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Vermont TRAINING TOUR with Bill Dragoo

Intermediate - Advanced
2 Days, 2 Nights.
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$ 2100-2200

2
days
Off-Road skills training and scenic adventure tour through Vermont
TOUR DESCRIPTION:

MotoVermont is excited to welcome back Bill Dragoo for the 2023 Intermediate/Advanced Vermont Training Tour.

This 2-day Training and Training Tour will take place at the all new Burke Mountain Resort in Burke, Vermont.  Join us for 2 nights and 2 days of learning new riding techniques and putting them to use on an adventurous tour through northeastern Vermont!

 

Spend one day perfecting the art of off-road motorcycling on a closed course; balance, body positioning, braking, accelerating and navigating over obstacles will be taught and practiced in the form of entertaining and helpful drills.

 

The following day, we will continue training in the morning and then depart Burke Mountain for a unique dual-sport route through central Vermont.  The ride will contain some challenging roads and trails that will allow attendees to practice skills learned on real-world obstacles with the help of Bill Dragoo and the MotoVermont team to teach, guide and lend a helping hand when needed. 

Many of the ancient roads on our route pass around or even through operating farms.  One of the family farms along our route will provide a home cooked lunch of local delicacies.  September is harvest season in Vermont so don't be surprised if there is another impromptu stop to pick up some fresh local raspberries or a pint of maple syrup.

After a long day of riding, we return to Burke Mountain Resort. Enjoy a soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or relax by the fire with a refreshing beverage. The group will reconvene for dinner, recount the day's events and discuss the next day's riding itinerary.

 

Retire to your private Deluxe Studio room and get some rest for another great day of riding.

Hear what other riders say about their experience with MotoVermont's Off-Road Training Tours in the video below:

​2023 Tour Dates: 

September 8-10 ($2200)
September 10-12 SOLD OUT
WHAT'S INCLUDED:
 
  • 2 days of Instruction with professional off-road riding coach, Bill Dragoo

  • Small group size; 5:1 student/instructor ratio

  • Local guide, well versed in area knowledge and first aid

  • Two nights deluxe private  accommodations

  • Breakfast - yogurt and snacks at training grounds

  • Lunch; one at Burke Mountain and one along the route

  • Evening group dinners at Burke Mountain (2)

  • Unique trail ride with instruction and support

  • Extra bikes and tools on hand

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HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Expert guidance from Expert rider coach Bill Dragoo

  • 2 full days of instruction with a professional off-road riding instructor

  • Local tour guide versed in regional history and wilderness first-aid

  • Daily instructional drills

  • An all-new dual-sport route through the lush and beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont where mud, rocks and other obstacles will be encountered

  • One nights lodging and dinner at the new Burke Mountain Resort

  • 3 meals per day included

  • Extra bikes and tools on hand

  • AMA sanctioned event

 

ITINERARY:

Day 0

  • Arrive at Burke Mountain Resort

  • Meet & greet

  • Group Dinner in the Pub

  • Fire pit chat and introduction to the tour

 

Day 1

  • Light breakfast served

  • Bike adjustment session

  • Closed course training session: advanced balance drills, High speed braking, off camber and hill ascents/descents, water crossing, riding large rocks, lofting front wheel, lofting over obstacles.  

  • Lunch and break at Burke mountain deli

  • Closed course training session: Slide turns, turning with rear wheel acceleration, emergency maneuvers, bike-to-bike towing over rough terrain

  • Group Dinner in the pub

Day 2

  • Light breakfast served

  • Group riding discussion 

  • Morning training refresher

  • Morning Dual-sport ride; loose rocky trails, deep mud, hill climbing, ruts, water crossing, loose gravel.

  • Local Lunch - Lunch served up by one of our favorite restaurants along the route.   

  • Afternoon ride: Hill descents, deep gravel, large rocks, more mud, gravel mountain pass and a beautiful scenic ride back to Burke Mountain

  • Showers and lockers available for those departing.

*All obstacles are "challenge by choice"  There are no mandatory activities and there is always a go-around.

 
LODGING:

Adventure riding does not have to mean a rough night's sleep. Two nights of private accommodation at Burke Mountain is included.

 

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ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Bill Dragoo​ of D.A.R.T. riding school is a BMW Certified Off Road Riding Instructor - A title bestowed to only a handful of American instructors.  Bill represented the United States in BMW's 2010 International GS Trophy. He is also a certified MSF Rider Coach and a well known adventure journalist. Bill has written numerous articles on adventures and skills in publications such as ADV Moto, RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Overland Journal, OutdoorX4 and many others. 

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Eric Milano is the founder of MotoVermont.  He has led hundreds of tours through Vermont and New England and has worked with motorcycle training for several years.

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RIDER REQUIREMENTS (Please also review our Rules & Regs page)
  • Motorcycle endorsement holder

  • Rider should be in good health and able to endure several hours on bike each day

  • Rider must wear full-face helmet, gloves, off-road-specific boots, Armored motorcycle-specific jacket and pants.

  • Bike should be in good running and street-legal condition; registered, insured and thoroughly checked over.

  • Bike should be equipped with good, off-pavement tires and engine case protection.  Feel free to contact MotoVermont with bike-specific tire recommendations.

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