Time for some MORE off-roading
If you love the idea of indulging in some off-road biking but are not sure where to start, then you may want to consider taking part in this year's Motorcycle Off-Road Experience (MORE).
The event, which is run by the Motorcycle Industry Association, will be held between July 7th and July 10th at Upavon, Wiltshire.
Now in its fourth year, this popular so-called 'try-out' festival is available for just £30 and includes bike and kit hire, plus advice from a highly-qualified instructor.
Anyone interested can visit the MORE website from May 16th at 10am. Tickets are issued on a first come first serve basis, so it's advisable to get online as soon as they become available.
Manager of the event Sandra Cole explained the organisers welcome both amateurs and more experienced riders.
“You don't need to be an experienced road rider or have a license. You just need to be interested in having a go off-road. Whether your long term goal is some gentle green laning, or becoming the next motorcross star, you have to start somewhere and MORE gives you that first opportunity,” she said.
The event has backing from Yamaha, Kawasaki, KTM, Honda and Suzuki, and a survey of participants from the 2014 course found that 97 per cent of attendees said they planned to do more off-roading, while 98 per cent agreed there should be further, similar events.
If you are unable to get a place on the MORE courses, there are plenty of other opportunities to learn the skill, such as the Yamaha off-road experience.
The event takes place around Llanidloes in Mid Wales and participants have the opportunity to ride one of a number of Yamaha machines, including the WR 250 and WR 450F's, plus the newly-released TT-R 230's and TT-R 125's.
You get the chance to traverse different terrains including forest tracks, river crossings and hills, and you can enjoy five hours of riding.