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Shop Services Now Available
It takes a professional factory trained mechanic to run MotoVentures and maintain all the bikes and equipment we need to provide our services. We have over 40 years experience servicing, maintaining, repairing, and upgrading motorcycles including five years working for Kawasaki Motor Corp., preparing their motorcycles for demanding enthusiast press evaluation. We have all the tools, a great service shop, we can purchase discounted new OEM replacement parts for any brand, and we are an authorized dealer for most aftermarket parts and accessories.
Due to demand by our customers MotoVentures will now offer our motorcycle shop services. Our shop labor rate will be only $48/hour, considerably less than what the big shops charge. We know how to work efficiently, we know how your bike should look and function, and we won’t recommend anything you don’t need. You could leave your bike with us after a day of training and pick it up the following weekend and enjoy another day of riding with us.
MotoVentures shop services include:
· New bike set-up and adjustment
· Periodic maintenance and service: oil changes, clean air filters, chain adjustments, etc
· Repairs: we can replace broken or worn-out parts, fix flat tires and mount up new ones, true wheels,
replace chain and sprockets, etc
· Upgrades: purchase and install OEM part or aftermarket parts,
· Engine tune-ups, repairs, upgrades, valve adjustments, carburetor adjustments and cleaning, etc.
· Suspension set-up, service, and upgrades
· Restorations: Have a vintage bike? Let us fully restore it to its original glory!
· Bike pick up, delivery, and storage
We Buy & Sell Used Bikes
Are you looking for a good used bike in great condition to buy? Are you ready to sell your current bike? Did your child out grow their bike and it’s time to trade up? Look no longer, just go to MotoVentures.com. We are now actively selling and seeking to buy good used bikes that we can also use for our services. MotoVentures is known for having the latest bikes that always look and run great. Our bikes are professionally maintained, serviced, repaired, and stored and are in better shape than most privately owned bikes. If you buy a used bike from us we’ll give you 50% your next training.
Kids Day Camps Annual Dates Set
MotoVentures offers two day Dirt Bike Day Camps for kids (5yrs to 17yrs) at our private Rider Training Center near Anza, California. These day camps will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays and include fun filled daily itineraries designed around our Level 1 and 2 dirt bike rider training curriculums. Parents or guardians have the option of staying, dropping the kids off, or participating in the training. To qualify children must be able to confidently ride a bicycle without training wheels before we teach them how to ride a dirt bike. Space will be limited to ensure high quality with a low ratio of kids to instructors. Hours will be 8:30am to 1:00pm and includes lunch and drinks.
Dates: March 25 – 27, April 8 – 10, July 8 – 10, July 22 – 24, and Aug 5 – 7.
Cost: Our bike: $300 Your bike: $220 (Discounts available for three kids or more)
Boy Scouts Ride Dirt Bikes
The Boy Scouts of America endorses the activity of dirt bike riding for “Venture Crews”, small groups of boys and girls 14 and older. MotoVentures has hosted several Venture Crews from the local BSA Troops. MotoVentures has been invited to attend the BSA’s annual Scout O’ Rama on May 11 in Silverado, CA (Orange County). MV will have a display and deliver several dirt bike riding safety seminars at the event. If you or someone you know are in the Boy Scouts please let your Scout Master or Troop Leaders know about dirt bike riding with MotoVentures as a fun and beneficial activity to look into.
Book Reviews for How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles, by Gary LaPlante
I just received a copy of your new book, "How To Ride Off-Road Motorcycles". Well done.
What a great read, even for someone who has been riding for over 40 years and teaching for 20. I think you nailed not only the essence of the sport and why we ride but also broke down the riding techniques and training methods in an easy to digest and entertaining format.
Mark Mitchell, Executive Director, Speed TV
“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
Your book is my bible now ;)
I can't wait to put my bike back together and get practicing. How to ride off road motorcycles should come with every dirt bike ever sold, like an owners manual, and anyone who currently rides and doesn't own this book should buy it immediately! You are a God send to the sport...thank you soooo much for taking the time to write this book.
Eryne Faille, California
MotoVentures Motocross 101 Training Dates Set
MotoVentures offers a great introduction to motocross riding techniques on select days each month at our own private Rider Training Center that is complete with two motocross tracks. MotoVentures MX101 training is for dirt riders ready to learn the skills to ride on a motocross track or race motocross and available on select Friday’s every month. Our expert instructors will coach you all day with an student/instructor ratio of only 6:1, so space is limited.
MotoVentures Motocross Training 101 curriculum is a full day of motocross instruction that is designed for serious dirt riders looking to develop and practice all the essential skills needed to race motocross including how to: get good starts and brake correctly, tackle various corners like flat and bermed turns, handle various jumps like doubles and table tops, ride ruts and sand, ride whoops and off-cambers, ride wheelies and slides, ride technical terrain, prepare your bike and body, prepare race strategies, and much more.
Cost: $250 using your bike. Cost includes drinks and lunch. Currently rental MX bikes are not available.
MotoVentures 2013 MX101 Training Dates:
March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, and Dec 13
Tour Baja with MotoVentures in December
MotoVentures offers four day tours in Baja that are customized to the desired dates and skill levels of your group. Currently we offer two annual Baja tours with the next one coming on December 12 – 15, 2013, but if you have a group and another date in mind give us a call and we’ll try to accommodate you. Our Baja tours start and end in San Diego, CA
Riding in Baja is a special experience that all off-road riders should scratch off their bucket list of must do rides someday. The foreign sights, smells, tastes, and beautiful riding terrain that includes everything from beach riding, to vast desert dry lake beds, to pine tree covered single track trails in the mountains. Our routes often crisscross the Baja 1000 race course and we always stay overnight in popular dirt bike hide-out likes Mike’s Sky Ranch and The Horsepower Ranch. There is limited space so sign up now and guarantee your place on our next Baja tour.
Cost: $2,460 using our bike and $1,550 using your bike
Our Convenient 2-Day SoCal Tour
MotoVentures offers a very convenient and fun two day off-road ride with an equally great overnight stay right here in southern California. This ride is approx 70 miles each day and includes some single track trails. It is for experienced Level 2 and above adult riders and starts and ends at our Rider Training Center. We can take this ride with as few as three riders or as many as 12. We will promote any dates with space available via email to our customers, otherwise call us and we’ll ride just with your group.
Cost: $770 using our bike and $570 using your bike (Cost includes hotel and lunches)
MV Offers Riding Clinics at March C.O.R.E. Kids Cancer Fundraiser Ride
MotoVentures is offering our Level 2 training for participants at the upcoming C.O.R.E. (Crawdaddy Off-Road Events) 4 Kids Fundraiser dual sport ride on Saturday March 23rd at the North Glamis Hot Spring Resort, near the Salton Sea.
The first clinic will be held on Friday, March 22nd (the day before the CORE 4 Kids Fundraiser ride on Saturday March 23). Hours on Friday will be 11am to ~5pm (6 hours) with a 30-minute “lunch” break (food and drinks not included).
The second clinic will be held on Saturday March 23rd (Fundraiser attendee's have the option of training on Saturday and riding in the local area on Sunday the 24th). Hours on Saturday will be from 8am - ~2pm (6 hours) with a 30-minute lunch break (lunch and drinks not included).
Both clinics will take place in the riding areas around the event headquarters; the Glamis North Hot Springs Resort.
Minimum/pre-registered student headcount to conduct each clinic is 10 people. The deadline for registration is March 8, two weeks prior to the event. Likewise, if there is enough interest, MotoVentures will provide additional instructors and could accommodate up to 20 riders at each clinic.
Cost is $195 per person with $20 each going to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund
NOTE: A limited number of Yamaha WRs and TTRs will be available to rent for $125 more.
Corporate Event Report:
We just hosted another successful event for a clever local electrical contractor supply business who discovered how to use our unique services to increase their business. They hire us to host the event and supply all the bikes, riding rear, location, instructors, etc. They invite the contractors who they sell supplies to then they ask their suppliers to help fund the event. After an event with us they see a significant increase in orders from their now stimulated customers. This must be working because this company has been hiring us to host these events since 2004.
Maybe your company can utilize MotoVentures services to boost your business. We offer you an incredibly exciting and memorable activity in a neutral environment where meaningful business discussions can take place, like golfing only WAY better. Let us customize an off-site meeting for you to entertain clients, rewards employees, build your team, etc. Call or email us today and let’s make a plan to increase your business too.
Take Time to Try Trials “To ride a motorcycle seriously is to go nowhere fast”
Trials motorcycle riding is one of the unique services that MotoVentures offers that defines us and what we teach. Trials is one of motorcycling’s fringe sports that is unfortunately too big of a secret in America. You can’t find a trials bike in a bike dealership. You have to buy one from a “garage dealer” like MotoVentures. You can’t see a trials competition unless you drive for hours out to some remote location that requires a 4-wheel drive to get there. The worst part is the trials industry doesn’t even market trials bikes to non-trials riders making it even harder for the average recreational rider to learn about the sport.
At MotoVentures believe that once a person learns how to ride a dirt bike the best way to develop their technical skills is by riding trials. After riding trials for a while, then they can take up a speed sport like motocross and they’ll have big advantages over others without trials experience. We usually have a trials bike at every training day and will often let our customers take a spin on it. For those spending a day riding trials with us we supply the specialized riding gear (boots and helmet), too.
Isn’t it about time that you tried trials? The cost for trials training with us is only $215 with your bike and $315 when we supply the bike. As an authorized Gas Gas trials bike dealer we can offer a free trials riding lesson with the purchase of a bike from us.
Riding Tip: Jumping…“one of the most exciting things you can do on a motorcycle”
From Gary’s book; How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles
In this chapter we learn and practice the advanced skill of jumping a dirt bike, which is both fun and very practical, especially if you want to ride fast. Jumping is one of the most extreme things you can do on a motorcycle so every jump should be taken very seriously. Even on small jumps it’s important to attack them and be proactive otherwise your bike might take over and kick you. Usually jumping is learned at a young age with state-of-the-art Freestyle Motocross (FMX) jumping now including no-handed, full-twisting, back flips, like an acrobatic routine for ex-motocross racers. Jumping is very practical, fun and impressive and can be as mild or wild as you want. To practice jumping you must have correct body positioning and great control and you must be focused, confident, and committed. You can start developing your jumping skills safely by following this step-by-step approach:
How to practice basic Jumping:
To practice jumping, locate a small jump at first, with a ramp that is smooth and not too steep and has a gentle lip and a flat and clear landing zone. Make your approach straight and give yourself plenty of room. Pick your line very carefully and be sure to carry your weight on the foot pegs, not on your arms. Find your center and carry your weight with your legs and feet. You must be able to freely move your body fore and aft and even side to side. When you’re learning to jump, use soft acceleration instead of hard acceleration and be careful to counter the acceleration with your body position as you accelerate and climb the jump ramp. As the bike leaves the ramp and you fly through the air shut off the throttle only after it has left the ramp and gradually pull back on the bars slightly, which will help you land with the rear wheel first. Eventually it’s is good to learn how to change your angle in the air to land on either tire first. Never trail or chop the throttle until the rear tire has cleared the take off ramp, doing so will cause the front end to dive and possibly cause an Endo.
Once you become proficient at jumping you’ll be able to grip or press against the bike with your legs to help control or stabilize your bike while in flight. Remember, when first learning to jump, start out small and gradually build your confidence and then build your jump height and distance. For more on jumping see Chapter 21 on motocross jumping.
Natural Jumps: “You can also use a rock or log for a ramp to help you jump”
Jumps are usually found on a race track and are usually man-made, but there is an endless supply of natural terrain jumps to practice on throughout the off-road riding world. Jumps don’t always have to be made of dirt. In the right situation you can utilize a variety of natural terrain obstacles to help you catch the air you need. Rocks, logs, and bushes with wind-driven sand or dirt built up around their bases can all be used to help you jump. If you do use one of these natural obstacles for jumping try to square up 90-degrees to the most favorable surface point of contact and be ready to be kicked up or sideways as these natural jumping ramps rarely have a good shape for jumping.