares advice and presents information in a clear manner that is easy to understand, making How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles an enlightening read and a good riding coach.”

Riders West Online January 2013

Grab a copy of How to ride Off-Road Motorcycles and go directly to “From Dirt to Street” (Chapter 19) for the Top 10 Reasons why dirt bike riding is great for street bike riders. If you didn’t start your riding career on a dirt bike, after reading that chapter you’ll wish you had. Take the book along with you on your next dirt bike ride so you can “practice like a kid”. Be warned, though --- once you buy this book, there are no more excuses for not becoming a better rider overall.”

Amy Holland, Friction Zone Newspaper, December 2012