We aim to get you off bitumen roads, out of your comfort zone and to see some of the best-hidden trails in Australia. But in order to do that, we need to make sure you and your bike are properly prepared by reading our riding and safety information page. And remember, if you don’t have your own ADV bike, you can also hire one of our Yamaha WR250R motorcycles, all set up for adventure riding (limited numbers).
There are a few things you should check off your list when getting ready, so make sure to take a careful read.
Read the trip notes in the ride description carefully from top to bottom and take note of these basics:
Here are some quick tips of things to check before you leave:
Recommended and Required Safety Gear
The top piece of safety gear for every rider would be a Spot tracker, Garmin In-reach or E-pirb. Not only can your friends and family track your progress in real-time as you ride with the Spot tracker and In-reach, but in an accident situation emergency services can pinpoint your exact location very quickly and send help. These devices save lives and we recommend them for every rider whether on our rides or not. This is equipment that professionals use and it is very cheap insurance.
Proper gloves, boots and helmet are an absolute necessity. Given the amount of off-road riding, a set of Motorcross pivot hinge style boots are required as a minimum. Standard road or soft style adventure riding boots are not as strong and do not have as much armour around the ankle and shin.
RideADV use and recommend Garmin Motorcycle GPS units. Our favorite is the Garmin XT Zumo, while we constantly test and try new phone and tablet based options we still prefer the use of dedicated GPS units. Please ensure your GPS is hard wired to the bike.
Note: RideADV is not affiliated or supported by Garmin in anyway shape or form
Our Sweeps carry basic tool kits and years of experience with them. They’ll have on hand: Spare tubes, spare fuel, tyre plugs, sat phone, first aid kits, spanners and sockets, and more to perform basic track-side repairs to get you back on your bike. If they can’t get it going then the support trailer will get you to the end of the day. The crew will work on it then when we have more time, if we cant fix it then we wil get it and you to the finish.
and the ‘Special Sections’
Our rides cater to riders of many different skill levels from beginner to expert. Some riders like a challenge and the special sections are optional routes for experienced riders to get the adrenaline pumping. These sections may include very steep declines and ascents, loose rock and very rough terrain, moderate to deep water crossings, mud and other fun stuff.
If you have a serious sense of adventure and the off-road skills to tackle the red sections, they are great fun and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
If you’re not too sure that’s up your alley, don’t worry, the rides are still amazing with plenty of challenging sections. Remember also that the Special Sections generally add extra time to your day.